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PhDDoctoral School of Regional Development

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Program description:
The University of Pécs Faculty of Business and Economics established its International
PhD Program in Regional Development for professionals who have collected several years
of experience in their field working at national, regional and local levels of decisionmaking
or at think-tank organizations.
The aim of the program is to train high-quality professionals in the field of regional
development. This aim is achieved by a well-structured program that provides strong
theoretical base and at the same time supports independent research under expert
supervision and by regular feedback.
The Program is designed to help students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for
writing good quality doctoral dissertations. To serve this aim the Program supports
independent research by providing experienced faculty supervisors and professional
feedback at dissertation seminars. From the very beginning, the Program provides
methodological and practical support for individual research.
The International PhD Program in Regional Development combines the advantages of
contact-based and distance-based education drawing on the contribution of its recognized
national and international faculty. The educational period consists of four semesters
followed by another four semesters to finalize the PhD research.

Entry requirements:
-Minimally CEFR B2 level language exam certificate (TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge/ECL ) less than 2 years old Official
-MSc degree and
-Transcript of studies (and their superlegalized English translation)
-Europass curriculum vitae in English
-Research Proposal in English (2-3 page long)
-List of publications (if any)
-supporting statement from supervisor

Additional documents to be submitted in English/officially attested English translation:
- medical certificate
- chest X-ray (doctor’s note, not the image, and not older than 1 year)
- vaccination card (showing that you are immunized against HEP B and C) OR serology results for Hep B and C
- HIV test result (not older than 3 months)

In order to be considered eligible for the Programme, applicants must hold a Master’s degree (MA, MSc, MBA) in a relevant field. Prospective students who do not possess a Master’s degree in Economics are advised to complement their studies with a Master of Business Administration degree at an accredited institution. Applicants who are still conducting their studies at the time of application must submit an official letter from their institution indicating the date of graduation. Students cannot enrol at the Program until they have successfully completed their studies at the Master’s level.

Entrance exam:

Type of entrance exam:

Entrance exam location:

Entrance exam description:
The process of application and selection is document based. Following the formal check up of the application documents, the Board of Application reviews the applicant’s research proposal and their achievements in the field of economics, such as publications, conference participation. This process is followed by an online interview.

Ms. Mária LAJOS
international coordinator

Programme structure

To complete the educational phase, PhD students have to acquire 240 credit points. In order
to gain the PhD degree students need to

-accomplish all the required courses (5 credit points each) and the three elected courses (4
credit points each); 72 credit points in total.
-collect 80 research credit points and 40 credits from publications (journal articles, books
and textbooks, and conference proceedings, working papers)
-collect 48 credit points from teaching activities
-pass the Doctoral Examination (Complex Examination),
-submit and defend their dissertation.

Programme structure

Assessment is an integral part of learning, and you may hear it referred to as formative or
summative. Formative assessment is designed to give feedback to students on their
performance and how it can be improved therefore you will not receive a grade for
formative assessment.
Summative assessment is designed to measure the extent to which you have achieved the
intended learning outcomes of a module and therefore the appropriate grade to be awarded
Feedback can take many forms and may be informal, it may be offered and discussed in
classroom sessions either collectively or individually. It may also be formal and delivered
in written or oral form by academic staff. Understanding your feedback is very important
and you are encouraged to discuss feedback with your peers and academic staff.

Progressing on your program

The doctoral training program consists of two stages and a complex comprehensive
examination in between of the two stages. All of them are required for a qualification. The
first stage is the Training Phase, and the second stage is the Dissertation Phase. The student
can enter into the 2nd stage only if the complex exam was fulfilled with success after the
1st stage.

Your grades

Assignments will be marked using the UP five-point marking scale shown below – 5 being
the best and 1 being the worst.


5 Excellent 85.1-100
4 Good 75.1-85.0
3 Fair 65.1-75.0
2 Pass 50.1-65.0
1 Fail 0-50.0

The minimum pass mark for all assignments is grade 2 (pass). A passing grade can be
achieved if a student achieves 51% from the 100% of the marks obtainable in all courses. If
a module has more assessment components or consists of two parts, the student has to pass
all those components or parts which have a higher weight than 20% out of the 100% to pass
the whole module.

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Not available for applying at the moment

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States