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PhDDoctoral School of Management and Organisation Sciences

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Program description:
The most important aim of the Istvan Szechenyi Management and Organisation Sciences Doctoral School is the preparation of scientific and teaching staff for the future. Reinforcing scientific research abilities through teaching at international level is the key to our international strategy. PhD students publicise the results of their research work by submitting papers to and giving presentations at national and international conferences and by publishing articles in national and international scientific journals. Offered doctoral programmes in English: International Economy, Business Economy and Management Process of attaining PhD degree: Comprehensive exam First disputation Public disputation Doctoral rigorosum Doctoral comprehensive exam: This exam is showing the acquired knowledge on the chosen field of science. First presentation and dispute: To help the candidate, the dissertation has to be presented at the professionally competent educational and organisational unit before it is completed. The first disputation of the doctoral dissertation takes place before the public disputation. Public presentation and dispute: The main results of the doctoral dissertation have to be summarised in some theses. These have to be prepared in printed and electronic form. Public disputation of the dissertation: The public disputation is after the successful doctoral comprehensive exam and first disputation.

Entry requirements:
MA/MSc degree

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Entrance exam description:
The entrance examination takes place in the context of a Skype-interview. The applicant will be informed about the appointment and the requirements in advance. Possible time differences will be taken into consideration. The applicant will also be informed about the whole entrance examination process by the contact person in charge. The application and admission documents of each applicant will be handed over to the members of the examination committee in advance for the purpose of getting acquainted with the applicants. During the Skype-interview, the committee members get to know the language competence and the professional knowledge of the applicant which will be rated on a 100-point scale. This score will be forwarded to the Stipendium Hungaricum Unit of Tempus Public Foundation.

Ms. Krisztina Somos
Faculty International Officer

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Programme structure

The PhD grade attaining process of the doctoral school

Conditions of attaining PhD grade:

a) university degree;

b) to complete the academic commitments according to the university’s doctoral regulation;

c) successful doctoral comprehensive exam;

d) the presentation of academic activity through written publications in approved magazines accepted by the Doctoral School or edited or for edition accepted announcements in volumes (the conditions of academic activity are determined by the doctoral programmes in the appendix and it is introduced to the applicants before enrolment);

e) the knowledge of two foreign languages necessary to the chosen field of science;

f) the preparation and the submission of the dissertation and thesis prepared with the methods of academic work and also the defence of it on public disputation in front of the committee;

g) clean record.

The process of attaining PhD grade:

Comprehensive exam → First disputation → Public disputation

Doctoral rigorosum

The doctoral comprehensive exam is an over viewing exam showing the PhD candidate’s acquired knowledge on the chosen field of sciences.

The doctoral comprehensive exam – at the longest of two years after handling in the PhD grade attaining request – must be completed in front of the committee and public.

The doctoral comprehensive exam includes the written elaboration of an academic problem and its verbal presentation. The academic problem authorized according to the proposal made by the programme leader and accepted by the Doctoral School Committee. The PhD candidate has to be informed in writing about the accepted academic problem and the date of the comprehensive exam. The doctoral comprehensive exam has to be taken before the disputation.

Absolution from the doctoral comprehensive exam can not be given.

First disputation

To help the candidate the dissertation – before it is completed – has to be presented at the professionally competent educational and organisational unit. The first disputation of the doctoral dissertation is before the public disputation.

In the course of this disputation the candidates has to perform their own work, the used foreign results, the processed literature, the applied methods, the right of the conclusions and the applicability of the final result.

One month after the first disputation the dissertation can be handed into the public disputation.

The public disputation

The main results of the doctoral dissertation have to be summarised in some thesis. These have to be prepared in printed and electronic form in the mother language and in English.

The doctoral dissertation in five similar bounded copies has to be submitted together with the followings:

– the report and the attendance register made on the first disputation;

– thesis in written form in Hungarian and in English (foreign students: mother language and in English);

– the dissertation and the text of the Hungarian and English thesis in electronic form;

– the short, maximum 8-10 rows long abstract in English including the translated title;

– the maximum one page long curriculum vitae written in third person singular;

– the list of publications connected to the dissertation’s subject – including the off-prints of publications or together with the for the edition accepted declaration;

– the written declaration of the programme leader about the publication activity;

– declaration in which the joint-authors agree to use the results edited in the common publication to the doctoral dissertation;

– the certified copy of foreign language certificates;

– cheque which justifies the cash in of the procedure’s fee.

The public disputation of the dissertation

The public disputation is after a successful doctoral comprehensive exam and first disputation.

If the dissertation is written on a foreign language, the public disputation can be held either in Hungarian or in the foreign language.

At the public disputation the candidates introduce shortly (the maximum of 20 minutes long) the main results of their PhD work and the thesis. Subsequently the reviewers judge their opinion. After all the candidates answer the questions and comments asked and told by the reviewers and the participants of the public disputation.

After ending the public disputation the reviewer committee decides about the result of the disputation in ballot. The opponents also take part in the score. The dissertation can be accepted if the points altogether reach the 66,6% of the total attainable points.

After the termination the chairman introduces the result of the disputation.

If the disputation is unsuccessful, it can not be repeated. The candidate can handle in a dissertation in a similar topic only 2 years later (the earliest).

The graduation of PhD grade

The graduation of the PhD grade is counted by the Council of the Doctoral School by taking the average of the % result of the successful PhD comprehensive exam and the % result given by the reviewer committee. If it is above 91% the graduation is ‘summa cum laude’ (excellent), if it under 91% but above 81% than ‘cum laude’ (good). To get ‘rite’ (passed) 66,6% has to be got.

Career opportunities

Qualification: Doctor of Philosophy in the field of
Economics and Management Sciences
Career opportunities: scientific research, economic jour-nals, higher educational positions, politics, international diplomacy, etc.

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States