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PHDIstván Széchenyi Economics and Management Doctoral School [Social Science]

University of Sopron
Hungary, Sopron
Alexandre Lamfalussy Faculty of Economics Hungary, 9400 Sopron, Erzsébet u. 9.
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Programme description:
The most important aim of our Doctoral School is the preparation of scientific and teaching staff for the future and reinforcing scientific research abilities through teaching. PhD students publicise the results of their research work by submitting papers and giving presentations at national and international conferences, also by publishing articles in national and international scientific journals.
Offered doctoral programmes in English:
Social and Economic Contexts of Human Resources
International Economics
Business Economics and Management

Entry requirements:
MA/MSc degree

Entrance exam:

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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.

Judit Pappné Vancsó
International Office

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Programme structure

The PhD degree obtaining process of the Doctoral School

Conditions of obtaining PhD degree:

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 activities 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 obtaining PhD degree:
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. It must be completed in front of the committee and public.The 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.
Acquittance 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. In the course of this disputation the candidate has to perform his/her 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 in for 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 English language.
The public disputation is after a successful doctoral comprehensive exam and first disputation.
At the public disputation the candidate introduces shortly (the maximum of 20 minutes long) the main results of his/her PhD work and the thesis. After all the candidate answers 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 alltogether 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 hand in a dissertation in a similar topic only 2 years later (the earliest).

The graduation of PhD degree
The graduation of the PhD degree 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 journals, academic positions, politics, international diplomacy, etc.

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