Logo of Corvinus University of Budapest

PhDDoctoral Program of International Relations

More information



Program description:
The Doctoral Program of International Relations aims to achieve interdisciplinary cooperation. In accordance with this goal, the program offers high quality training through the combination of the theoretical and practical understanding of the international system. The Doctoral program, in line with the international standards, offers training in three main fields: 1. A theoretical dimension which seeks to engage students who aim to work in the academia and become part of a flourishing research community. 2. Highly qualified professionals who seek to enhance and develop their knowledge and skills. This field aims to engage professionals who are particularly concerned about being part of international multilateral cooperation. 3. The third field is relevant for those who seek to work in diplomacy, and politics and aim to achieve intellectual excellence in the field of international relations. The Doctoral School enhances skills in all three fields in the following ways: 1. It offers comprehensive knowledge about the international system and its topic specific questions, with a particular focus on developing problem-solving skills. 2. It facilitates individual research activity, including data compiling, analysis, interpretation, and the successful completion of the doctoral thesis. 3. It offers new avenues of research and constantly reflects on real-life demands of both the academia and politics. 4. It helps students in their professional development, facilitates teaching activities, and their successful integration into the labor market. 5. It ensures that doctoral candidates acquire the necessary skills for effective professional, scientific and social communication.

Entry requirements:
MA/MSc diploma

Entrance exam:

Type of entrance exam:

Entrance exam location:

Entrance exam description:
Phase 1. Pre-selection based on the submitted documents: The admission committee grades applicants based on their previous academic/ scientific achievements and the Letter of Motivation and the Preliminary Research Plan about the application. The previous academic/scientific achievements/preparedness consists subcategories: 1. Proven involvement in scientific research/ work (first of all the Preliminary Research Plan including: introduction, description of research topic (including research questions and hypothesis), approach and methodology, existing literature on the topic, societal and scientific relevance of the topic.). 2. List of publications (e.g. conference paper presented at scientific conferences for students). 3. Qualification of MA/MSc degree (MA degree with a good average grade obtained from an accredited institution. (Minimum 300 credits obtained during previous BA and MA studies.). 4. At least B2 level state-recognized language examination in English. (Language certificate in English (TOEFL min.79 (iBT); 213 (CBT), IELTS min. 6.5) or an equivalent proof of proficiency.). Phase 2.: Oral Entrance Examination (interview via Skype) After Phase 1. the selected applicant, who successfully completed the written examination at least 60%, can participate in the Oral Interview (in English) where professional knowledge in International relations and security studies and /or World economy and/or Geopolitics has to be demonstrated as well his/her preliminary research plan is discussed more deeply. The decision on admission is based on examination of the application documents and on the results of the oral entrance examination.


Preparatory year available:

Specialisation year available:

Minimum number of scholarship holders:

Maximum number of scholarship holders:


Not available for applying at the moment

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Not available for applying at the moment

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States