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The Doctoral School of Sport Sciences pursues its activities at the Hungarian University of Sports Science as the only one of its kind in the field of sports in Hungary. The Doctoral School embraces the whole field of sport sciences. Today, there are more than a hundred doctoral students in the three scientific programs. These students work under the supportive guidance of accredited supervisors of the Doctoral School. The knowledge of the experienced professors and dedicated supervisors has a great impact on the research work of our students.

As for its organizational structure, the Doctoral School of Sport Sciences is an autonomous body of TE, controlled by the Council of the Doctoral School and the Doctoral Council of the University. The program offers three subprograms:

• Training and Adaptation
• Physical Training, Regulation, Metabolism
• Sport and Social Sciences

Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the Doctoral School needs to possess all the infrastructural conditions required by the disciplinary characteristics of both the Natural and Social Sciences. The foundation of the Research Institute of Sport Sciences has greatly improved its infrastructural condition, thus the Hungarian University of Sports Science has world-standard research conditions in certain fields.

Our laboratories provide a basis for the researchers in natural sciences, where the majority of PhD student research projects are.

Owing to the widespread relations of TE with other Hungarian and international universities, the University intends to further improve its storehouse of available research methods.

The research topics accurately describe the vivid and interdisciplinary character of the professional work carried out in the different doctoral programs. In addition, there are number of courses announced for the students with the freedom of individual study plans. Doctoral studies at the University consist of two sections. In the first two years, the aim is to train students to become scientists through coursework and research activities. In the second two-year section, students are provided with the opportunity to evaluate the results of experiments and publish them in acknowledge scientific journals. During this part, students are required to pass a complex examination and to write and defend a dissertation. If all the administrative prerequisites and academic requirements are met, our students can skip the first part and directly enter the second part. In any case, ensuring the high quality of our students’ education is our priority.

Programme structure

The work and progress of PhD students in order to acquire the degree shall be measured in credit points (study units). In PhD training credit points can be gained by learning the course material, fulfilling the requirements of each subject, doing research work or teaching.
As per the Higher Education Act, 240 credits must be gained in the doctoral training, i.e. 30 credit points per each semester, the composition of which is determined by EDT.

The 240 credit points can be gained in 8 semesters. If law permits, an exemption can be made by EDT on individual request; in such cases the 240 credit points may be gained in fewer semesters, too. The 240 credit points are a condition for obtaining an absolutorium (certificate of completion). During the PhD training period educational, research and teaching credit points can be attained. Official acknowledgment of the acquired educational, research and teaching credit points may take place only once, at the closure of each semester. Acknowledgment of 30 credit points is a requirement for the official recognition of a semester.

The measurement of the educational requirements is the study unit (educational credit point). One study unit – which in case of PhD courses is already indicated – is equivalent to 14 hours of lecture or practical class performance tested and evaluated. Courses can be organised in blocks, within one semester or by exceeding the semester boundaries. One credit can be recognised by performing a two times 7 hours’ course as well. The credit points must be acknowledged (accredited) in the semester in which the student’s performance was tested and evaluated.

During the training, the student must accomplish at least 16 credit points (study units). 5 study units out of these must be gained in obligatory subjects of choice. The Departmental Doctoral School (DI) Council may specify the completion of a maximum of a further 8 study units. The remaining study units may be obtained from courses or other undertakings (e.g. lecture series) of the students’ choice, approved by the University Doctoral Council (EDT). Half of the total credit points must be obtained by participating in the courses announced by the University.

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