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PHDDoctoral School of Public Administration Sciences [Social Science]

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The Doctoral School of Public Administration Sciences is the only doctoral school specializing in the field of public administration in Hungary. The aim of the Doctoral School’s program is to provide postgraduate-level education to professionals (researchers and practitioners) working in the field of public administration. The Doctoral School of Public Administration Sciences focuses on 7 areas of research: – History of State and Public administration – Jurisprudence – Organizational studies in Public Service and Sociology – Economic Sciences – Political Sciences and Governance Studies – Public Administration personnel – International and European Studies The organised training lasts 8 semesters and applies the system of credit points. In order to successfully finish their training and receive their pre-degree certificate (absolutorium) by the end of the 8th semester, PhD students must obtain at least 240 credit points and a certificate of B2 level in two foreign languages. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a PhD degree in Public Administration Sciences.

Entry requirements:
MSc/MA degree

Entrance exam:

Type of entrance exam:

Entrance exam location:
Electronic or personal

Entrance exam description:
An application for an organised PhD programme must be submitted to the Office of Scientific Affairs (OSA) using the application form specified in the manner
The Admission Interviews are conducted in person or via MS Teams organized by the doctoral school. The Admission Interview is usually preceded by the evaluation of submitted research proposals from the applicants. At the interview, the applicant’s scientific (professional) performance, previous research activities and foreign language proficiency are assessed with points awarded. Maximum of 100 points may be obtained at the interview. The interview will last about 15-20 mins.
The Committee assesses and rates applicants and develops their standpoints: an applicant’s admission may be proposed, conditionally proposed or not proposed.

Research topics for academic year 2023/2024 is available here:

Mr Gergő Drahota
Doctoral school coordinator

Preparatory year available:

Specialisation year available:

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Doctoral Regulation

Programme structure

The duration of the organized programme is eight semesters, during which a total of
minimum 240 credits must be acquired, as well as the fulfilment of other criteria set out in
the training plan of the DS and in the SER of the DS, are mandatory.
The doctoral programme consists of two phases of 4-4 semesters.
In the first two years (education and research period), students take compulsory core
courses. At the end of the fourth semester of the doctoral programme, students shall be required to close the training and research phase by taking a complex examination aimed to measure and assess the progress made in study and research, the completion of which shall be a condition for the commencement of the research and dissertation phase.
The second two years (research and dissertation writing period) focus on doctoral research
and the writing of the thesis. After finishing this period, the PhD student has one year to
submit the dissertation.

General conditions for obtaining a doctoral degree:
a) documentation of independent scientific work, in particular publications in scientific
journals, books, scientific conference publications, mostly related to the research
topic of the applicant submitting the doctoral dissertation. The required academic
achievement shall be evidenced by reaching minimum 20 publication points,
summarised according to the score table, of which at least one must be a peerreviewed publication in a foreign language, and at least four peer-reviewed journal
b) proof of knowledge of two foreign languages. Two of the languages specified in
paragraph (3) of Article 22 shall be certified by a state-recognised, B2 level
(intermediate) complex language examination or equivalent. If the applicant has a
C1 level (advanced) complex state-recognised language examination (or an
equivalent certificate), it will be sufficient if the applicant proves a B1 level (basic
level) complex state-recognised language examination (or equivalent certificate) in
another language, taking into account that the doctoral student may be exempted
from a part of the language examination depending on the type of disability
identified in the expert opinion;
c) applicants of non-Hungarian nationality must pass at least two state-recognized
intermediate level language examinations in addition to their mother tongue, or one
state-recognized advanced level and one state-recognized basic level complex
language exams, or another equivalent language exams;
d) obtaining the absolutorium;
e) solving the scientific task independently, preparing a dissertation, creating a work of
art and defending the results in public discussion.

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