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PHDDoctoral School of Military Sciences [Social Science]

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Program description:
The Doctoral School of Military Sciences focuses on the questions of military science regarding the activities of the defense sphere. This includes a wide spectrum of research fields from military history through security theories, defense administration to national security. Although the doctoral program of the School is primarily based on certain accredited MSc programs of the National University of Public Service, the law on higher education enables the admission of graduates of other universities and with a scientific background related to military sciences. The organised training lasts 8 semesters and applies the system of credit points. In order to successfully finish their training and receive their leaving certificate (absolutory) by the end of the 8th semester, PhD students must obtain at least 240 credit points and B2 level in two foreign languages. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a PhD degree in Military Sciences.

Entry requirements:
MSc/MA degree

Entrance exam:

Type of entrance exam:
oral and written

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Entrance exam description:
An application for an organised PhD programme must be submitted to the AOC (The Academic Organisational Centre of the University) using the application form specified in the manner and until the deadline announced in the entrance information brochure. With regard to an application for an individual study programme, the publication results, equalling are least 10 publication points, of research activities must be documented. If an application is insufficient in form, the AOC calls on the applicant to provide any missing documents. If a missing document is not made available until the deadline set forth in the call for applications, the application will be turned down. Any rejection must be justified specifically, item by item. The head of the DS (Doctoral School) invites applicants who submitted applications sufficient in form to an interview (on Skype) in May. The examination of applicants applying for individual preparation is an exception to the above. The admission committee has at least three members. Its chair is the head or deputy head of the DS and its members are the head and an invited expert of the research field involved. The supervisor concerned may be present at the interview not possessing the right to vote. At the interview, the applicant’s scientific (professional) performance, previous research activities and foreign language proficiency are checked, with points awarded. A maximum of 100 points may be obtained at the interview.

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

Ms Andrea Bódai
Doctoral school coordinator

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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:
1) 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
2) knowledge of two foreign languages ​​defined in the relevant paragraph of the UDHR
complex state-recognized language exam (or equivalent) with a certificate
verification. One of the two language exam requires at least B1 level (basic level), the other
language test must be at least B2 level (intermediate level); Two of the languages specified in paragraph (3) of Article 22 shall be certified by a state-recognised language exam.
3) a non-Hungarian native speaker applicant has to prove at least two other language exam than his native language with state-recognized language test according to the conditions of paragraph (2);
4) obtaining the absolutorium;
5) solving the scientific task independently, preparing a dissertation, creating a work of
art and defending the results in public discussion.

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