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PhDDoctoral School of Literary and Cultural Studies

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Program description:
The Institute invites applicants from graduates of universities other than Debrecen to continue their studies in one of these PhD programs. Only students with a university/MA degree are accepted, based on an interview that evaluates the applicant’s scholarly performance, proposed doctoral work, and general professional intelligence. Further professional conditions can be set by the university or faculty councils as well as by the doctoral program committees themselves. Doctoral students may be engaged in teaching in the undergraduate program of the University of Debrecen. The applicants of the program may choose from the following research areas: British studies, (North-)American studies, Canadian studies, Australian studies, literary and cultural studies, American, British, Australian history, comparative literature, film studies, media studies, gender studies postcolonial studies.

The taught part of this doctoral programme provides students with the theoretical and historical background as well as with analytical skill necessary for the completion of their dissertation, in the disciplines and fields specified above.

Entry requirements:
Relevant Master degree

Students need to contact a supervisor. In the application the name of the supervisor who accepted the student has to be mentioned. Applications without a selected supervisor cannot be accepted. List of supervisors at the Doctoral School:

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Applicants are expected tohave:
- an MA degree in one of the fields relevant to the profile of the doctoral programme (preferably, but not exclusively, in British and/or American studies, comparative literature, history, gender studies, postcolonial studies).
- English proficiency (level)
- a research plan of ca. 1200 words

Ms Lilla Fónai
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Programme structure

Doctoral students must earn at least 240 credits before the completion of the training (30±3credits per semester).
Credits might be earned for three types of activities during the four years (8 semesters) of training: course credits, credits for teaching, and research credits (a certain proportion of the latter may include credits earned by administrative work). By the end of the first two years (the research and teaching phase), students must earn 12-20 course credits. A maximum of 40 teaching credits might be earned for teaching undergraduate courses (this element is not compulsory, these credits might be earned for other types of activities). The bulk of the credits earned by our students (180-220) are research credits.
Checkpoints are the following: theme presentation at the end of year one, complex examination (a theoretical oral exam combined with the defence of the dissertation hypothesis) at the end of year two, and a chapter defence at the end of year three. The complex defence divides phase one from phase two (years 3-4), dedicated to research and the completion of the dissertation.

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States