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PhDDoctoral School of History [Arts and Humanities]

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The aim of the doctoral program is to develop research skills and enable students to attain knowledge in the fields of political, social, and cultural history. Special emphasis will be placed on Central European and Hungarian history as well as comparative and global histories. Available doctoral programmes:

Ancient History Doctoral Programme
Archaeology Doctoral Programme
Assyriology and Hebrew-Judaic Studies Doctoral Programme
Eastern European History Studies Doctoral Programme
Egyptology Doctoral Programme
History of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey Doctoral Programme
Interdisciplinary History Doctoral Programme
Medieval and Early Modern World History
Modern and Contemporary World History Doctoral Programme
Russian Studies Doctoral Programme

The Entry Requirement is completed MA-level studies in the field related to the desired Ph.D. program and a B2 level or higher language exam and a Letter of Acceptance from your future ELTE supervisor.

For other special requirements and for the available topics visit our webpage: www.btk.elte.hu/en/phd/application
“Special requirement and Doctoral Topics available to apply”

Before sending the application, please contact the head of the doctoral training programme you wish to study at!

Review of the candidates is based on the submitted application documents and on a MS TEAMS or personal interview. The applicants will be interviewed by an admission committee (entrance examination). In this interview, they will be asked about previous university achievements, the individual research plan and the scientific competence in the field of interest.

The Faculty’s doctoral council decides of acceptance or rejection on the grounds of the admission committees reports made following the interview.

Preparatory and Specialisation years are not available for Ph.D. studies.

For more information please contact:

Ms. Kinga Fürtön
PhD coordinator

website: studyinhungary.hu/institution/eotvos-lorand-university-66.html

Programme structure

4-year training in 2 parts for 240 credits. Training and Research Period (1-4 semester, 120 credits ): 8 obligatory courses, 4 consultations. Each course and consultation worth 10 credit. At the end of the Training and Research Period, the student has to complete the Comprehensive Exam. Students who fail to take the Comprehensive Exam by the end of the 4th semester (until the deadline of the re-examination period), or should fail the Comprehensive Exam (even the reexamination) will lose their student status. Research and dissertation Period (5-8th semester,120 credits): 4 consultations (4X10 credits), scientific work (80 credits). After collecting all 240 credits the student receives the absolutorium and can start the Doctoral Process. Ph. D degree can be obtains during the Doctoral Procedure, which includes the Public Disputation of the Doctoral Thesis. The Thesis must be submitted 3 years after the Comprehensive Exam. The curriculum can be downloaded at: www.elte.hu/file/KPR_V_A_DOKT.pdf

Career opportunities

According to the latest entrance exam statistics the Faculty of Humanities is home of the best and most gifted students nationwide. With nearly 8,000 students, the Faculty has been a stronghold of scientific knowledge all over Hungary. Employers inside and outside Hungary are aware that a graduate from ELTE BTK will be of an extremely high standard. Coming to our faculty will increase your career prospects by the time you earn your degree.

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Research Institutes, Universities, Museums, Diplomacy

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