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PhDDoctoral School of Sociology and Communication Science [Social Science]

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Program description:
Doctoral School of Sociology and Communication Science has two Programs.
1. The Doctoral program of Sociology consists of two parts. In the first two years, doctoral students attend classes, outline and elaborate their research projects, and eventually participate in teaching. The coursework focuses on developing research skills. That first part is completed with a comprehensive examination. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, students are allowed into the second two years and to work on the doctoral dissertation. The final dissertation must be submitted 5 years after acceptance to the program. Students should work on their doctoral research continuously. In the first two years, the research seminars help the students to design the doctoral research. Third and fourth-year students are going to present their research findings at research forums.
2. The objective of the Doctoral Program of Social Communication is to prepare students to carry out high quality research in the following areas: the examination of issues of theoretical and applied communication, the clarification of the notion of communication, its role in society and its theoretical context, as well as the exploration of the sociological, socio/psychological, cultural, anthropological and ethological aspects of communication. The program of the School, besides offering sociological and psychological knowledge, is geared to the combination of the particular accents of the theories, paradigms, hypotheses, methods, and problem orientation of cultural studies, communication and media studies, as well as historical social sciences, placing strong emphasis on critical, global and interdisciplinary approaches.

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MA/MSc diploma

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Phases of Admission Procedure: Phase 1. Preliminary research plan in English (max. 10.000–15.000 characters) outlining the research topic. The essay shall feature the motivation, the theme, the disciplinary context and the delineation of the proposed research, the topics to be included in the literature review as well as the research objectives and the proposed methodological approach. 2. Work (or a selected excerpt thereof) presenting the applicant’s previous scientific experience and illustrating his/her ability in the area of critically analysing and synthesizing literature on a given topic (e.g. publication, (excerpt of) dissertation, research report, (excerpt of) paper presented at conferences (e.g. scientific conferences for students at BA/BSc or MA/MSc levels). Length: max. 10.000-15.000 characters. (All documents originally written in languages other than English or Hungarian must be accompanied by an official translation in English.) The previous academic/scientific achievements/preparedness consists subcategories: 1. Proven involvement in scientific research/ work2. List of publications (written or oral /e.g. conference talk including papers presented at scientific conferences for students/) 3. Qualification of MA/MSc degree4. B2 or higher level state-recognized language examination in one of the following world languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and or Chinese)
Phase 2.: Oral Entrance Examination (interview via the Internet) After Phase 1. the selected applicants participate in the Oral Interview (in English). Discussion takes place on the answers given to the questions relating to the essay outlining the research topic, furthermore it is assessed whether the applicant’s intellectual capacities are suitable for scientific work. The decision on admission is based on examination of the application documents and on the results of the oral entrance examination.


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