International Relations Multidisciplinary Doctoral School

General

Program Description

The discipline of science: Social Sciences

Branch of science: economics, political science

Subprograms:

  • World Economics
  • International and Security Studies  
  • Geopolitics

Language of the program: English – Hungarian

Name of the doctoral degree obtained: Ph.D. in Economics, Ph.D. in Political ScienceThe Doctoral School is based on the following MA programs:

  • MA in International Economy and Business,
  • MA in International Relations,
  • MA in Political Science

Rethinking Europe Research Group

Scientific and research advisers

András Blahó CSs, Professor Emeritus

Zsolt Rostoványi DSc, 

Research Lead: Dr. Éva Bóka Ph.D., Dr. Habil Honorary associate professor

Research Lead Economics: Dr. Balázs Sárvári Ph.D., Rector of Saint Ignatius Jesuit College; Assistant Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest Email: balazs.sarvari@uni-corvinus.hu

Associate Researchers:

  • Bálint Czékus, Ph.D., Deputy Head of Mission at Embassy of Hungary, Berne
  • Endre Domonkos, Ph.D., Scientific Senior Research Fellow, Budapest University of Economics, Department of International Relations
  • György Folk, Ph.D., Lecturer, Corvinus University of Budapest, Independent Researcher
  • Csaba Horváth, Ph.D., Scientific Research Fellow, Silk Road Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • József Lukács, Ph.D., Government Relations, Foreign Ministry, Hungary
  • Rita Pálfiné Sipőcz, Ph.D., Head of Department at Ministry of Finance, Government Administration, Budapest
  • Balázs Sárvári, Ph.D., Rector of Saint Ignatius Jesuit College; Assistant Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest

Aims and research fields:

The aim of the Rethinking Europe Research Group is to rethink the European economic and social organization concentrating on modernization and globalization in a multidisciplinary (historical, economic, geopolitical, and cultural) approach.

The main research fields:

  • History of Europe and international relations
  • The history and problems of European modernity
  • Rethinking colonization
  • The history of the idea of European unity
  • The history of the European Integration
  • The European values and principles (the system of liberties)
  • The economic, political and cultural questions of the European Union (theory and practice)
  • Europe in the world: Relations of Europe (EU) with the United States, Turkey, Russia, East-Asia (China, Japan, and South-Korea), South East Asia (ASEAN), South Asia, South America, and Africa
  • Europe (EU) and the United Nations
  • Regionalism and the reform of the United Nations
  • The future of Europe in the global world

How to join?

The Rethinking Europe Research Group is open to post-docs and Ph.D. candidates of the Corvinus University of Budapest. If you are interested to join, you should send an e-mail to Éva Bóka (bokaeva@gmail.com) with a paper proposal. It should include the title, the abstract, and the contents of the planned paper. The topic has to correspond to the research fields of the Rethinking Europe Research Group. It cannot be the Ph.D. research topic itself in the case of Ph.D. candidates, but it can be related to it. If the proposal is of interest, the proposer will receive an answer with suggestions, advice, and a deadline.

The main field of research of the Doctoral School

  • Theory of International Relations
  • International Economics 
  • International Finance
  • International Law 
  • World Economics 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Regional Economics 
  • Theory of Development Economy 
  • Regional Studies 
  • History of the European Union 
  • Economics of the European Integration 
  • Institutions of the European Union 
  • Civilization – Globalization 
  • Human rights, minority protection 
  • Security policy 
  • Transatlantic Integration 
  • Comparative integration studies 
  • Geopolitics 
  • Regional development, urbanization, and regional politics
  • Global environmental issues 

Admission 

Eligibility criteria include the following: 

  • University degree or an MA/MSc degree with honors (or equivalent) awarded in an accredited educational program as well as 300 credits obtained in either a single cycle or a two-stage university (undergraduate and graduate) education. Please note that non-master level MBA degrees are not accepted! 
  • Applicants without previous studies in the relevant field (but who otherwise meet all the entrance requirements) can be admitted provided that they take a number of “bridging” subjects during the first semester of their studies and pass the relevant exams.
  • For students graduating in the 2019/2020 academic year, the deadline for presenting the certificates is 2 September 2020. Admission for the given year is only conditional until applicants are able to produce their certificates. Priority shall be given to applicants who have won a prize in the relevant subject at the National Conference of Scientific Students' Associations ("OTDK"). A further advantage is proven researcher capacity (e.g. OTD, scientific publications). 
  • Proficiency in the English language is also a requirement. If the applicant does not have a language certificate in English, English knowledge should be proven in an interview organized by the Ph.D. Programme.

Information with regard to self-financing and scholarship:

The doctoral education program is full time and can be completed with state scholarship or through self-financing. The contents of the program are identical in both cases. All the students take part in the same courses, the only difference being in the form of financing. Students who are granted status with scholarship receive a state scholarship, the amount of which is HUF 140 680/month in semesters 1 to 4 and HUF 180 680/month in semesters 5 to 8. The relevant amounts are transferred to the student’s bank account by the University. 

The following students are eligible for state scholarship: 

  • Ph.D. students with Hungarian citizenship who apply for full-time education in an organized form.
  • foreign Ph.D. students who receive equivalent treatment with students of Hungarian citizenship on the basis of legislation or an international agreement. 

The time period of the payment of the state doctoral scholarship is 4 years (48 months). The amount of the scholarship is set out in Act CCIV of 2011 on Higher Education. In accordance with the Act, whereas the majority of the educational costs of students with a scholarship is covered by the state budget, the costs of self-financed education are borne by the student. 

During the program, all Ph.D. students may apply for funds to support their participation in conferences in Hungary and abroad.

For students to be admitted in 2020, tuition fees per semester for the 2020/21 academic year are as follows:

  • HUF 320 000 Hungarian-language program for Hungarian citizens and foreign (EU and EEA) enjoying equal treatment with Hungarians.
  • HUF 660 000 (regular tuition fee of HUF 320 000 + language contribution of HUF 340 000)  English-language program for Hungarian citizens and foreign (EU and EEA) enjoying equal treatment with Hungarians.
  • EUR 3 200 Third-country nationals.
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

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Corvinus University is Hungary’s most eminent educational institution in the fields of economics, Management, and Social Sciences. University-level education, just as in the most advanced countries of the world, started in Budapest in the1920s at the autonomous Economics Faculty of the Hungarian Royal University of Science. Read less