The Faculty of Social Sciences has been rated to be the country’s leading university institution for study of the social sciences. The staff’s outstanding teaching quality and the innovation of its research are responsible for the academic reputation.
Departments explore theoretical developments and apply social science research to practical concerns in teaching. The four institutes are centres for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programmes. We pride ourselves as having an important role in training teachers, including future university teachers.
We not only conduct research in the social science but also encourage our researchers to collaborate with other internationally renowned universities and extend the boundaries of social science research across disciplines. Organisationally the structure of the Faculty of Social Sciences includes the Centre of Foreign Language Education and Research serving the students of economics, business and social sciences and other organisational units, too.
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The aim of the program is to offer postgraduate studies in the multidisciplinary field of International Studies.
PhD in International Relations
The aim of the program is to offer postgraduate studies in the multidisciplinary field of International Studies. Since International Studies consists of many academic fields, in the structure of the program such sciences as International Law, International Economics, Theory of International Relations, History of International relations, Regional Studies can be found. The lectures of the Doctoral School are mainly organized by the Department of World Economy (Faculty of Economics) and the Institute for International Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences).
The doctoral program covers two major areas: education and research. The first two years of the course constitutes the educational period. Research starts parallel with the educational program, and makes up the final year of the program. The first year of studies include core subjects on methodology and theory, some attended by students of both subprograms, while others are course-specific.
The students have to submit a research proposal at the end of their first year. Based on their proposal a supervisor is appointed by the Council of the Doctoral School. During the second academic year subprogram-specific lessons and alternative subjects are studied. Also, the preparation for writing the thesis starts during research seminars. At the same time research forums are held in order to enable discussions and a better understanding of the results of research done before.
Language of the program: English – Hungarian
Discipline of science: Social Sciences
Branch of science: economics, political science
Head of the World Economics Subprogram: Professor András Blahó CSc
Department of World Economy
International and Security Studies
Head of the International and Security Studies Subprogram: Professor Erzsébet Kaponyi, PhD dr. habil.,
Institute for International Studies
The PhD program in Sociology aims to prepare students to carry out high quality research in economic sociology and related social areas.
PhD in Sociology
The PhD program in Sociology aims to prepare students to carry out high quality research in economic sociology and related social areas. In order to achieve this goal we offer courses in sociological theory, methodology, stratification, economic sociology, and subject area topics. PhD students are supposed to take part in research seminars from the beginning, where their topic is discussed and developed.
The program includes the following specialization areas:
Economic sociology - Migration studies - Financial culture of everyday life –
Corruption and social norms –Subjective well-being – Information technology and society – Local society – Unemployment - Labour market – Social policy –
Social aspects of European integration – Elites - Entrepreneurship –
Deliberative and experimental methods - Networks, trust and social resources
The work of the PhD student is controlled by a tutor, whose task is to advise the PhD candidate during the research. The degree-acquiring process includes three elements: to pass the doctoral rigorosum, to write and defend the proposal, and to write and defend the final doctoral dissertation. The final dissertation has to be defended in front of a committee, including the opponents with written evaluation of the thesis.
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