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Frequently asked questions – Admission to Corvinus Doctoral Schools

General questions and answers

Who is the doctoral programme for?

We recommend our doctoral programmes primarily to those who wish to pursue academic career and would like to be employed in higher education and the scientific sphere. Our doctoral schools are open not only to those who obtained their degree at Corvinus but also to those who come from other higher educational institutions.

What requirements must I meet to be admitted?

Hungarian citizens and citizens of EU and EEA member states with treatment equal to that of Hungarian citizens, as well as non-Hungarian citizens, who are not among persons with treatment equal to that of Hungarian citizens may apply for admission. They must have a certificate with minimum good grade (or equivalent) obtained in university or accredited master programme of equal value (MA or MSc) and minimum one state-recognised type ‘C’ intermediate level – intermediate (level B2) general language, complex – or equivalent language examination. We do not accept part-time MBA degree.
Applicant who won National Conference of Students’ Scientific Associations (Hungarian acronym: OTDK) award is given preference. Verifiable research ability (National Students’ Scientific Association – Hungarian acronym: OTD -, scientific publications). 

Is English language examination necessary?

Minimum one state-recognised type ‘C’ intermediate level – intermediate (level B2) general language, complex – or equivalent language examination is necessary.
If the applicant has an intermediate (level B2) or equivalent language examination not in English language, he/she must participate in an English language interview within the framework of the admission procedure organised by the Council of the competent Doctoral School. 

How can I apply for the programme?

Application documents must be submitted online, in electronic form to the phd.office@uni-corvinus.hu e-mail address in 2021, too. Information related to the application and the necessary forms are available at the website of the University on this link.

When can I apply for the programme?

You can apply for the programme between 15 April and May 09, 2021! Application has been closed.

What master’s degree do I need for the application?

You can apply with a certificate of minimum good grade (or equivalent) obtained in university or accredited master programme of equal value (MA or MSc).

From what universities can I apply

There is no such restriction.

Can I apply with a certificate obtained abroad?

Yes, you can also apply with a certificate obtained abroad, however, Corvinus University will subject it to an equivalence examination. Here we will examine whether the qualification obtained abroad meets the requirements prescribed by Corvinus.

Do I need to name a supervisor when I apply?

No, you do not need to name a supervisor when you apply. The submission of the research proposal is sufficient – the Doctoral School will assign a suitable mentor and supervisor for the topic if you are admitted.

How many doctoral schools are there?

Corvinus has a total of four doctoral schools.

What doctoral schools does Corvinus have?

  • Doctoral School of Business and Management
  • Doctoral School of Economics, Business and Informatics
  • Doctoral School of International Relations and Political Science
  • Doctoral School of Sociology and Communication Science 

Will programmes be available in Székesfehérvár, too?

No.

What is the language of the programme?

The languages of the programme are Hungarian and English languages, due to the internationalisation process built on the ever-increasing number of foreign students the majority of the courses will be in English.

What will the study form of the programme be?

The programme will be either full time or correspondence.

Are there state-financed places in the Corvinus doctoral programme?

There are students with state scholarship (including Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship students) and there are fee-paying students in the doctoral schools, who can also apply for different supports (for example Corvinus Doctoral Scholarship, NBH Excellence Scholarship).

How many state-financed places are there?

We have 58 state-financed places, of which 42 students may also be granted Corvinus Doctoral Scholarship.

How much does the programme cost for fee-paying students?

Tuition fees for students admitted in 2021 will be the following in the 2021/22 academic year per semester:

  • HUF 320 000 Hungarian language programme for Hungarian citizens and foreigners with equal treatment (EU EEA).
  • HUF 660 000 (HUF 320 000 normal tuition fee + HUF 340 000 language contribution): English language programme for Hungarian citizens and foreigners with equal treatment (EU EEA).
  • EUR 3 200 for citizens of third countries. 

Do I have to pay language contribution?

Yes, you will have to, if you are not applying for a Hungarian language programme.

Do I have to submit a separate application for the Corvinus Doctoral Scholarship?

Yes.

Is full-time or part-time job allowed with the doctoral studies?

Yes, students can have a full-time or part-time job at the time of the doctoral programme

What is the essence of the two-way system?

Those pursuing career in higher education and research can do the academic course, while those coming from practice but having affinity for processing scientific problems can do the expert course.

How long is the training time?

4+4+2 semesters. The programme has eight semesters, which cannot be shortened: it has two phases: two-year study-research and two-year research-dissertation periods. The status can be suspended (passivation) in the first two years only in extraordinary cases (accident, sickness), after which maximum two passive semesters can be used. It means in practice that the programme must be completed within maximum five years after the registration and the PhD dissertation must be submitted at the end of the fifth year.

Can I postpone a semester?

In extraordinary exceptional cases only (e.g. to have a child, sickness) in the case of the law applied to doctoral programmes. Postponement is to be expressly avoided in the first two years as it usually breaks the progress, momentum of the doctoral research.

How can I complete the programme if I already have experience in research and have my own scientific achievements?

You can complete the programme through individual preparation with joining the other students at the end of the second year by taking the comprehensive examination. You will have to meet strict criteria, especially in the field of scientific publications, to be admitted in the form of completing the programme through individual preparation.

What phases will the programme have?

• Study and research phase,
• research and dissertation phase. 

How many credits do I have to earn during the programme?

240. 

What other scholarships and application opportunities do I have in the course of the programme?

  • Cooperative Doctoral Scholarship
  • Scholarships of the New National Excellence Programme (Hungarian acronym: ÚNKP)
  • NBH Excellence Scholarship
  • Foreign Study Trip Scholarship
  • Participation in scientific conferences 

Can I have partial training abroad?

Yes, you can. ERASMUS programme has doctoral elements, however, there are of course other opportunities, too. We will, however, support stay abroad for a period longer than half year in the third-fourth years only.

Can I have student accommodation?

Yes, you can, in the CUB dormitories. There is no special rent support.

Is there protection of interests, representations of interest for the doctoral students?

An umbrella organisation harmonising doctoral programmes at Corvinus University of Budapest. The key task of CDS is the facilitation of the successful operation of doctoral schools autonomous in professional-scientific respect, smooth communication, efficient performance of administration and education management tasks, ensuring the competitiveness of the education of future generations of scientists. Its head is the Director General, who is also the chairperson of the Doctoral Cabinet.

Are there doctoral students with disabilities?

Yes, we presently have doctoral students with disabilities. Pursuant to the University Doctoral Regulations they have preferential procedures in some respects.

What are Corvinus Doctoral Schools, i.e. CDS (Hungarian acronym: CDI)?

An umbrella organisation harmonising doctoral programmes at Corvinus University of Budapest. The key task of CDS is the facilitation of the successful operation of doctoral schools autonomous in professional-scientific respect, smooth communication, efficient performance of administration and education management tasks, ensuring the competitiveness of the education of future generations of scientists. Its head is the Director General, who is also the chairperson of the Doctoral Cabinet.

What is Doctoral Cabinet, i.e. DC (Hungarian acronym: DK)?

A consultation body consisting of the heads and track directors of doctoral schools. It takes a stand primarily on regulatory, budgetary and strategic issues concerning Corvinus Doctoral Schools at its meetings. It prepares the upcoming meeting of the University Doctoral Council.

What is University Doctoral Office, i.e. UDO (Hungarian acronym: EDI)?

Organisational unit comprehensively performing the administration of the doctoral programme, customer service and office activities as well. Among other things it performs the administration of doctoral admission procedure, taking a subject, comprehensive examination and public PhD defence. It keeps official records, issues documents and certificates.

What are Doctoral School Council Secretariats, i.e. UDO Secretariats?

The operation of the different doctoral schools are supervised by councils elected by the core members. The secretariats help the administrative tasks of these bodies, as well as of the heads and track directors of the doctoral schools. They organise thesis proposal discussions, receive the applications of the students and coordinate the credit requests. They are the key characters of information provision, contact with the students and lecturers.

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