Doctoral education at the same time marks the beginning of a longprocess of socialization: it is a decisive phase in getting introduced to theacademic form of life. Up to now around 1500 students have obtaineda PhD degree at the Corvinus University of Budapest or one of its legalpredecessors and there are several hundred students who are currentlygetting ready for the submission of their doctoral dissertation. Thisstudy guide is intended mainly for students who began their studies after1 September 2016 in the so–called „new type” of doctoral education. It containsall the basic information that is needed to find one’s way in the world of theCorvinus Doctoral Schools.
Corvinus Doctoral Schools (CDS):
Umbrella organization coordinating doctoral programs at the CorvinusUniversity of Budapest. The most important tasks of CDS are to facilitate theeffective functioning of the professionally autonomous doctoral schools, to ensuresmooth communication, efficient administration and educational management, tomaintain the competitiveness of the education of future generations of scientists.CDS is headed by a Director General who is also the Chairman of the DoctoralCabinet.
Doctoral Cabinet (DC):
Consultative body composed of the Heads and Program Directors of theDoctoral Schools. It gives an opinion on regulatory, budgetary and strategicmatters related to the Corvinus Doctoral Schools. The Cabinet also prepares theupcoming meeting of the University Doctoral Council.
University Doctoral Office (UDO):
Organizational unit in charge of the administration of doctoral education overall,including both service centre activities and office functions, among others it dealswith the administration of the doctoral admission procedure, registration, courseregistration, the comprehensive exam and the public PhD defence. It keepsofficial records, issues documents and certificates.
University Doctoral Council (UDC):
The supreme decision making body responsible for doctoral education. Itis comprised of the Heads, Program Directors of the Doctoral Schools, theirdelegates as well as external experts. The Council meets twice each semester andtakes decisions on matters like admissions to doctoral schools, on the compositionof the Evaluation Committees of public defences and on awarding the PhDdegree.
Secretariats of the Council of Doctoral School (CDS Secretariats):
The operation of each doctoral school is supervised by a Council elected by theCore Members of the Doctoral School. The Secretariats provide administrativesupport to these bodies, as well as to the Heads and Program Directors of theDoctoral Schools. They are in charge of organizing the defence of the thesisproposal, handle applications from students, coordinate the administration ofcredit request forms, provide information, they also represent the main forum forliaising with students and lecturers.