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(1) During the 4 semesters of the education and research phase students should take courses, do research work, prepare publications and take the comprehensive exam. 
  a) PhD-students should fulfill minimum 30 credits per semester. Each academic year a maximum of 70 credits can be obtained. 
  b) During the 4 semesters students should acquire 120 credits in order to be able to take the comprehensive exam. 

(2) Each semester students should collect credits from their courses, research, publication and teaching. 

Research and publication credits 
   a) Research credits: individual research (e.g. individual literature review, individual research lead by the supervisor). 
   b) Publication credits: see Assessment of publications. 

Teaching creditsIt is compulsory for every student to acquire minimum 1 time bar teaching or teaching assistance equivalent to 1 time bar teaching, during the education and research phase. 

Comprehensive examThe comprehensive exam has 2 parts: 
  • academic/theoretical part (based on the accomplished courses) 
  • Dissertation part: the PhD student reports on his/her research results, gives literature review and presents his/her research plan for the thesis writing unit of the Doctoral Programme. This part of the exam is based on a 20-30 pages essay submitted by the PhD student in advance. 

 Education and research phase (1-4 semesters):
minimummaximum
courses60
teaching1 time bar (6 credits)20
research and publication40not defined
Total120
(3) During the 4 semesters of the research and dissertation phase the student should do research, publish his/her research results, and prepare his/her dissertation thesis to discuss. It is compulsory to submit his/her final dissertation within maximum 4 years after starting this research and dissertation phase. 

(4) It is compulsory to collect 120 credits: 
a) Minimum 100 credits should be collected from research and publication (from this minimum 20 credits should be publication credits). 
b) Maximum 20 credits can be collected from teaching. 
c) Minimum 30 credits should be fulfilled during each semester. 
d) At the end of the research and dissertation phase students should collect 240 credits in order to have the absolutorium (education and research phase 120 credits + research and dissertation phase 120 credits). 

The thesis-proposal can be submitted after the successful complex exam. Defence of the proposal is in front of a committee of five members, two of which are the official opponents who supply their written evaluation of the proposal. 

Final dissertation has to be defended in front of a committee of seven members, three of which are the official opponents who supply their written evaluation of the final dissertation. The dissertation has to be submitted not later than the end of the fifth year from the beginning of the programme. 

Research and dissertation phase:
minimummaximum
teaching or teaching assistance020
research and publication100, from which minimum 40 credits from publications
Total120
PhD students participating in the full degree program have to pay tuition fees. The following rates will be applied:
Admission fee35 Euro
Tuition fee per semester3200 Euro (to be paid in the first four years)
Comprehensive exam fee400 Euro
Thesis-proposal defence fee800 Euro
Final thesis defence fee1200 Euro
Since September 2013, the Doctoral School of Business and Management guarantees for its PhD candidates to submit their thesis proposal, and the final dissertation based on their own scientific publications. The progress of this procedure has started and follows the internationally used procedure’s rules. It is proposed for submitting to record accurately these rules in the Regulations of the Doctoral School. 
The formal requirements of the paper-based dissertation are given in the Doctoral Regulations of Corvinus University of Budapest and its Appendices. 

Content requirements of paper-based dissertation: 
  • The dissertation is required to have a longer (about 30 pages long) discussion chapter in which the papers which provide the major chapters of the dissertation, are connected and cited correctly. 
  • The main part (major chapters) must include minimum 3, maximum 5 papers of the author. 
  • Publication phase: at least 3 published papers. 
  • Authors: at least one of the papers must be single authored. In case of co-authored papers the PhD candidate must be the first author of at least one of the papers. 
  • Language of publication: at least one paper must be published in English. 
  • Qualification of the publications: at least one paper has to be published in a WoS indexed journal. One further paper has to be published in a WoS indexed journal OR in an A or B category journal on the list of Hungarian Academy of Science, Department of Economic Sciences and Law. A further article has to be published in a minimum C category journal on the list of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Department of Economic Sciences and Law OR in a WoS indexed journal. 
  • Summary. 

The content requirements for the thesis proposal in case of a paper-based dissertation: 
  • The thesis proposal must contain 30 pages long discussion in which the papers – giving the main part of the dissertation – are connected and cited correctly. 
  • For the thesis proposal, out of the minimum 3 articles, one paper which is listed in a WoS indexed journal is required to be already published. From the further papers at least one have to be accepted by the editor of a relevant journal (rules see above). Letter of acceptance and projected date of publication is required to be submitted. 
  • Previous summary.

(1) Registration for the comprehensive exam is subject to:

a) Meeting the foreign language requirements

In accordance with the provisions of the University Doctoral Regulations (UDR). For the comprehensive exam at least one intermediate “B2”level complex language examination recognized by the state or equivalent in one of the world languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese) is required. For foreign students besides the mother tongue at least one intermediate “B2” level complex language examination recognized by the state or equivalent is required. The required documents, certificates, or their copies shall be attached to the registration form for the comprehensive exam (and shall constitute its annexes).

b) Obtaining not less than 120 credits in the education and research phase of the doctoral program (except for students who prepare individually for obtaining the doctoral degree, whose student status is established by reporting to the comprehensive examination and the acceptance thereof).

The certificate on the acquisition of 120 credits is issued by the University Doctoral Office. This document shall be annexed to the registration form for the comprehensive exam.

c) entering the students’ publications in the MTMT Database and the approval thereof.

The General Table downloaded from the MTMT as well as the bibliographical data registered in MTMT (together with the approval clause) shall be annexed to the registration form for the comprehensive exam (and shall constitute its annexes).

(2) The comprehensive exam is divided into two main sections: in the first part, the doctoral student demonstrates his or her scientific progress (“dissertation part”), in the second part, the theoretical and methodological preparedness of the doctoral student is assessed (“theoretical part”).

(3) The comprehensive exam must be taken publicly before a committee. The comprehensive examining committee consists of not less than five and not more than six members, and at least one third of the members is not employed by the institution operating the doctoral school.

The comprehensive examining committee is approved by the Council of the Doctoral School at the proposal of the Head of the Doctoral School no later than on the 60th day prior to the first day of the exam. The Secretariat of the Doctoral School coordinates with the members of the examining committee in advance, and then officially informs the members about the day of the exam.

(4) The chairperson of the examining committee

 is either a full professor, or a habilitated university associate professor, a professor emeritus or a lecturer, r researcher holding the “Doctor of Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences” title. A foreign expert may not be the chairperson of the examining committee.

(5) Each member of the examining committee must hold an academic degree. There may be a foreign expert among the members of the examining committee. The supervisor of the doctoral student may not be a member of the examining committee.

The examining committee shall be constructed in such a way that should any of the professional members happen to be the candidate’s supervisor,  it is necessary to set up two committees or to replace the professional member in question by another professional member in the relevant assessment phase.

(6) Professional composition of the examining committee at DSBM:

Chairperson, a representative of qualitative methodology, a representative of quantitative methodology, a representative of the field of specialisation, expert specialised in presentation techniques and scientific communication, and secretary. 

(7) Although the supervisor is not a member of the examining committee, he/she must evaluate the work of the doctoral student in writing in advance as well as orally at the beginning of the dissertation part of the comprehensive exam.

The supervisor’s evaluation presents the work of the doctoral students so far done, his/her most significant scientific results as well as briefly refers to the strengths and weaknesses of the deliverable document submitted for the examination. It also states whether the continued participation of the student in the doctoral education is recommended. The supervisor’s evaluation shall be at least 0.5 pages and at most 1 page of A4 size in length. The Secretariat of the Doctoral School shall be in charge of collecting the supervisor’s evaluation.

(8) In the “theoretical part” of the comprehensive exam, the candidate is required to convincingly demonstrate his/her knowledge of the methodological background of the proposed thesis on the one hand, and his/her expertise in the context of the concerned branch of science on the other. In the fourth semester of the education, the candidate must draw up the research plan of the proposed thesis  (research design) in the form of a deliverable document, in which he or she presents the personal reasons for choosing the topic, its timeliness and social, economic and environmental context, as well as the research objectives and research issues. He/she also discloses the foundations of the research methodology and gives reasons for the choice of the methodology, supported by literature, seeks to present the full array of methods he/she intends to use subsequently (aligned with the qualitative, quantitative or hybrid methods, data collection and data analysis tools, etc.) and prepares a critical analysis of the literature of his/her research topic (literature review).

The 20-30 page deliverable material (pdf) must be emailed to both experts of methodology until 1 April. The finalized version must be submitted in 1 printed copy as well as electronically to the DS manager by no later than 11 May (written module). Based on the written deliverable material, the examining committee draws up questions in the oral module of the “theoretical part” of the exam and encourages the candidate to engage in professional debate and consultation during which it assesses the candidate’s broad expertise in methodology and scientific knowledge in the relevant branch of science.

The deliverable material (hereinafter referred to as “the document”) is a document that is intended to lay the foundations of the thesis proposal.   The length of its contents is at least 25 pages (+title page, table of contents, bibliography, annexes) of A4 size, with 2.5 cm margins, using single spacing between the lines, size 12 TNR characters, with paragraphs separated by tabs, one page per sheet numbered in the lower right corner. The document shall be suitable to serve as the basis of substantial discussions on the methodological compliance of the proposed dissertation in the framework of the comprehensive exam. During the discussion the student should demonstrate convincing knowledge of the material acquired at the qualitative and/or quantitative methodological courses and should be able to adapt them to the field of specialization.

The document can be prepared in such a way that a published article or an article with an acceptance notification written by the candidate him/herself or co-authored with his/her supervisor in an A-D category journal featured in the list of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is incorporated into the deliverable material. The article is incorporated into the deliverable material so that it supports the compulsory contents (justification for the selection of the topic, presentation of the timeliness, of the societal, economic and environmental context of the topic, formulation of research objectives and research questions) and is suitable to initiate a methodology oriented professional dialogue about the deliverable material in the framework of the comprehensive exam.

Upon registration for the comprehensive exam, the candidate shall state on the registration form whether he or she wishes to demonstrate his/her knowledge of qualitative, quantitative methods or a combination of the two in the deliverable material.

(9) In the “dissertation part” the examinee gives account of his/her knowledge of the literature in the form of a 15-20 minute presentation and reports on his/her past research activities and results. He/she also outlines his/her research schedule for the second phase of the doctoral education and the schedule for preparing the doctoral dissertation and for publishing the results.

After the presentation the supervisor evaluates the work so far carried out by the examinee in a length not exceeding 5 minutes and states whether he/she has found the candidate suitable for the successful completion of the doctoral studies, whether he/she judges the schedule and the publication plan to be realistic. The committee formulates questions on the contents of the presentation.

(10) The DS organises the comprehensive exam once every year at the end of the spring semester. The comprehensive exam shall be organised in such a way that both its “theoretical” and “dissertation” parts are arranged in the presence of the widest possible professional audience, this however should not interfere with the successful performance of the examinee. Depending on the number of persons entering the comprehensive exam, the “theoretical” and “dissertation” parts of the exam can be organised on the same or on different days, on successive days or within the same day by inserting a longer break. Regardless of how the exam is arranged, each member of the examining committee must continuously be present during both parts of the exam.

Each year the comprehensive exam takes place in June. The exam is held on the same day in two successive stages. The first stage, the theoretical part,  shall be conducted formally before the examining committee (in response to questions), followed by the dissertation stage during which the candidate gives his/her lecture in the form of an oral presentation after which the debate is held in the manner of a discussion. A short, maximum 1-hour break may be inserted between the two stages. The examinees respond to the questions and hold their presentation consecutively, their performance being evaluated after each stage in the absence of members of the public.

(11) The examining committee evaluates the theoretical and dissertation parts of the exam separately and draws up the detailed minutes of the comprehensive exam signed by the members containing a written assessment of the work of the doctoral student from a scientific point of view. The result of the exam shall be announced on the day of the oral exam.

Following the second stage, the examining committee withdraws, assesses the global performance of each examinee and announces the results.

(12) The comprehensive exam is successful if the majority of the members of the committee considers both parts of the exam to be successful.

(13) Both parts of the comprehensive exam are evaluated by means of a written assessment (passed, failed):

successful if the assessment of both parts is “passed”;

unsuccessful if the assessment of either part of the exam is “failed”.

(14) In case the “theoretical” part of the exam is unsuccessful, the doctoral student may repeat the exam once more during the given exam period.

In view of the fact that the theoretical part of the exam is based on a dissertation that is to be submitted, the preparation of which is time-consuming, the repetition of the theoretical exam shall take place before registration for the 5th semester of the sample curriculum, probably in the first week of the autumn semester. In case of a repeated theoretical exam, the modified dissertation shall be transmitted by the student registering for the exam to the University Doctoral Office by 21 August at the latest. Failure to do so shall result in exclusion from doctoral education.

(15) In case the “dissertation” part of the exam is unsuccessful, the doctoral student may not retake the exam in the given exam period, but may take two passive semesters. The doctoral student may continue his/her doctoral studies if he/she successfully completes the dissertation part of the comprehensive exam within one year. A doctoral student holding a state scholarship may in such case continue his/her doctoral studies only in self-financed education.

Whoever fails the dissertation part might postpone his/her doctoral studies for a year and may register again for the comprehensive exam until 15st February of the following year. Failure to do so shall result in exclusion from doctoral education.

(16) The comprehensive exam must be taken in English or Hungarian. If a candidate whose mother tongue is Hungarian prepares his/her study to be submitted in the “dissertation” phase in English, the exam must still be held in Hungarian. If a student whose mother tongue is other than Hungarian reports for the comprehensive exam, all components of the exam can be completed in English (the candidate must indicate such request when reporting for the comprehensive exam).

 

TaskDeadlineResponsible
Announcement of the details of the comprehensive exam, information to students, preparation of supervisors at the level of the Doctoral Schools31 January 2020Doctoral
schools
Decision on the composition of the examining committee of the comprehensive exam at the level of the Doctoral Schools28 February 2020Doctoral
schools
Submission of the pre-deliverable material to both methodology experts1 April 2020Doctoral
schools
Setting of the date of the exam, coordination with the members of the examining committee15 April 2020Doctoral
schools
Submission of the finalized version of the deliverable material (1 printed copy as well as via email)11 May 2020Doctoral
schools
Submission of the supervisor’s evaluation4 May 2020Doctoral
schools
End of the exam procedure23 June 2020Doctoral
schools
End of the of repeated exam procedure11 September 2020Doctoral
schools

Publication requirements and credit system (starting from 2019)
GDI list of journals
The list of journals of the Hungarian Academy of Science can be downloaded from here.

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