In 1993, following Hungary’s adherence to the Bologna Process, the Anglo–American model of doctoral education ending with a PhD degree was introduced as a well–pronounced third cycle of higher education (the other two being the Bachelor and Master levels) that is to serve the education of future generations of scientists.
Doctoral education is about getting prepared for a research career and thus offers an opportunity to acquire the theoretical, methodological and communication skills that are instrumental to writing the doctoral dissertation and to meeting the necessary requirements.
Doctoral education at the same time marks the beginning of a long process of socialization: it is a decisive phase in getting introduced to the academic form of life. Up to now around 1500 students have obtained a PhD degree at the Corvinus University of Budapest or one of its legal predecessors and there are several hundred students who are currently getting ready for the submission of their doctoral dissertation.
The doctoral schools of the Corvinus University of Budapest operate with a licence obtained from the Educational Authority under the constant monitoring of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee.
The language of education is Hungarian and English, with most of the courses held in English owing to the increasing number of foreign students and the internationalisation of the university.
The programs offered by the four doctoral schools are essentially related to social sciences, the Doctoral School of Business Informatics however transmits knowledge in the field of engineering as well. The deeper we dig in the activities of the doctoral schools, the more we witness the wide range of the branches of science offered from management and organizational sciences through information, economic, political and sociological sciences to media and communication sciences.
The schedule of all doctoral programs is full–time. Students either benefit from scholarship or finance their own studies. The latter, however, can apply for various grants (e.g. the MNB Scholarship of Excellence). The Heads of the Doctoral Schools are internationally renowned professors who hold a DSc and are assisted by Program Directors and Heads of Specialization.
The Doctoral Schools enjoy scientific autonomy: they define their educational program (curriculum) within the framework of the relevant university regulations, invite professionals to act as supervisors and specify the requirements of obtaining a doctoral degree.