About our Doctoral School
The Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary is one of the leading universities in Hungary, and also in Central Europe. The Faculty of Law is famous for its excellent graduate courses and valued degrees. Our Doctoral School is based on the esteemed training skills and scholarly capacities of the teaching staff of this Faculty, and it is deeply devoted to the ethical and cultural values represented by the University. Internationality and multidisciplinarity are highly supported and embodied in our doctoral training.
The main goal of our doctoral program is to contribute to a high value of legal thinking and legal reasoning in the next generations of lawyers. The advantages of being trained in scholarly research support you in your entire professional life: it is a real virtue which distinguish you among your colleagues.
Our Doctoral School offers a wide range of obligatory and optional courses which introduce our students into different research methods. Our supervisors constantly take care of the development of the doctoral thesis of our PhD students. We offer an accredited full-time PhD program with a highly qualified staff.
We recommend our postgraduate doctoral training for foreign students who have a Master degree (diploma) in Law, in Social Sciences or in Economics – and aim to achieve a PhD degree in Law and Political Sciences. Hungarian students are also welcome if their research topic requires to investigate and publish in English.
Language and training type of the doctoral program
The language of the doctoral program is Hungarian and English.
Type of training:
Applicants for doctoral studies in law and political sciences must have a Master diploma in Law, in Social Sciences or in Economics (and its English transcript), issued by an acknowledged higher education institution (university, college etc.).
If necessary, the Doctoral School and the Doctoral and Habilitation Board will decide about the suitability of the diploma, according to Hungarian higher education laws and university statutes.
If the applicant’s high school, bachelor or master studies were not carried out in English, a language certificate in English (which is equivalent to the Hungarian state-accredited language exam of „B2 - complex C” level) should be provided (which is equivalent to the CEFR B2 level).
Furthermore, it is useful to provide evidence about any type of previous scholarly activities, such as conference contributions, papers, presentations, publications, or professional competitions.
Applicants should also have a proposal/draft of their research topic.
According to the Hungarian legal regulations, the Doctoral School can offer only a full-time PhD program for foreign students who are not EU and EEA-citizens.