Doctoral School

Offices and persons responsible for organising the Doctoral Training

Head of the Doctoral School: Dr. Gyula Bándi, university professor
Secretariat: Krisztina Szalainé Szikszai

Address: 1088 Budapest, Szentkirályi u. 28-30.
Phone:  (+36  1) 429-7291 
Fax: not available

Programmes and topics of the Doctoral Training

Types of training programmes: state-financed full-time, self-funding correspondence, self-funding with individual curriculum
Topics: see website:
or based on individual consultation with the academic staff of the department concerned
Submission of the application:
The application form can be downloaded from the website
Application fee: 9,000 HUF
Application deadline: 17 June 2015
Required documents to be attached:
data sheet, professional CV, research plan, letter of acceptance from the related department, copy/ies of degree of completed academic studies, copy/ies of language certificate
Conditions and requirements of admission
Conditions and requirements of admission:
  1. law degree obtained at the faculty of law and political sciences of a Hungarian university in an undivided legal training with at least a cum laude qualification; applicants with a rite qualification may be accepted after 3 years from obtaining their degree
  2. the Faculty Council of the Doctoral School will decide on the acceptance of applicants holding a not officially recognised degree from the law and political sciences discipline of a foreign university, or holding a degree from a discipline other than law and political sciences
  3. two intermediate (B2) level complex (formerly C-type) state-accredited language certificates from 2 living languages that can be utilized in scientific research. In the case of  justified claims – with special regard to the chosen research area of the applicant – following the recommendation of the Admissions Board of the DS, the Faculty Council of the Doctoral School may allow for the admission of applicants with one intermediate (B2) level complex (formerly C-type) state-accredited language certificate from a living language, and one from a dead language.
In exceptional cases, the Faculty Council of the Doctoral School may allow for the admission of applicants with one intermediate (B2) level complex (formerly C-type) state-accredited language certificate on the condition that the absolutorium can only be absolved with the presentation of an other intermediate (B2) level complex (formerly C-type) state-accredited language certificate.     
Detailed information:
Evaluation criteria:
In adddition to the criteria provided above, the following factors will be considered as advantageous in the admission procedure: published scientific paper, studies pursued abroad, scholarships received at home or abroad, prominent results achieved in the Scientific Student Circle at faculty or national level, Scientific Student Circle participation and demonstrator experience
Date of entrance examination: 28 June 2015
Decision made on admissions: 15 July 2015 the latest

Expected number of admissions:

5 subsidized full time students
15 self-funding correspondent students

State-financed and self-funded training

Fees (application, tuition, other):
Doctoral students not financed by the state must pay a tuition fee.
Tuition fee: 90,000 HUF/semester.
Application fee: 9,000 HUF, payment certificate must be attached to the application.

The conditions of admission to the Doctoral Degree Programme (PhD)

Those lawyers may apply, who has graduated the law school with at least a ’good’ (cum laude) diploma or who has already passed all their final exams and are waiting for the official delivery of their diploma. They should have ‘C’ type official language certificate of two languages or at least of one language, but who agree to obtain one more before finishing the Doctoral Programme.  There is an admission procedure in June, every year.

The Doctoral Programme

A Doctoral School provides a 48 months postgraduate education programme, within which there is a general education in the first three semesters, covering research methodology with compulsory and optional subjects. The compulsory subjects are taken in the fields of public, civil and criminal law, while the list of optional subjects has a  huge variety of topics. The students shall also provide reviews of relevant legal literature, also of foreign language literature, participate in workshops, conferences, symposiums organized for the doctoral students and shall proceed with their specific research topics under the leadership of their consultants (doctor-fathers) and shall also present their own publications.