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Doctoral Schools: Information on admissions

The application period for the 2019/2020 academic year is scheduled between 15-30 April.

Dear Prospective PhD Student,

The application period for the 2019/2020 academic year is scheduled between 15-30 April. We encourage you, to choose on of the CBS's doctoral schools, which include:

Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • University degree or an MA/MSc degree with honours (or equivalent) awarded in an accredited educational programme as well as 300 credits obtained in either a single cycle or a two-stage university (undergraduate and graduate) education. Please note that non-master level MBA degrees are not accepted!

Applicants without previous studies in the relevant field (but who otherwise meet all the entrance requirements) can be admitted provided that they take a number of “bridging” subjects during the first semester of their studies and pass the relevant exams.

For students graduating in the 2018/2019 academic year the deadline for presenting the certificates is 1 September 2019. Admission for the given year is only conditional until applicants are able to produce their certificate. Priority shall be given to applicants who have won a prize in the relevant subject at the National Conference of Scientific Students' Associations ("OTDK"). A further advantage is proven researcher capacity (e.g. OTD, scientific publications).

  • Proficiency in the English language is also a requirement. If the applicant does not have a language certificate in English, English knowledge should be proven at an interview organized by the PhD Programme.

Information with regard to self-financing and scholarship:

The doctoral education program is full time and can be completed with state scholarship or through self-financing. The contents of the program are identical in both cases. All the students take part in the same courses, the only difference being in the form of financing. Students who are granted a status with scholarship receive a state scholarship, the amount of which is HUF 140 000/month in semesters 1 to 4 and HUF 180 000/month in semesters 5 to 8. The relevant amounts are transferred to the student’s bank account by the University.

The following students are eligible for state scholarship:

  • PhD students with Hungarian citizenship who apply for full time education in an organized form
  • foreign PhD students who receive equivalent treatment with students of Hungarian  citizenship on the basis of legislation or an international agreement.

The time period of the payment of the state doctoral scholarship is 4 years (48 months). The amount of the scholarship is set out in Act CCIV of 2011 on Higher Education. In accordance with the Act, whereas the majority of educational costs of students with a scholarship is covered by the state budget, the costs of self-financed education are borne by the student.

During the program, all PhD students may apply for funds to support their participation in conferences is Hungary and abroad.

Tuition fees per semester for the 2019/20 academic year are as follows:

HUF 320 000

Hungarian-language program for Hungarian citizens and foreign (EU and EEA)   enjoying equal treatment with Hungarians

HUF 660 000 (regular tuition fee of HUF 320 000 + language contribution of HUF 340 000

English-language program for Hungarian citizens and foreign (EU and EEA)   enjoying equal treatment with Hungarians

EUR 3 200

Third country nationals

Please send or submit applications forms and the required attachments to the University Doctoral Office:

  • (electronically)
  • Fővám tér 8, Budapest 1093 Main Building second floor office 233 (in printed version)

An administrative fee is of HUF 9 000 is payable by bank transfer to the university’s bank account number:  10032000-00282857-00000000. Please include “admission fee” and the following number as reference: A5SZ01200K

Application documents:

  1. Application form
  2. Professional CV
  3. Proof of payment of administrative fee
  4. Copy of the document(s) certifying the required level of education
  5. Copy of language certificate(s) (if available)
  6. Supporting letter by mentor/supervisor (if required by the Doctoral School)
  7. Supporting letter of Head by specialization/subprogram (if required by the Doctoral School)
  8. Supporting letter by Head of Department (if required by the Doctoral School)
  9. Research plan or essay
  10. Documents proving previous professional/academic achievements (certificates, publications, etc.)

Detailed information on the doctoral schools of the university, their subprograms/specializations can be found on the links below:

The University Doctoral Rules as well as their annexes are available at:

Open Day: 3:30 pm on 1 April 2019 Building C :316

Last modified: 2019.03.11.