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English and American Studies BA

The "English BA" is one of the most popular three-year programmes of the Faculty of Humanities of PPCU as well as one of the four most attractive English BA programmes in Hungary. Its popularity is probably due to the consistently high-quality education provided by the dynamic and dedicated staff, as well as the friendly and informal atmosphere of the Institute of English and American Studies.

The Programme consists of the following broad fields of study:

Language skills: Language instruction is at the heart of our BA course – the first year of intensive language studies is followed by a language exam, then two more years of language practice, together with two courses on academic writing are offered before the final language proficiency exam. All this is meant to ensure that all our students possess a solid and reliable knowledge of the English language by the time they graduate.

Core studies: Our BA course offers an introduction to all major areas of English studies, a survey of English literature from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, American literature, the history and civilisation of the United Kingdom and the United States, the fundamentals of English grammar and pronunciation, the history of the English language and an introduction to language dialects and varieties.

Elective courses:

In their second and third years of studies, students can choose to focus on literary and cultural studies or take further courses in linguistics. Each of these two optional study 'tracks' offers a large variety of elective courses each term in all areas of English studies, e.g. thematic literary analyses, film adaptations, Irish literature, theatre and architecture in the Anglo-Saxon world, British and American history and culture, as well as various fields of theoretical and historical linguistics.


Two groups of courses are offered for students who wish to acquire more specialized skills as part of their degree: a module in translation studies, including not only translation theories and literary translation both from and into English, but also computer aided and specialised translation; and a module on Irish studies and modern culture, which includes courses on Irish literature and culture, together with critical approaches to contemporary media in visual and popular culture.

Our Students about the Programme

"The familiar atmosphere of the university is also present at the English Department, especially at the small groups of the very enjoyable seminars, which help both the acquisition of knowledge and the development of our language skills. The instructors are well prepared and often very approachable. Moreover, I am sure that our department has the best departmental evenings, which offer a chance for both presenting more information and knowledge, and freely mingling with our professors and peers."
(Petra Fejes-Tóth, English Studies BA)

"At the Institute of English and American Studies both students and teachers know that learning should not be restricted to formal classes. Next to several new and different specialised courses offered in every semester, extracurricular activities and informal departmental occasions strengthen the bonds between students and teachers, such as institute evenings, guest lectures, the Christmas Party, excursions and the performances of our English theatre company. Students are given opportunities to improve their language skills both at home with native teachers and abroad with the help of different scholarships. At the beginning of my studies English was my minor, but I was eager to change it to my major." (Anita Margetin, English Studies MA graduate)

"If anyone asked me why I have chosen to take English Studies at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, I would say that my high school teachers told me to do so. But why have I stayed? Because of the friendly atmosphere, interesting courses and excellent teachers. Here you can boost your English skills, have an insight into the deep layers of the language, learn a lot about the culture and history of the English-speaking countries and read a lot of fine literature from English and American authors. I would recommend English Studies at PPCU for everyone who is interested about these topics. :-)" (Noémi Dolinka, English Studies BA, TEFL MA)

"Despite the fact that English Studies is hardly deemed the most "useful" degree out there, I definitely don't regret my choice to stay on for the master's programme after completing the BA. The familiar friendly atmosphere of Pázmány isn't the only appeal; our study plan is well-balanced as there are roughly the same amount of lectures and seminars. Another considerable advantage is that optional courses are included in our degree, so there is a chance to discover other fields of study. And of course there is a wealth of study abroad opportunities..." (Katalin Tekán, English Studies BA, English Studies MA)

"In most universities there isn't much emphasis on the pedagogical skills of professors, the only requirement is for them to have impressive academic achievements. During my years as a student at the English Department of PPCU I was lucky to experience the opposite. My teachers were not only excellent academics, but they were more than happy to share their considerable knowledge. Since the professors were approachable and helpful the relationship between teachers and students were good-natured and amicable. The English Department of PPCU gave me lot of awesome experiences (Christmas Party, Department Excursion, BCC Theatre Group) so I urge everyone to go there." (Dalma Szentpályi, English Studies BA)

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History BA

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Romance Philology (French Studies) BA

The aim of our French language training and cultural courses is to train specialists, who - through their knowledge and skills - can interpret, mediate and formulate, in writing and orally - at a C1 or above level in French -, everyday, cultural, political, economic, social, as well as linguistic and literary scientific texts. They should also possess theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of French and Francophone languages and cultures, general social and human sciences, enabling them to conduct their disciplines in a multifaceted, intercultural and multicultural way, to creatively deal with human and cultural problems, and to flexibly carry out complex tasks.

The courses are entirely conducted in French at our Department.

Degree in french language and culture (BA)
(6 semesters)

By the end of the courses conducted in French at the Department of French Studies, our students will obtain up-to-date knowledge and skills which they can apply immediately in the job market (professional language, communication strategies, cultural mediation, translation, research, teaching, etc.) thanks to the Minor formations and specializations.

The Department of French Studies offers two specialization modules to students who want to acquire basic professional qualifications in Professional (economic, administrative, marketing, management) Communication in French, as well as Cultural (journalism, arts, media) Mediation, in addition to their degrees,

The basic courses prepare students on one hand for the Master programme in French Language and Culture, and the PhD school, and on the other for Masters in translation, interpretation, international studies, communication, cultural mediation and management, economics and finances, etc.

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Archaeology MA

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English Studies MA

The aim of the English Studies MA programme at Pázmány is to train professionals,

  • who possess high-level oral and writing skills in the English language and have a broad knowledge in the field of English Studies;
  • who can employ their high-level English language skills effectively, making expert use of the theoretical, practical and methodological skills they have acquired in the MA programme;
  • who are familiar with the literatures and cultures of English-speaking countries, their socio-political environment and their history;
  • who have a basic knowledge of modern theoretical and applied linguistics and are familiar with its basic principles and the main areas of research, including the results of such research relating to the English language;
  • who can profitably employ their broad knowledge in business, in the media, in the diverse fields of education, publishing, diplomacy, international affairs, tourism, project management, and culture;
  • who plan to pursue PhD studies;
  • who can employ their acquired skills and knowledge on an inter- and multidisciplinary level and are capable of pursuing academic research and publishing on their own.

The programme takes two years to complete.


  • English Literature
  • English Literatures and Cultures

Admission requirements:
BA degree in English Studies or in any field of the Humanities (with appropriate advanced level language qualifications conforming to C1 level).

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French Language, Literature and Culture MA

The aim of our French language training and cultural courses is to train specialists, who - through their knowledge and skills - can interpret, mediate and formulate, in writing and orally - at a C1 or above level in French -, everyday, cultural, political, economic, social, as well as linguistic and literary scientific texts. They should also possess theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of French and Francophone languages and cultures, general social and human sciences, enabling them to conduct their disciplines in a multifaceted, intercultural and multicultural way, to creatively deal with human and cultural problems, and to flexibly carry out complex tasks.

The courses are entirely conducted in French at our Department.

Master degree in french language, literature and culture
(4 semesters)

The aim of the courses is train professionals who possess a comprehensive knowledge of French language and culture through their knowledge acquired in the fields of linguistics and literary-cultural history. They know the culture, history and political makeup of French-speaking countries. They are capable of applying their acquired knowledge in practice in the execution of linguistic mediation tasks. They will also possess the knowledge necessary for continuing their studies in a PhD course:

  • the grammatical system of the French language, as well as the particularities of written and oral communication,
  • French/Francophone literatures and cultures,
  • new research methods concerning language, literature and culture, which may be necessary to understand and interpret the deeper correlations of French language, literature and culture.

Students, after having acquired the Master degree, will be capable of presenting their knowledge at scientific forums, acting autonomously and coming up with original ideas in the understanding and interpretation of problems, high-level and autonomous planning and execution of tasks, developing their own knowledge to the highest level, deepening the understanding of the internal attributes of their professional fields, judging and building on new knowledge and trends arising in their fields, as well as bringing them into their own professional horizon and everyday practices, and continuously acquiring new skills through self-education and self-development.

Requirements for the Master programme:

(BA) degree in Romance studies (Major or Minor), degree + specialization, or a degree obtained in French higher education, or a degree obtained in a foreign country, or an advanced level language exam (C1) and any degrees accredited and defined by the Hungarian Act on Higher Education.

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History MA

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International Relations MA

The MA program, based on a BA degree in International Studies, is open to students holding BA degrees in other fields of the social sciences (e.g. sociology, history). Therefore, the MA curriculum consists of courses which serve to broaden the students' knowledge from their prior BA studies both horizontally and vertically.

International Relations Module:
The following courses in this module teach the dynamics of the global system: International Law, Theories of International Relations, International War and Peace, Terrorism, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Economics, International Economic Institutions, Diplomatic Law, Sustainable Development, Globalization

Civilization Module:
Theories of Civilization, World Religions, Cultural Diplomacy, Human Rights, Cultural Studies, Modern History, Intercultural Communication, Negotiation Skills

Specializations Module (optional): students are to complete one specialization module, although they are offered the possibility of completing 2 parallel specializations

European integration: The Ideas of Europe, European Party System, EU Organisations, European Economics, European Agricultural Politics, EU Foreign Policy, EU in the World Economy
Regional studies: The Islamic World, India, Central Asia, US Foreign Policy, Post-Soviet Studies, The Balkans, Central Europe, Modern China
Cultural diplomacy: Cultural History, Global Governance, Foreign Affairs Journalism, Institutions of Cultural Diplomacy, International Protocol and Etiquette, Project Management

Dual Degree master programs with our foreign partner universities:
Pázmány Péter Catholic University established a Dual Degree master program in International Relations with the Lisbon-based Portugal Catholic University and the French Institut Catholique d'Etudes Supérieures. The programme duration is two years, students spend two semesters at PPCU and two semesters at one of the foreign partner universities. Following the successful completion of the program, students recieve two MA degrees. Get to know more about these programs on the webpage of the Institute of International Studies and Political Science!

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Italian Language, Literature and Culture MA

Laurea Magistrale (specialistica, MA) in Lingua, letteratura e civiltà italiana:

Lo scopo del corso di 4 semestri è da una parte continuare la formazione linguistica, dall’altra offrire corsi per la formazione di specialisti che, forti delle loro capacità e conoscenze, possano interpretare, mediare e formulare, sia oralmente sia con testi scritti,in italiano ad un livello C1 o superiore, nelle tematiche normali della vita quotidiana, della cultura, della politica, nell’economia, negli studi sociali come anche su argomenti di scienze linguistiche e letterarie.

I corsi, dedicati ai campi della storia letteraria e culturale e alla linguistica sono tutti in lingua italiana.

Dopo aver conseguito la Laurea Magistrale (MA) inostri studenti saranno in grado di presentare le loro ricerche nei fori accademici, svolgendo ricerche autonomamente ed esponendo idee originali nella comprensione e nell’interpretazione dei problemi nei vari  campi; sapranno collocare questi problemi su un orizzonte professionale e nella prassi quotidiana e saranno capaci di continuare a formarsi autonomamente attraverso fomule di auto-educazione e auto-sviluppo.

Requisiti per accedere alla Laurea Magistrale:

Un titolo triennale (BA) in Romanistica (anche solo con un numero ridotto di crediti, a livello “minor”) oppure un titolo di studio nel campo ottenuto in un’università italiana o straniera, oppure i crediti richiesti da un esame di lingua di livello avanzato (C1); o altri titoli di studio definiti dalla Legge sull’educazione superiore dell’Ungheria.

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Psychology MA

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Doctoral School of History

The motto of the Doctoral School of Historical Research is "he who knows not his past, has no future." Over the course of the programme the school covers a wide range of topics and methodological approaches that enable students to become thoroughly immersed in economic, social, cultural, or religious history. In our history of ideas workshops the history of ancient religions and history of modern denominations are studies alongside the history of philosophy approach, as well as the research of visual memory based on visual and fine art sources. Within research workshops, students research topics of their choice in an in-depth and direct way, using primary sources so they may work towards new findings in the field.

The Doctoral School of History has one English language programme, but only for Archaeologists.

The director of the doctoral school is Prof. Sándor Őze.

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Doctoral School of Linguistics

The Doctoral School of Linguistics offers doctoral programmes in major core areas of linguistics, including syntactic theory, phonological theory, sociolinguistics, Hungarian descriptive linguistics, historical linguistics, classical philology, Arabic Studies, English Studies, Germanic Studies, Romance Languages, Slavic Studies and theoretical linguistics. While doctoral (PhD) degrees in the majority of fields listed qualify graduates to work in higher education and conduct academic research, PhDs in theoretical linguistics also provide skills that can be marketed in industry and specialized fields such as research and development.

The director of the doctoral school is Prof. Katalin É. Kiss.

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Doctoral School of Political Theory

The Doctoral School of Political Theory offers doctoral training based on an approach well established abroad, for instance in the United Kingdom and the USA. It examines the theoretical foundations of modern politics from two angles. On one hand, it builds on the political philosophy and the history of political idea, on the other it allows a glimpse into the latest research methods in social sciences: consequently it offers courses in political science, international studies, sociology, and communication. Rethinking ancient and Christian philosophical traditions, while tackling modern socio-political challenges, the school offers the opportunity for extensive research into modern issues in politics, and for empirical and theoretical political scientific analysis of the latest political phenomena. One particularly important aspect of the programme is the attention to interdisciplinarity, and the practical usefulness of the humanities and social sciences.

The director of the school is Prof. Balázs Mezei.

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