Doctoral Degrees

The faculty offers accredited doctoral training programmes in the following four fields of study: literary studies, linguistics, history and political theory.

Doctoral School of Literary Studies

Work at the Doctoral School in Literary Studies is based on the curriculum of the previous degrees, but offers more profound approaches leading to new scholarly achievements. Literature is examined as a branch of art from theoretical, historical, and cultural perspectives, while additional opportunities are provided for students to delve into the literature of a certain period or language (English, Arab, Hebrew, German, Slavic, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish). Research projects in philology, history of literature, and literary theory are also welcome. Alumni of our doctoral school find work in research groups, higher and middle education.

The director of the doctoral school is Prof. László Nagy.

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.

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 director of the doctoral school is Dr Ida Fröhlich.

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 Dr Balázs Mezei.