Doctoral School of Education


Doctoral School of Education


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Degree program



Accreditation number

OH-FRKP/406-3/2007; OH-FHF/883-4/2010




4+4 semesters (2+2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

Our programme comprises of both course-based and research-based elements. The aim of the doctoral programme is to enable students to conduct research in accordance with the common national and international standards in pedagogy. Academic research competencies of students are to be developed in order to enable them to carry out solid research, write and defend dissertations, and be prepared for working in tertiary education or research centres. Therefore, the credits students have to earn during their studies are divided in the following proportion:

33% for courses, 5% for complex examination, 45% for academic research, and 17% for teaching in tertiary education.

The application can be submitted for the following doctoral programmes:

The programmes of the Doctoral School of Education :

Theoretical and Historical Pedagogy Doctoral Program

The Theoretical and Historical Pedagogy Doctoral Program is based on the research projects carried out by the Research Group of Theoretical, Historical and Comparative Pedagogy and by the Research Group of Pedagogical Cultural Anthropology. These research projects are based on a wide national and international research area above all with a qualitative research orientation focusing on current research questions and subdisciplines (education in family outside the school, within the school, theoretical, systematic, comparative, and historical aspects of children and youth education) of educational sciences.

Theoretical and practical background of scholar training is granted by a wide repertoire of research possibilities. This wide range offering of courses provide students with an opportunity to gain experience in philosophical, pedagogical, ethnographical, theoretical, and historical aspects of education discipline. They can explore the peculiarities of educational institutes and pedagogical professions during their research activities. Therefore, students became familiar with the background of family and youth education and current questions of contemporary education. Students are also fostered conducting research in progressive education (reform pedagogy) and alternative types of schooling which enable them to explore their life reform and new religious movements. We also provide students with possibility to examine the actual questions and innovation possibilities relating to theoretical and historical background of critical citizenship, prison education (inmate education), dance, music and museum pedagogy.

Students’ research activity  is supported by a doctoral workshop focusing on a) discussing  students’ research findings b) offering regular block seminars held by internationally well-known professors (between 2012–2017 scholarships of ERASMUS, NSRF, DAAD and TEMPUS provided the financial background of visitation of numerous lecturers from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia), c), translating and publishing foreign literature and publishing students own research products d) organising conferences and international doctoral colloquiums e) participating in works of research groups and their publications activities.

Adult Learning and Education Programme

The programme welcomes research projects focusing on adult learning, education and knowledge production including formal, non-formal and informal learning. Since adult learning is mostly connected to workplace learning / work-based learning, high emphasis is put on job-related professional learning and development activities, as well as continuous vocational training in non-formal and informal learning spheres and particularly on the knowledge produced within these types of innovative learning environments and process.

Teacher education and higher education studies

Teacher education and higher education studies is focusing on the professional learning and work of teachers. The programme aims at meeting the growing demand to understand better the inter- and supranational trends related with teacher education, teacher professional development, teacher professional knowledge and teaching practice. It introduces international and comparative aspects and methods of educational research, familiarising doctoral students with both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students of the programme will be developing competences of teacher education programme design and will understand the context and main trends of teacher education and teacher professional development systems in Europe at the level of policy discourse and of country practices. The programme is linked with “The Learning Teacher” research program of the Faculty of Education and Psychology, emphasizing the changing role of teachers, and increasing teacher professionalism. A major goal of the programme is to support the conceptualisation and implementation of the students’ individual doctoral research project within this broader research program and enrich their familiarity with the relevant international research literature. This programme, being part of an international doctoral programme supported by the European Commission and supervised by a consortium of five European universities, may lead to a joint European degree.

Special Education Programme

The Ph.D. program in Special Education is an interdisciplinary program that brings together scholars from education of children and adults with special needs, rehabilitation sciences, and disability studies. The mission of the Ph.D. program is to provide leadership personnel in academic, research and clinical settings concerned with the scientific study of human development and everyday life of individuals with special needs. Current research projects focus on inclusive education of children with disabilities, assessment, and intervention of individuals with learning disabilities, language impairment, autism, empowerment, and equal rights for people with disabilities, neurorehabilitation, among others. While it is our goal to provide students with individualized programs to meet their academic and career objectives, we also believe that all students need a basic understanding across fields of specialization.

Sports and Health Promotion Programme

The program focuses on the lifestyle and on mental-physical activity which are key factors in saving and promoting health. Students will become acquainted with the holistic concept of health, the basic elements of healthy lifestyle, especially focusing on physical exercise, relaxation, smoking cessation, and alcohol consumption. Major models of health behaviour will be discussed regarding both lifestyle change and long-term maintenance of the desired lifestyle.

Physical activity is also a major factor in mental health thus this relationship will be explored in the program. The students will also get acquainted with those exercise physiological and sport psychological methods by which they become able to characterize the psycho-physiological fitness in its complexity and which help them to determine the optimal load. The program also deals with representations of the body, which provide the basis for the self and are closely connected to characteristics important in education like self-esteem, perceived competence, and well-being.

Strength of program

The supervisors at the doctoral school support their students’ research work and introduce them into the field of professional and academic public life relying on the research findings, qualifications as researchers and teachers in their academic field, and participation in various international research projects.

The Institute of Health Promotion and Sport Sciences is a well-organized educational and research community of highly qualified teachers in physical education, sport sciences, psychology, medical biology and sports-economy. A well-equipped sport-psycho-physiological laboratory is also at the disposal of researchers. Publication activity is one of the most outstanding in the Faculty and results are regularly presented at national and international scientific conferences and congresses. Books on the placebo effect, on the psycho-visceral relationships as well as on the electromagnetic sensitivity and modern health worries represent unmatched scientific knowledge.

One of the major strength of the Institute is the combination and integration of different disciplines which generate interesting and attractive projects and outstanding research. Another important feature is the warm and friendly interpersonal spirit which includes a large number of interested, active and dedicated PhD and MA/MSc students.

The structure of the program is available on this link.
Career opportunities



Job examples
  • Academic staff
  • Researcher
  • Reflective jobs, such as program associate, program manager, social service administrator, research coordinator
EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

4,900 EUR

4,900 EUR

Application fee

120 EUR (non-refundable)

120 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee



Other costs

Entrance exam fee: 120 EUR (non-refundable)

Entrance exam fee: 120 EUR (non-refundable)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

4,900 EUR

Application fee

120 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee


Other costs

Entrance exam fee: 120 EUR (non-refundable)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

02, Sep, 2024

Deadline for applications - September intake

25, May, 2024

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to present the documentation of their MA/MSc diploma with at least good average.

The Doctoral School of Education asks all applicants to contact the Person in Charge of the Programme.

The list of them can be find the following link:

The list of research topics can be found on the following link:

For the Sports and Health Promotion Program: MA/MSc in education, pedagogy, teacher training, psychology, recreation, physical education teacher program, sports coach, sports manager, health educator, nutritionist, physiotherapist.

If the applicant takes their final examination during the current semester and their degree certificate (diploma) is not issued before the application deadline, a certification is required, which verifies that the applicant will presumably receive a degree. In case of being accepted as a student, however, the applicant must present the diploma upon enrolment at the latest.

This programme is not available for Hungarian citizens.

Language requirements

Minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): C1

Minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): C1

The language of instruction for the entire programme is English, so a very good command of English is required during the oral entrance exam and throughout the whole programme. The language knowledge is assessed and evaluated during the interview.

Documents to submit with application
Document Comment
online application form  -
Master-level degree -
CV -
Motivation letter -
Research plan -
Letter of recommendation not obligatory
Copy of the main pages of the passport needs to be valid
Copy of application fee transfer -
Entrance exam fee -

Reference work

It can be any academic paper written in English by the applicant within the field of the applicant's earlier studies (MA thesis extract, a research paper, a seminar paper, a research report, a published journal article or a book chapter, a case study, a literature review, etc.) Either a new paper or an improved version of an earlier work can also be written for the current application. The ideal length should be between 5-15 pages excluding references and the appendices. There are no special requirements concerning the format.
An official English translation of the MA certificate if the language of the original is not English. It can be a translation from the university too. -
List of publications not obligatory
Supervisor statement  
Application procedure

The application starts on the online application system . Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

Students must upload all the required documents in the online application system, and after adding all the required documents, submit it.

The application and the entrance exam fee can be paid separately or in one amount as well.

Both fees should be transferred to the following account:

Name of Bank: Magyar Államkincstár (Hungarian State Treasury)
Address of Bank: Budapest, Váci út 71, Hungary – 1139
Holder of the account: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
Account No.: 10032000-01426201-00000000
IBAN Number: HU03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000

On the transfer order please put down your full name and “AB01 B104 B10405/18”!

The deadline for application means the deadline of submission of the full and complete application package in the online system.

When the university receives the full application package and it is checked by the Student Affairs and Registrar’s Office an entrance exam date option will be sent in the online application system after the application deadline for the relevant period. Please, check your messages in the application system, and the e-mail address that is linked to the account regularly.

Procedure of the entrance examination

The applications are examined by the Admission Board and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system.

Type of entrance examination: oral

Place of entrance examination: in person or online. (Via MS Teams)

The entrance exam is interview based on the applicant’s research plan. The aim of the interview is to see whether the research topic of the candidate fits the profile of the doctoral programme. The exam is approximately a 30-minute-long conversation with the head of the doctoral programme and other professors about the research plan, its feasibility, and the candidate’s previous academic path (publications, results, research).

Criteria of evaluation:

  • the feasibility of the research within the framework of the doctoral programme,
  • the awareness of the research's theoretical and bibliographical background,
  • the knowledge of foreign languages,
  • previous research results and the ability for completing academic teaching tasks.

Evaluation and results

Results and the official decision will be announced within a month after the entrance exam date, in the application system. The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.

Program leader

Head of the Doctoral School of Education

Program coordinator

Violetta FRANK
International Admission Coordinator
TEL: +36 1 461 4500 / 3499
Postal address: 1075 Budapest Kazinczy utca 23-27.

More information


Faculty of Education and Psychology

Faculty of Education and Psychology