Doctoral School of Literary Studies


Doctoral School of Literary Studies


Doctor (PhD) of Literary and Cultural Studies


Degree program



Accreditation number

MAB 2017/6/IX/4/2/1073




4+4 semesters (2+2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The goal of this program is to prepare students for obtaining their PhD degree through acquisition of latest research methodologies, participation in conferences and teaching expertise in higher education.

The Doctoral School of Literary Studies offers doctoral studies in the following fields:

  • Literary Theory and Cultural Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • The Hungarian and European Renaissance
  • The Hungarian Baroque
  • The Hungarian and European Enlightenment
  • Romanticism
  • Hungarian Modernism
  • Hungarian Literature after 1945
  • The Folklore and Literature of the Uralic Peoples
  • Library Studies
  • Hungarian and Comparative Folklore
  • Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Culture
  • Modern English and American Literature and Culture
  • Gender in English and American Literature and Culture
  • American Studies
  • French Literature
  • Portuguese Literatures: History of Prose Fiction
  • Italian Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Textual Analysis of the Works and Precedents of Contemporary Latin-American Prose Fiction
  • Russian Literature and Literary Studies: a Comparative Approach
  • Russian Literature and Culture between East and West
  • Slavic Literatures
  • Studies in German Literatures and Cultures
  • Dutch Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies
Strength of program

Main aims of the doctoral school are to prepare students for obtaining the doctoral (PhD) degree through helping them to gain mastery in scholarly research and writing, encouraging their conference participation, and creating the opportunity for them to take part in the various activities of the home-department.

Find the list of study units here

Career opportunities

Having a doctoral degree from the various fields of literary studies prepares the students for high quality academic work, with special skills in languages and literary history, such as trains them to teach at university, and gives experiences in scholarly project work.

Job examples

Research Institutes, Universities, Museums, Diplomacy, Press and Media, Publishing Companies

EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

420 EUR

2,200 EUR

Application fee

30 EUR (non-refundable)

30 EUR (non-refundable)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2,200 EUR

Application fee

30 EUR (non-refundable)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

06, Sep, 2021

Deadline for applications - September intake

10, May, 2021

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Master's diploma with qualification (minimum with 'good' qualification)

Language requirements

Minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): B2             

Minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): B2

Documents to submit with application



Online application form


Master-level degree

with good qualification or above



Research work plan

3-4 pages

Letter of recommendation


Language certificate

Level B2 or above

Other: Letter of acceptance from the future supervisor

Application procedure

The application starts in 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. 

Applications can be accepted for the topics offered by the supervisors of the doctoral schools. (To be published in February 2021)

Bank information for paying the application fee:

Beneficiary: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
Account number: 10032000-01426201-00000000
IBAN: HU03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
Transfer information: FELVI-BTKPHD C104 C10401/16 

Procedure of the entrance examination:

The applications are examined by the Admission Board [25 May 2020 – 25 June 2021] and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system until [31 July 2021]. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system until [31 July 2021].

Type of entrance examination: oral

Place of entrance examination: Faculty of Humanities, 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/A or Skype

Further details of selection and evaluation: 

The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam. During this entrance exam, the candidate will be asked about previous university achievements, the individual research plan and the scientific competence in the field of interest.

Program leader

Prof. Dr. István LUKÁCS
Head of the Doctoral School of Literary Studies

Program coordinator

International PhD coordinator
Postal address: H-1088 Budapest, Múzeum körút 4/A

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities