The Doctoral School of Sociology is proud to offer problem-oriented and interdisciplinary training and research possibilities to its students. The content of the courses, the research concept of the programme and the proposed research topics, as well as the professional credo of the lecturers and supervises all aspire to stress and transfer an interdisciplinary and problem-solving approach to social sciences. The Doctoral School works as a collaboration platform for: sociologists, social politics experts, economists, lawyers, psychologists, anthropologists.

Courses, first of all, help students to found their comprehensive social science knowledge and understanding, however, later promote further opportunities for specialization. The compulsory foundation subjects aim at providing students the possibility to place their topic in a wider scientific context. Alternative courses focus on the theoretical background of unique scientific problems – also delivering the latest international research results related. In all courses, the academic writing skills of the students are continuously practiced, monitored and developed.

The lecturers of the Doctoral School are all renowned researchers, granting an outstanding and up-to-date quality.

The programme and course structures, as well as the skills and knowledge delivered by the Doctoral School is in line with the latest international standards in social science PhD-training. The Doctoral School also offers a wide international network for its students’ benefit.

The training features regular course work with individual student research. Course work guarantees high-degree standard knowledge, while special seminars and tutor system encourages students to develop quality research and dissertation based on individual professional achievements. The structure of the training reflects this concept, as the first 4 semesters deliver course work training, after which students are expected to focus on preparing for their dissertation – an important step of which is to dispute over and later to defend the thesis plan in front of a well-established professional board. During the degree granting process, students are expected to take a comprehensive exam to prove their full-range knowledge on social sciences.

Following the current research trends, the Doctoral School is committed to broaden its international network, so that students can challenge themselves on a global scale by participating in international exchange programmes and conferences.


  • Master-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • Curriculum Vitae (1–2 pages) in English with original (not copied) signature 
  • Motivation letter
  • Research plan signed by applicant and supervisor 
  • Certification of English (oral and written): minimum B2 level or above (CEFR B2; IELTS: 6; TOEFL 72)
  • Copy of the application fee transfer
  • Reference work (length no more than 6000 words), which is an earlier work done by the applicant (e.g.: workshop work, shortened version of a thesis or published scientific paper)
  • A letter of recommendation in English from a qualified supervisor is welcome, though it is not prerequisite for the application.
  • List of publications (optional)
  • Statement by the supervisor, that they accept the role of supervisor/tutor until the end of the student's academic career (optional)
  • Copy of awards in professional competitions (optional)

The required structure of the research plan to be submitted for the appliaction procedure

  • A brief overview of the items of literature the applicant finds most important for the proposed research
  • The topic of the proposed research (a detailed description including the aims of the research, the questions to be examined, the topic’s connection to the current state of knowledge in the field and to previous research results)
  • The research methods (theoretic and empirical approaches, systematic and historical aspects, dimensions and techniques of analysis, etc.)
  • The progress of the research to date, steps taken, publications (whether the applicant has started the research in question and if so, in what stage the research is now, has he/she published any of the research results)
  • Expected results (what are the new data or findings, theoretical and perhaps practical benefits the applicant expects from the research)
  • Consultations, consultant/supervisor (whom the applicant has consulted and who the applicant wants to collaborate with in future, ideas concerning a prospective supervisor)
  • Research schedule (the planned stages of research with approximate deadlines)

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.

Students who hold Hungarian citizenship and/or dual citizenship, must apply through

Entrance examination and selection process

The applications are examined by the Admission Board by May 15, 2021 and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system until May 25, 2021. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system until June 30, 2021.

Type of entrance examination: oral

Place of entrance examination: Online – Skype or Personally in ELTE TáTK Faculty of Social Sciences, Budapest 1117 Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A 

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.


Tuition fee: For EU citizens 1200 EUR per semester. For citizens outside the EU the tuition fee is 1750 EUR per semester.

Application fee: € 100 (non-refundable)

How to pay?

In case of a successful entrance exam non-EU citizens will be requested to transfer the first year's tuition fee in advance in order to get an acceptance letter in order to get the student visa to Hungary.

Bank: Magyar Allamkincstar Rt. // Hungarian State Treasury

Address: 1139 Budapest, Vaci ut 71

Account holder: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem

IBAN: HU03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000


While transferring the fees under "comments" please add:

your name this code: F10402/18 (e.g.: John Doe F10402/18)


Program director

Prof. Tamás Rudas, Director of the Sociology PhD Program

Prof. Balázs Majtényi, Director of the International Studies PhD Program

Program coordinator

Debnár Lilla, Coordinator of the Sociology and International Studies PhD Programs

  • E-mail:
  • Phone:  372-2500/6705
  • Room: 241
  • Address: 1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A