General information on doctorate level (PhD) education
1) granted (the grant may be obtained from the state or from private companies, institutions, etc.)
During the studentship period (8 registered semesters, 4 years in total) the PhD student is granted, of which the current sum is 140.000 HUF/month in the first two years and 180.000 HUF in the second two years (6 months/semester), and keeps the right for the reduced public transfer fares also valid for all students of higher education. The financial background of the targeted research work has multiple sources: it is built up from research project funding and from the funding provided by the state. This funding can be used to cover research related expenses, but also for publication fees and conference participation costs.
The full cost of this educational form is 3000 EUR per annum (2 semesters/year).
The PhD student keeps the right for the reduced public transfer fares but is neither granted nor is the research funded. Research may be self-financed; its costs can be covered by research projects or from further sources.
Application and admission procedure
Application to the doctoral school is possible on two occasions per one year, for the autumn and for the spring semesters (the program starting dates are the 1st of September and the 1st of March, respectively). Possible applicants are informed on the exact date of the application deadline and the date of the oral admission procedure via the university website and on request by e-mail.
Requirements for the application for doctorate level education:
1. according to the chosen scientific field (in the case of a maximum 5 year old diploma) a master level university certificate with a minimum „good” final result
2. certificate of English language skills
3. a research plan prepared in agreement with the would-be supervisor
4. a well outlined and up-to-date knowledge of literature in the chosen research field
5. practice in the experimental and methodological questions
6. a written recommendation from a well-known scientific expert
7. on the self-financed educational form the written confirmation of the existence of the financial resources for the research
8. submission of the written application
9. payment of the application fee.
The admission procedure:
The application is submitted to the head of the doctoral school.
To this form, the following documents should be attached:
1. scientific CV
2. a document proving the university level education, or the diploma obtained in the master level education (or an official copy of these)
3. certificate of English language skills
4. the dispatch note (check) on the payment of the application fee
5. full list of publications, documents confirming scientific activity
6. a written recommendation of a well-known scientific expert
7. all further documents pertinent to obtaining a higher application score.
Applications are evaluated by the scoring method approved by the University Doctorate and Habilitation Board. The admission procedure happens in the presence of the admissions board. The final evaluation is formed by the admissions board, as selected by the University Doctorate and Habilitation Board, and the basis of the evaluation is the oral admission examination and the submitted documents.
Application form for the PhD education (attachment 1)
In the educational program of the doctoral school there are 4 mandatory courses. These are synthesis courses and provide up-to-date information for all students, irrespective of their research field. These courses provide essential research tools. All students need to choose 3-5 additional facultative courses for the successful fulfilment of the pre-defined minimum educational requirements. The field of interest and scientific content of the facultative courses are strictly bound to the research field of the PhD student. In the case of special topics it is possible and advised to attend courses in other national or foreign doctoral schools; these courses are accepted with relevant credit values by the local doctoral school.
The PhD student entering doctoral education has to conduct scientific research. This activity is led by one supervisor or in reasoned cases by a second, co-supervisor. In the case of the research topics at the Doctoral Schools of Kaposvár University, the supervisor of the research topic is a professor or senior researcher of the University who is declaring the given topic. The fulfilment of the research is confirmed yearly by the supervisor and the co-supervisor.
At the end of the second year the candidate is required to take a complex exam. The complex examination for the doctorate includes testing the candidate’s knowledge in his/her scientific area (‘academic’ part of the examination), and evaluating the progress and achievements in the candidate’s research work (‘research’ part of the examination). The examination is taken in the presence of the examining board, whose members are the most respected representatives of their scientific fields. The first part of the failed exam (‘academic part’) may be repeated, but there is no option to repeat the ‘research’ part if it is considered insufficient by the board.
Requirements to obtain the PhD degree:
Obtaining the doctoral degree requires candidates to take all examinations necessary for the degree and to present a public defence of the dissertation. PhD students create their dissertation in accordance with requirements concerning content and form. When the dissertation is completed, a defence is organized in that department where the research was conducted. If this defence receives a positive evaluation, the Doctoral Council approves the committee for public defence and the public defence can be held. In the minutes of the defence it shall be indicated whether the candidate met the minimum requirements for publication and proved the novelty and successfulness of his/her work by publication of proper numbers. It is considered very important that candidates shall publish their research results in foreign refereed journals, too.
The Doctoral Council decides to award the title of doctor. Conferring the degree of doctor is solemnly implemented twice a year at public council meetings, one at the beginning and the other at end of the academic year.