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Program description:
The Doctoral School is built on four different programmes: Ancient History, Medieval Studies, Modern History, and Comparative and Contemporary History. The programmes focus on: the history of the Roman Empire and ancient India, the history of Hungary in the pre-medieval era and the Middle Ages, the history and archaeology of the Eurasian Steppe, early-modern Hungarian history, Habsburg and Ottoman relations, the history of the Mediterranean world and contemporary social and political history. Research areas cover cultural studies, paleography of scripts in several languages, history of popular culture, history of ideas, history of political thought, historiography.

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MA/MSc degree in history or related subject areas, transcript, proof of proficiency in English – B2 language exam or equivalent, list of academic publications, motivation letter, CV

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Applicants register via the online application system. The entrance exam will be conducted in person, at a venue belonging to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences OR at a venue previously designated by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in the applicant’s place of residence OR through a Skype interview. Identification of the applicant happens on the basis of personal documents. The entrance exam consists of an interview of motivation.

Dr. Péter Vukman
associate professor

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Programme structure

Duration of the programme: 4+4 semesters
Credits: 240

The Ancient Studies Programme focuses on teaching languages of sources (Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit) and emphasises the use of philological methods. Within the programme research of the history of the South-Eastern-Asia and Rome is nationally and internationally acknowledged. Participants of the program can rely on high quality library facilities.

The Medieval Studies Programme was the first to gain accreditation in 1994. Since then it has reached nation-wide and international reputation because of the high level of qualification. So far 28 Ph.D. theses have been defended in the framework of the programme. Biennially a conference is held especially for the students of the programme, so they can present their recent research topics (the presentations of these conferences were published each time, which means 6 books already). Participants of the programme are provided with separate research room and equipment (computer, Xerox-machine, etc.). Appropriate library facilities are also available.

The Modern History (Modern and Contemporary) Programme has been functioning since 1996, and since then twelve Ph.D. theses have been defended in the framework of it. This programme is divided into five sub-programmes: 16–18th Century Hungarian History, 19–20th Century Hungarian History, History of Central-East Europe and the Balkan Peninsula, History of Europe and the Mediterranean, and History of the Hispanic World. Foreign professors regularly contribute to the lectures of the universal history sub-programmes. Equally favourable opportunities are at the participants’ disposal to publish in Hungary and abroad. Students regularly contribute to conferences; library background support is available.

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States