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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:

(We cannot guarantee that each doctoral programme will start in September as it depends on the number of applications received.)

Theoretical and Historical Pedagogy Doctoral Programme

The Theoretical and Historical Pedagogy Doctoral Programme is based on 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 qualitativ research orientation, focusing on current research questions and subdisciplines (education in family outside the school, within the school, theoretical, systematical, comparative and historical aspects of children and youth education) of educational sciences.

The theoretical and practical background of scholarly training is granted by a wide repertoire of research possibilities. This wide range offering 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 become familiar with the background of family and youth education and current questions of contemporary education. Students are also encouraged to conduct 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 the possibility of examining 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, Schwitzerland, 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 processes.

European Doctorate in Teacher Education Programme (EDiTE)

European Doctorate in Teacher Education (EDiTE) is focusing on the professional learning and work of teachers. The programme aims at meeting the growing demand to have a better understanding on the inter- and supranational trends related to teacher education, teacher professional development, teacher professional knowledge and teaching practice. It introduces international and comparative aspects and methods of educational research and thus familiarises doctoral students with both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students of the programme will develop 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 to “The Learning Teacher” research programme of the Faculty of Education and Psychology, emphasising 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 programme and to enrich their familiarity with the relevant international research literature. This programme, being part of an international doctoral programme, is 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. programme in Special Education is an interdisciplinary programme bringig together scholars from education of children and adults with special needs, rehabilitation sciences, and disability studies. The mission of the Ph.D. programme 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 individualised programmes to meet their academic and career objectives, we also believe that all students need a basic understanding across fields of specialisations.

Sports and Health Promotion Programme

The programme focuses on the life-style and on mental-physical activities 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 life-style 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 throughout the programme. Students will also get acquainted with those physiological exercises and sport psychological methods by which they will become able to characterise the psycho-physiological fitness in its complexity and that will help them to determine the optimal load. The programme also deals with representations of the body, providing the basis for the self and being closely connected to characteristics important in education like self-esteem, perceived competence and well-being. The Institute of Health Promotion and Sport Sciences is a well-organised 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.

STRENGTH of the doctoral programme:

One of the major strength of the programme is the combination and integration of different disciplines which generate interesting and attractive projects and outstanding research.
As researchers and teachers in their academic field, and participation in various international research projects, 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. Besides, 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.

Leading professor of the programme:
Name: Halász Gábor, Head of Institute, Institute of Education, professor

Programme structure

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Career opportunities

Career opportunities:

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Academic staff
Reflective jobs, such as program associate, programme manager, social service administrator, research coordinator

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Not available for applying at the moment

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States