Doctoral Education

István Széchenyi Management and Organisation Sciences Doctoral School

Field of Science:  Social Sciences

Discipline:            Management and Organisation Sciences

Place of Activity:   West-Hungarian University, Faculty of Economics

Address:               Erzsébet str. 9., H-9400 Sopron



The programmes of the education and research activity of the Doctoral School are the followings:

– Public Economics,

– Marketing,

– International Economics,

– Business Economics and Management,

– The Social and Economic Contexts of Human Resources.


The forms of doctoral education and the application process of the organised education

The PhD degree can be attained by taken place in organised university education or by personal preparation in the PhD grade attaining process. 

The form of participation can be scholar or self-financed.

The application form has to be handed in according to the inviting applications showing that to which doctoral school, programme and theme the applicants would like to apply.

Documents to attach to the application:

a) application form;

b) curriculum vitae;

c)  the certified copy of university degree, the copy of the pages of the book showing the university studies (graduate students have to present the results of final examination and the certificate on the application exam (talk));

d) foreign language certificate (in Hungary at least about one state-certified intermediate “C” type language exam);

e) the presentation of academic and publication activity (e.g.: the off-prints of publications, the copies of OTDK – national academic student conferences – certificates, results of TDK – academic student conferences -, academic competitions, etc.);

f)   the research plan checked with and signed by the prospective supervisor;

g) the accepting statement of the department dealing with the chosen topic according to the applicant’s research plan;

h) written reference of at least one great authority of the discipline; and by private applicants a reference letter from one national Ph.D. great authority acclaimed abroad;

i)   for night school students the proof from the research place ensuring the research conditions;

j)   moral certificate about clean sheet (this certificate shows that the applicants did not do anything against law).

The application process includes an oral aptitude test when the applicants present their academic work, academic plans and proves their proficiency (skills) in the chosen theme and foreign languages.

The Application Committee considers the applicant’s former activities (university degree, occurent academic work, and publications), language knowledge, proficiency in the chosen topic, professional intelligence and dots according to all these information.

The terms of taking part in the personal preparation:

a) at least five years research work with significant research results; 

b) significant publication activity ( the requirements are formed in accordance with the specialities of the disciplines);

c)  reference letter of a great authority.

The applicants can be admitted if they reached the 66,67% of the maximum points.


The credits of the educational and research conditions for day—and night school and also private PhD students in the Doctoral School are determined as the followings:



Credits in













   I. Education credits








Basic subjects








Compulsory subjects of the programme








Optional subjects








Total educational credits








  II. Research credits








III. Publication credits

Credit points according to publication activity in the current semester


(minimum obtainable credits)









The publication routine of the doctoral school

The PhD students publicise the results of their research work with the publishing of presentations on home and international conferences and articles in home and international magazines.

The publication is accepted if it is

– approved,

– published in a publication edited by an Editor Committee.

The PhD students have to publish through their academic semesters till handling in the application for getting the PhD grade:

– at least three announcements published in approved academic periodicals or volumes,

– at least two articles or presentations in conference issues,

– at least one other publication.

The PhD grade attaining process of the doctoral school

Conditions of attaining PhD grade:

a) university degree;

b) to complete the academic commitments according to the university’s doctoral regulation;

c)  successful doctoral comprehensive exam;

d) the presentation of academic activity through written publications in approved magazines accepted by the Doctoral School or edited or for edition accepted announcements in volumes (the conditions of academic activity are determined by the doctoral programmes in the appendix and it is introduced to the applicants before enrolment);

e) the knowledge of two foreign languages necessary to the chosen field of science;

f)   the preparation and the submission of the dissertation and thesis prepared with the methods of academic work and also the defence of it on public disputation in front of the committee;

g) clean record.

The process of attaining PhD grade:

Comprehensive exam → First disputation → Public disputation

Doctoral rigorosum

The doctoral comprehensive exam is an over viewing exam showing the PhD candidate’s acquired knowledge on the chosen field of sciences.

The doctoral comprehensive exam – at the longest of two years after handling in the PhD grade attaining request – must be completed in front of the committee and public.

The doctoral comprehensive exam includes the written elaboration of an academic problem and its verbal presentation. The academic problem authorized according to the proposal made by the programme leader and accepted by the Doctoral School Committee. The PhD candidate has to be informed in writing about the accepted academic problem and the date of the comprehensive exam. The doctoral comprehensive exam has to be taken before the disputation.

Absolution from the doctoral comprehensive exam can not be given.

First disputation

To help the candidate the dissertation – before it is completed – has to be presented at the professionally competent educational and organisational unit.  The first disputation of the doctoral dissertation is before the public disputation.

In the course of this disputation the candidates has to perform their own work, the used foreign results, the processed literature, the applied methods, the right of the conclusions and the applicability of the final result.

One month after the first disputation the dissertation can be handed into the public disputation.

The public disputation

The main results of the doctoral dissertation have to be summarised in some thesis. These have to be prepared in printed and electronic form in the mother language and in English.

The doctoral dissertation in five similar bounded copies has to be submitted together with the followings:

– the report and the attendance register made on the first disputation;

– thesis in written form in Hungarian and in English (foreign students: mother language and in English);

– the dissertation and the text of the Hungarian and English thesis in electronic form;

– the short, maximum 8-10 rows long abstract in English including the translated title;

– the maximum one page long curriculum vitae written in third person singular;

– the list of publications connected to the dissertation’s subject – including the off-prints of publications or together with the for the edition accepted declaration;

– the written declaration of the programme leader about the publication activity;

– declaration in which the joint-authors agree to use the results edited in the common publication to the doctoral dissertation;

– the certified copy of  foreign language certificates;

– cheque which justifies the cash in of the procedure’s fee.

The public disputation of the dissertation

The public disputation is after a successful doctoral comprehensive exam and first disputation.

If the dissertation is written on a foreign language, the public disputation can be held either in Hungarian or in the foreign language.

At the public disputation the candidates introduce shortly (the maximum of 20 minutes long) the main results of their PhD work and the thesis. Subsequently the reviewers judge their opinion. After all the candidates answer the questions and comments asked and told by the reviewers and the participants of the public disputation.

After ending the public disputation the reviewer committee decides about the result of the disputation in ballot. The opponents also take part in the score. The dissertation can be accepted if the points altogether reach the 66,6% of the total attainable points.

After the termination the chairman introduces the result of the disputation.

If the disputation is unsuccessful, it can not be repeated. The candidate can handle in a dissertation in a similar topic only 2 years later (the earliest).

The graduation of PhD grade

The graduation of the PhD grade is counted by the Council of the Doctoral School by taking the average of the % result of the successful PhD comprehensive exam and the % result given by the reviewer committee. If it is above 91% the graduation is ‘summa cum laude’ (excellent), if it under 91% but above 81% than ‘cum laude’ (good). To get ‘rite’ (passed) 66,6% has to be got.