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Undergraduate programme

Our goals in the undergraduate programme

  • to train experts in political science who obtain a basic understanding of how a political system works in a society, what relations and principles are to be identified, how political organizations, the establishment of any political power operate.   

  • to enable students to further attend courses in graduate studies in the field (MA Degree).

  • to discuss political values and basic theories concerning socialization.

  •   to enable graduates as of sufficient knowledge in the operation of political institutions to work as professionals in organizing, to advise decision-makers in the field, to serve in connection-building and relation-maintaining processes, to undertake research when preparing materials on current political issues, or in team work conducted in political science, to assist surveys and analyses in political theory carried out by political experts, to take part in the work of the civil society, of local governments, of mass communication organizations, of trade unions, or of international organizations.

 Graduate Programme

 The Graduate Programme started in the 2008/09 academic year

The curriculum of our future MA programme shows the intention of our emphasizing the economic content also beside the scientific criteria (political research methodology, epistemological prerequisites of political science, characteristic features of political thinking, etc) and the classical topics of political science.  We mean to achieve two purposes by this: 


  1. Public affairs - offers practical information and competences; 
  2. Political theory - extends the knowledge of students preferring research or analysts’ work in the direction of political economics.  

In our programme we meant to express the notion that political knowledge nowadays, thank to globalization, does include such universal epistemological dilemmas also which affect the changing role of the image of democracy, power, governing, international law and political science.

Post-graduate Research School

Our School for Doctoral Degree in Political Science was finally accredited in 2002, having been temporarily accredited earlier.  (Resolution by MAB, No. 2002/5/II.)

The MAB registration number of the School is DVA 1818/I/2002.

Ph.D. in Political Science’ is the title to be given by the accredited programme which was created primarily for students interested in the science of politics and for those who pursuit a career in the academic sector.  The Hungarian democracy and the country being integrated are in need of skilled experts both in theory and practice.  We try to fill this gap.  In the programme the majority of subjects deals with the operation of the Hungarian political system, and occasionally carries out strict analyses in public policy while introducing methodological approaches.  Moreover, they extend topic boundaries across broader European and EU relations.  These approaches are most useful for doctoral students who have already experienced stages of political processes and decisions.

Admission Process

Teaching, as prescribed by valid regulations, is scheduled in full time system within which places with or without grants are available.  Both cover the same conditions and requirements.


The programme is offered to any citizen who speaks Hungarian and who

  • can present an M.A. degree of at least good/4.0/B qualification
  • can present a certificate in at least one foreign language of  intermediate or higher proficiency level
  • performs disciplined attitude towards a researcher’s job as his/her past professional career and future career objectives also show.         

Certificates and documents to be presented

When applying for admission please enclose the following documents for the Regional Council Office of Social Sciences in Higher Education (8 Fővám tér,  Budapest, Room l / 181).

  • application form (see later)
  • copy of Diploma (the original one is to be presented when admitted)
  • copy of grade-book (the original is to be presented when admitted)
  • curriculum vitae
  • one letter of recommendation from a well-known representative of the field
  • copy of language proficiency certificate (the original is to be presented when admitted)
  • list of publications
  • part time students (with no grant) are required to present a permit from their employers as classes are scheduled mostly on during working days.
  • a short three-pager which describes the results of the applicant’s present or recent research or scientific activity.

Entrance Exam

  • the written part of the entrance exam covers the topics of the Hungarian political system and of the comparative political science in form of short and essay questions.
  • the oral part of the entrance exam tests the candidate’s general knowledge in political science and his/her research interest.
  • in addition to the scores of the above two exams scores are also given for the paper describing recent research activity and for the applicant’s past professional career.
  • the date of the entrance exam is June
  • decision on admission is to be mailed to each applicant until 15 July
  • the language of the exam is Hungarian.

Books recommended for the entrance exam

  •  Gallai, S.  Török, G. ed. (2003) Politika és Politikatudomány. Budapest: Aula.
  •  Bogdanor, V.  (2001)  Politikatudományi enciklopédia. Budapest: Osiris.
  •  A politikai filozófiák enciklopédiája  (1994/2002). Budapest: Kossuth.
  •  Hix, Simon (2005) The Political System of the European Union. Palgrave.
  •  Prospective students are also required to know articles and work published by the journal Politikatudományi Szemle.
  •  Latest books and research assisted by the Institute


Last modified: 2019.02.23.