Short description

The Doctoral School of Philosophy is an operative unit of the Faculty of Humanities, where doctoral education towards a PhD degree is conducted in a number of disciplines of the philosophical sciences, consisting of the Institute of Philosophy, the Institue of Art History and the Institute for the Theory of Art and Media Studies. Instructors and staff of other universities or research institutes participate as core members or as guest supervisors/instructors.

There are three characteristic sorts of disciplinary division that tend to leave a philosophy department in a condition in which its whole becomes less than the sum of its parts: (1) between those who are concerned with the systematic study of issues in contemporary philosophy and those who are concerned with the interpretation of classic historical figures and texts, (2) between specialists in theoretical philosophy and specialists in practical philosophy, and (3) between those who take their problems, methods, and overall orientation from the analytic tradition and those who take theirs from the Continental tradition. Available doctoral programmes:

  • Analytic Philosophy
  • Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Phenomenology
  • Film, Media and Culture Theory
  • Hermeneutics
  • Logic and Philosophy of Science
  • Art History

The Entry Requirement is completed MA-level studies in the field related to the desired Ph.D. program and a B2 level or higher language exam and a Letter of Acceptance from your future ELTE supervisor.

Review of the candidates is based on the submitted application documents and on a Skype or personal interview. The applicants will be interviewed by an admission committee (entrance examination). In this interview, they will be asked about previous university achievements, the individual research plan and the scientific competence in the field of interest.

The Faculty’s doctoral council decides of acceptance or rejection on the grounds of the admission committees reports made following the interview.

Before sending the application, please contact the head of the doctoral training programme you wish to study at!

Strength of program

Main aims of the doctoral school are to prepare students for obtaining the doctoral (PhD) degree through helping them to gain mastery in scholarly research and writing, encouraging their conference participation, and creating the opportunity for them to take part in the various activities of the home-department.

Programme structure

4-year training in 2 parts for 240 credits. Training and Research Period (1-4 semester, 120 credits): 8 obligatory courses, 4 consultations. Each course and consultation worth 10 credit. At the end of the Training and Research Period, the student has to complete the Comprehensive Exam. Students who fail to take the Comprehensive Exam by the end of the 4th semester (until the deadline of the re-examination period), or should fail the Comprehensive Exam (even the reexamination) will lose their student status. Research and dissertation Period (5-8th semester,120 credits): 4 consultations (4X10 credits), scientific work (80 credits). After collecting all 240 credits the student receives the absolutorium and can start the Doctoral Process. Ph. D degree can be obtains during the Doctoral Procedure, which includes the Public Disputation of the Doctoral Thesis. The Thesis must be submitted 3 years after the Comprehensive Exam. The curriculum can be downloaded at:

Career opportunities

According to the latest entrance exam statistics, the Faculty of Humanities is home of the best and most gifted students nationwide. With nearly 8,000 students, the Faculty has been a stronghold of scientific knowledge all over Hungary. Employers inside and outside Hungary are aware that a graduate from ELTE FoH will be of an extremely high standard. Coming to our faculty will increase your career prospects by the time you earn your degree.

Job examples

Research Institutes, Universities, Museums, Diplomacy

How to Apply

For more information:

For further reference, thesis topic proposals of DSH for Spring 2021 can be found at Hungarian Doctoral Council ( – New topics for 2022 will be available in November of 2021