Doctoral School

Doctoral School

Doctoral School of Sociology

Doctoral School of Sociology

Dear Colleagues, dear Students,

The so-called anti-pedophilia law passed by the Hungarian parliament yesterday blurs the distinction between pedophilia (when minors become victims of sexual violence) with homosexuality and the personal choice or definition of gender (where it is about mutual agreement in two people’s partner selection or a person’s right to self-determination and there are no victims). The law is therefore suitable for stigmatizing and inducing hatred against social groups. We know from historical experience the dire consequences of hatred exacerbated by political-legal means against an identifiable group of the country 's inhabitants.

We also know from historical experience how quickly stigma, exclusion, and hatred induced in society — especially when the school system and media are also used as means to promote them — can infiltrate the field of social sciences.

Therefore, as the leaders of one of the largest Hungarian doctoral schools training social scientists, university lecturers and experts, we would like to make it clear that this will not happen in our doctoral school. As before, we continue to welcome all students, faculty members and supervisors, whether or not they belong to the LGBTQI community, and we shall not apply any preferences or dispreferences as to the choice of LGBTQI research topics.

Budapest, June 16, 2021

Tamás Rudas
Head of the Doctoral School of Sociology
Faculty of Social Sciences, ELTE

Éva Orosz
Head of the Social Policy Doctoral Programme

Antal Örkény
Head of the Sociology Doctoral Programme

György Csepeli
Head of the Interdisciplinary Social Research Doctoral Programme

Balázs Majtényi
Head of the International Studies Doctoral Programme

The Doctoral School of Sociology was created in 2000 under the leadership of Dénes Némedi by bringing together the Sociology doctorate launched by Tibor Huszár in 1993 as part of the previous institution and the doctorate in Social Policy run since 1995 by Zsuzsa Ferge, the first of its kind in Hungary. The School currently offers three study programmes. In addition to the two other programmes, the Interdisciplinary Social Research programme was launched in 2009 under the leadership of György Csepeli; while the International Studies programme was established by Balázs Majtényi in 2020.

The high standard of our doctoral training programmes is down to the Faculty’s teaching staff, who have acquired a broad range of experience both at home and abroad and who are recognised domestically and internationally for their work. 

The structure of the doctoral training changed in 2016. Since then – instead of 6 semesters –, it lasts 4+4+2 semesters including the dissertation period.

Students must complete 240 credits during the course of their doctoral studies. Credits can be awarded for three main activities: for courses taken, for research (which includes consultations with the supervisor, publication and attending academic conferences) and for teaching. Our doctoral programmes aim to expand students’ academic knowledge, to teach students research methods and to develop students’ research and teaching skills. When working on their research topics, students will be supervised by one (or more – depending on the research interest of the student) scholar. During their studies, students can engage with the wider academic community by fulfilling their publication duties and attending academic conferences. The Doctoral School and the teaching programmes regularly organise students’ conferences, which give talented students the opportunity to present their research results and develop their academic skills. 

All students are expected to be familiar with and apply the results of international research. For this reason, our doctoral programmes require students to have advanced language skills in at least one foreign language. High-achievers will have the opportunity to take part in research programmes abroad as a result of the University’s international agreements and the supervisors’ extensive connections outside Hungary. 


Doctoral Council responsible for the training: Doctoral Council for Social Sciences Reseach Field
Branch of science: Social Sciences
Research Field: Sociology
Type of issued academic degree: PhD – Sociology
Master program accepted as entrance requirement for the PhD program: Sociology, Survey Statistics & Data Analytics, Social Policy, Social Work
Founded in: 2000

Personnel responsible for the doctoral training

  • Gábor Juhász – Assistant Professor, Dean
  • Tamás Rudas – Professor, Head of the Doctoral School, President of the Faculty Doctoral Council

Core members

  • Ildikó Barna
  • György Csepeli
  • Nikosz Fokasz
  • Balázs Majtényi
  • Éva Orosz
  • Antal Örkény
  • Tamás Rudas
  • Judit Takács

Members of the Doctoral Council for Social Sciences Research Field

President: Tamás Rudas – Professor, Head of the Doctoral School, President of the Faculty Doctoral Council
Core members: Prof. Antal Örkény, Prof. Em. Éva Orosz, Prof. Em. György Csepeli, Prof. Nikosz Fokasz, Prof. Balázs Majtényi
External members: Gábor Péli DSc, Julia Szalai DSc
Student delegate of the Doctoral School