PhD studies in Law and Political Sciences

The Faculty of Law is famous for its excellent graduate courses and valued degrees. Our Doctoral School is based on the esteemed training skills and scholarly capacities of the teaching staff of this Faculty, and it is deeply devoted to the ethical and cultural values represented by the University. Internationality and multidisciplinarity are highly supported and embodied in our doctoral training.

The main goal of our doctoral program is to contribute to a high value of legal thinking and legal reasoning in the next generations of lawyers. The advantages of being trained in scholarly research support you in your entire professional life: it is a real virtue which distinguish you among your colleagues.

Our Doctoral School offers a wide range of obligatory and optional courses which introduce our students into different research methods. Our supervisors constantly take care of the development of the doctoral thesis of our PhD students. We offer an accredited full-time PhD program with a highly qualified staff.

We recommend our postgraduate doctoral training for foreign students who have a Master degree (diploma) in Law, in Social Sciences or in Economics – and aim to achieve a PhD degree in Law and Political Sciences. Hungarian students are also welcome if their research topic requires to investigate and publish in English.

Head of Doctoral School: Prof. Dr. Éva Jakab, DSc

Programme Structure

The training program provides a high level of knowledge in theoretical and methodological aspects of academic research and enables participants to deepen their professional knowledge in a variety of legal disciplines.

The curriculum is adapted to the branch of science of the Doctoral School, therefore it conveys scholarly knowledge in all important fields of law and political sciences, and also encourages the acquisition of methodological knowledge necessary for obtaining a scientific degree and scientific activity.

The curriculum includes 16 obligatory courses, most of which are of a methodological nature to support the individual research work of PhD students. The number of alternative courses is significantly higher than the number of obligatory ones, which also gives the students the opportunity to deepen themselves in the fields of science important for their individual research under the guidance of experienced lecturers.

Doctoral training program

Prescribed credit points for the absolutorium (pre-degree certificate): 240 credit points

Type of training:

  • full-time PhD studies, 8 semesters with presence,
  • part time doctoral studies, 8 semesters,
  • individual training preparation.

Admission Criteria and Application Process

Entry requirements: 

  • Master degree in Law, in Social Sciences, or in Economics
  • minimum English CEFR B2 language exam certification (for example: TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson, Cambridge Proficiency)
  • Statement of the Supervisor not required for the application.

Application documents:

  1. Transcript of records
  2. Official and certified (stamped) English translation of degree or diploma
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Copy of passport or identity card
  5. Copy of level C language exam certificate in English  (except native speakers and applicants who completed their bachelor and/or master studies in English)
  6. Certificate of scientific activities
  7. List of publications
  8. Draft of the planned research topic
  9. Payment of the application fee (non-refundable cost): 100 EUR/programme paid in 10 working days after filling the application form.
    Bank details:
    Address of the Owner: H-1091 Budapest, Kálvin tér 9.
    Name of Bank: ERSTE BANK
    IBAN: HU54 1160 0006 0000 0000 1014 8552
    Account No.: 11600006-00000000-10148552
    Swift code: GIBAHUHB
    Description: Full name_LAW_PHD
  10. and the Application form


Please note, that applications will be considered complete only after the university has received the application fee.

Fees and Scholarship Opportunities

I. Self-financing applicants

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is open between 01 December 2022 - 27 April 2023!
The programme starts in September.

Tuition fee: 700.000 HUF / semester (approx. 1900 EUR / semester)

Self funding applicants shall submit their documentation via our Online Application Platform.

II. Stipendium Hungaricum Programme

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is closed!

Applicants of certain countries may have the possibility to apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme financed by the Hungarian state. The scholarship covers the entire tuition fee, budget for accommodation (or contribution to accommodation costs) and medical insurance in Hungary.

Call for Applications for BA and MA studies 2023/2024

Call for Applications for doctoral program 2023/2024

Application Timeline:

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III. Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is closed!

The Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship was established by the Hungarian Government for those who live in a Hungarian diaspora outside of Europe and wish to study at a Hungarian higher education institution to develop their personal, professional and cultural relations to Hungary.

The programme aims to support the professional advancement of the scholarship holders with high-quality Hungarian higher education while improving their Hungarian language skills and strengthening their Hungarian identity. After graduation, scholarship holders return to their home country with competitive skills and knowledge that enables them to support their community, preserve Hungarian values and reinforce the relations between the diaspora and Hungary.

Call for Applications 2023/2024

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IV. Károli Christian Scholarship

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is open between 01 December 2022 - 27 April 2023!

Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary founded a scholarship to provide the opportunity of studying in Hungary for young Christian students from certain countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Call for Applications 2022/2023


Contact Information

Secretary of Doctoral School: Dr. Péter Nagy, senior lecturer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Academic issues and administrative issues: Sándor Kucsera program coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address: KRE ÁJK Állam- és Jogtudományi Doktori Iskola, 1042 Budapest, Viola utca 2-4.




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