University of Pécs

International programmes


Local Social Policy

Faculty:  Faculty of Humanities
Certificate:  Postgraduate Certificate in Local Social Policy
Duration of training: 2 semesters 
Language of instruction: English
Head of the programme: Dr. Gábor SZÖLLŐSI


Description of the programme:

The qualification obtained in this specialization is complementary to previous qualifications. Jobs and positions to be held are determined by the law in force.  Professionals obtaining the certificate may utilize their competencies in the planning, maintenance and running of social services, in performing tasks in social administration and in areas of social work. Professional activities include work in public administration or local government administration, in state public services or in the for-profit/civil sector. 

Knowledge and skills obtained in the study program have a broader relevance as well, e.g., in local government planning, implementation of local development programs and local activities of civil organizations. 


Core areas of the training and the respective credits: 

  • Introductory courses: 
    • Regional inequalities in the society: in the settlements, in the micro-regions and among the micro-regions; internal segregation and migration, use of space and use of the institutions. 3 credits.
    • Main issues of local government, public service, publics finance and public administration models in the European Union and in Hungary. 6 credits. 
    • Reflective thinking and practice. 6 credits


  • Advanced courses:
    • Financing, sources and source allocation of income transfers from the social security system, the national budget and the local governments. Special policy issues of the income transfers provided by the local governments.  3 credits.
    • Types and characteristics of social services. Special policy issues in local and regional social services. 3 credits.
    • Local social policy, social administration and social regulation. 3 credits.
    • Local development programs, local and regional co-operations. 3 credits.
    • Workshop, research and project work, reflective field practice and field seminar, reflective portfolio. 23 credits.
  • Credits of thesis work: 10


Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • Candidates applying for admission to non-degree studies should possess degree qualification in either social science or humanities, eonomics, natural sciences or engineering, technology
  • Copy of degree (including transcript of records)
  • CV
  • Motivation letter (introduction plus field of interest, etc.) in 3000 to 3500 characters.
  • English language knowledge of B2 level (attach the copy of language exam certificate, if available)
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • Medical certificate, vacciation card (showing that you are immunized against HEP B) and HIV test
  • Transfer receipt of the EUR 140 application fee


Please send the documents specified above to the following e-mail address:

Please send in all of the required documents. Incomplete applications will not be processed!


Admission examination Deadline for application Tuition fee Application fee Skype interviews Evaluation deadline
language test and motivation interview July 30 EUR 1500 per semester EUR 140 June 6-12 June 20



Application form


Bank details for application fee transfer 


Name of beneficiary University of Pécs
Address of beneficiary 7622 Pécs, Vasvári P. u. 4., Hungary
Name of Bank Magyar Államkincstár/Hungarian Treasury
(the intermediary bank is: Magyar Nemzeti Bank/ Central Bank of Hungary)
Address of Bank 1054. Budapest, Hold u. 4.
Beneficiary’s IBAN HU30 10024003-00282716-01110009
Comment field EUR140 - PST250065, applicant’s name


For more information on the application process, please contact: 

Ms. Mária Lajos
International coordinators
Phone: 72/501-500/24126
University of Pécs, Faculty of Humanities
H-7624 Pécs, Ifjúság u. 6., Hungary


For more information on the study programmes, please visit: 

The English website of the Institute of Social Relations