University of Pécs

International programmes


Specialization in Complex Social Services

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


Description of the programme:  

The objective of the training, by relying on the previous qualifications of the professional, is to train specialists who have competencies in the development and running of social services and the related complex services both in the public sector and in the market and nonprofit sector.  


Core areas of the training and the respective credits: 

  • Introductory courses:
    • Social issues and social services 
    • Structure and functions of social and complex services


  • Advanced courses:
    • Reflective thinking and practice 
    • Public policy issues of social and connected services 
    • Structure and analysis of social and complex services 
    • Developmental programs 
    • Organizing and running social and complex services 
    • Workshop 
    • Research and project work 
    • Reflective field practice 


  • Basic competencies:
    • Identifying actors in the provision of services; organizing their collaboration 
    • Identifying social needs and organizing public participation 
    • Organizing service systems and preparing special policy decisions 
    • Ensuring constant operation of the service system
    • Evaluating and assuring quality of the service system; service system developments 



Basic study methodologies:

    • reflective, 
    • and (differently in the different modules) experience-based, problem-based, exploratory-constructivist and project-based teaching 


Basic knowledge:

    • Models of public task organization. Implementation of the models. Biological, psychological, sociological and legal factors grounding the needs for social and other services of general interest. 
    • Special policy issues of social and the related other services (planning; special policy decisions; special policy programs; assessing social needs and/or market demands) 
    • The system of social and the related other services (domestic and foreign systems, legal, public administrative, organizational and other aspects; tasks of the service system) 
    • Sectorial, regional, national and European context for the services of general interest (sectorial division a labor and collaboration, models of regional division of labor, comparing national systems, European policies and prescriptions). 
    • Organizing social services of general interest and organizing and running complex services (service and organizational models, the role of service users and professionals in the service systems, standardization and quality assurance in services, controlling and managing service systems and organizations, measuring performance and impact, cooperation and coordination, individual level service management).  



The modular organization of the training is harmonized with basic knowledge areas. 

The program is a part-time study program.


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 May 31 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