MA in Adult Education (Andragogy)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The aim of the program is to train adult learning and education professionals, who understand that education is a process of human, cultural and social development that takes place in the family/at home, in communities, in schools and the workplace.

Head of program: Dr. habil Balázs NÉMETH PhD, Associate Professor in Adult Learning nd Education

MA of Arts in Andragogy/Adult Education
Duration of Training
2 years (4 semesters)


Deadline of Application

Next Starting Date
Tuition fee: EUR 2,500/sem.
Application fee: EUR 140
  • Description of the program
  • Application procedure
  • Application requirements
  • Examples of subjects during the studies
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At the University of Pécs, Faculty of Humanities you may study Andragogy/Adult Education as a Single Honours degree. Our graduates develop their knowledge and skills through theory and practice in adult learning and education to achieve successful careers in adult and vocational education, work-place learning, second chance education with basic skills development, coaching and counselling, community education and community development, educational policy and research, international development and special education needs.

The aim of the program is to train adult learning and education professionals, who understand that education is a process of human, cultural and social development that takes place in the family/at home, in communities, in schools and the workplace.  Through this program, participants will collect valuable knowledge and quality skills to work effectively with adults either on formal or in non-formal structures or, additionally, to work in policy or providing services for adult learners at institutions or organisations of adult education at local/regional, national or international levels.

You will learn about key issues of adult and lifelong learning contemporary societies are facing, such as participation/access, provision, equity, performance, equality, delivery/methodologies, inclusion as well as about education and learning in terms of its sociological, psychological, historical and philosophical aspects.

You will be assisted in building key competences, such as critical thinking, problem solving, conflict management, cooperation, assertive communication, as well as developing an attitude of openness and respect towards people from other cultural backgrounds, an attitude of global mindedness, valuing human dignity and cultural diversity.

You will experience different teaching, learning and assessment methods including lectures,

seminars, individual tuition, group-based, co-operative activities and individual and small group research projects. Student-centered pedagogies foster respectful, attentive and emphatic communication and can improve reasoning and collaboration skills, as well as adaptability.

Since the University of Pécs is an Erasmus-partner of some distinguished Universities across Europe to research, develop and innovate in the field of adult education/andragogy, enrolled students will be offered to participate an EU-funded international winter-school program in the second year of Master Studies so as to develop practical skills and knowledge together with students of partner universities to study adult education and lifelong learning in the countries represented in the program.

You will be offered a training module in Academic English in order to activate and extend your linguistic competences and to increase your confidence in using written and spoken English in professional situations. The courses of this module are designed to improve your academic vocabulary, reading and writing skills, listening and note-taking skills, speaking, discussion and presentation skills. 

You will be equipped with both the academic knowledge and the relevant practical skills to build a career working with adults learners in different social settings.

You will be able to contribute to the processes of learning, the development of individuals and groups in educational institutions, professional governmental and non-governmental organizations.

You will be ready to continue your studies at Doctoral level and to progress to careers in adult education, lifelong learning, VET and other relevant sectors of knowledge transfer.

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UIL és ICAE inputs to Research and Development in Adult Learning and Education

Human and Social Sciences
Academic Level/Type
      Admission for 2018/19 academic year
      Application Round Application deadlines Skype interviews Evaluation deadlines
      Round 1 May 1 - July 20, 2020 July 23, 2020 July 30, 2020
      Round 2 May 8 - August 10, 2020 July 23, August 13, 2020 August 20, 2020




        Skype interview 

        The interview takes around 10-15 minutes. During this interview our colleagues are going to ask questions about your motivation and interests. The main goal of this discussion is to learn more about your foreign language and personal skills, scientific interest – to be able to make the right decision for the advancement of multicultural and open-minded community and academic integrity.

        For a successful application please follow the steps below:

        1. To apply, click on the Apply Now button, and start your application.
        2. Register on our application site, fill the application form, upload the necessary documents and submit your application!
        3. After you have submitted your application, you are going to receive information on the further steps.
        4. If we received your application fee, we are going to start the evaluation of your application.


        The applicant has to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application portal of the University of Pécs:

        • Certified and translated (if originals are not in English) copy of school transcripts showing satisfactory completion of senior high school.
        • Europass CV in English
        • Motivation letter (introduction plus field of interest, etc.) in 3000 to 3500 characters.
        • Copy of valid passport or national ID
        • Medical certificate, (please fill the document and attach the serologic test results)
          • vaccination card (showing that you are immunized against HEP B)
          • HEP A/B/C test*
          • HIV test*
          • Chest X-ray: Please attach the chest’s X-ray result (not the film!) in English/Hungarian! (not older than 3 months)
        • Transfer receipt of the EUR 140 application fee
        • Acceptable online language exams:
          • Duolingo online exam from score 135
          • IELTS Indicator from score 5.5
        • Official copy of the following language exam certificates:  
        • Entrance Exam (personally or via Skype)

        *Please note: tests have to be taken within a year!

        1st semester
        International Environment - History and Politics of Adult Learning and Education (ALE)
        Theories of Adult Learning: Andragogy and Gerontagogy
        Lifelong Guidance
        Learning Cities-Regions and Learning Communities
        2nd semester
        The Psychology of Adult Learning
        The Role of Law in Adult Education
        Adult Education and the Labour Market
        Curriculum Development and Quality in Adult Education
        Active Citizenship
        3rd semester
        Theory of Science and Professionalisation in Adult Education
        Ethics of Adult Education
        Adult Education Research and Development - Comparative Studies in ALE
        Illiteracy, Second Chance Schooling and Adult Education
        4th semester
        ALE and Human Resource Development
        Open and Distance Education and e-learning

        If you have any questions about the program, please contact: 
        Dr. habil Balázs NÉMETH PhD
        Head of the program
        Phone: +36-30-573-1499

        For further information please contact:
        Ms. Vanda BŐCZIN-SIRKECI
        international coordinator
        Phone: + 36 72 501 600/64127; +36 30 186 1686
        English website of the Faculty