The program offers graduates in psychology, biology, medicine and other social sciences the opportunity to broaden their theoretical and practical knowledge to achieve new scientific results. Courses will cover, but will be not limited to, topics such as social cognition and social representation, psychophysiological measurements, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.
The study program consists of two separate blocks (Semesters 1-4, Semesters 5-8). During the first block, doctoral students master advanced research skills and take theoretical courses which help them to elaborate their own research plans and design their experiments. At the end of the 4th semester, students’ knowledge and research progress is assessed by a complex examination, which is a prerequisite for continuing doctoral studies. In the second block, intensive interaction between students and their supervisors is encouraged. Students are expected to focus mainly on their research, but also participate in teaching activities in order to prepare for a carrier in an academic environment. Research results have to be published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences. A doctoral thesis must be submitted not later then the end of the 8th semester. After a succesful thesis defence, the applicant will be awarded a PhD degree in psychology.
For a successful application please follow the steps below:
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 language knowledge, personal skills and scientific interest – to be able to make the right decision to help our multicultural and open-minded community and academic integrity.
Postgraduate diploma (or higher) (MA or MSc in a relevant field), please attach a transcript for the courses you have completed (title, credits) Transcripts of records showing satisfactory completion.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
You must take the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.
Applicants who are still conducting their studies at the time of application must submit an official letter from their institution indicating the date of graduation. Students cannot enroll at the Program until they have successfully completed their studies at the Master's level.
Intermediate English language proficiency certificate:
• Official copy of the following language exam certificates:
o TOEFL (iBT internet-based): 66 points (www.ets.org/toefl)
o ECL: B2 level (http://www.ecl-test.com/)
o IELTS: Overall Band Score: 5.5 (www.ielts.org)
o Cambridge ESOL: B2 level (www.cambridgeenglish.org)
o TELC: B2 level (https://www.telc.net/en.html)
o or a written document certifying an advanced command of English
Furthermore your application file should contain:
- Europass CV in English
- List of publications (if already) and other scientific, or related professional activities
- Motivation letter (introduction plus field of interest, etc.) in 3000 to 3500 characters.
- Preliminary Research Proposal in 5,000 to 20,000 characters.*
- Copy of valid passport or national ID
- Medical certificate, (please fill the document and attach the serologic test results)
Preliminary Research Proposal*
A written statement of the research design that includes an explanation of the purpose of the study and outlines the research methodology.
It should consist of the following parts:
The intended title of the dissertation
The aim of the underlying research as well as the clearly stated motivation for the research
Literature review, i.e. review of the state of the art in the literature
List of references
Before preparing your research plan and sending your application, it is strongly recommended to contact a preferred supervisor who is able to help you elaborate your research project. You may find potential supervisors on our website: https://psychology.pte.hu/departments
If you have any questions about the program, please contact:
Dr. Ferenc Kocsor, PhD
Head of the program