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PhD in Economics and Management


General information
Duration of the course:

8 semesters 

- first 4 semesters: training and research

- second 4 semeters: research and dissertation 

Tuition fee: 2000 USD / semester
Study mode: full time
Intake: September
Application period - self financed: mid April - mid May
Application period - Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship: mid November - mid January
Language of Instruction: English

Alexandre Lamfalussy Faculty of Economics

István Széchenyi Economics and Management Doctoral School


The István Széchenyi Economics and Management Doctoral School is honoured by your expressed interest in the programs and training it offers. According to the Law on Higher Education, we administer the highest level of university study (PhD education) within the frameworks of organized or individual preparation. In 1993, doctoral degrees (PhDs) were entrusted to universities, and only accredited doctoral schools can issue doctoral degrees. The Doctoral School at the Alexandre Lámfalussy Faculty of Economics at the University of Sopron is among these doctoral degree-granting institutions. Though the doctoral school has a relatively short history, it has produced excellence in the field of doctoral studies as can be seen by the significant number of enrolled students who successfully complete doctoral training and earn a PhD degree each year. In addition to Hungarian students, a number of foreign students enroll in the school every year. Instructors and supervisors hold courses in Hungarian as well as English and German. Depending on the level of interest, the school offers five programs (business administration and management, international economy, marketing, finance, and the social and economic aspects of human resources), all of which can be studied in the languages mentioned above and through different forms of training (daytime, correspondent, individual). The PhD course usually attracts individuals wishing to pursue careers in higher education and/or scientific workshops. A significant number of professionals from other fields (business organizations, domestic and international institutions, organizations) are also enrolled in PhD studies and are successfully completing PhD degrees.

Since 2016, the duration of the doctoral program is 4 years, which is divided into segments of 2 + 2 years. There is a comprehensive examination at the end of the fourth active semester, which is followed by two years of research and publication. In addition to our four-year doctoral training, we also welcome second and third-year students from the three-year International Cross Border PhD Programs (e.g. Croatia, Czech, Slovakia) who fulfil their first year of study at the University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt, Austria. This joint PhD program in International Economic Relations and Management takes place within the international cooperation framework.

The Doctoral School is also an evaluation centre for habilitation applications submitted to the University of Sopron and it conducts the habilitation procedure for habilitation applications belonging to the profile of the Doctoral School. The habilitated doctoral title (Dr. habil) serves primarily to judge the educational and scientific performances of colleagues with a PhD degree in higher education. The granting of this title is an indispensable condition for university teacher applications.

The attached menu items provide detailed information about the doctoral studies we offer. The Doctoral School administration is also ready to provide further information and assistance if required. We are confident you will appreciate our doctoral programs, and we hope to welcome you to the Doctoral School as a student or as a habilitation candidate.

Prof. Dr. Csilla Obádovics,
Head of István Széchenyi Economics and Management Doctoral School



  • Business Administration and Management
  • International Economy
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources

Required documents to attach to the online application form:

In case the required documents are NOT in ENGLISH or GERMAN language then a certified copy must be attached.

  • Form for Admission to the English Degree Programmes of the University of Sopron – please download, fill out and scan the signed document; 
  • copy of MA/MSc certificate in English or German language;
  • copy of passport;
  • copy of English language certificate(s): TOEFL / IELTS: level B2; OR Medium of Instruction Cetrificate, if you completed your BSc or MSc in English (if you are a native English speaker, please skip this section);
  • copy of the bank transfer for the application fee;
  • research plan and proposal
  • documented scientific and publishing activity
  • other documents :recommendation letters, motivation letters, CV 


Participation in the application process requires the following:

  • Conditions for PhD applications: MA/MSc degree from the same field or a related field of the chosen programme is a key for a successful admission interview. Detailed research plan and prosposal, documented scientific and publishing activity and recommendation letter(s) are mandatory 
  • The applicant will be informed by the doctoral school member about the date and time of the admission interview.
    After the interview, the examiner may decide to administer an admission test, which may include reading and the use of English.
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