Modern Hungarian History Doctoral Programme

The doctoral program has been running continuously since 1993 when the Doctoral School of History was established. From 1996 it was headed by Jenő Gergely DSc, from 2010 to 2014 by Gábor Erdődy DSc, and in 2014 by Zsuzsanna Varga DSc.

The doctoral program covers the whole of 19th-20th century Hungarian history and the main issues of the history of Hungarians beyond borders. Its backbone is political history: parties, party systems, parliamentarism, the history of the state (domestic and foreign policy), public administration, etc. The program also covers political ideologies and ideas, cultural history, and the functioning of social organizations, autonomies, and interest groups. It also includes the history of churches: the organization of Christian churches and denominations in Hungary and their role in social, political, cultural, and educational history, etc.

The program has a wide appeal throughout the Hungarian-speaking world, with a large number of Hungarian students from rural areas and beyond the borders. The large number of applicants allows for a good selection of admissions.

The program has regular links with the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Social Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Political History, the Hungarian Agricultural Museum, and the doctoral schools of Hungarian universities. Experts from these institutions regularly participate as external lecturers in the management of specialized seminars and thesis and dissertation committees. The senior lecturers have personal professional contacts with universities and research centers in Austria, Germany, and Italy dealing with similar subjects.

Head of the Program: Dr. Zsuzsanna Varga DSc, Professor