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Our Doctoral School has been continually operating since the introduction of the new doctoral education system in 1993. Its initiators and heads were nationally recognized, excellent professors of the Institute of History and the Department of Ethnography. (István Rácz, Zsuzsa L. Nagy, Péter Gunst, János Barta, Imre Papp).

The Doctoral School of History and Ethnography of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Debrecen intends to offer the opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree (PhD) in two closely related disciplines of the humanities.The Doctoral Program of History and the parallel Doctoral Program of Ethnography has, from the outset, sought to cover a broader and broader field of history and ethnography to provide opportunity for the candidates to expand their research, receive professional support for the writing of their dissertation and finally to defend it within dignifying intellectual and technical circumstances.

Over the years, we have developed an extensive system of international relations,in which,cross-border co-operation with researchers and educators of Hungarian higher education institutions has played and will continue to play a decisive role. (Such as the Partium Christian University (Oradea), the departments of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and the Museum Association of Transylvania, the researchers of Academic Council of Cluj Napoca, the University of Prešov,the Ferenc Rákóczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education (Berehove), and the Uzhhorod National University)The professional orientation and quality of the two programs provided a good basis for more and more Hungarian PhD students from abroad to apply. Some of them are now colleagues and researchers at higher educational institutes.

The scientists who have received honorary doctorates from the two disciplines worthily represent our ever-expanding scientific potential.In recent years, at our proposal,VeikkoAnttonen (Turku), Jean-Luc Fray (Clermont-Ferrand), PéterKónya (Prešov), and Roman Čaja (Torun) received the honour which indicates the appreciation of the University of Debrecen.

The lecturers of the Doctoral School consider it important to provide their students with an example of professionalism. Thus, we give presentations at our scientific conferences jointly with our students, and we generally follow this practice also in our academic publishing.

We hope that in addition to our university students, theattendants of our conferences, readers of our publications and books will also choose our Doctoral School to continue their studies and defend their scientific dissertation.


Prof. Dr. KláraPapp
university professor
Head of the Doctoral School of History and Ethnography

Updated: 2019.12.08.

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