International in Business Administration, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
The Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Pécs established its International Ph.D. Program in International Business Administration for professionals in the world of business or in public administration and with several years of experience in their field.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Developed on the basis of the Hungarian PhD program of the Doctoral School of Business Administration, it is as such nationally accredited. The International PhD Program combines the advantages of contact-based and distance-based education drawing on the contribution of recognized national and international experts.

In its design, the program combines two major international traditions in doctoral education such as the American tradition (where several years of formal education is needed to gain the PhD) and the European tradition (with limited number of classes and a strong emphasis on independent dissertation research).

The Program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge necessary for writing a successful dissertation and it also supports independent research by providing experienced faculty supervisors and professional feedback at dissertation seminars.

The direct educational period consists of four semesters during which students are required to be on campus. During this period students spend each semester approximately 10 days on campus and attend and prepare for classes, consult their supervisor on their research topic and may do further research in the Library.

This International in Business Administration programme is offered by the University of Pécs. The International Ph.D. Program combines the advantages of contact- and distance-based education, drawing on contributions from recognized national and international experts.

In its design, the Program combines two major international traditions in doctoral education such as the American tradition, where several years of formal instruction and education are needed to gain a Ph.D, and the European tradition with its limited number of classes but strong emphasis on independent dissertation-focused research.

In order to receive the Ph.D. degree, students must accomplish the following
  • pass all the modules (achieve the Absolutorium)
  • have the Research Proposal accepted
  • pass the Doctoral Examination (Comprehensive Exam)
  • have at least four publications which: are in English,
    • cover the area of dissertation research, and
    • at least one of which should appear in a refereed international journal
  • prepare the Ph.D. Dissertation
  • defend the Ph.D. Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Professional

Programme Structure

Semester 1


  • Corporate Finance I.
  • Management I.
  • Marketing I.
  • Operations Management
  • Principles of Business Research
  • Research Proposal
Semester 2


  • Corporate Finance II.
  • Management II.
  • Marketing II.
  • Applied Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Proposal
Semester 3


  • Public Policy
  • Econometric Analysis
  • Entrepreneurship

Electives (one module is compulsory)

  • Corporate Finance III.
  • Management III.
  • Marketing III.
  • Proposal Defense*
Semester 4


  • Managerial Economics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Information Technology Management
  • Innovations in Marketing Research
Doctoral Process
  • Precondition: Absolutorium + publication requirements (30+ points, at least four publications in the field of the dissertation, one of them being published in an international journal)
  • Doctoral Comprehensive Examination: oral exam in the core subjects, incl. Corporate Finance and Monetary Economics, Management Studies, Marketing and Operations Management
  • Submitted dissertations will be pre-evaluated by two external experts in the field
  • Final evaluation by two external experts in the field
  • Defense: open debate

Test Scores

Academic Requirements

The Program is highly selective. It requires a Master's degree (MSc or MBA) in a relevant field, excellent academic performance and an outstanding research proposal. 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 enrol on the Program until they have successfully completed their studies at Master level.

  • Research Proposal (2-3 page long)
  • CV in English
  • Application Form
  • Language Exam in English
  • Official Copies of Degree Certificates plus certified translation in English
  • Transcript of Records in English
  • List of publications (if any)
  • Four passport-size photographs
Research Proposal

A 2-3 page written statement of the research plan which includes an explanation of the purpose of the study and outlines the research methodology

It should comprise the following:

  • 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. a review of the state-of-the-art literature
  • List of references

Please note that all research proposals are thoroughly checked with anti-plagiarism software.


A firm knowledge of English or German is absolutely necessary to be able to take our courses in English or in German. Concerning the international programmes offered by the University of Pécs, the English language requirement is:


  • CAE (45 to 59) / FCE grade: B or C / PET Pass with distinction
  • IELTS: 6.5 to 7.0
  • TOEFL (IBT): 87 to 109
  • British General Qualifications: GCE A-level (known as A2)


  • CPE (45 to 59) /CAE grade B or C / FCE grade A
  • IELTS: 7.0 to 8.0 (8.0 is borderline between C1 and C2)
  • TOEFL (IBT): 110 - 120


  • CPE grade A, B or C / CAE grade A
  • IELTS: 8.0 to 9.0

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 12500 International
  • EUR 12500 EU/EEA

The tuition fee for the Program is €12.500 - to be paid in instalments as per the following schedule:

  • 1st semester: €4.000,
  • 2nd semester: €3.000,
  • 3rd semester: €2.000,
  • Comprehensive Exam: €500,
  • Doctoral Procedure: €3.000,


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