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Program Structure

To complete the educational phase, PhD students have to acquire 240 credit points. In order to gain the PhD degree students need to

  • accomplish all the required courses for a total of 72 coursework credits,
  • collect 80 research credit points and 40 credits from publications and conference papers, collect 48 teaching credits,
  • pass the Complex Examination,
  • submit and defend their dissertation.


Program stucture

Code                 Module                                                                                                                                   Module Leader                                                       Credits                 Sessions*          

Semester 1

  Microeconomics Katalin ERDŐS 6 12
  Macroeconomics Tamás SEBESTYÉN 6 12
  Statistics Dániel KEHL, Mónika GALAMBOSNÉ TISZBERGER 6 12
  Introduction to Scientific Research László SZERB, Attila VARGA 7 (research credit)

Semester 2

  Regional Economics Attila VARGA 6 12
  Development Economics István KÓNYA 4 6
  Econometrics Gábor KŐRÖSI 6 12
  Research Seminar 1 László SZERB, Attila VARGA 7 (research credit)

Electives (one module is compulsory)

  Tourism and Local Development Márta BAKUCZ 2 4
  Regional Governance Ilona PÁLNÉ KOVÁCS 2 4

Semester 3

  Regional Development policy Éva SOMOGYINÉ KOMLÓSI 6 12
  Innovation, Networks and Economic Growth Tamás SEBESTYÉN 4 6
  Empirical Research Methods 1 László SZERB 6 12
  Research Seminar 2 László SZERB, Attila VARGA 7 (research credit)

Electives (one module is compulsory)

  Universities and Regional Development Katalin ERDŐS 2 4
  Invited top international expert in regional innovation in Europe Markus/Esteban 2 4

Semester 4

  Entrepreneurship Development László SZERB 6 12
  Regional Finance Zoltán GÁL 4 6
  Empirical Research Methods 2 Attila VARGA 6 12
  Research Seminar 3 László SZERB, Attila VARGA 7 (research credit)

Electives (one module is compulsory)

  Regional Development: The Role of Collaboration and Social Networks Balázs LENGYEL 2 4
  Asian Regional Development Policy Éva SOMOGYINÉ KOMLÓSI 2 4

*one session is 75 minutes


Credit Sturcture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Credit points

Coursework credits (min. 30%)


Teaching credits (min. 20%)


Teaching independently a seminar for a full semester at a higher education institution (each) 20
Teaching independently a seminar for a full semester at a secondary or other tertiary education institution (each) 14
Thesis and dissertation review, BA and MA level (per piece) 5
Contribution to the organization of conferences/workshops 7

Research credits (min. 33%)


Accepted research proposal 35
Presentation at a Summer School 7

Successful accomplishment of the Introduction to Scientific Research course and the three Research Seminars (7 points per semester)

Participation in research groups (per semester) 7

Publication credits (min. 17%)


Total credits


Teaching credits may be received by teaching not only at the University of Pécs but also in other countries’ educational institutions. If teaching is not feasible, students can substitute credits in teaching with research and publication credits.


Publication Credits

Publications Credit points

1. Journal publications


A+ 40
A 33
B 27
C 20
D 13
Other journals 0-8

2. Books and textbooks


Book chapter 16-20
Textbook 20-33

3. Conference proceedings, working papers


Study in conference proceedings 7-11
Conference presentation 3-5
Book review 3-5

In the case of co-authorship, we calculate 0.7 of the points (two authors) and 0.5 of the points (three or more co-authors).The followings cannot be considered as credited publication: teaching or supporting materials, publications in dailies, weeklies and non-scientific journals. Publications only in electronic journals are based on individual judgment.


Doctoral Process

  • In order to start the doctoral activities (which include the Doctoral Examination, and the defense of the Dissertation) students should have a minimum of 40 credit points in publication. It is required to have at least four publications. Out of these, two should be journal publications. List of accepted journals with their ranking can be accessed with this link
  • Precondition: Absolutorium (coursework + teaching + research; in total 200 credits) + publication requirements (40 points) Complex Examination: oral exam in the core subjects
  • Submitted dissertations will be pre-evaluated by two experts in the field 
  • Final  evaluation by two external experts in the field 
  • Defense: open debate