About us

University of Debrecen, Doctoral School of Linguistics (UD-DSL)


  • Research field: linguistics
  • Type of issued academic degree: PhD
  • Head of the doctoral school: Prof. Dr. Valéria Tóth



Doctoral School of Linguistics

  • Administration coordinator: Marianna Feketéné Balogh
  • Place: Main Bldg. Rm 129
  • Tel.: + 36 52 512 900 / ext. 22519
  • E-mail:
  • Website: http://denydi.unideb.hu

Faculty of Humanities

  • Secretary: Dr. Ákos Szendrei
  • Place: Main Bldg. Rm 15.A.
  • Tel.: + 36 52 512 900 / etx. 61834
  • Fax: + 36 52 412 336
  • E-mail:
  • Website: http://btkphd.unideb.hu




The organization of UD-DSL

UD-DSL consists of two doctoral programmes.

  • Doctoral programme of general and applied linguistics
    Programme director: Dr. András Kertész

This programme has five subprogrammes.

Subprogrammes Directors of the subprogrammes
English linguistics Dr. György Rákosi
Theoretical linguistics Dr. András Kertész
German linguistics Dr. Péter Csatár
Romanistics Dr. Sándor Kiss
Computational linguistics Dr. László Hunyadi



  • Doctoral programme of Hungarian and Finno-Ugric linguistics
    Programme director: Dr. István Hoffmann 

This programme has two subprogrammes.

Subprogrammes Directors of the subprogrammes
Finno-Ugric linguistics Dr. Sándor Maticsák
Hungarian linguistics Dr. Valéria Tóth


Admission information

Admission requirements for the English programmes of the Doctoral School of Linguistics and the detailed rules for admission are regulated by the doctoral regulations of the University of Debrecen (see here).

For regulations specific to UD-DLS, click here: How to apply to our programme.


Doctoral topics

Doctoral topics are issued by the supervisors. To see topics for international students, click here.



Information about the PhD Procedure

The documents required for the PhD procedure are to be found on the website of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Debrecen.


PhD procedure requirements specific to UD-DSL

1. All dissertations should be subject to a preliminary defence procedure. The preliminary defence may take place only when the supervisor has deemed the dissertation appropriate for submission, the candidate cannot improve upon it, however, independent reviewers may find smaller deficiencies the elimination of which is desirable before the submission of the final version of the dissertation. The preliminary defence should be modelled after the public defence.

2. Before the review process, the dissertation submitted for preliminary defence is sent by the secretary of the doctoral school to the University and National Library (for details, see the doctoral regulations of UD) where submissions are screened for plagiarism and duplicate content.

3. Candidates should verify their scientific work. Apart from rule 9.§ (6)(b) in the regulations, students of UD-DSL should have at least one publication  and one conference participation per training stage. By the end of the research and dissertation writing stage, the candidate should have at least four publications. The publications and conference participations should be closely related to the candidate’s research topic. The publications should be published in a peer-reviewed journal or a conference-proceeding that is recognized by the linguistics committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Genre-classification is based on scientometrics of the linguistics committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The publications should also be uploaded to the UD library database (DEA).

4. All dissertations should be appropriate for publications.

5. PhD students prepare for the complex examination on the basis of a reading list (compiled in accordance with the students’ research area). For more detailed information, see the doctoral regulations of UD (chapter 4, section 13. §. (1)-(9)).

Based on this list and upon consultation with the examiners, the student should prepare a 3-4 page thesis on a selected topic. This is presented at the exam, followed by questions by the examiners and the audience. The duration of the examination:

  • Main subject: 1 hour
  • Auxiliary subject: 30 minutes

As part of the complex examination, the candidate gives a 20-30 minute lecture about their dissertation topic, followed by a public debate.


List of subjects for the complex examination (both doctoral programmes)

  • Historical linguistics
  • Historical-comparative linguistics
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Dialectology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Onomastics
  • The theory of science and the philosophy of linguistics
  • Lexicology and phraseology
  • Text linguistics
  • Stylistics and rhetoric
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Descriptive and normative grammars
  • Empirical linguistics
  • Language acquisition
  • Computational linguistics and lexicography
  • Discourse analysis

The candidates should choose a main- and an auxiliary subject from the above list. The reading list and the subjects are to be understood as related to the candidate’s research area (syntax of English, syntax of German, etc.).

6. As for language requirements, UD-DSL follows the regulations of BDT-DSZ (Doctoral regulations specific to the humanities) 16.§.


Publication in UD-DLS’s online journal:  ARGUMENTUM

Updated: 2020.06.16.

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