Doctoral Programme

The Doctoral School of the university expects the application of those who would like to carry out postgraduate education and scientific research awarded by a PhD degree in the fields of theology. The ecumenically open training can be either correspondence or state supported full-time.
The doctoral programme of Debrecen Reformed Theological University has double aims. On the one hand, it is devoted to deepen the wide and modern theological education based on the already acquired theological knowledge. Therefore PhD students need to obtain knowledge in the rest of the theological disciplines other that the selected research field. On the other hand, the programme has to give special knowledge beyond the general theological knowledge in the selected field of research to make the PhD student capable of individual research and publication in the selected scientific field. This requirement after specialization has to appear in the structure of the programme. In order to achieve these goals theological professional groups have been set for more effective doctoral training as listed below:
1)Biblical Professional Group

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Biblical Theology and History of Religion
  • Systematics-Historical Professional Group
  • Dogmatics
  • Ethics – Social Ethics
  • Church History
  • Practical Theology Professional Group
  • Practical Theology
  • Missiology and Denomination Science
  • Church Music
  • Romology

The main professional group of the PhD student is the professional group of the selected PhD topic. The student has to deal with all of its branches. The PhD student names one branch for each of two other professional groups that he/she wishes to select as optional subjects following the admission exam but before enrolment. The student has to carry out supervised and controlled work in the topic of the selected optional subjects. The student is free to choose any of the optional subjects with the consent of the supervisor. Teacher of the optional subject has to be teacher in the Doctoral School. In case the PhD student has no theological qualification he/she has to learn one of the biblical languages and to pass the comprehensive examination of theology as a condition of issuing the leaving certificate at the expense of credits to be obtained in the fields of the optional subjects.
Doctoral training is composed of taking lectures and carrying out research in the framework of seminars with exams at the end in both full-time and correspondence courses. Furthermore, the PhD student has to take part of lectures offered in the framework of the doctoral programme and carry out separate planned and controlled research helped with consultations.
In the organized doctoral training PhD students have a time period of four years (48 months) to receive the state doctoral scholarship and to complete the educational requirements listed in the Doctoral Regulations