PhD Programme in Language Pedagogy

ELTE School of English and American Studies

1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5. phone:(36-1) 485 52 00 extension 4424 , email:  




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Admission Requirements and Procedures


Admission to the Programme will be decided on the basis of the content of the application package submitted by the applicant and an oral interview.


Information regarding administrative requirements, procedures, fees, etc. can be found at: - for Hungarian applicants

The admissions office is located at: Kazinczy u. 23-27. Budapest 1075 Hungary, 1st floor 106.

The office can be reached at:


and - for foreign applicants

Please make sure to read the sections about the application package and the procedures of the entrance examination, too. The admissions office can be reached at: .


The sections below provide information regarding the professional requirements of application:



Application Package

Oral Examination

Getting advice




Students accepted to the programme will have satisfied the following requirements at admission:

-   An MA degree or equivalent in Language Pedagogy (e.g., MA TEFL, MA App. Ling., the “old style” Hungarian university foreign language teaching degree) or a related field of classes 'good' or 'excellent' (i.e., grades 4 and 5 in the Hungarian system).

-   A completed MA thesis ('szakdolgozat') in Language Pedagogy (methodology, applied linguistics) of classes 'good' or 'excellent' (i.e., grades 4 and 5 in the Hungarian grading system), or, alternatively, an approximately 4500-word essay on some topic related to Language Pedagogy. This is approx. 8 single spaced pages or 15-16 double spaced pages.

-   Evidence of sufficient proficiency in English to be able to read English academic literature, to write academic papers in English and to participate in English-language courses. The level should be Cambridge Proficiency in English, or equivalent qualifications at the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Refernce Level C1 or C2, but no certificate is required.

-   A minimum of four years' intensive language teaching practice (in special cases an

     exemption of this requirement can be obtained).

-   A successful oral examination.



Application Package


The professional part of the application package will contain all of the following:


-  2 copies of your British or American-style Curriculum Vitae (in English) including a list of publications.

-  A copy of your Language Pedagogy thesis or essay (as applicable, see above in the 'Requirements' section).

-  A copy of a 2-3 page research proposal describing in English the topic/area you wish to pursue. This statement will have outlined what topic you would like to research and why, how you propose to do this, and what you have read in this area already. This topic may be changed later during the PhD programme but we are interested in how you can conceptualise and structure your research interest.

-  Optional: letter(s) of recommendation from outstanding scholars in the field. If tutors of the two departments providing the Programme (ELTE SEAS – DEAL and DELP) are to be asked as referees, it is enough to include their email address – with their permission! – in the applicant’s CV.



Oral Examination


The entrance exam normally takes place in late May or in early June. It consists of three parts:

      (a) a discussion about the submitted thesis/essay and research proposal,

      (b)  a discussion of  the topics in the following book:

  Dörnyei Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Applicants are expected to have a very thorough understanding of the issues covered by this book.

      (c)  questions concerning the applicant’s general familiarity with Language Pedagogy.



Getting advice


Before planning to do research and starting to write up a research proposal, it is a good idea to consult a supervisor about the feasibility of your ideas. The list of supervisors is available here. In an initial consultation, the supervisors will give advice but they are not supposed to help compile or check the research proposal, which must be the applicant's independent work. The Programme Director and the Director of Studies can also be contacted for advice regarding application to the programme.




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