The Graduate School of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Szeged was established ten years ago, in 2002. In the previous period PhD students had participated in individual training. Our Graduate School has 14 university professor regular-members at present, and we provide facilities to pursue doctoral studies in the frame of 11 alternative training programs. There are numerous PhD supervisors, beside the well-known university professors, associate professors, having much experience, and the younger generation of them also undertakes supervising tasks, therefore, we can provide consultants, required to the chosen research topics, to those interested.
Due to the wide-range training programs, not only lawyer graduates, but also those, having master degrees in industrial relations, social security, administration, international relations or political science, can be admitted. In order to arrange organized training to the research fields of PhD students we have developed two modules, in which the system of obligatory courses is different: PhD students may pursue their studies either in the public or in the civil training module. Beside these, a foreign language module also operates, in which partially the teachers of the Graduate School and partially well-known foreign guest-professors deliver lectures and have seminars in foreign languages. We provide the facilities to gain a PhD degree to foreign students as well.
The number of our PhD students is increasing year by year, at present 30-35 persons per year begin their studies here. In the recent years we even succeeded in providing project-financed scholarships as well. The direction of the Graduate School is committed to seeking for and acquiring facilities of professional project financing. Beside scholarship PhD students every year more and more students, who are present at the labour market, start their self-financed doctoral studies.
In conformity with West-European trends, PhD degree, gained by serious professional investment, has and will have more and more value, prestige and significance at the Hungarian labour market both in the public-judicial and in the private sector.
The number of PhD degrees has also increased constantly since the establishment of the Graduate School: in 2010 twelve students, and in 2011 seven students gained their doctoral degrees.