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Technicalities The examination will take the form of a colloquium. Candidates will have to answer questions from the panel with a focus on their ability to demonstrate their knowledge of the issues concerned. The area from which the topic of the projected dissertation has been chosen (major subject) will constitute the main component of the examination and be explored in greater depth than other two (subsidiary subjects). Questions posed by the committee that relate to the major subject may also pertain to the submitted research paper. Questions in the major and the subsidiary subjects may pertain to the courses completed.

Key texts for the discussion of poetry will be available.


General Overview The dissertation is the written synthesis, in English or in Hungarian, of the results of the candidate’s independent research in a topic approved by the Disciplinary Doctoral Council.

The length of the dissertation should be in the range of 320.000–400.000 characters (with space), assuming the use of a word-processor (as well as Word for Windows, Times New Roman CE 12), this amounts to 160–180 pages.

If the language is English, the dissertation should conform to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Seventh Edition. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009) or the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (Third Edition. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2008).

Dissertations conforming to British standards as published by the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA Style Guide. Third Edition. London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2013) are also accepted. If the language is Hungarian, Hungarian academic usage should be followed (see Gyurgyák János: Szerzők és szerkesztők kézikönyve.

Budapest: Osiris, 2005).

Public Disputation, Departmental Debate For procedural matters relating to the public disputation of doctoral dissertations see the Doctoral Regulations.

Dissertations to be submitted to the Doctoral Council of the Faculty of Humanities are discussed in the form of a preliminary debate in the Department of English Studies. For this reason, candidates must present to the Programme Council three paper-bound copies of their work six months before the final deadline for submission. Candidates are expected to respond on the spot to comments and queries made by the referees and members of the audience, and must prepare a statement, for use by the supervisor, of the additional work done on the dissertation in the light of the criticism they have received.

The Modern English and American Literature and Culture Doctoral Programme will then, in consultation with the candidate, appoint two referees and set the date for the debate, which should not be later than six weeks after the dissertation has been handed in. At least one of the referees must be external, i.e. one who does not have a legal relationship with Eötvös Loránd University. As requested by the Disciplinary Doctoral Council, the two referees submit their written assessment within two months making a formal statement whether all the conditions of obtaining a doctoral degree have been fulfilled and whether the thesis has been recommended for public defence.

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