Languages of instruction: Hungarian or Russian

8 semesters – total credits: 240

1. Obligatory requirements (200 credits)

a) Research (a total of 170 credits, as follows: 10 each in semesters 1 and 2, and 25 each in semesters 3 through 8)

Research leading to the dissertation, as specified by the dissertation advisor.

The research requirement involves completion of a research report in each of the first two semesters of coursework, to be accepted by the dissertation advisor, and the completion of a publishable paper in each of the semesters 3 through 6.

In semesters 7 and 8, completed chapters of the dissertation are to be handed in and an oral presentation based on them to be given for the successful fulfillment of the research credits.

b) Obligatory courses: 6 (contact hours: 2 hours weekly, 5 credits per course, total of 30 credits)

Semester 1:

1. Research Methodology

2. Indo-European Comparative Grammar

3. Historical Phonology

Semester 2:

4. Historical Morphology

5. Slavic Paleography

6. Either of the following 2 courses (depending on the chosen module):

Influence of Old Church Slavic on Early Slavic Cultures (module: Old Church Slavic)

History of the Russian Literary Language (module: History of the Russian Language)

2. Optional requirements (total of 40 credits, 20 of them to be completed in semesters 1–4 and 20 in semesters 5–8, to be fulfilled in any combination of the five categories of requirements below)

a) Optional courses (from any program within the Doctoral School of Linguistics): 4 credits each (a maximum of one per semester, to be taken with the approval of the program director and dissertation advisor)

b) Directed study (with dissertation advisor) (4 credits per semester)

c) Conference presentations (individually authored or co-authored presentation or poster presentation listed in the conference program)

poster presentation in Hungarian1

poster presentation in a foreign language2

oral conference presentation in Hungarian 4

oral conference presentation in a foreign language     5

d) Paper published or accepted for publication

paper in Hungarian4

paper in a foreign language5

e) Teaching (one one-hour seminar course of 14 weeks: 2 credits; a maximum of 8 credits per semester, and a total of 48 credits as per University of Szeged Regulations of Doctoral Studies and Conferring the Doctoral Degree).


Historical Phonology

Historical Morphology

Slavic Paleography

Indo-European Comparative Grammar


Gábor L. Balázs: diachronic morphology, methodology, description and research of written monuments, natural morphology, Old Church Slavic, history of the Bulgarian language


István Ferincz: the impact of Old Church Slavic on early Slavic cultures; history of the Russian literary language


Mihály Kocsis: history of the East Slavic languages, codicology


Semester 1:

Tamás Ádám Rentz

Semester 5:

Rita Csizmadia


Students can use the University and Department libraries, teachers’ books and a computer with printer and Internet connection.


Knowledge of Russian (at least at an intermediate level) and knowledge of the investigated Slavic language (Bulgarian, Russian or Ukrainian).

Examination based on the recommended reading list:

Мейе А. Общеславянский язык (1934) [Djv-12.3M]. Перевод с французского и примеча-ния П.С. Кузнецова. Общая редакция С.Б. Бернштейна. 2-е издание. (Москва: Издательская группа «Прогресс», 2001. Скан, обработка, формат Djv: Павел Потехин, 2014.

Горшкова К.В., Хабургаев Г.А. Историческая грамматика русского языка: Учеб. пособие для ун-тов. М.: Высш. школа, 1981.


Iván Hegedűs: A nagyorosz szerkesztésű egyházi szláv nyelv normájának változásai a XVII. század második felében [Changes in the norms of the Church Slavonic language of Great Russian style in the second half of the 17th century], 2008, Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. István Ferincz. 


Programme director: Prof. Mihály Kocsis DSc

Department of Slavic Philology

H-6722 Szeged, Egyetem u.2. Hungary

Phone: +36-62-544-000 ext. 3149

Fax: +36-62-544-160

E-mail: kocsism at