The Doctoral School was established in 1993. Initially, it was based on the graduate programme of economics in agricultural engineering, and run by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Science of the University. Its field of education and research was essentially associated with the agricultural and food economy. The Doctoral Council of the University awarded a Doctoral (PhD) degree in Economic Science to candidates who successfully defended their theses. In 2002, the Doctoral School expanded its programme of education and research with the disciplines of Regional and Rural Development and Marketing. In the course of its accreditation procedure, conducted in the same year, the Hungarian Accreditation Committee registered the Doctoral School in the category of Management and Organizational Science.
Since 2004, the Doctoral School has functioned within the Faculty of Economic Science of the University. Its present research profile is aimed at studying the regional and financial aspects of economic competitiveness, and covers the following subfields:
- Finance and Economic Policy (agricultural economics and agricultural policy, analysis and planning of financial processes)
- Management and Marketing (corporate economics and business management; market research and marketing)
- Regional Economics and Sustainability (regional and rural development, environmental management)
This research profile complements well the research and development strategy of the Faculty and the University and constitutes a significant part of it. The majority of doctoral activities are based on study trips in and outside Hungary, the students' own studies, and the latest local and international scientific findings.
The doctoral training is primarily provided by the teaching staff of Kaposvár University. In addition, researchers and professors from several other renowned Hungarian and foreign research institutes and universities participate in the work of the Doctoral School too.
The compulsory subjects included in the training program of the Doctoral School are modern, comprehensive, synthesizing subjects, and important elements and tools of research work. The scope and content of the elective subjects are closely related to the research activities of the candidates. The curricula of the subjects included in the program are continuously improved, upgraded and amended with the latest scientific findings. Furthermore, in addition to being trained in the scientific disciplines, students are also trained in the knowledge of how to apply the research results in practice, and how to access research resources.
The Doctoral School facilitates the further professional development of its best graduates and equips them to be capable of carrying out independent scientific innovative work. Graduates obtaining their doctoral degree can successfully apply for jobs at higher scientific levels, requiring a broad theoretical and practical knowledge, offered by local and international organizations operating in various areas of the business sector.
The Doctoral School facilitates the professional and intellectual development of its most talented students in a wide range of fields. It guarantees a new generation of professionals, for our own institution and well as for other higher educational and research institutions. It produces innovative experts with PhD qualifications for the economic, social and R&D sectors, as well as for Hungarian and international organisations.
The Doctoral School in Management and Organizational Science of Kaposvár University has been one of the most modern and innovative doctoral schools for many years. One of its unique strengths is in the fact that it transmits up-to-date, non-depreciating and applicable multi- and interdisciplinary knowledge to the students. The fields of study within the programme of the Doctoral School provide ample answers to current social and economic issues - i.e. the complex system approach to agriculture, regional and rural development, marketing, finance, and international relations.
The target of our research programme is to reveal the varied aspects in the development of agricultural economy, the triggers of European and Hungarian regional and rural development, the relationships in food marketing, as well as in the main issues of planning and analysis of financial processes in international contexts.
The doctoral education matches the research profile, thus it is aimed at the theoretical and methodological foundation of scientific research, and it focuses on the acquisition of modern synthesizing subjects within the scope of the social sciences, as well as on the learning of the fundamental elements of research methodology.
The students of the Doctoral School participate in research carried out at the departments of the Faculty of Economic Science, and in research carried out in cooperation with other organisations. The most outstanding students are involved in teaching too. All these factors contribute towards the development of the students' personality, professional outlook and contacts.
The doctoral education and PhD graduation are managed by Kaposvár University's Doctoral and Habilitation Council, in compliance with the requirements of the Doctoral Regulations. The members of the Doctoral School play an important role in the scientific foundation, and in the high standards of doctoral education and graduation.