Based on the educational traditions of the Institute of Archaeology of ELTE and the evaluation of undergraduate education within its framework, the Doctoral Program in Archaeology was established in 1993 and was accredited for the first time as well. This means that the six disciplines that are taught here (Prehistoric, Roman, Migration Period, Medieval Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, and Archaeometry) were able to be taught within the framework of an independent doctoral program within the Doctoral School of History. From the academic year 1993/94, the first director was István Bóna, professor and academic, who was succeeded by Miklós Szabó in 2000, professor and academic. At present, this is the only archaeology doctoral program in Hungary where Ph.D. degrees can be obtained. Since 1993, 173 students have been admitted to our doctoral program, an average of 12 per year, of whom 39 have received scholarships, and the Hungarian state has also undertaken to finance the studies of 7 Hungarian doctoral students from abroad.

Given the broad institutional and teaching background of the program, doctoral students are offered structured training in the following subjects: archaeology, ancient Greco-Roman archaeology (Classical archaeology), archaeology of the Roman provinces, archaeology of the Migration Period (early medieval archaeology), medieval archaeology, early modern archaeology (Turkish archaeology) and archaeozoology.

The Doctoral Programme in Archaeology has close links with the following institutions abroad: Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Frankfurt am Main), University of Newcastle upon Tyne/Durham University, Centre Européen d'Archéologie du Mont-Beuvray, Comité Régional de la recherche archéologique de Bourgogne, Université de Bourgogne (Dijon; Section d'Histoire, de l'Art et d'Archéologie), Université de Franche-Comté (Besançon), Universitat de Barcelona (Departament de Filologia Llatina), Universidad de Zaragoza (Departamento de Historia de la Antigüidad), Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität (Münster; Seminar für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik) and Universitá degli Studi di Bologna (Instituto di Archeologia).

Head of the program: László Borhy MHAS, professor