Since 2005, the program has been focusing on the historical studies of the early modern (16th-18th century) Kingdom of Hungary, the Principality of Transylvania, and Croatia. However, the professional interest, which is also reflected in the range of lessons on offer, also extends to the wider regional context of the period, such as the Ottoman rule in Hungary, the impact of the Habsburg Monarchy, and the history of relations with other countries in Europe. Dissertations on historical subjects, in the broadest possible sense, need to be appropriate to the period and the profile of the program. They will be professionally supervised by the program, covering the fields of economic, social, political, diplomatic, military, religious, ecclesiastical, ideological, cultural, and mental history. This wide range of training opportunities comes from a wide range of specialists, both in and out of Hungary, who are willing to contribute to teaching on a permanent or occasional basis. The program has developed close collaborative links with relevant research centers in the country, as well as with some abroad.  

As in the past, the program will continue to accept applications from postgraduate students whose mother tongue is Hungarian. For those who do not speak Hungarian, lectures in French or German are available by request. In addition to these languages, we have lecturers who can speak English and Italian for doctoral students during consultation hours.  

The program aims to help doctoral students to obtain a degree who, based on their research topic and its treatment, as well as their general professional knowledge of the period, are worthy of the degree and can interpret domestic phenomena in a broader - regional or pan-European - context. This objective is also served by the compulsory introduction of the following skills: topographical, palaeographical, library, and methodological units (related to the period). The reading and study of foreign-language studies are also expected.

The program has extensive international links. The program's teachers are or have been involved in joint doctoral programs (co-tutelle) with the universities of Bordeaux-3 (Michel de Montaigne), Paris-1, Paris-4 (Sorbonne), and Strasbourg-3 (Marc Bloch). In addition, there is a teaching exchange with the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, but also close working relations with colleagues teaching at the University of Vienna (Universität Wien) and the University of Graz (Karl-Franz-Universität).

Head of the Program: Dr. Ildikó Horn DSc, Director of the Institute, Professor