Gabriella Baska, assistant professor
The status and prestige of teachers in different societies/different historical periods.
The historical research of corporal punishment in schooling.
Educational journals as sources to discover different viewpoints on childhood or schooling.
Metaphor analysis of certain beliefs on education.
Enikő Bereczki, assistant professor

The role of educational technology in fostering creativity



Creativity in education

Possible studies in this topic include those examining the effectiveness of various technological tools to increase students’ creativity in K-12 settings across various subject areas or in in higher education using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methodologies.


Possible studies in this area aim to explore teachers’ and students’ beliefs about creativity (e.g. implicit, self-efficacy) in relation to other related concepts (e.g. learning, intelligence, knowledge), the characteristics of creativity fostering learning environments (e.g. characteristics of creative classroom climate), and gender issues of creativity in education, through comparative and correlational methods.

Ágnes Fazekas, researcher

Challenges of implementing school improvement.


Implementation of curriculum developments (macro perspective).

Students examine the impact mechanisms of school improvements through case studies. The examined cases can be both local initiatives and central developments and focus on classroom-level changes as well as organization development initiatives.


Students examine macro-level curriculum developments. The research work can be based both on existing database analysis, new questionnaire surveys (among organisations/teachers participating in central development projects) and qualitative examination of program-implementation (case studies).

Imre Garai, assistant professor

Professional development of pedagogue occupations in Europe between the 18th and 20th





Professionalization as cultural transfer





Education institutions as places of memory (lieux de mémoire, autobiographical pact)



Education policy of oppressive regimes 

By choosing this topic, students are advised to conduct comparative research in the development processes of pedagogue occupations within the theoretical framework of professionalization theory. Critical or deprofessionalization approaches of professionalization theory are offer wide range of examination possibilities from the examination of individuals to institutions or even policy making.



Those students who feel impelled to choose this topic are advised to conduct research in connection with structural development of education institutions of a given nation or a region. Professionalization and cultural transfer theories enables researcher to investigate the foreign impact on education systems’ development. Moreover, these theories are also suitable for examining the transfer and receiving processes of structural development between different national education systems.


The Pierre Nora and Philippe Lejeune invented places of memory and autobiographical pact concepts are suitable for examining education institutions or legacy of education professionalists as distinguished objects of the culture. Places of memory helps us to unravel the peculiarities of remembrance processes and thus it can also reveal the hidden aspects of official remembrance politics or individuals’ memoires.


Totalitarian regimes are apt to transform the whole society including education systems according to their ideologies. A special segment of the professionalization theory, namely the deprofessionalization approach offers a suitable theoretical background for examining the techniques of altering policy making or professional organizations in order to offer a new type of education or a new generation of pedagogue professionals, which fits with their ideological purposes.

Gábor Halász, professor

Global and European development trends of education systems in the 21st century




Reforms, development interventions and innovation in education

Within the broad theme several specific themes can be chosen. They might be broader or more specific. Some examples to the former: the role of education in the economic development and the improvement of competitiveness of a country; international influences in the development of education systems; the global trends of educational research; the role of the European Union in education. The latter can focus on areas such as educational reforms, inequalities and equity, accountability and governance of education systems, the teaching profession, the expansion of higher education, national and international skills and vocational training policies etc.


Within this broad theme several specific themes can be chosen. Students choosing this topic may have access to data from large scale data collections on development interventions and innovation in Hungarian education (ImpAla, Innova and MoTeL research projects). Examples of concrete themes: the birth and spread of educational innovations; the analysis of a specific development intervention in education; the impact of development programs in education funded by national or international development agencies; the role of teacher learning in educational innovations etc.

László Horváth, assistant professor


Characteristics of learning organisational behaviour in educational institutions



Digital transformation in education





The third mission of higher education





Internationalisation in higher education




The topic provides opportunities to examine the learning organisational behaviour of educational institutions (public education, higher education) through the lenses of workplace learning, organisational learning, organisational culture, and other topics of leadership and management as possibilities. The topic is open for quantitative and qualitative methods and complex case studies as well. Also, students can focus on their special interest in the frameworks of this broad topic.


Digital transformation is an important trend in education nowadays. The topic is open for analysis of system-, institution-, and individual-level topics (e.g., integration of digital technology, digital competence of teachers, digitally competent educational organisation, emergence and diffusion of digital educational innovations, the impact of digital transformation on the world of work and the teaching profession).


The topic provides opportunities to examine the broadly understood concept of the third mission in higher education through theoretical or empirical means. The third mission represents the economic and social mission of the university and its contribution to communities and territories. Therefore a range of topics can be identified, for example, university-industry cooperation (or school-university partnerships), knowledge-transfer and innovation, social responsibility, entrepreneurial university etc.


Internationalisation is a key trend in the current discussion about higher education. The broadly understood topic not only entails staff and student mobility but also deals with international cooperations, educational development and research projects and with „internationalisation at home” (the purposeful integration of the intercultural dimensions into the learning environment). The topic allows for theoretical and empirical (quantitative, qualitative and case study research designs) research. The supervisor can provide access to an empirical database for secondary analysis.

Orsolya Kálmán, assistant professor



Student-centred initiatives in higher education


Professional learning and development of university teachers/teachers/student teachers.


Beliefs about education

In the focus of this topic are education innovations and learning & teaching initiatives focused on student-centred approach. As the research approach the student can use case study method, comparative analysis.



Innovative and effective ways of professional learning and development can be highlighted in this topic. As the research approach the student can use case study method and comparative analysis.



Beliefs about teaching, learning, schools, children, innovation, inclusion etc. Are highly important when it comes to change, develop or innovate our education. In the thesis the beliefs of various stakeholders (students, educators, parents, leaders etc.) can be analysed and compared

Erika Kopp, associate professor

Organisational learning processes in school


School culture and learning culture

Innovation and organisational learning


György Mészáros, associate professor

Educational philosophy and pedagogical anthropology: approaches and questions (the student might choose one particular approach of educational philosophy and/or pedagogical anthropology)

Critical pedagogy 

LGBT+ students in schools
Gender and education 
Sexuality education 
Helga Misley, assistant professor
Social media and education: online social media platforms in different perspectives

Teacher students’ educational technology perceptions and usage patterns
The use of educational technology in university classroom contexts: purposes, principles, processes and perspectives

Attila Rausch, assistant professor

Technology-based assessment in education


Using digital formative assessment in the classroom


Zoltán Rónay, associate professor

Effective institutional management and academic freedom in different legal environments

It is a general requirement of the maintainers (owners) that the various educational institutions operate efficiently. It means the effectiveness of education in the case of schools and the effectiveness of education and research if we are talking about higher education institutions. It also can be the economic efficiency in both cases. Different countries choose different solutions to reach this goal. Some of them think that the key is the restriction of academic autonomy. Others are going on the way of enlarging institutional freedom. We advise the candidate to compare the Hungarian regulations with their own national regulations in the thesis.

Zoltán András Szabó, assistant professor

Discourse and content analysis in educational science


Talent development in public and higher education


Network analysis in pedagogy

Educational science in modern Central Europe


Beatrix Vincze, associate professor

Actual questions of progressive education (reform/alternative education)


Pedagogical goals and reforms in life reform movements (f. e. youth movement, women's movement, third-way utopias) 


(Update 8 September, 2021)