Doctoral School of Sociology

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Doctoral studies represent the third cycle of studies offered by Babeş-Bolyai University with the purpose of expanding knowledge through original scientific research. They allow the acquisition of a level 8 qualification according to The European Qualifications Framework and to The National Qualifications Framework. Doctoral School of Sociology functions withing the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work and offers doctoral program in Sociology.

Doctoral program is scheduled for a period of 3 years (6 semesters) and includes:

  • a training program based on advanced academic studies, carried out in a doctoral school and composed of activities performed in institutionalized study groups (30ECTS);
  • an individual program of scientific research/artistic creation;
  • public defense of 3 research projects in front of the advisory committee –
  • public defense of the doctoral thesis –
  • fulfilling the national minimum standards established by CNATCDU through Anexa 25 a OMEN 5110/2018 in the area of Sociology

Curriculum for 2021-2022 academic year includes 3 classes:

  • Methodological and Ethical Foundations in Social Sciences
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Quantitative Methods in Analysiyng Social Structures

As per OMEN 3131/2018 the contents regarding ethics and academic integrity are included in the class Methodological and Ethical Foundations in Social Sciences.

Also, Babeș-Bolyai University supports and implements European Doctorate as an effort for internationalization and improving the quality of the doctoral programs.

Further information about the doctoral program may be accessed here:

Activities in the doctoral program are carried by faculty members and affiliated staff with prestigious activity both nationally and internationally.

Habilitation is the process that certifies the right to coordinate PhD thesis in a specific field. The habilitation process is regulated by the UBB ( Upon receiving the certificate form the Ministry of Education, the candidate addresses the doctoral school. In order to be accepted, he/she must comply to the requirements set in the UBB Decision no. 21244/23.10.2017.

Additional information regarding the habilitation process is here:

PhD coordinators

Albert-Lőrincz Enikő, Professor, PhD (joint supervision)
Chiribucă Dan, Professor, PhD
Comșa Mircea, Professor, PhD
Culic Irina, Professor, PhD
Mureșan Cornelia, Professor, PhD (joint supervision)
Pantea Maria Carmen, Professor, PhD
Roth Maria, Professor, PhD (joint supervision)
Veres Valér, Professor, PhD
Dégi László Csaba, Associate professor, PhD
Iovu Mihai-Bogdan, Associate professor, PhD

Council of studies

Mihai-Bogdan Iovu, Associate professor, PhD (director of doctoral school)
Irina Culic,  Professor, PhD
Valér Veres,  Professor, PhD
István Horváth,  Professor, PhD
Cosmin Marian,  Professor, PhD
Chirica Marius, PhD student

The PhD program is normally structured for 3 years. If by the end of the doctoral program the PhD student does not defend the thesis he/she can extend the duration of the program for a maximum of 4 years (law 49/2013), with the agreement of the PhD coordinator. 
During the entre doctoral program, PhD students are active members of the doctoral school by involvement in teaching and research projects carried by the departments.
During 2021-2022 academic year we have 38 students enrolled:
•    5 in first year
•    11 in second year
•    9 in third year
•    13 in different stages of their doctoral beyond the 3-year program

Their research topics cover different areas:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Admission is organized by the Institute for Doctoral Studies. Information may be found at