Master's by Research programmes

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We offer five Master's programmes by Research in English, all leading to the Master of Science degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham.

The Master's programmes by Research do not offer systematic instruction; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision. During the programme there is a close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not more than 40,000 words). The supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Preference areas of the research thesis:

  • General management
  • Marketing
  • Finance, corporate banking, monetary policy
  • Development studies
  • Regional development
  • International Affairs, with particular regard to European and transatlantic affairs and CIS countries
  • History of Arts and Visual Culture

Entry requirements

  • first or second class, upper division Master's degree. Please email your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon after your online application to info@ibs-b.hu

  • sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype. The interview is followed by the IBS English language test (you can be exempt from the test with a sufficient score of IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson),

  • If student is accepted by the Research Programmes Council, student will proceed with payment transfer of the first year’s fee and start the visa application if required.

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal

Academic referee's report

MSc in Brand Management by Research

We offer the MSc in Brand Management by Research programme in English, leading to the Master of Science degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham.

Duration of study period

12 months

Starting dateSeptember, February
Tuition fee per year€ 9,400
One-off registration fee for non-EU citizens€ 900
Degree awarded byThe University of Buckingham
CampusBudapest*
Admission criteriaFirst or second class degree
Language of tuitionEnglish

*Students have to consult with their supervisors on the campus 12 times per year. At the end of the programme the viva voce examination is also held on the Budapest campus.

Course outline:

What are the challenges that marketing and branding face today? What links are there between management, marketing and strong product or service brands? Today’s marketers do not simply need an understanding of consumer needs, they must also be able to communicate to diverse, global audiences and be sensitive to cultural and international differences. At IBS, research students will be encouraged to explore and engage with potential brand strategies and develop an understanding of their social, political and cultural context.

The Master’s by research programme offered by IBS allows you to pursue your own theories and ideas and contribute to research in your field. The emphasis of our Master’s by research programme is on independent research and one-on-one consultations.

IBS welcomes research proposals that match or are similar to IBS staff’s current research topics and/or fall within the potential supervisors’ areas of expertise. You can gain more specific knowledge on the supervisors and the topics that they are familiar with, by clicking on their name on the right side of the page. (N.B. The list is not a comprehensive register of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programmes or faculty members without full supervisory privileges may request approval to supervise graduate students in this programme.)

Workshops

Entry requirements

  • first or second class, upper division degree or significant work experience. A Master’s degree is preferred. Please email your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon after your online application to info@ibs-b.hu

  • sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype. The interview is followed by the IBS English language test (you can be exempt from the test with a sufficient score of IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson),

  • If student is accepted by the Research Programmes Council, student will proceed with payment transfer of the first year’s fee and start the visa application if required.

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal

Academic referee's report

Selection process

Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director.

Teaching methods

The programme does not offer systematic instruction to brand management; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision.

During the programme there is a close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not more than 40,000 words). The supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Apply now!

MSc in Development Economics by Research

We offer the MSc in Development Economics by Research programme in English, leading to the Master of Science degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham.

Duration of study period

12 months 

Starting dateSeptember, February
Tuition fee per year€ 9,400
One-off registration fee for non-EU citizens€ 900
Degree awarded byThe University of Buckingham
CampusBudapest*
Admission criteriaFirst or second class degree
Language of tuitionEnglish

*Students have to consult with their supervisors on the campus 12 times per year. At the end of the programme the viva voce examination is also held on the Budapest campus.

Course outline:

Do you want to know how economic and policy instruments can spur growth of a country, how to assess the impact of a policy measure, or how to efficiently help developing countries reach adequate living standards? If you would like to do your own research in this field one day or work with governments and aid agencies advising them on current development issues, our MSc by Research in Development Economics might be just the right study for you.

The Master’s by research programme offered by IBS allows you to pursue your own theories and ideas and contribute to research in your field. The emphasis of our Master’s by research programme is on independent research and one-on-one consultations.

IBS welcomes research proposals that match or are similar to IBS staff’s current research topics and/or fall within the potential supervisors’ areas of expertise. For a list of IBS faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this programme, please refer to the list below. (N.B. The list is not a comprehensive register of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programmes or faculty members without full supervisory privileges may request approval to supervise graduate students in this programme.)

Workshops

Entry requirements

  • first or second class, upper division degree or significant work experience. A Master’s degree is preferred. Please email your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon after your online application to info@ibs-b.hu

  • sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype. The interview is followed by the IBS English language test (you can be exempt from the test with a sufficient score of IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson),

  • If student is accepted by the Research Programmes Council, student will proceed with payment transfer of the first year’s fee and start the visa application if required.

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal

Academic referee's report

Selection process

Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director.

Teaching methods

The programme does not offer systematic instruction to development economics; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision.

During the programme there is a close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not more than 40,000 words). The supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Apply now!

MSc in Financial Consulting by Research

We offer the MSc in Financial Consulting by Research programme in English, leading to the Master of Science degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham.

Duration of study period

12 months 

Starting dateSeptember, February
Tuition fee per year€ 9,400
One-off registration fee for non-EU citizens€ 900
Degree awarded byThe University of Buckingham
CampusBudapest*
Admission criteriaFirst or second class degree
Language of tuitionEnglish

*Students have to consult with their supervisors on the campus 12 times per year. At the end of the programme the viva voce examination is also held on the Budapest campus.

Course outline:

Our programme offers you the opportunity to carry out research in financial topics and also obtain specific insight into consulting. If you are considering further academic study and you would like the opportunity to research a topic related to financial consulting, the 40,000-word dissertation enables you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained.

The Master’s by research programme offered by IBS allows you to pursue your own theories and ideas and contribute to research in your field. The emphasis of our Master’s by research programme is on independent research and one-on-one consultations.

IBS welcomes research proposals that match or are similar to IBS staff’s current research topics and/or fall within the potential supervisors’ areas of expertise. For a list of IBS faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this programme, please refer to the list below. (N.B. The list is not a comprehensive register of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programmes or faculty members without full supervisory privileges may request approval to supervise graduate students in this programme.)

Workshops

Entry requirements

  • a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or a recognised professional qualification with significant and relevant work experience,

  • sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype after the online application. The interview is followed by the IBS English language test (you can be exempt from the test with a sufficient score of IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson),

  • after a successful Skype interview and English testing student must submit his/her proposal by email. If the proposal is accepted, student will proceed with the payment transfer of the first instalment and then will have a consultation session on his/her proposal with the Supervisor via Skype.

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal

Academic referee's report

Selection process

Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director.

Teaching methods

The programme does not offer systematic instruction to financial consulting; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision.

During the programme there is a close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not more than 40,000 words). The supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Apply now!

MA in Art History by Research

We offer the MA in Art History by Research programme in English, leading to the Master degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham.

Duration of study period

12 months

Starting dateSeptember, February
Tuition fee per year€ 9,400
One-off registration fee for non-EU citizens€ 900
Degree awarded byThe University of Buckingham
CampusBudapest*
Admission criteriaFirst or second class degree
Language of tuitionEnglish

*Students have to consult with their supervisors on the campus 12 times per year. At the end of the programme the viva voce examination is also held on the Budapest campus.

Entry requirements

  • first or second class, upper division degree or significant work experience. A Master’s degree is preferred. Please email your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon after your online application to info@ibs-b.hu

  • sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype. The interview is followed by the IBS English language test (you can be exempt from the test with a sufficient score of IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson),

  • If student is accepted by the Research Programmes Council, student will proceed with payment transfer of the first year’s fee and start the visa application if required.

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal

Academic referee's report

Selection process

Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director.

Teaching methods

The programme does not offer systematic instruction to art history; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision.

During the programme there is a close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not more than 40,000 words). The supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Apply now!

MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy by Research

We offer the MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy by Research programme in English, leading to the Master degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham.

Duration of study period

12 months 

Starting dateSeptember, February
Tuition fee per year€ 9,400
One-off registration fee for non-EU citizens€ 900
Degree awarded byThe University of Buckingham
CampusBudapest*
Admission criteriaFirst or second class degree
Language of tuitionEnglish

*Students have to consult with their supervisors on the campus 12 times per year. At the end of the programme the viva voce examination is also held on the Budapest campus.

Course outline:

In an increasingly interconnected, globalized, and complex world, where the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation is ever growing, the demand for experts in the field of international relations and diplomacy is constantly rising. Research students will be encouraged to explore and engage with theories, issues, and processes connected with diplomacy, foreign policy, and international relations. The programme is especially relevant for applicants thinking about, or currently working in, diplomacy, international NGOs, and international policy and politics.

The Master’s by research programme offered by IBS allows you to pursue your own theories and ideas and contribute to research in your field. The emphasis of our Master’s by research programme is on independent research and one-on-one consultations.

IBS welcomes research proposals that match or are similar to IBS staff’s current research topics and/or fall within the potential supervisors’ areas of expertise. For a list of IBS faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this programme, please refer to the list below. (N.B. The list is not a comprehensive register of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programmes or faculty members without full supervisory privileges may request approval to supervise graduate students in this programme.)

Workshops

Entry requirements

  • first or second class, upper division degree or significant work experience. A Master’s degree is preferred. Please email your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon after your online application to info@ibs-b.hu

  • sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype. The interview is followed by the IBS English language test (you can be exempt from the test with a sufficient score of IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson),

  • If student is accepted by the Research Programmes Council, student will proceed with payment transfer of the first year’s fee and start the visa application if required.

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal

Academic referee's report

Selection process

Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director.

Teaching methods

The programme does not offer systematic instruction to international affairs and diplomacy; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision.

During the programme there is a close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not more than 40,000 words). The supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Apply now!