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    Prerequisites for the Final Examination

    The completion of the Study Unit List, the completion of which is recorded in the final certificate (‘abszolutórium’ in Hungarian), which confirms that the student has completed all required English study units and related general academic obligations as specified in the Study Unit List (except for the thesis, the required language proficiency examination, and the Final Examination), and has collected all credit points specified in the qualification requirements, except for those to be obtained for the thesis. The final certificate is to be issued in the semester in which the student has met all the requirements for the final certificate.

    Note: You must complete ALL the prerequisites at least 3 days before the final examination (there can be no examinations left for after the final examination)

    Registering for the Final Examination

    The Student must register for the Final Examination in the semester when the exam is attempted. Registration for final examination is done electronically through neptun from 2013/14/2 onwards (if you are an international student, go here, fill out the form as described on this page and take it to Mr Bíró). Failing to do so will result in disqualification. If this happens, registration may be attempted in the following semester at the earliest.

    Attempting the Final Examination for a second (or any subsequent) time must also be registered electornically in the semester in which the final examination is attempted.

    Taking the Thesis and Final Examination in neptun.

    Evaluation and Grading of the Final Examination

    The Final Examination committee consists of at least three members, including:

    • The chairperson of the Final Examination committee
    • The referee of the candidate’s thesis
    • A member of the committee


    The chairperson and/or the member of the committee will be a specialist in the subject area of the thesis. The referee, by definition, will also be a specialist in that area. The Final Examination committee may be extended at the discretion of the Institute Council (IC) of the School of English and American Studies. The supervisor of the thesis may be present at the Final Examination but may not influence the grades given there.

    The Final Examination consists of two parts:

    • The defence of the thesis by the student, based on the referee’s report.
    • A discussion of a topic the student draws, and presents without preparation. The topic is from the general subject area approved by the relevant department and specified on the candidate’s thesis title submission form, approved by head of the relevant department. 

    The student receives separate grades for the two parts. If one or both of these parts are graded as insufficient/failed (1), the student will retake only the part graded as insufficient/failed. The exam may not be retaken within the same exam period.

    The final result of the Final Examination is the mathematical average of the two grades received at the Final Examination (defence, discussion of a topic).

    Degree Certificate

    The degree certificate states the weighted average of the grade received on the Final Examination (A) and the grade for the thesis (B) according to the following formula: (A*0,45) + (B*0,55). The average is calculated by the Registrar, NOT the Examination Committee. Some sample calculations follow:


    final examination (A) thesis (B) average (A*0,45) + (B*0,55) grade
    4 5 (4*0,45) + (5*0,55) = 1,8 + 2,75 = 4,55 5 = excellent/jeles
    5 4 (5*0,45) + (4*0,55) = 2,25 + 2,2 = 4,45 4 = good/


     A degree in MA in English can only be conferred upon those

    • who have returned all University property (this is recorded using this form)
    • who have no outstanding financial obligations (such as tuition fees) towards ELTE

    Achievement and Grades

    The degree certificate will state both your achievement and the corresponding grade.

    Scale of achievement (in %)             Grade

    2,00--2,50                                                  2 (elégséges/pass)

    2,51--3,50                                                  3 (közepes/satisfactory)

    3,51--4,50                                                  4 (/good)

    4,51--4,99                                                  5 (jeles/excellent)

    5,00                                                           5 (outstanding)


    Degree with Honours

    The Student will receive a Degree with Honours if the following conditions are satisfied (as set out in par. 84, sec. 9 of the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE):

    -- the result of the final examination is 5,00

    -- the result of the thesis , as welll as the teaching practice/internship, proficiency examination(s), comprehensive examination(s) is 5 (excellent)

    -- the average of grades for all practical classes (seminars) and lectures in every semester is at least 4,51 and

    -- no grade received is below 4 (good).

    In case of retakes attempted in the same semester, the original grade will be disregarded.

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