Independent Departments of the Faculty


Department of Immigration and Nationality

Head of Department: Dr. Zoltán Hautzinger PhD, Associate Professor

Office: H-1083 Budapest, Üllői út 82., Educational Building
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 19335

    The Department of Immigration and Nationality was established in 2012. Our main objective is to ensure highly qualified professionals for the Office of Immigration and Nationality. At present an associate professor, three assistant lecturers and an administrator work in this department full time. In addition, temporary instructors and guest lecturers also help with providing high-level training.
    Students receive a comprehensive knowledge of migration in both its historical and theoretical aspects and gain detailed information about Hungarian and relevant EU regulations, the processing and professional content of each status and the institutional background. Apart from teaching, our lecturers help to prepare talented students for Scientific Students’ Associations Conferences and other professional competitions. In the framework of our teaching, research and publication activities, we focus on the special fields of citizenship, aliens policing and asylum. We regularly participate in professional events and conferences.


Department of Corrections

Head of Department: Prof. Dr. Corr. Brig. Gen. Péter Ruzsonyi, Professor

Office: H-1083 Budapest, Üllői út 82., Educational Building
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 19121

    The Department employs only a few members of staff, each of whom conduct research, and develops and teach their own subject individually. The Department’s efforts have brought significant achievements, as, according to an investigation covering the last 20 years conducted by the Department, corrections officers who graduated at the specialisation of Corrections are the most stable and the most successful members within the staff of the Prison Service.
    In addition to teaching students at a high-level, teachers of the Department participate in significant research programs – including international research – and have outstanding achievements in terms of professional publications. The main research area of our teachers is in the field of custodial sentences. As such, there are three main research fields: criminal psychology and pedagogy; monitoring the legal regulations and their changes; and the examination of the static and dynamic security elements of corrections that have to or can be applied.
    The Academic Workshop of Corrections was founded in September 2013 and its students participate in several scientific and public research projects under the supervision of teachers who manage these projects. The Corrections Law Laboratory was inaugurated in November 2013 so that the students of the Department can undertake the subject Corrections Law (the knowledge of which is indispensable in their profession) at an advanced level thanks to the highly authentic environment and the available academic literature.


Department of Border Policing

Head of Department: Prof. Dr. Bg. Col. (Ret.) János Varga PhD, Professor

Office: H-1083 Budapest, Üllői út 82., Educational Building
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 19209

    Owing to the modernisation of the Border Guard, its integration with the Police and Hungary’s accession to the Schengen system, the range of opportunities for commissioned border guard officers has been expanded to an extent unimaginable before. Our graduates are capable of guarding the external borders of the European Union according to the Schengen requirements. Many of them perform their duties in Warsaw as the officials of FRONTEX. They carry out tasks in Greece, where they can be involved in FRONTEX operations, in Moldova where they fulfil missions as experts of EUBAM and they also work at the Hungarian Consulate in Istanbul, where they help with issuing visas as document experts. It is most favourable from the aspect of the scientific activities conducted by the Department that it is the host institution of the Border Policing Section of the Hungarian Association of Police Sciences; it also operates the website for the Section and contributes to the editing of the online scientific periodical Border Policing Studies.
    All the teachers in our Department either have a PhD degree or conduct doctoral (PhD) studies. Some teachers are involved in the doctoral (PhD) training as the head of a field of research or as supervisors. In the field of scientific research we give preference to topics related to border control in Hungary and in the EU. Among the achievements of our work in the last few years we should highlight the development of the Hungarian national version of the Schengen Handbook. By transforming the Schengen Borders Code into an e-learning tool the Department proved its ability to facilitate the development of professional practice with efficient and up-to-date teaching methodology and techniques.


Department of Public Safety

Head of Department: Dr. Pol. Lt. Col. Róbert Major PhD, Associate Professor

Office: H-1083 Budapest, Üllői út 82., Educational Building
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 19186

    The courses delivered by the Department basically cover knowledge related to the carrying out of policing duties in public places. We expect our graduates to finish their studies in possession of high-level general and professional knowledge resulting in appropriate human behaviour, which should be accompanied by professional commitment and by the taking of responsibility. Training within the Public Order and the Traffic Policing specialisations are supplemented by command’ training with the aim of enabling the graduates from these specialisations to conduct leadership activities, plan the work of their subordinates and to precisely define and control tasks.
    In order to fulfil these aims, in the last few years we have introduced significant changes in our curriculum, considering the opinion and requirements of professional organisations and in order to make it more practice-oriented. Thus, we want to ensure that our graduates will be able to start and to carry out their work immediately, smoothly and having all the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge.
    Apart from carrying out educational tasks, our Department is actively involved in the scientific life of the institution. The fields of our research are mainly related to traffic safety, improving the efficiency of carrying out duties in public places, enhancing the public’s sense of security, areas that also prevail in our publications. We should emphasise the extensive international relations of our Department, as a result of which we have regular professional visits and receive foreign guests, mainly to and from partner institutions in Germany and with the help of partner organisations.
    Our students achieve good results at the events organised by the Students’ Scientific Association both within the University and in Hungary. We regularly organise professional events where our students and teachers have the opportunity to meet the leaders of our branch of the service and where students can receive answers to their questions.


Department of Private Security and Municipal Policing

Head of Department: Dr. László Christián PhD, Associate Professor

Office: H-1083 Budapest, Üllői út 82., Educational Building
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 19185

    The Department is responsible for training full-time and parttime students within the undergraduate (BA) specialisation in Private Security with further specialisations in Information Security and Municipal Policing.
    The Private Security specialisation is being revised; our students will all have the same uniform from September and new study books are being prepared for the main subjects (The Theoretical Foundations of Private Security, Personal and Property Protection, Protection of Facilities, Security Techniques). A larger and more colorful training portfolio is being offered For instance, we have launched a specialised course in private investigation.
    Effective cooperation takes place with the professional chamber (the Chamber of Bodyguards, Property Protection and Private Detectives) and with the leading private security companies, primarily in the form of job offers, summer work placements and scholarship programmes.
    In September 2014, we opened a special classroom for private security. The Private Security Board of Education has been set up to support our training. Professional internships and job opportunities are available within the University at the Ludovika Security Service. Two of our graduates have already worked for the service and many other students of ours complete their summer work placement there.


Department of Law Enforcement Theory and Law Enforcement History

Head of Department: Prof. Dr. Col. (Ret.) János Sallai PhD, Professor

Office: H-1083 Budapest, Üllői út 82., Educational Building
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 19189

    The Department of Law Enforcement Theory was established by the Senate of the University on the 1st of February, 2014. Its main duties involve teaching Law Enforcement Theory to MA and future doctoral (PhD) students along with the research and teaching of the subject the History of Law Enforcement.
    The establishment of the Department is closely linked to the process of modernising the training at the Faculty, which also provides MA training for law enforcement agencies and is establishing an accredited doctoral (PhD) school in the field of Law Enforcement. Fulfilling the wide range of these new and highly specialised tasks is impossible without a well-qualified teaching unit and a department specialised in this field.
    Among our staff (comprised of the head of department and the four lecturers) three have an academic doctoral degree and two possess a habilitated PhD degree; four of them are university professors and one is a university associate professor. In accordance with the profile of the University, three of them are former professional police officers and one instructor is an internationally recognised expert in the science of Criminalistics. All of them are included in the national doctoral register and that of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and have long been performing internationally recognised scientific activities.

The basic tasks of the Department:

  • teaching Law Enforcement Theory, and, in a smaller proportion, the History of Law Enforcement in BA, MA and doctoral programmes,
  • conducting scientific research in Law Enforcement, the publication of scientific results, curriculum development,
  • establishment and maintenance of professional international relations,
  • joint work with law enforcement agencies and scientific organisations,
  • assistance with the students’ scientific work.


Department of Customs and Finance Guard

Head of Department: Dr. Fg. Lt. Col. Andrea Szabó PhD, Associate Professor

Office: H-1083 Budapest, Üllői út 82., Educational Building
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 19204

    Our Department trains officers for the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary. After the training, graduates get qualifications as Law Enforcement Administration Managers (those specialised in Customs and Excise Administration) and as Criminal Administration Managers (those in the Financial Investigation specialisation).
    Throughout the training, levels of knowledge are built on gradually, enabling the graduates to carry out their professional and law enforcement tasks with success.
    The Department participates in MA training; graduates from this two-year program get the qualification of Law Enforcement Manager. Upon the suggestion of the Department, a new course has been launched on Risk Analysis and Management in the framework of the MA program from 2014/2015. The popularity of the training conducted by the Department is proven by the number of applicants; it amounts to thirty times more than the training quota. Our Department co-operates with the organisational units of the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary, our teachers usually participate in professional trainings and meetings organised by this organisation.
    The Department carries out research in several fields, related to e.g. law enforcement higher education, taxation, excise duty law, the impact of EU decisions concerning product classification, customs law and commercial policy, etc. The staff of the Department regularly participate in meetings and trainings organised by the European Police College (CEPOL) and take part in Community programs organised by Customs/ Fiscals. We regularly participate in national and international conferences. Also, the Department itself organised a successful international conference called ’The Current Challenges of Tax and Customs Services’ in November 2013.