General Information


During the four-year (eight semester) PhD programme in physics, the activities of the PhD student will be focused on scientific research. The studies are pursued in close collaboration with the supervisor who is responsible for the scientific progress of the students. Taking graduate-level courses at the average of one or two courses per semester, and taking part in teaching under guidance, is also part of the programme. After every second semester the student must give a progress report to the Council of the Doctoral School in form of a local conference presentation. There is a serious checkpoint after the fourth semester in the form of a comprehensive examination. By passing the exam the student enter to the “research and dissertation” phase of the programme (next four semester), while failing will entail the dismissal of the further PhD studies. The PhD degree is awarded after the submission and defense of the thesis. For further details of the programme please see the Curriculum.


Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme


Students from certain countries may apply for tuition-free education, a monthly stipend, a contribution to accommodation costs, and medical insurance via the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme.

While living expenses in Hungary are lower than the EU average, the monthly stipend in itself is not enough for a decent standard of living, and one may need further support from other sources. The applicant may also contact the prospective supervisor before application whether the supervisor can provide additional support from research grants.


Application for SH programme


Research topics for applicants for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme.


The applicants have to go through a pre-application process handled by Tempus Public Foundation. In addition the following documents should be sent directly to the address (Doctoral School of Physics) not later than 15 January 2020:

a. Curriculum vitae
b. Summary of MSc thesis work
c. Two independent letters of reference
d. Motivation letter, stating the applicant’s research interests
e. Provisory acceptance letter of the prospective supervisor


The applicants are required to contact their prospective supervisor, and should submit the provisory acceptance letter written and signed by the supervisor. This provisory acceptance letter does not mean the admission to the doctoral school. Candidates nominated by the Sending Partner enter the Doctoral School according the regular PhD admission scheme. At that stage, the following additional documents will be required:

a. MSc thesis
b. Evaluation of the MSc thesis by an independent expert
c. Transcript of records (both BSc and MSc)

The selection procedure takes place in April-May and involves a Skype interview with the admission committee.


Application (general)


Information for applicants non eligible for the Stipendium Hungaricum program will be available in April 2020.