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Physics PhD Program

Criteria of application and admission:

  • The successful applicant must have an M.Sc. degree in Physics (or in a special field of physics), and a good command of English. On an interview by tutors in the chosen program, the applicant will be asked about her/his prior studies, M.Sc. thesis work, motivation, theoretical knowledge, and practical-methodological experience, which might be relevant for her/his selected Ph.D. research project. The acceptance is followed by a consultation to assemble a Ph.D. research project for the student. For further information on application see “Application and admission procedure”.

  • Documents to be enclosed to the application form: In addition to the application form, and the documents that are generally needed (see “Application and admission procedure”) the applicant should provide her/his M.Sc. degree and documents about her/his earlier studies and accomplishments. These should be either originals or attested copies in English, or authorized English translations. A letter of recommendation in English from a former principal investigator is welcome, though it is not prerequisite for the application.

Features of the program

  • Duration Minimally six semesters (three years).

  • Objectives  Except for the purely theoretical topics the programs are practice oriented: about 80% of time is allocated for individual research work. The special, one-semester advanced level courses and seminar series are organized to deepen students’ knowledge on the theoretical background of their research project and the methods that they are using. Emphasis is also put on developing skills in publication (writing papers), in preparing grant application and in project management. Thus Ph.D. graduates will be able to pursue their own research project independently and to organize and supervise a research team.

  • Curriculum  To complete a program, candidate must have at least 180 credits, which can be earned for performance in the theoretical courses (72 credits) and in the research work.

  • In the theoretical part of their program, Ph.D. students have their own curriculum assembled after consulting their supervisor, from the permanent and temporary courses and seminar series, which are organized and announced yearly. Credit of the course or seminar series is earned depending on the character of the course in viva or by written examination or on the basis of semester work. (For credit system and assessment see “System of evaluation of students’ performance”.)

  • In the major part of their Ph.D. training students work on a research project under the guidance of a supervisor (who must have a Ph.D. or higher degree and is generally a professor or associate professor). An important criterion for obtaining a Ph.D. degree is authorship in at least two scientific papers, written from candidate’s work and published in international (SCI) journals.

  • At the end of the Ph.D. training, the candidate must go through a “Ph.D. procedure”. This involves: 1) an examination by a committee about topics in three selected fields of physics; 2) writing, orally presenting and defending a “Ph.D. Thesis”, which contains the results of candidate’s research work. Two independent referees (experts of the field) will review the “Ph.D. Thesis” and a committee from teachers of the program and independent experts will evaluate the oral presentation, and the public discussion of thesis work. The performance of the candidate during the “Ph.D. procedure” will determine the quality of her/his Ph.D. degree. (For further details of assessment and Ph.D. degree qualifications see “System of evaluation of students’ performance”.)

  • List of the Ph.D. programs  Three Ph.D. programs are presently available in physics. More than 100 research projects are associated to these programs both in the departments of the Institute of Physics of the Eötvös Loránd University and in other research institutions outside the University. These are funded financially by a number of various sources, for example by the National Research Foundation, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and, in the case of international research collaborations, by various European and American grants. The programs are the following:

Materials and Solid State Physics Program leader: Professor János Lendvai
Particle Physics and Astronomy Program leader: Professor Ferenc Csikor
Statistical Physics, Biological Physics and Physics of Quantum Systems Program leader: Professor Jenő Kürti


Director of the Ph.D. School in Physics: Professor Ferenc Csikor
Program coordinator: Res. Assoc. Prof. Gyula Bene


For further information contact the coordinator of the Ph.D. School, Res. Assoc. Prof. Gyula Bene (bene at arpad.elte.hu).
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