Physics MSc Program


Criteria of application and admission

  • The successful applicant must have a B.Sc. degree in Physics and a good command of English. The applicant is interviewed during the application and admission procedure to elucidate the level of prior knowledge and to decide about the possible Specialization Modul, which is chosen according to the applicant’s preference and the opinion of the interviewing professors. The interview can partially be carried out by distant methods such as by electronic media and postal service. The final decision on the Specialization Module, tutor, thesis work and other details is, however, made after a personal meeting and discussion with the applicant. For general information on application see “Application and admission procedure”.

  • Documents to be enclosed to the application form: in addition to the documents that are generally needed (see “Application and admission procedure”) the applicant should provide her/his B.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 teacher is very welcome, though it is not prerequisite for the application.

Features of the program

  • Objectives  Students participate in intensive advanced and high level courses in the different fields of physics, which are the most relevant for their specialization, to acquaint them with recent developments and frontline problems. Some 60% of time is allocated for laboratory practices and individual research (preparing a thesis), ensuring knowledge of state of the art methods. M.Sc. graduates will be able to participate creatively in research projects, to recognize and handle complex problems with a versatile approach in planning and performing research. The knowledge obtained in the M.Sc. program forms an excellent basis for further Ph.D. studies.

  • Duration  For students with B.Sc. degree the minimum duration of the M.Sc. program is four semesters. However, according to our experience, six semesters are normally needed to get the M.Sc. degree because the applicants’ prior B.Sc. studies are different in both their curriculum and level from those of the B.Sc. program at the Eötvös Loránd University making it necessary to complete a two-semester catching-up program. The curriculum of this two-semester program depends on the chosen M.Sc. Specialization Module as well as on the applicant’s prior studies and knowledge in the chosen special field.

  • Curriculum  The curriculum is assembled from intensive advanced level courses on the theoretical aspects of selected disciplines and special seminar series on problems in a narrower field of physics. The program also involves practical courses and supervised research, which is needed for the preparation of the “M.Sc. Thesis”. Seven Specialization Modules are possible, (see the “M.Sc. Specialization Modules and their Curriculum”.)
    Students enroll in one of these according to their interest. To complete the program, students must collect a total of 120 credits for courses with examinations, for practical training (if they receive for these at least a passing grade - for the credit system and grading see “System of evaluation of students’ performance”), and for the thesis work. During their program, students have to earn 34 credits for compulsory curses and of the appropriate Specialization Module, as well as 36 for freely chosen courses and seminar series including those of other Specialization Modules. Further 50 credits have to be earned for the M.Sc. thesis work. For the available courses see the “M.Sc. Specialization Modules and their Curriculum”.
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Note: The curriculum of a Specialization Module might be supplemented with a curriculum of a catching-up program, which is assembled according to the special needs of the student.

  • Thesis work  During their thesis work, students join a research group preferably in a department of the University, but research groups in other universities or laboratories can also be chosen. Students have their own research project, on which they work under the instructions of a supervisor. Supervisors usually also act as tutors, who are responsible for the progress of the students and for giving advice in assembling a personal curriculum for them. When students work on their thesis in laboratories outside the university, the tutor, who is always from the University, is different from the supervisor. To obtain their M.Sc. degree, candidates have to write and orally present an “M.Sc. thesis”, and pass a final exam (viva) before a committee.
    The M.Sc. thesis consists of
    1. an up-to-date critical review of the relevant scientific literature and
    2. a report of the own research work .

Program leader: Professor István Groma
Program coordinator to be contacted: Res. Assoc. Prof. Gyula Bene Ph.D. (bene at arpad.elte.hu)

List of Specialization Modules:

Astrophysics Leader: Assoc. Prof. Zsolt Frei
Biological Physics Leader: Professor Tamás Vicsek
Materials Physics Leader: Professor János Lendvai
Atomic and Molecular Physics Leader: Professor Jenő Kürti
Particle Physics Leader: Professor Ferenc Csikor
Statistical Physics Leader: Assoc. Prof. László Sasvári
Solid State Physics Leader: Professor Jenő Sólyom