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 M.Sc. program

Criteria of application and admission

The successful applicant must have a B.Sc. degree in Biology 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 Program Specialization, 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 Program Specialization, 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 application form, and the documents that are generally needed (see for these “The application form” and “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 biology, which are the most relevant for their specialization, to make them informed about the recent developments and frontline problems. Some 60 % of time is practical hours (spent on laboratory/field practice and on research) 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 through multi-sided approach in planning and performing experiments. The knowledge obtained in the M.Sc. program forms an excellent basis that is necessary for studies in a Ph.D. program.

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 Eötvös Loránd University (see the “Curriculum of B.Sc. program”) making it necessary to complete a two-semester catch-up program. The curriculum of this two-semester program depends on the chosen M.Sc. Program Specialization 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 science. The program also involves practical courses and a supervised research activity, which is needed for the preparation of the “M.Sc. Thesis”. Four program specializations are possible, with several sub-specializations within each (see the “M.Sc. Program Specializations and their Curriculum”). Students enroll in one of these according to their interest. With choosing a Program Specialization, students also choose the field in which they will make their M.Sc. thesis work. For succeeding the program, students must collect a total of 108 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 48 credits for compulsory and optional courses of the appropriate Program Specialization as well as for freely chosen courses and seminar series including those of other Program Specializations. Further 60 credits have to be earned for the M.Sc. thesis work. For the available courses and their credit “values” see the “M.Sc. Program Specializations and their Curriculum”.
Note: The curriculum of a Program (sub-) Specialization might be supplemented with a curriculum of a catch-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, which they work on under the supervision of a project leader. Project leaders 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 project leader. To obtain their M.Sc. degree, candidates have to write and orally present a “M.Sc. Thesis”, which involves i.) A summary of their own research work and ii.) An up-to-date critical review of the relevant scientific literature. A committee from teachers in the biology program will evaluate the „M.Sc. Thesis”.  

·         Program head:

Miklós Sass D.Sc. professor

·         Program coordinator to be contacted:

István Venekei Ph.D., assoc. professor

  List of program specializations:    
 Program head:   

Ecology-, Evolutionary and Conservation Biology

János Török   D.Sc. professor


Molecular-, Immun- and Microbiology

László Nyitray   D.Sc. professor

Molecular Genetics, Cell- and Developmental Biology

Péter Lőw   Ph.D. assoc. professor

Plant Biology

Béla Böddi   D.Sc. professor

Neuro- and Human Biology

László Détári   D.Sc. professor