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 abouther/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
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 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”.
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”.
Miklós Sass D.Sc. professor
to be contacted:
István Venekei Ph.D., assoc. professor
List of program specializations:
Ecology-, Evolutionary and Conservation
János Török D.Sc. professor
Molecular-, Immun- and Microbiology
László Nyitray D.Sc. professor
Molecular Genetics, Cell- and Developmental Biology