• Ph.D. programs – in the Doctorate School in Biology
Criteria of application and admission
The successful applicant must have a M.Sc. (in biology or chemistry),
M.D., D.V. or D.D., and a good command of English. The Sub-Programs (see
their list below) may restrict the range of degrees that they accept in
order to ensure that the field in which applicant’s prior degree was issued,
and the curriculum of applicant’s graduate studies meet the special expectations
of the Sub-Program. On an interview by tutors in the chosen program, the
applicant will be asked about her/his prior studies, M.Sc. (M.D., D.V.
or D.D.) 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 for these “The application form” and “Application
and admission procedure”) the applicant should provide her/his M.Sc. M.D., D.V. or D.D. 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).
for the purely theoretical topics the programs are practice oriented: 90% of time is laboratory/field research. The special, one-semester
courses and seminar series are organized on current scientific problems
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
their own research group.
succeeding a program, candidate must have 180 credits, which can be earned
for performance in the theoretical (16 credits) and the practical training.
In the theoretical part of their program,
Ph.D. students have their own curriculum assembled from the permanent
and temporary courses and seminar series, which are organized and announced
yearly. After these, students prepare written and/or oral reports about
selected topics of a course or a seminar series
thorough reviewing literature. They can get help in this by (regular)
consultations with the lecturer. Credit of the course or seminar series
is earned if the lecturer finds the report acceptable and rates it at least as passing.
For credit system and grading see “System of evaluation of students’ performance”.)
As their practical program, Ph.D. students have a research project.
They work under the supervision of principal investigators (who have Ph.D.,
and are mostly professors or associate professors). An important criterion
of obtaining a Ph.D. degree is authorship in two scientific papers, written
from candidate’s work and published in international journals. The candidate
must be first author on at least one of the papers.
As the culmination of the Ph.D. program, the candidate must go through
a “Ph.D. procedure”. This involves: 1) an examination by a committee about
topics in two selected fields of science; 2) writing and orally presenting
a “Ph.D. Thesis”, which summarizes the results of candidate’s research
work. Two independent referees (experts of the field) will review the
“Ph.D. Thesis” and a committee from both teachers of the program and independent
experts will evaluate the oral presentation, which is followed by an open
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 rating the performance and Ph.D. degree qualification see
“System of evaluation of students’ performance”.)
List of the Ph.D. programs Ten
Ph.D. programs are presently available in biology. More than 100 research
projects are associated to these programs in both the departments of 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:
• Theoretical Biology and Ecology
• Ethology–Behavioral Biology
• Experimental Plant Biology
• Classical and Molecular Genetics
• Molecular Cell and Neurobiology
• Neuroscience and Human Biology
• Structural Biochemistry
• Zootaxonomy, Animal Ecology and Hydrobiology
• Evolutionary Genetics, Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Biology
· Head of the Doctorate
School in Biology:
Anna Erdei D.Sc. professor (MHAS)
· Coordinator to be
Ádám Miklósi D.Sc. professor
For further information contact the coordinator of Ph.D. Programs