Doctoral courses at Szent István University are organized into PhD Schools with the aim of implementing educational, research and training activities at the highest level of study. Our PhD programs are research-oriented, degree-donating projects for outstanding students. The PhD effort involves theoretical studies in a particular scientific area and original research that enriches the knowledge in the field selected for the study. During their doctoral studies the PhD students are prepared for a creative career in academic life, business, government or industry.
The doctoral degree, Doctor of Philosophy (abbreviated as PhD or Ph.D, for the Latin philosophiae doctor) awarded by the Szent István University is an internationally recognized degree as the professional staff of the University enjoys a high international reputation. The PhD students graduated at the Szent István University easily find employment in business, government offices, higher education or research institutions either in their home country or abroad.
PhD studies comprise tutorial courses, experimental work, as well as preparation and defense of the thesis. Degrees are awarded in eight scientific branches, i.e.
Doctoral School of Animal Science
Head: Prof. Dr. Miklós Mézes, CMHAS
Doctoral School of Biology Sciences
Head: Prof. Dr. Zoltán Nagy, D.Sc.
Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences
Head: Prof. Dr. Erika Csákiné Michéli, DSc
Doctoral School of Horticultural Science
Head: Prof. Dr. Éva Zámbori-Németh D.Sc.
Doctoral School of Management and Business Administration
Head: Prof. Dr. József Lehota, D.Sc.
Doctoral School of Mechanical Engineering
Head: Prof. Dr. István Farkas, D.Sc.
Plant Science Doctoral School
Head: Prof. Dr. Lajos Helyes, D.Sc.
Enyedi György Doctoral School of Regional Sciences
Head: Prof. Dr. Tamás T. Sikos, D.Sc.
Executive Bodies of each School are the Director, the Teaching Body of the School, and the Secretary of the Body. The Director, with the assistance of the Secretary, organizes and coordinates activities of each School, while the Teaching Body governs the educational part of the School. Directors and invited outer experts of each scientific branch constitute the Doctoral and Habilitation Council of the University. The Council, headed by the president decides admission of the PhD students and awarding the PhD degree after a successful defence of the thesis.The Office of Doctoral and Habilitation Council is responsible for the administrative management of PhD studies.
The normal duration of the PhD program for full-time students is six semester (36 months). With good organization and high motivation this period of time is normally enough to complete the academic course, the experimental work and/or collecting and analyzing data. Another 12 months might be needed to prepare the thesis. The academic course work provides the students with the current knowledge in the research area they chose. Experimental work is run in laboratories, teaching hospitals, training workshops or experimental farms.
The Thesis (dissertation) is an essential component of PhD studies. This written document is an independent product of the PhD student, that contains the accumulated knowledge and the own scientific contribution of the candidate. The Thesis is normally written in English and submitted both in printed and electronic version. The Thesis, if meet the academic standards is approved by the Supervisor of the PhD student, and then reviewed by two independent reviewers (opponents) and a Review Committee assigned by the Doctoral and Habilitation Council of the University. The defense process starts with a comprehensive exam in the broad research area of the candidate in front of an Examination Committee. After the successful comprehensive exam, the Thesis is defended at a public debate, chaired by the Chairperson of the Review Committee. During this transparent process the candidate presents his or her findings and answers the questions and comments put forward by the reviewers, members of the Review Committee or the audience. After the defense procedure, the Review Committee decides about awarding (accept or reject) and the grade (rite, cum laude, summa cum laude) of the PhD degree by secret ballot, behind closed doors.
Entry requirements for admission
Applicants who have MSc degree in fields, specified by the particular PhD school are eligible for admission to PhD studies at Szent István University. Admission is based on entrance examinations including a review of the MSc degree of the applicant and a face-to-face interview by a committee delegated by the Executive Body of the PhD School.
Applicants are requested to earn a GPA (grade point average) of 4.0 on a scale of 5.0 during their MSc studies. Communication is the key to educational success and, therefore any foreign or Hungarian PhD student is expected to have proficient written and spoken language skills, preferably in English (B2 level of English is required (i.e. TOEFL min. of 500 on PBT, 61 on iBT; a 6.0 on IELTS or equivalent, e.g. if the language of instruction was English on marter's level), but in a few cases other world languages like French, German, Russian or Spanish can be acknowledged as well.
Tuition fee: between 4,000 and 7,000 EUR/semester (The amount of fee depends on the costs of the program selected. Living expenses are not included in the tuition fee.)
Registration fee: 100 EUR/student
Introduction of PhD schools:
There are a variety of housing opportunities for PhD students in the vicinity of the University. The Office of Doctoral and Habilitation Council helps in finding good-quality, reasonable-priced accommodation either in a dormitory, graduate dormitory or off-campus. The prices vary, but Hungary is one of the best in Europe to afford comfortable housing for reasonable price.
For more information, please contact the Office of Doctoral and Habilitation Council:
Páter Károly u. 1., Hungary