Doctoral School of Biology

Title

Doctoral School of Biology

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Type

Degree program

Level

Doctoral

Accreditation number

OH-FRKP/406-3/2007.

Institute

Institute of Biology

Language

English

Duration

4+4 semesters (4 years)

ECTS credits

240

Minimum number of students

3

Maximum number of students

60

Short description

The Doctoral School of Biology founded in 2001 is the largest postgraduate biology program in the country, offering research-oriented training in a wide range of areas of modern biology. The main topics include theoretical and evolutionary biology, ethology, ecology, and conservation biology, molecular neurobiology, physiology, human biology, immunology, experimental plant science, cell biology, microbiology, molecular genetics and cell biology, structural biochemistry, taxonomy. The selection of courses covers both theoretical background and lab or field skills and experience. The training emphasizes practical skills: the majority of credits are earned with supervised research work under personal tutoring by leading researchers. Students are involved in collaborative research taking advantage of the collaboration networks within the institute and with international partner institutions. The aim of the training is to fully prepare students for a successful career in the life sciences: either in basic research or in the industry.

The program is strongly research-oriented: apart from attending specialized courses, the students start their research work well before the end of the first year. At the end of each year the students report about their research progress. Students arr expected to publish at least two papers in peer-reviewed internationally renowned journals of their field.

Strength of program

The Institute of Biology employs more than one hundred full or part time professors and teachers who have many years of teaching experience and are well-recognised scientists in their field of work and further distinguished  researchers work in close association with the Institute as senior scientists and grant holders. Members of the Institute of Biology have a wide range of international contacts  and collaborate with several outstanding research institutes and universities  both in and outside Hungary, and regularly invite foreign visitors  to do research and/or to give courses.

The program is strongly research oriented: apart from attending specialized courses, the students are expected to start their research work well before the end of the first year. At the end of each year the students report about their research progress. It is expected that students publish at least two papers in peer-reviewed internationally renowned journals of their field.

Career opportunities

Biology is the science of the 21st century. Students finishing our doctoral program in biology will have the necessary skills to apply for jobs around the globe. While many of our former students obtain postdoctoral positions throughout the world, a large portion of them gets tenure or tenure track positions at universities or research institutes. Some of our graduates pursue their research career in the non-academic environment of large international research institutions, tied to high-tech development or to the economic or financial world.

Job examples
  • Biologist,

  • Biochemist,

  • Geneticist,

  • Neurobiologist,

  • Ecologist

EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

1,910 EUR

2,500 - 4.500 EUR (depending on the research topic)

Application fee

160 EUR (non-refundable)

160 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee

60 EUR (For registering for the first semester only.)

60 EUR (For registering for the first semester only.)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2,500 - 4.500 EUR (depending on the research topic)

Application fee

160 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee

60 EUR (For registering for the first semester only.)


Offered for the next academic year

Yes

Start program

06, Sep, 2017

Deadline for applications - September intake

31, May, 2017

Is there a February intake

No


Admission requirements - Language requirement

A good command of English is essential. If English is not the applicant’s mother tongue, or if s/he hasn’t pursued her/his university studies in English, a language certificate proving at least B2, but preferably C1 level of proficiency is required. Only language examinations recognised by the Hungarian Accreditation Centre for Foreign Language Examinations are accepted (e.g.: IELTS).

Documents to submit with application
  • Online application form

  • Master-level degree

  • Transcript of records

  • CV

  • Motivation letter (including short indication of the interest in specific subprograms)

  • Research plan

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)

  • Passport photo

  • Certificate of clean criminal records

  • Copy of application fee transfer

  • Language examination certificate

Further comments (if needed)

A master’s degree in biology or chemistry is a mandatory requirement. The heads of the thematic programs of the Doctoral School of Biology (see their list below) may restrict the range of degrees they accept in order to ensure that the field in which the applicant’s prior degree was issued, and the curriculum of the applicant’s graduate studies, meet the special expectations of the given program.

Applicants still pursuing their MSc studies should qualify for the degree by the end of the academic year in which they submit their application.

Application procedure

The application starts at the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

Before applying, students should select a suitable research topic, and should draw an outline for their research work with the guidance of their to-be supervisor. The list of the offered research topics can be found here.

Important note: It is the student’s responsibility to find a qualified professor at the institute who is willing to act as a supervisor and they write together the research plan which is submitted along the application.

Procedure of the entrance examination:

The Program leader contacts the student by email and they set a date for the oral interview by Skype. The interview consists of two parts. On the interview, the applicant will be asked about her/his prior studies, research experience, thesis work, motivation and theoretical knowledge. In the first part the admission committee check the scientific knowledge of the student about the specific field of the program, in the second part they discuss the research plan submitted by the student. The interview lasts about 20-30 minutes.

After the interview the student is informed whether he/she is accepted as a student in the PhD Program via email. The central administration of the faculty informs the student about the administrative and financial condition of the admission and sends the document ‘Letter of acceptance’.

Program leader

Prof. Dr. Anna ERDEI
Head of the Doctoral School of Biology

Program coordinator

Eszter VIRÁG
Study Administrator
E-mail: doktoranduszugyek@ttk.elte.hu
TEL: 36-1/372-2500 / 6002

International Coordinator
Ms. Angelika ÚJVÁRY
E-mail: inter@ttk.elte.hu
TEL: +36-1-372-2695

More information
Website

Faculty of Science

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