Doctoral School of Informatics

Title

Doctoral School of Informatics

Degree

PhD in Computer Science

Type

Degree program

Level

Doctoral

Accreditation number

FF/2274-3/2014.

Department

Department of Programming Languages And Compilers
Department of Software Technology And Methodology
Department of Data Science and Engineering
Department of Computer Algebra
Department of Algorithms And Their Applications
Department of Media & Educational Informatics
Department of Information Systems
Department of Numerical Analysis
 

Language

Hungarian, English

Duration

8 semesters (4 years)

ECTS credits

240

Minimum number of students

1

Maximum number of students

15

Short description

The aim is to give regular courses to students and prepare them for obtaining a scientific degree, and to offer them teaching experience in higher education. The objective is to train computer science and info-communication technology experts with professional knowledge based on solid theoretical background. The Doctoral School of Informatics provides PhD education in four doctoral programs:

  • Information systems,
  • Numeric and symbolic computations,
  • Foundation and methodology of informatics,
  • Informatics teaching methodology.

We have many scholarships and research work possibilities for doctoral students: e.g. Stipendium Hungaricum, EIT Digital and EFOP.

Strength of program

The high standard of the training is guaranteed by the highly qualified academic staff. Teachers and supervisors come from the Faculty of Informatics and research institutes (e.g. the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Rényi Alfréd Institute of Mathematics).

Teaching is supported by modern infrastructure and well equipped computer labs (artificial intelligence, databases and robotics).

The library of the Faculty contains several thousand volumes, with an access to a wide range of electronic publications and data bases.

The Faculty has concluded bilateral agreements with numerous universities in the world, which allow the PhD students to study one or two semesters or participate in research projects at a partner institution.

We also welcome students to take part in EU H2020 Research and Innovation Program, and in the EIT Digital Doctoral School Program which operates in collaboration with industrial partners like Ericsson, Bosch, eGroup, Deutsche Telekom, Magyar Telekom, etc.

Examples of industrial topics: 5G edge computing programming assessment/ Test data generator utilizing machine learning techniques/ Towards a comprehensive Quality of Service framework for next-generation networks, etc.

Find the structure of the program on this link.
Career opportunities

Students obtaining the PhD degree successfully apply for positions in the academia or in higher education. Another option is for them to find an excellent job in the software industry. Many international companies operate research labs in the region and recruit CS and ICT experts possessing a PhD. Small or medium sized innovative companies employ outstanding professionals as project leaders. In the long term, a PhD degree is a vantage-point in the labour market. Finally, high quality doctoral research can also culminate in a successful product and in a private start-up company.

Job examples
  • Teaching and/or research positions in the academia
  • CEO of start-up company
  • ICT expert at a company
EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

4,500 EUR

4,500 EUR

Application fee

30 EUR (non-refundable)

30 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee

-

-

Other costs

-

-

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

4,500 EUR

Application fee

30 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee

-

Other costs

-


Offered for the next academic year

Yes

Start program

07, Sep, 2020

Deadline for applications - September intake

31, May, 2020

Is there a February intake

No


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

MSc degree and entrance examination

Language requirements

Minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): B2

Minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): B2

Documents to submit with application
Document
Online application form
Bachelor-level degree
Master-level degree
Transcript of records
CV
Research plan
Letter of recommendation
Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
Passport photo
Medical certificate
Certificate of clean criminal records
Language certificate
 A statement about the place of the doctoral research work in case the applicant will do the research work at an external institute outside of the university.
Application procedure

The application starts in 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.

The application period is from the 1st of April 2020 until 31st of May 2020 inclusive. The entrance examination is organized on the second week of July 2020. The applicants will be notified about the results on the third week of July.

An entrance committee, which consists of three members, evaluates the applicants during an interview according to

  • general professional intelligence,
  • thorough grounding and skills in the chosen branch of science (in the field of the doctoral training program),
  • diploma with university degree and performance during the studies at the university,
  • activity in undergraduate research and other scientific activities,
  • feasibility of the research plan,

language skills (an intermediate state-accredited language exam is conditional for the admission).

Procedure of the entrance examination

The applications are examined by the Admission Board, and the applicants take part in an organized Skype interview or they come for the oral Skype interview in person.

The applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system until the end of July 2020. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system until the end of July 2020.

Type of entrance examination: oral

Place of entrance examination: ELTE Faculty of Informatics, 1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/C

Evaluation: 

The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam. 

An entrance committee, which consists of three members, evaluates the applicants during an interview according to

  • general professional intelligence,
  • thorough grounding and skills in the chosen branch of science (in the field of the doctoral training program),
  • diploma with university degree and performance during the studies at the university,
  • activity in undergraduate research and other scientific activities,
  • feasibility of the research plan,
  • language skills (an intermediate state-accredited language exam is conditional for the admission).

The Admission Committee of the Doctoral School examines the research plan and the submitted documents (e.g. MSc transcript, list of publications). The current topic proposals are available on the website of the Hungarian Doctoral Council. We strongly recommend that the applicant discusses the research plan with the responsible professor before submitting the application.

The entrance exam will be organized  around the second week of July. The oral exam takes 20 minutes the research plan and the competences of the applicant.

Program leader

Prof. Dr. Erzsébet CSUHAJ-VARJÚ
Professor
Head of the Doctoral School of Informatics

Program coordinator

Adina KULCSÁR
Student Coordinator
E-mail: phd@inf.elte.hu
TEL: +36-1-381-2299
Postal address: H-1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/C, Room 2.317

Nóra PAKSY
Student Coordinator
E-mail: phd@inf.elte.hu
TEL: +36-1-381-2299
Postal address: H-1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/C, Room 2.317

More information
Faculty website

Faculty of Informatics

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