Doctoral School of Chemistry

The Doctoral School of Chemistry of Eötvös Loránd University was founded in 1993. The Institute of Chemistry has 25 full professors and many further teacher-researchers working in various fields of chemistry. The Advisory Board of the Doctoral School of Chemistry consists of internationally renowned experts of their fields. The research advisors of the Doctoral School of Chemistry of Eötvös Loránd University collaborate with several research institutes and universities both in and outside of Hungary, and regularly have visitors from abroad doing research or giving courses.


The topics covered by the PhD program include practically the whole spectrum of chemistry, i.e., inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, theoretical chemistry, organic and biochemistry, electrochemistry, structural chemistry, and polymer chemistry.

The program is research oriented, the students start to work on their chosen topic in the respective laboratory under the guidance of a project leader. The students must take selected courses and complete 8 exams. By the end of the 8-semester long program most of the PhD students obtain results which are published (or accepted for publication) at internationally renowned journals. At least two such papers are necessary to obtain the degree. The students report about their research progress during their study at yearly conferences organized by the School.

Eligible Programmes


  • Synthetic, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Theoretical and Physical Chemistry, Structural Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry, Material Science, Colloid- and Environmental Chemistry, Electrochemistry

The lecture courses can be chosen from the list of attachment, depending on the research interest of the student.

The current research topics you may find here.

For more information about the doctoral programme visit the homepage of Doctoral School or the Doctoral database.


Many of the former students of our Doctoral School obtained postdoctoral positions throughout the world ranging all the way from the US to Japan, often at leading universities of the world (just to name a few, Cambridge, UK; University of Tokyo; ETH Zürich). A large portion of the graduates gets tenure or tenure track positions at universities and research institutions inside and outside of Hungary. Some of our students have been pursuing their research career in a non-academic environment of large international research institutions and firms, including major pharma companies.


Admission requirements

A master's degree in chemistry (or in a related field) is a requirement.

Research program plan arranged by one of the member of the faculty.

Language proficiency requirements

The successful applicant must have a reasonable command of English.

Required documents

  • Master-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Research work plan
  • Reference work
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Application form
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
  • Passport photo
  • Medical certificate
  • Certificate of clean criminal records
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Entrance exam fee
  • Certificate of English language skills

Application procedure

Applicants has to apply by the deadline given, by sending all required documents to the study administrator (doktoranduszugyek [at] The application form can be downloaded from here.

Before submitting the application applicants should agree on their exact research topic with the relevant supervisor, and should make a research plan approved by her/him.

The application package is reviewed by an admission committee. Then the applicant is expected to take an oral entrance examination. If a personal meeting is impossible, the interview is held through Skype or telephone. The decision on admission or rejection is made at the earliest date possible.

Criteria for ranking at the admission procedure shall include:

  1. previous university achievement (examinations, comprehensive examinations, qualification of degree)
  2. achievements related to previous research work (awards obtained in students’ academic circles, publications in the particular professional area)
  3. the feasibility of the research program.

Application deadline

01 MAY 2018

Start date

01 September 2018

Application fee


EU/EEA students

non-EU/EEA students

Tuition fee/semester

1910 (EUR)*

2500 - 4500 (EUR)

depending on the research topic

Application fee

160 (EUR)

160 (EUR)

Registration fee

60 (EUR)

60 (EUR)

 * Reduced tuition fee: 350 EUR, if you research not in the University teritory.


Program leader

Prof. Attila G. CSÁSZÁR

Program coordinator

István Szalai PhD.

International program coordinator

Ms. Éva NAGY, inter [at]