Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences

The aim of the program is to provide Ph.D. degree in one of the main directions of the Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences: environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental physics, or environmental geosciences. Emphasis is on the application of the given discipline in complex research projects, such as water quality changes and management, risk analysis and mitigation in various human and natural environments, renewable energy research, etc. The program offers training in up-to-date experimental methods and field exercises besides a solid theoretical background education.

The main strength of the program is its multidisciplinary orientation. Candidates can learn and participate in complex research projects involving biologists, chemists, physicists, and geoscientists. We offer the program also for students who have not even decided their precise field of scientific orientation yet. Depending on their interest and background knowledge, projects can be shifted to different directions because of their open structure and flexible organization.


The program requires 240 credits where 48 are given by regular courses during the first 4 semesters and the rest can be collected by participating at a research project.

Some data from the Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences and the present course list, consists of 38 items available both in English and Hungarian, you may find at Doctorial database (course list is under 2016. szeptember után induló képzés curriculum).

Doctoral training programme can be downloaded from attachment at the end of this page.

The current research topics you may find here.


People with similar degrees can find employment in various places such as environmental companies and organizations, governmental bodies and agencies, international organizations dealing with cross-border environmental activities, and many others in education.

OVERVIEW PhD in Environmental Sciences

Admission requirements

A master's degree in science is a requirement.

Research program plan possibly arranged by one of the member of the faculty is warmly welcome.

Language proficiency requirements

The successful applicant must have a good command of English.

Required documents

  • Bachelor-level degree
  • Master-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Research 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
  • Certificate of English language skills
  • List of publications, if not included in CV
  • Documents of any other achievements or scientific activities (if you have)

Application procedure

Applicants has to apply by the deadline given, by sending all required documents to the program leader or coordinator. The application form can be downloaded from here.

Before submitting the application applicants should contact the supervisor whose topic they have chosen, so as to find out if their knowledge and research experience are relevant to the subject. If so, they should agree with the supervisor on the outlines of the research, and should make a research plan approved by her/him.

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 application package is reviewed by an admissions committee.

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)

Application deadline

31 MAY 2017

Start date

01 September 2017

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. Imre JÁNOSI, imre.janosi [at]

Program coordinator

Thematic programs in Environmental Biology: Éva ÁCS PhD.

Thematic programs in Environmental Physics: Prof. Imre JÁNOSI, imre.janosi [at]

Thematic programs in Environmental Chemistry:  Prof. Tamás TURÁNYI, turanyi [at]

Thematic programs in Environmental Earth Sciences: Csaba SZABÓ PhD., cszabo [at]


International program coordinator

Ms. Éva NAGY, inter [at]