Doctoral School of Mathematics

Doctoral School of Mathematics

The Mathematics PhD School of the Eötvös Loránd University was founded in 2001. The Institute of Mathematics employs close to one hundred full or part time professors working in various fields of mathematics. The advisors of the PhD School are internationally renowned experts of their fields.

We collaborate with several research institutes and universities both in and outside Hungary, and regularly have visitors from abroad doing research or giving courses. Of particular interest is the fact that many researchers in the internationally renowned Hungarian school of combinatorics have started their career at our university and many of them still have position at the Institute of Mathematics. For example the Wolf Prize and Kyoto Prize winner Prof. László Lovász is a professor at our university. Recent Abel prize winner, Prof. Endre Szemerédi is also a graduate of our school. But one could also recall the Ostrowski Prize of Prof. Miklós Laczkovich (professor of our university), the Gödel Prize of Prof. László Babai (former professor), the Coxeter Prize of Prof. Balázs Szegedy (a graduate of our university) etc.


The topics covered by the PhD Program comprise most of pure mathematics, including also computer science, combinatorial optimization, statistical and mathematical physics, as well as most of applied mathematics including the full spectrum of operations research and statistics. A program in didactics of mathematics is also available.

The program is research oriented: apart from attending specialized courses, our students usually start their research work by the end of the first year. Thus by the end of the program most of them already obtain results which are published (or accepted for publication) at internationally renowned journals. At the end of each year the students report about their research progress. By the end of the second year of studies the students must pass a comprehensive examination.

To fulfill the program requirements the candidate has to do course related work, report regularly on his/her research, pass a comprehensive examination and write and defend a thesis.

The courses can be chosen from the list, which is attached below, depending on the research interest of the student.

The current research topics you may find here.

For more information about the Doctoral School visit thehomepage of Doctoral database.


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 students will 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.


 Admission requirements

A master's degree in mathematics (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 (most international certificates will be accepted).

Required documents

  • Bachelor-level degree
  • Master-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Research plan
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application form
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
  • Passport photo
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Certificate of English language skills

Application procedure

Applicants has to apply by the deadline given.

The application starts by completion of the online registration form ( After that fill the application form (download from here) and send it by email to mathinst[at] and to the study administrator (doktoranduszugyek [at] together with all required documents, including:

  • degree certificates (BSc, MSc), together with English (or Hungarian) translation;
  • transcript of records (BSc, MSc), together with English (or Hungarian) translation;
  • CV, containing data about past professional activities (education, employment history),  awards, list of publications etc.;
  • motivation letter, describing main lines of interest within mathematics;
  • research plan (listing one or more potential research topics);
  • 2 letters of recommendation by people qualified to judge the applicants professional potentials and/or achievements;
  • copy of the main page of the passport, together with a passport photo;
  • copy of the transfer of application fee;
  • English language certificate, proving reasonable command of the language.

After that a written test will be sent (via E-mail) to the applicant, covering basic fields of mathematics. In a limited amount of time the applicant will have to send back the solutions. In some cases a skype interview may follow.

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 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.


School leader

Prof. István FARAGÓ

Program leader

in pure mathematics

Prof. András SZŰCS, szucs[at]

in applied mathematics

Prof. János Karátson, karatson[at]

Program coordinator

Assoc. Prof. István ÁGOSTON

Program administrator

Ms. Klaudia SZALAY

Website of the Doctoral School of Mathematics in English