PhD in Physics

During the four-year PhD programme in physics, your activities as a PhD student will be focussed on scientific research. You can find research opportunities both in experimental and theoretical physics at the international level, offered in the research groups of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Nuclear Techniques. Available areas include solid state physics, quantum physics and informatics, nanotechnology and materials science, optics and photonics, nuclear physics, and medical physics. Taking graduate-level courses, at the average of one course per semester, is also part of the programme. The PhD degree is awarded after a final exam, and the submission and defense of the PhD thesis summarizing your research activities.


Financial support: Students from certain countries can apply for tuition-free education, a monthly stipend, a contribution to accommodation costs, and medical insurance, via the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme.


Research topics for Stipendium Hungaricum PhD applicants: The list of topics can be downloaded as a pdf file: SH-PhD_topics_2017.pdf.


Information for prospective Stipendium Hungaricum applicants for studies at the Physics Doctoral School of BME: Application to the Tempus Public Foundation handling the Stipendium Hungaricum scheme requires to follow the steps as listed below:

  1. Send the following documents to the address (Institute of Physics) no later than 24 February, 2017:
    a. Curriculum vitae
    b. Summary of MSc thesis work
    c. Two independent letters of reference
    d. Motivation letter, stating your research interests
  2. The Doctoral School reviews the applications and makes a preliminary selection based on the suitability of the candidate and their research interests, as well as on the availability of supervisors for the proposed research field. Candidates passing this stage are appointed a contact person, and submit their application to the Tempus Public Foundation and to the Sending Partner (for the process cf. this page) by the deadline of 5 March, 2017.
  3. Candidates nominated by the Sending Partner enter the usual PhD admission scheme for the Doctoral School. At this stage, the following additional documents are required:
    a. MSc thesis
    b. Evaluation of the MSc thesis by an independent expert
    c. Transcript of records (both BSc and MSc)
    These must be sent no later than 31 May, 2017 to the address The selection procedure takes place in June and involves a Skype interview with the admission committee.
  4. Candidates are notified about the results by the end of June. For the admission, successful candidates then follow the steps outlined on the website of the Tempus Foundation.
  5. In the first semester (from September to December 2017), the admitted doctoral students must attend advanced courses chosen from the selection of available graduate level courses, related to the proposed research program of the student. This progress is evaluated at the end of the semester. In case the evaluation is deemed unsatisfactory, according to the rules of the Doctoral School, the doctoral studies must be terminated; otherwise the doctoral study will be continued corresponding to the standard curriculum.