Our Institute performs two essential educational tasks at the University: First, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Nuclear Techniques are responsible for physics education at the faculties of engineering at BME, second, these two institutes care for BSc, MSc and PhD Programmes in Physics at BME.
Each year 60-70 students start their university studies at our three year-bachelor program. The students come from the best high schools of Hungary and get admitted only with high admission scores characteristic for the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In the first year of the BSc they learn basic mathematics, physics and programming skills and later in the last two years they deeper their knowledge in research or applied physics specializations. The students obtaining their BSc degrees mainly continue their studies on our MSc, or on other MSc programs in Hungarian or foreign, but those leaving the university can find jobs also with their BSc degree.
Our bachelor program has intensive laboratory courses during which the students meet basic physical experiments but also complex measuring tasks and modern physical measuring processes. In addition students – mainly with researcher physics specializations – learn also the basics of modern theoretical physics. Our best students get involved in research through projects of Scientific Students' Associations (TDK) at the Institutes of Physics and of industrial partners at the Institute of Nuclear Techniques.
About 30-40 students start their university studies within our two year-master program each year to acquire specialized knowledge within five of our MSc programs: the Research Physicist specialization, focusing on fundamental research, the Nanotechnology and Materials Science specialization with main focus on materials science, the Optics and Photonics specialization preparing for research in applied optics, the Nuclear Technology specialization, giving deep knowledge of atomic reactors, and the Medical Physics specialization. The first three are fostered by the Institute of Physics while the last two by the Institute of Nuclear Techniques.
The first semester there is a high priority, high level laboratory connected to the newest researches. In the last three semesters of the program the students do research for their diploma thesis while they can choose courses from wide range of up to date theoretical subjects. Very often the diploma theses of our students is of superior quality, supported by publication and connected to international projects. Our best students continue their studies on our Doctoral School of Physics or on other noted universities e.g. Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Berkeley, etc.
The Doctoral School of Physics of our faculty is managed jointly by the Institute of Nuclear Techniques and the Institute of Physics. Each your around 10-15 students start their PhD studies in our doctoral school. They are selected by a strict entry exam. Besides the strong theoretical background, the internationally important laboratories ensure the high level of education in solid-state physics, optics, and nuclear technology. The subjects offered by our PhD program includes new research directions of nanophysics, magnetism, superconductivity, surface physics, holography, laser physics, quantum theory, and statistical physics. The applied optics has long tradition at our institute. Besides the nuclear technology specialization we offer a new field the medical physics. Reactor physics PhD program is the only one in Hungary.
The requirements of the doctoral school is ensured by the Institutes of Physics and Nuclear Techniques, by the academic research groups established at our faculty, and by the co-working academic institutes. Our students may participate in cooperations with noted foreign universities, which is manifested by short or even semester long scientific visits. The PhD dissertations have got to be based on international refereed publications and the vast majority of them is written in English. Our best students get postdoctoral positions on leading universities and many of them return after 2-3 years of experience and become dominant researchers of the Hungarian scientific life.