Doctoral School of Enviromental Sciences

Chair: Prof. Zoltan Kónya DSc
Dept. of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, University of Szeged,

Hungary. H-6720,Rerrich B. tér 1.
Phone: +36-62-544-620 Fax: +36-62-544-619

Application procedure

  • Application requirements: at least intermediate level (B2) certified by an internationally accredited language examination (TELC/ECL B2, TOEFL IBT 72, RPDT 72, Cambridge FCB, IELTS 5.5)
  • Application deadline: 1 June
  • Application fee: 35 EUR
  • Tuition fee: max. 5000 EUR/semester
  • Entrance examination fee: 100 EUR

For further information please contact:

Prof. Zoltan Kónya DSc
Faculty of Science and Informatics, Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry
Phone: +36-62-544-620 Fax: +36-62-544-619


Co-operating institutions:
Faculty of Science and Informatics of the University of Szeged 
Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Medical Physics and Informatics
Department of Biotechnology
Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science
Department of Ecology
Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
Department of Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Petrology
Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics
Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics
Department of Plant Biology
Institute of Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty of Engineering 
Department of Technical and Process Engineering
Juhász Gyula Teacher Training Faculty
Department of Technology
Department of Environmental Biology and Education
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Public Health
Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged
Biotechnological Institute of the Zoltán Bay Applied Research Foundation, Szeged
Chemical Research Centre of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Centre for Energy Research of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

International Cooperation (see in the website of institutes)

General introduction
Environmental education and research at the University of Szeged has long‑standing and internationally acknowledged traditions. The regular education in environmental sciences at the graduate and postgraduate levels has been started at the early years of the last decade. The doctoral education in environmental sciences was started in 1993 by the organisation of five accredited PhD programmes, such as Environmental biochemistry and biotechnology, Ecological protection, Geographical analysis of regional processes and urban climate and air pollution, Environmental chemistry and analysis and Environmental geology. Following the reorganisation of the structure in doctoral education in Hungary, the PhD School of Environmental Sciences was founded and accredited in the year of 2001. In the last decade almost 200 students entered into the three-year long education program and more than 60 participants have obtained PhD degree.
Applicants have to pass serious exams for entering a doctoral program after having to meet preset requirements (good university results, foreign language knowledge, previous scientific work, interview, etc.). After successfully entering they obtain student status. There are four basic forms of doctoral education: (a) full-time student with state scholarship (state-financed student), (b) full-time student without state scholarship, (c) part-time student and (d) students preparing themselves individually for the doctoral degree.
The two parts of the process of becoming a doctor are: (a) training or educational program, which takes 3 years and each student (except the ones preparing individually) has to take part in courses prescribed by the programme or the tutor (altogether approximately 15 courses in 6 semesters) and collect credits in the courses; participating in the education of undergraduate level students, (b) the degree awarding process: prerequisites are completed training, medium-level proficiency (verified by state-recognized exams) in two foreign languages and an original scientific work verified by original publications and summarized in a written thesis. Students have to pass three oral doctoral exams and defend the theses in public.

Facilities, instrumentations
– More, than 10000 pieces of books and a nationwide outstanding collection of leading journals of environmental and related sciences in printed and electronic forms are available in the Central Library of University and deposit libraries of participant departments.
– All of the PhD students have to use the electronic network and services of the University Computer Centre.
– The following instrumentations, devices and equipments are available for the PhD students at the departments of PhD School:
X-ray diffraction, small angle X-ray scattering, static and dynamic light scattering, electrophoresis, thermoanalysis, microcalorimetry (sorption and titration), gas adsorption, atomic force microscopy, surface plasma spectroscopy, TOC/TOX, UV, visible and fluorescence spectrophotometry, osmometry, surface tension, rheology, ICP and atomic absorption spectrometers, FT-IR spectrophotometer adopted for in situ catalytic measurements, diffuse-reflexion UV-VIS spectrophotometer, automatic adsorption equipment, TEM, SEM, X-ray diffractometers, derivatograph, different types gaschromatographs with FID, TCD and ECD units, GC-MS, HPLC chromatographs, HPLC-MS, CE-MS, high temperature synthesis ovens, laboratory reactors, established computer system with the proper software, Oil Show analyser, DRON UM1 X-ray diffractormeter, X-ray fluorescence analysator, four channel nuclear analysator, tunable laser sources for spectroscopic purposes: diode lasers (DFB and external cavity), quantum cascade lasers (DFB and F-P). Photoacoustic detectors. Signal processing electronics: Lock-in amplifiers and AD/DA converters. Complete sets of gas handling and calibration systems. Optical systems and components: spectrum analyzers and detectors, microscopes, scanning electron microscope, access of taxonomic collection botanical garden for outdoor experiments; research site and station in the Kiskunság National Park and field cars.


Exemption from English language exam certificate:

During the application to the programmes of the Faculty of Science and Informatics those applicants are not required to provide the English language exam certificates who are natives of one of the following countries and can officially demonstrate that their academic studies have been conducted in English.

However, these students will also have to obtain an international language proof B2 level by the end of their studies or for the PhD process.

Countries concerned:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Anguilla
  • Australia (also Christmas Island, Norfolk Island, Keeling Islands, Cocos Islands)
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Antarctic Territory (also British Antarctica, Antarctica British)
  • British Indian Ocean Territory (also Chagos Archipelago, Indian Ocean Territory (British))
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Channel Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Irish Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malta
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand (also Niue, Tokelau, Cokelau, Cook Islands)
  • Nigeria
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • St Kitts and St Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • UK
  • USA
  • Zimbabwe


Educational Programmes


Environmental Biochemistry and biotechnology
Programme director: Dr. Gábor Rákhely 

Faculty of Informatics and Sciences, Department of Biotechnology
H–6726 Szeged, Közép fasor 52., (P.O.B. 521), Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 546 940

Conservation Ecology
Programme director: Dr. Zsolt Pénzes
Faculty of Informatics and Sciences, Department of Ecology
H–6726 Szeged, Közép fasor 52., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 546 942

Environmental Physics
Programme director: Prof. Dr. Zoltán Bozóki 
Faculty of Informatics and Sciences, Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics
H–6720 Szeged, Dóm tér 9., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 518


Environmental Geography
Programme director: Prof. Dr. János Rakonczai
Faculty of Informatics and Sciences, Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem utca 2-6. P.O.B. 653, Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 395


Environmental Geology
Programme director: Dr. Pál-Molnár Elemér 

Faculty of Informatics and Sciences, Department of Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Petrology
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem utca 2–6., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 683


Environmental Chemistry and Analysis
Programme director: Prof. Dr. Sipos Pál 
Faculty of Informatics and Sciences, Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry,
H–6720 Szeged, Dóm tér 7., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 054

Environmental Chemical Technology and Materials Science

Programme director:  Prof. Dr. Zoltán Kónya
Faculty of Informatics and Sciences, Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry
H–6720 Szeged, Rerrich tér 1., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 544 620

Environmental Engineering
Programme director: Prof. Dr. Hodúr Cecília 
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Process Engineering
H-6725 Szeged, Moszkvai krt. 9., Hungary
Phone: (+36 62) 546 037

The name of supervisors and the active research topics are available:


Representative dissertations: