Doctoral School of Geosciences

Chair: Prof. Tivadar M.Tóth DSc

Department of Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Petrology, University of Szeged
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary
Phone.: +36 62 544 640
Fax: 36 62 426 479

Coordinator: Dr. Lajos Boros PhD
Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary

Co-operating institutions
University of Szeged
Department of Mineralogy, Geochemistry an Petrology
Department of Geology and Paleontology
Department of Climatology and Landscape Ecology
Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics
Department of Economic and Social Geography

Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Centre for Regional Studies Kecskemét
Geochemical Research Institute


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:

Dr. Lajos Boros PhD
Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged
H–6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2., Hungary


Educational Plan (course schedule):


Geography education and research have a long and internationally acknowledged tradition at the University of Szeged. The Doctoral School offers a broad range of research topics and courses. The Doctoral School ensures the appropriate infrastructural background for the work of the students: well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art laboratory and field equipment and IT facilities. The Institute of Geography and Geology is committed to high standards of research, and the research fields are continuously evolving in response to new challenges in the subject.


Educational Programmes of the Doctoral School: Human Geography, Geomorphology, Geology, Geoinformatics and Geooecology.


In average, the lecturers of the School publish 2-3 books, 30 articles in Hungarian, and 40 in foreign scientific journals per year. The School was partly financed by several successful Hungarian and European projects (e.g. FP7, ESPON, HU-RO, Marie Curie ITN, IPA HUSRB, Visegrad Fund etc.). The financial support of these projects from 1993 (foundation of the Doctoral School) were utilised in the training programmes – for example financing the invitation of guest professors, introduction of new courses and PhD research topics and creating office spaces for the PhD students.

In average, PhD students (5–8 full-time and 10 part-time students accepted per year) have the opportunity to choose from more than 80 English language courses per Academic year –the list of courses is updated and expanded regurarly. Students have to take obligatory courses while the Doctoral School also offers other, optional courses as well – for more detailed information see the Educational Plan of the Doctoral School. While the supervisor has to provide the students with all the necessary information and professional help and support, the Departments offer appropriate infrastructural backgrounds for the work of the students. This infrastructural background includes library and computer facilities (with access to scientific journals and databases), free information access etc. The PhD students of the Program present their research progress at the weekly discussion seminars. These seminars offer oustanding opportunities to discuss and analyse dilemmas and the future directions of research.

The entrance exam takes place according to the standards of the doctoral committee. After the publication of call for applications, the applicants have one month to apply. The content and questions of the application form are issued by the doctoral committee of the university. The marks of the entrance exam partly depend on the diploma results and the previous research activity of the applicant (student competitions, articles in scientific journals, conference presentations etc.). The other significant part is the oral exam, which takes place in the last week of June. Within the oral exam the scientific and research skills of the applicant are examined.


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


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