Short description

The PhD School in Mathematics of Eötvös Loránd University was founded in 2001. The topics covered by the PhD Program comprise most of pure mathematics, including also combinatorial optimization, computer science, statistical and mathematical physics, as well as most of applied mathematics including the full spectrum of operations research, numerical analysis and statistics.

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 they already obtain results which are published (or accepted for publication) in internationally renowned journals. At the end of each year the students report about their research progress. At the end of the second year of studies the students must pass a comprehensive examination.

A master’s degree in mathematics (or in a related field) is a requirement. A reasonable command of English language is also needed (most international certificates will be accepted). Criteria for ranking at the admission procedure will include:

  • previous university achievements (examinations, comprehensive examinations, qualification of degree)
  • achievements related to previous research work (awards obtained in students’ academic circles, publications in the particular professional area)
  • feasibility of the research program

This program is recommended to applicants who have good results from the above aspects.

The program enables students to carry on independent research in mathematics.


  • pure mathematics
  • applied mathematics
  • Didactics of mathematics
Strength of program

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: for example, the Wolf Prize and Kyoto Prize winner Prof. László Lovász, and the recent Abel Prize winner Prof. Endre Szemerédi is also a graduate of our school. Among former professors of our university one could also recall the Ostrowski Prize winner Prof. Miklós Laczkovich or the Gödel Prize winner Prof. László Babai.

Career opportunities

While many of our former students obtain postdoctoral positions throughout the world, a large number of them get 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.