Short description

At the Doctoral School of Physics founded in 1994.

Research topics are organized in three thematic programs:

  • Materials Science and Solid State Physics;
  • Particle Physics and Astronomy; and
  • Statistical Physics, Biological Physics and the Physics of Quantum Systems.

The program is research-oriented, the students start to work on their chosen topic under the guidance of a supervisor, immediately after enrolling in the program. In the first two years, students are required to attend 8 courses as well and complete the corresponding exams. In order to get the degree, students must have at least two papers published (or accepted for publication) in internationally renowned journals. The degree can be defended after 6 semesters, the earliest. The students should submit a short progress report  after each semester.

Research at the School is done in close collaboration with all major research institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (including Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, and Institute of Enzymology).


  • Materials Science and Solid State Physics;
  • Particle Physics and Astronomy; and
  • Statistical Physics, Biological Physics and the Physics of Quantum Systems.
Strength of program

The Institute of Physics at Eötvös Loránd University ranked highly on the various international lists (like CHE), employs almost one hundred highly qualified permanent staff members working in various branches of experimental and theoretical physics. In addition, the Institute collaborates with the equally well-qualified research staff of the institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Thanks to our supervisors coming from these institutions, our students can have access to the largest international research facilities (LHC at CERN, RHIC at BNL, LIGO, etc.) in particle physics, astronomy and astrophysics, as well as to a unique computing facility (200 PC’s connected to form ‘Poor Man’s Supercomputer), which is used extremely successfully in large-scale lattice QCD simulations. We collaborate with several dditional research institutes and universities outside Hungary, and regularly have visitors  from abroad doing research or giving courses here. Thus our students have many opportunities to join  international research activities and establish professional contacts early in their career.

Career opportunities

Our graduates apply successfully for postdoctoral positions all around the world, and later many 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.