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Program description:
The Doctoral School of Biology of Eötvös Loránd University was founded in 2001. It is the largest postgraduate biology program in the country, offering research oriented training in a wide range of areas of modern biology. The main topics include theoretical and evolutionary biology, ethology, ecology, and conservation biology, molecular neurobiology, physiology, human biology, immunology, experimental plant science, cell biology, microbiology, molecular genetics and cell biology, structural biochemistry, taxonomy. The selection of courses covers both theoretical background and lab or field skills and experience. The training emphasizes practical skills: the majority of credits are earned with supervised research work under personal tutoring by leading researchers. Students are involved in collaborative research taking advantage of the collaboration networks within the institute and with international partner institutions. The aim of the training is to fully prepare students for a successful career in the life sciences: either in basic research or in the industry.

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Entrance exam description:
Oral entrance interview with focus on the applicant’s knowledge compared to what might be supposed from the submitted documents on former qualification and the goals and methods of the planned research project. Written supplements and exercises might be demanded in order to measure qualification and language procifiency. Criteria for ranking in the admission procedure shall include: 1. previous university achievements (examinations, comprehensive examinations, qualification of degree), 2. achievements related to previous research work (awards obtained in students’ academic circles, publications in the particular professional area), 3. the feasibility of the research program.”,

Ms Éva Nagy
international coordinator

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The available research topics of the Doctoral School can be found on the website of the Hungarian Doctoral Council here: doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=116&lang=EN by searching for the Doctoral School and topics that are “just announced”. Research topics are usually published in December-January. Applicants have to contact the potential supervisor and come to an agreement with them. Applicants without a supervisor will be rejected.

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Career opportunities

Biology is the science of the 21st century. Students finishing our doctoral program in biology will have the necessary skills to apply for jobs around the globe. While many of our former students obtain postdoctoral positions throughout the world, a large portion of them gets tenure or tenure track positions at universities or research institutes. Some of our graduates 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.

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