The doctoral (PhD) degree as the highest qualification attainable at university is awarded by the University of Pécs to those who give evidence of practical skills and theoretical erudition necessary for conducting independent scientific research and based on this have published novel research findings. The system is similar to the structure of most European and American PhD programs. The PhD degree is conferred by the university after the PhD candidate has completed the programs, attended the required courses, and passed the exams of the institution. By the end of this period a dissertation must be written and defended. The applicants have to submit a research proposal, an official copy of their MSc diploma, English degree (at least medium level state degree written/spoken), a C.V. and copy of the passport.
DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES IN MEDICAL SCIENCES
Available PhD programmes:
Theoretical Medical Sciences
Clinical Medical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences
Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Organized formats of the PhD program
1) Full-time instruction, day time work, organised PhD program for state scholarship holders
- The duration of the PhD program is uniformly 36 months that can be distributed into six-months-long reporting periods (hereinafter: term).
- The person admitted to an organized PhD program has a student’ legal status with the University.
- The legal status is established by enrolment. The candidate is obliged to enrol before the first day of the term.
The candidate is provided with a grade book and may apply for a student ID card.
2) Individualized studies
Doctoral students preparing on their own have already met the requirements necessary for the compilation and defence of the thesis during the course of their earlier activity.
Essential requirements of admission:
- A graduate-level degree from a university
- Supporting letters from two instructor-researchers
- State recognized intermediate level of (possibly English) language exam type “C”
Admission preference to the PhD program well as awardal of state scholarships will be given to
- students having achieved excellent results in the course of their graduate university studies
- members having achieved good results in the Student-Researchers` Societies
- those with language skills exceeding the ones defined in the basic requirements
- those having completed study visits abroad
- those having participated at scientific conferences as presenters of papers and / or posters and also those who are (co)authors of scientific publications
Decisions concerning applicants` admission to the PhD program, the score given for the interview as well as for previous activities which may grant advantage to them and the provision of state scholarships are made by the Doctoral Board of the Medical Faculty.
Procedures for earning the PhD degree
General rules and regulations
- the postgraduate acquisition of knowledge satisfying the requirements for permission to take the PhD final examinations
- passing the PhD final examinations
- demonstrating level skills in English for Specific Purposes
- reaching the minimal impact factor
- writing a doctoral dissertation and defending it
The doctoral dissertation and its defending
1) The doctoral dissertation is the documentation of the objectives and methods of the research and the results achieved in the subject area
- in the form of an independent writing written for this purpose, taking up a writing space of at least 50, but no more than 100 pages
- in the interests of the high quality appearance of both the dissertation and the theses, practices having been formed and developed by the National Board of Accreditation must be followed.
2) After the dissertation is submitted, within a month the Doctoral Committee asks two individuals preferably independent of the University of Pécs staff of public employees to act as official referees (hereinafter called opponents).
3) The public discussion takes place in the presence of the Judging Committee called by the Doctoral Committee, which consists of the chair, the two opponents and another two members. The chair must be a professionally competent professor.
4) The dissertation can be regarded as "defended" if the total number of points is at least 60% or more of the obtainable points.
5) A decision about awarding or rejecting to award the PhD degree is made by the Doctoral Board of the University, after the Doctoral Committee has made a declaration on its session following the defence, having taken into consideration the acquired points of the candidate and the reports of the final examination committees.
Quality requirements of being awarded a PhD degree
1) Among the scientific publications, at least one should be an original paper- in connection with the topic of thesis- with an impact factor with the candidate as first author.
2) The sum of impact factors of scientific publications referred to in the candidate's application in case of clinical fields it should be a minimum of 2, however in case of andrology, dermatology, gerontology, infectology, gynaecology, oxyology, parasitology, pulmonology, radiology, rheumatology, sports medicine, ophthalmology, and urology 1.5, in case of addictology, dentistry, medical informatics, rehabilitation, and tropical diseases 1.0. Regarding theoretical fields of science the required minimum impact factor is usually 3.5, in case of biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, hereditology, neuroscience, immunology, cellular biology and virology it is 4.0, in case of preventive medicine and public health, pharmacognosia, organic, synthetic and pharmacological chemistry and forensic medicine it is 2.0, as regards pharmaceutical management it is 1.0. According to the above mentioned requirements the scientific field of the thesis is relevant.
Dr. Zoltán Rékási
PhD Office, Medical School, University of Pécs
Fax: +36-72/ 536-001/31824, 31825
For further details see our website: