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Faculty of Informatics, PhD in Computer Science, PhD

Course status

the Hungarian PhD programme is HAC accredited

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Duration of the course

6 semesters (30 months)

Language requirements

English (upper-intermediate)

The objective is to train computer science and info-communication technology experts with professional knowledge based on solid theoretical background. The Doctoral School of Informatics provides PhD education in three doctoral programs:

  • Information systems,
  • Numeric and symbolic computations,
  • Foundation and methodology of informatics.

During the six semesters of the training students of the doctoral program have to acquire 180 credits. Credits are given for completed courses, research activities and teaching activities. After accomplishment of the credit requirements a certificate is issued.

The doctoral procedure is to be initiated within three years from the successful completion of the doctoral training.


The high standard of training is guaranteed by the highly qualified academic staff. Teachers and supervisors come from the Faculty of Informatics and research institutes (e.g. the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics).

Teaching is supported by modern infrastructure and well equipped computer labs (artificial intelligence, databases and robotics).

The library of the Faculty contains several thousand volumes, with an access to a wide range of electronic publications and data bases.

The Faculty has concluded bilateral agreements with numerous universities in the world, which allow the PhD students to study one or two semesters or participate in research projects at a partner institution.


Students obtaining the PhD degree successfully apply for positions in academia or in higher education. However, it is also very well possible for them to find an excellent job in the software industry. Many international companies operate research labs in the region and recruit CS and ICT experts possessing a PhD. Small or medium sized innovative companies employ outstanding professionals as project leaders. In the long term a PhD degree is a vantage-point in the labour market. Finally, high quality doctoral research can also culminate in a successful product and an own startup company.

Eötvös Loránd University