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Plant Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The School has been established by unifying three former PhD programs aimed at providing the students with up-to-date knowledge in the disciplines such as soil management, crop production, grassland management, seed production, plant genetics, breeding and biotechnology, plant pathology and agricultural entomology, weed control and integrated pest control.

Candidates are taught and supervised by internationally acceptable professors and researchers mainly from Szent István University, as well as from other research institutes belonging to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, respectively. 

The Plant Science programme is offered by the Szent István University.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The major PhD Program areas are:

  • Plant molecular genetics and gene technology
  • Plant cell genetics and tissue culturing 
  • Molecular markers and molecular plant breeding 
  • Classical genetics and traditional plant breeding 
  • Arthropod assemblages and pests and predators of agroecosystems
  • Fungal diseases of crop plants, biology and variability of pathogens, and alternative control 
  • Theory and practice of weed management 
  • Physiology and biochemistry of resistance in plants to pathogens
  • Microbe antagonists and biological contro
  • Soil tillage and land use 
  • Soil compaction and remediation 
  • Agroecological impacts on yield and quality of field crops
  • Grassland and pasture management 
  • Gene bank and field crop variety research
  • Theoretical basis of new technologies in horticultural crop production 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • MSc diploma in a related field; min. B2 level of English
  • During the assessment, the emphasis is on the analysis of the uploaded documents, preliminary research activities and publications. 
  • There will be a Skype interview with the selected ones, during which the motivation, the professional background, the research proposal and the language skills of the students will be examined.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Tuition fee: between 4,000 and 6,000 EUR/semester

Living costs for Gödöllő

  • 110000 - 160000 HUF/month
    Living Costs

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