Ph.D. On Campus

Environmental Sciences

Szent István University

36 months
8000 EUR/year
8000 EUR/year
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The aim of the Environmental Sciences program of the Szent István University offers research topics and postgraduate courses in the trans-disciplinary field of environmental sciences.


Disciplinary Research Subfields

The Environmental Sciences program of the Szent István University offers the following research fields:

Soil Science, Agrochemistry, Environmental Chemistry

This discipline covers three major areas: soil science as a traditional field of environmental sciences; agrochemistry that focuses on plant nutrient supply; and environmental chemistry that plays a major role in research related natural resources including the physicochemical modelling of anthropogenic environmental pressures of biogeochemical cycles and the development of environmental analytical and ecotoxicological methodologies.

Agricultural and Environmental Microbiology and Soil Biotechnology

Agricultural microbiology, environmental microbiology and soil biotechnology cover a wide range  of subjects that are important in agronomics as well as  practical agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Research topics include agriculture, soil science, water, air, food, ecology, environmental protection, phytopathology, microbiology, soil biotechnology, bio-hydrometallurgy.

Agrobiodiversity and Genetic Resource Conservation

This discipline includes agrobiocoenoses (agricultural activity on fields), varieties of cultivated plants and other plant species (weeds, fungi, algae, etc.) living on agricultural areas, as well as genetic resources (varieties, landscape species, ecotypes and wild relative species of cultivated plants). It covers changes, follow-up, resource exploration and documentation of genetic variability of cultivated plants that were transported to the Carpathian Basin in prehistoric and historic times.

Ecological Farming

This scientific subfield covers the research and development of complex agricultural systems that preserve natural resources where production is based on local resources and each section of the production process is guided by a biological and ecological approach. Its objective is to develop an up-to-date ecological agricultural system based on traditional farming and experiences in crop production and animal husbandry alike.

Environmental Management

This educational and research disciplinary subfield serves the objectives of long-term, sustainable utilization, planned development and effective protection of the natural and man-made environment. Resulting from these three objectives, environmental management is understood as a synthesizing, trans-disciplinary field of research which integrates natural and social sciences. This subfield aims at establishing integrative planning methods, analyses, assessment and operative programs in the fields of ecology, economics, sociology, political science, spatial planning and physics. Research topics preferably address the co-evolutionary dynamics of nature, society and economy.

Landscape Ecology, Nature Conservation, Landscape Protection

Postgraduate students have opportunities to do research on topics that are related to the analysis, protection and utilization of biotic and abiotic environmental elements and also the better understanding of natural and human impacted processes. There is an emphasis on research related to conservation biology and restoration ecology that cover complex, landscape scaled planning (including aspects of soil protection and hydrology), plant and animal species and their associations as well as the protection of biodiversity.

Environmental Protection, Environmental Health and Environmental Safety

This discipline aims to educate students who will have the ability of solving theoretical and practical problems and challenges in the field of environmental protection and environmental safety while applying natural science based, biological approach and high standards of engineering knowledge. This subfield puts an emphasis on the relationship between environmental problems and human health. The risks of public health, stemming from recent intensive agricultural methods and environmental pollution, and the ways of prevention and elimination are defined through the analysis of agriculture, rural development and medical science.

Programme Structure

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Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research program: it is a specimen sheet which you have to fill out and your research program must be carried out accordingly (max. 4-5 pages)
  • All candidates must provide two letters of academic references
  • An official copy of the transcripts from all higher-education institutions previously attended by the candidate must be submitted, either attached to the application or by mail directly from the originating institution
  • Any foreign or Hungarian PhD student is expected to have proficient written and spoken language skills, preferably in English (B2 level of English is required)
  • International candidates may be requested a formal interview
  • Attach a brief Curriculum Vitae

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per semester during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per semester during 36 months.

Tuition fee: between 4,000 and 6,000 EUR/semester

Living costs for Budapest

172338 - 268251 HUF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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