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Biology  (to see more details click here)

Students in biology are offered extensive training in the most important branches and areas of biology, as well as general education in the basic sciences (mathematics, physics and chemistry). The curriculum includes, among others, courses in botany, zoology, human biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, evolutionary genetics and the most important branches of synbiology.

Students in the fourth year (seventh semester) continue their studies according to special curricula tailored to meet their special personal interests or requirements. To broaden the menu for choice and to promote the participation of students in their research work, laboratories and scientists of other universities and research institutes take part in the personal training program as well. Biotechnology and molecular biology, ecology and environmental studies of nature conservation, immunobiology and medical biology are the major areas most frequented by the students in their personal training programs but other, narrower, specializations have also been chosen.

During the course of their studies, students will cover the wide-ranging fields of modern biology, and will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for their theoretical and practical application. Laboratory sessions provide an opportunity for the students to apply the latest experimental methods in planning and carrying out experiments in order to enhance their understanding of the subject matter.

The program of study enables students to become biologists (M.Sc.) qualified to work in research institutes and laboratories, R & D institutions in agriculture, the food industry, public health service, environmental protection agencies, the pharmaceutical industry and pesticide production plants.

Upon completing their M.Sc. courses students may take part in various Ph.D. or other specified postgraduate training courses.

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Chemistry and Materials Sciences

The five years of training for students majoring in chemistry and materials sciences is concluded by an M.Sc. degree. Undergraduate studies begin with mathematics, physics, general and theoretical chemistry. The knowledge thus acquired forms a solid foundation for the study of the results in organic chemistry, inorganic and elemental organic chemistry, chemical technology, chemical cybernetics, nuclear chemistry and colloid chemistry.

In cooperation with the research institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, students may also take tutorials in their special area of structural chemistry, macromolecular chemistry, pharmaceutical research, colloid and surface chemistry, instrumental analysis, quantum chemistry and theoretical chemistry.

These special studies are part of the M.Sc. program, but at the same time prepare the student for a Ph.D. degree. Interdisciplinary specialization is also possible within the M.Sc. program in geochemistry, biochemistry, ecology and solid state research.



The purpose of the Curriculum is to train geologists with a range of theoretical and practical knowledge covering all major fields of Earth’s Sciences, i.e. Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Geology, Petrology, Palaeontology, Economic Geology, Environmental Geology and Hydrogeology.

Future job prospects for students of geology include geological mapping, mineralogical and geochemical analyses, micro- and macro-palaeontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, prospecting for mineral deposits, planning and execution of water-supply and water-management related projects, environmental sensitivity mapping, impact studies, pollution assessment/remediation and soil conservation.



The Department of Geophysics offers programs leading to two degrees:

• graduate program (M.Sc.)

• postgraduate program (Ph.D.)

Both programs consist of lecture courses, practicals laboratory, and field work. Earth’s physics and applied geophysical methods are part of the graduate curriculum. Applied geophysics includes seismic prospecting, gravity, magnetics, geoelectric methods and borehole geophysics.

The Ph.D. program offers advanced courses in all the above fields, but it emphasizes research. The research students may choose any of the three major branches of research pursued by the Department:

• global and regional studies in geophysics,

• applied and environmental geophysics or

• remote sensing and space research.



The Institutes of Mathematics offer flexible training through a wide variety of courses in many branches of mathematics, including both traditional and modern areas.

The first three years of training provide a strong foundation for later specializations ensuring a firm basis in all important directions. (This is roughly equivalent to a high-level B.Sc. degree.) In the last two years students follow their own preferences, and choose some of the so-called blocks and semi-blocks covering certain special fields. Here they acquire a deep and thorough knowledge, and also have the possibility to start some research work with authentic guidance or to get used to the methods of practical applications, including the extensive use of computers. The students write a thesis and receive an M.Sc. degree, and may continue their studies for a Ph.D. degree.

Students enjoy the highly stimulating atmosphere of the vivid mathematical life at the university and the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, worthy of the work of great predecessors. A considerable part of the staff is regularly invited to teach at universities all over the world, including leading Western universities, and is well experienced in the different educational systems. Moreover, the so-called Hungarian method has acquired considerable fame, mainly due to the high-level problem solving sessions in small groups, to the constantly updated material which is regularly renewed both mathematically and methodologically, and to the rich choice of topics offered by leading experts of the fields.

Also, the teacher training program is guided by similar principles, providing (and requiring) a high level of mathematical knowledge. Here only a smaller element of the material is to be chosen freely, and also the demands of the capability of teaching in a secondary school require different points of view in selecting the relevant material.



Students majoring in meteorology will be trained for jobs both in the meteorological service and in research oriented institutions where they can carry on work according to specifications set forth by the Meteorological World Organization.

A meteorologist deals with the analysis of physical and chemical phenomena taking place in the atmosphere, with short, medium and long range weather forecasting, including geographical distribution and frequency of weather phenomena, and with the interactions between the atmosphere and other spheres, primarily the biosphere and the hydrosphere. He/she must be prepared to undertake responsibilities in the fields of air transport, agriculture, medical meteorology and protection of environment.



Student majoring in physics acquire knowledge in the theoretical and experimental fundamentals of classical and quantum physics together with their mathematical background. They study different topics of advanced physics (particle and nuclear physics, solid-state physics, astrophysics and the behavior of complex systems). They are trained in the application of atomic physics, solid-state physics, materials science and low-temperature physics as well.

Special courses as part of the regular process have beeen introduced in the field of astrophysics, materials science, molecular physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, solid state physics and statistical physics.

From the third year on special programs are offered in biological physics for students interested in the latest developments in this field bordering on biology and physics.

The special studies are part of the M.Sc. program. There are also special postgraduate programs for the Ph.D. degree.

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