Semmelweis University School of Ph.D. Studies offers two conventional programs for obtaining a Ph.D. degree:

  • Regular (“Trained”) Program
    • recommended for students with no or moderate scientific experience
    • duration: 5-8 semesters (4 semesters for training and research, 1-4 semesters for research and preparing the diploma work)
  • Advanced (“Untrained”) Program
    • recommended for students with significant scientific experience and achievements
    • duration: 1-4 semesters for research and preparing the dissertation

Application to the Untrained program involves an entrance interview and the complex exam.

Publication Requirements for Acquiring a PhD

(1) The scientific and publication activities of the PhD candidate, as well as the conditions for obtaining a PhD degree (Annex III.3.-7-9) shall be examined and determined according to the method of preparation and the academic subdiscipline of the research topic. In the scientific publications of the PhD student participating in organised training, the place of work of the PhD student shall be indicated:

a) in the case of research work carried out at a university unit, the name of the university institute/clinic,
b) in the case of research work carried out at a non-university training facility, the name of the Doctoral College of Semmelweis University,
c) students participating in the Translational Medicine Training Program (TMTP) are named after the Centre for Translational Medicine (CTM).

Admission requirements and process for training program:

  • Doctoral applicants must be university graduates (MSc or MA degree) or students registered for their final semester of university studies.
  • Applicants for the English-Language program must have a good command of English, which is assessed at the entrance interviews
  • When applying to the program, applicants are required to state the specific training program and research topic they wish to pursue within one of the University’s doctoral schools.
  • All the doctoral programs and the open topics led by active supervisors of the School of PhD Studies are available:
  • The admission procedure is based on evaluating the candidate’s general and topic-related knowledge as well as personal ability, academic competence and previous scientific activity and contribution.

Forms of Financing

  • State Grant (available only for EU citizens)
    • fellowship of 140.000 HUF/month during training and 180.000 HUF/month thereafter
    • but not entitled to TAJ card in Hungary
  • Self-financed


    • Registration fee for the application: 9.000 HUF
    • Tuition fee for international self-financed students : 8.000 EUR/semester
    • Discounted tuition fee for Semmelweis University international graduates: 4.000 EUR/semester
    • Untrained candidates: 97500 HUF/semester