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Information for Applicants for the MD/PhD Excellence Program


General Information

Application form is  available:

The application is supposed to be sent via email, no printed/posted documents are needed to be sent to the Doctoral Office

Application for the MD-PhD Excellence program

Application period for 2021/22/1 semester is open till 7  June 2021.

Eligible applicants will be invited to take part in an oral admission interview.

Interviews will be held between 22-30 June 2021.

Admission decision will be taken by a scientific board, based on the Candidate’s general and topic-related knowledge and previous scientific activity.

Admission decision will be released on the day of the interview.

Enrolling the 2021/22/1 semester is possible in the Doctoral Office between 1-14, September 2021.

The tuition fee (4,000 Euro) is supposed to be paid till  30. September 2021.

Students should contact Alíz Biró (, financial assistant in the Doctoral Office, to arrange the invoice.

Late registration is possible between 15-18 September   (in this case, fee of 8,050 HUF will be applied).

The PhD courses are available in Course database:

The courses can be taken via Neptun with the help of Neptun assistant Dávid Kelemen ( during the registration period.


Complex Exam

Participants of the MD/PhD Excellence Program are obliged to take a complex comprehensive exam by the end of the 4th active semester. The students can only enter the second part of the study programme upon the successful completion of the complex exam.

The exam has two parts:

  • The practical part (students have to give a 8-10 minutes long presentation in front of the examination board).
  • The theoretical part (1 main subject, 1 additional subject) Recommendation for the subjects of the complex exam and for the members of the professional board of the theoretical exam form is filled in by the Doctoral Schools not by the students.

The spring semester complex exam period depending on the Schools and the programs is in June, August or September. The autumn semester exam period is in February and March.

The Scientific Doctoral Schools send information about the main and additional subjects plus about the date and venue of the exam.

Application form for complex exam is available:


Publication and Credit Requirements

Students of the MD/PhD Excellence Program have to publish at least two scientific papers whose cumulated impact factor (IF) should be equal or exceed 150% of IF requirements of trained PhD students in the given discipline. For further information please refer to “The fulfilment of PhD degree acquisition requirements of trained PhD students”:

The 2/3 of IF requirements (100%) has to be fulfilled with at least two original papers related to the topic of the dissertation. The Student has to have at least one “first-author” paper published in a Journal whose IF reaches 50% of requirements. Another 1/3 of IF requirements (50%) should be fulfilled with scientific publications which might not relate to the topic of the dissertation and the order of authors is arbitrary.

Students have to earn 16 credits in the first four semesters prior to the complex exam.

After the complex exam there are no further educational requirements.

Dissertation must be presented within three years after passing the complex exam.

In case of further questions, please contact the Doctoral Office.