Csonka Pál Doctoral School

Faculty of Architecture (ÉPK)

8 semesters

Studies in the Pál Csonka Doctoral School cover scientific problems related to architecture. The Doctoral School offers a wide range of topics, including, but not restricted to, History and Theory of Architecture, Structural Mechanics, Geometry, Applied Mechanics, Building Construction, Energy efficiency and Urban Studies. The 4-year-long curriculum, upon successful defense, leads to a PhD in architecture and engineering. The student's performance is evaluated on a comprehensive exam after the second year. The main focus of the curriculum is independent research in close collaboration with the student's supervisor. The main goal is a high-quality doctoral thesis supported by publications in international, peer-reviewed journals.

Fields of Study

History and Theory of Architecture
Building Construction
Energy Efficiency
Urban Studies
Morphology of solids
Applied Mechanics
Engineering Mechanics

Start September

First, the candidate should choose a research topic from the announced topics and contact the corresponding supervisor for an acceptance letter. Furthermore, a completed MSc in a relevant field (e.g., Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Applied Mathematics, History of Art), at least a B2 level English language certificate, and proof of scientific activities (publication, conference attendance, undergraduate research project) are prerequisites for the admission exam (oral interview).

You can study at BME with a scholarship or as a self-funded student, by paying tuition fees. Various scholarships help you cover tuition fees and your living expenses during your studies. Successful PhD students may receive additional support from research grants.

Structure of program

Our program focuses on independent research under supervision. PhD students complete advanced courses, and improve their presentation skills by guided teaching and participation in international conferences. BME’s national and international academic and industrial partners provide a lively research environment. PhD degree is awarded based on the candidate’s published results and a thesis defense.


Guided research
  • supervisor guides and helps research work
Research work
  • publication in peer reviewed intemational journals
  • presentation of results at international conferences

Midterm evaluation

Comprehensive examination
  • evaluation of scientific background and research progress
  • completion required to enter second half of training


Advanced courses

advanced elective courses and participation in intertaional summer schools / workshops support your research

Teaching under guidance
  • teaching BSc/MSc courses under supervision develop further your presentation and communication skills


Public thesis defence

Career options

To get a PhD degree, the PhD candidates shall demonstrate a profound knowledge and a research activity bringing along new scientific results and their ability to conduct research work without guidance. Our PhD students learn to make independent decisions to guide their colleagues' activities and take responsibility for ensuring their professional development. With creative autonomy, they develop new areas of knowledge and initiate new practices or solutions. Career options include partnership at architecture studios, a broad range of government jobs in the area of the built environment as well as postdoctoral academic positions in research and teaching.

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