Vásárhelyi Doctoral School of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences

Faculty of Civil Engineering (ÉMK)

8 semesters

The Pál Vásárhelyi Doctoral School of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences provides elite education in science and technology in the fields of frontline theoretical, experimental, and applied research. Study and research environment is provided by the departments of BME's Faculty of Civil Engineering, in collaboration with research groups of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network and industrial partners. Research areas include – but are not restricted to – design and diagnostics of building materials and constructions, testing and design of structures, topology optimization, biomechanics, masonry structures, geotechnics, engineering geology, hydrodynamics, hydrogeology and ecosystems, water and wastewater treatment, design of road and railway, surveying, remote sensing and geoinformatics.

Fields of Study

Building materials, sustainability
Testing and design of structures
Structural stability, topology
Geotechnics, engineering geology
Hydrodynamics, ecohydraulics
Hydrology, hydrogeology
Water and wastewater treatment
Road and railway infrastructure
Geodesy, surveying, GNSS positioning
Remote sensing and geoinformatics
Hi-def mapping for autonomous vehicles

Start September and February

For our PhD programs, general minimum requirements are an eligible MSc degree, document of English language proficiency, and and successful admission exam. Candidates must demonstrate the necessary background knowledge to carry out successful work in their chosen research field. Detailed information on admission can be found at the PhD school’s web page.

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

Our PhD degree certifies your ability to conduct independent research. Many of our former students work as professors or researchers all over the world, and are leading developers at innovative companies. Our degree grants prestigious and high-paying jobs at companies specialized in a broad range of emergent fields, including design and monitoring of constructions, diagnostics of building materials and constructions, fragility analysis of structures, biomechanics, rock mechanics, river basin management, road and railway management, gravity field studies, computer vision.

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