ABOUT PHD CURRICULUM IN THE CSONKA PÁL DOCTORAL SCHOOL

 The most important component of the doctoral programme is the independent research activity completed in the research topics announced by the Doctoral School. Each doctoral student is assigned one and only one supervisor, who have full responsibility in guiding and helping the academic and research work of the doctoral student working on the topic, and also the publication of results and the completion of the doctoral theses.

 The doctoral training which prepares for the award of the doctoral degree following the Master’s degree, consist of two stages: 1. Educational and Research Stage (1st – 4th semester) and 2. Research and Dissertation Stage (5th – 8th semester). During the course of the doctoral training, at the end of the 4th semester, the Comprehensive Examination has to be taken successfully to conclude the Educational and Research Stage of the training and as a precondition of entering the Research and Dissertation Stage.

 The tutorial character of the education of the Doctoral School is emphasized by the regular consultations with the supervisor, where participation is recognized by credit points, and the support of research and publication activities. The competence of students and their activities at consultation are assessed by the supervisor in each semester.

According to the Code of Studies of BUTE (BME TVSZ) PhD Students must fulfil min. 120 EPPH in the Educational and Research Stage, and min. 120 EPPH in the Research and Dissertation Stage: altogether min. 240 EPPH at the end of their 8th semester.

At the end of their 4th semester, doctoral students must apply for and successfully pass the Comprehensive Exam in order to follow their studies.

For the qualification for the Comprehensive Exam PhD Students have to fulfil min. 80 EPPH at the end of their 3rd semester. Also for the successful qualification for the comprehensive exam, PhD students have to fulfil publication requirements by the end of their 4th semester: altogether min. 2 articles published (or accepted for publication), at least 1 of these articles must be published in a peer-reviewed journal referenced in the ‘Web of Science’ or ‘Scopus’ database. The minimum ‘sum of the points’ of the publications must be 8.

After the Comprehensive Exam, students shall complete the Research and Dissertation Stage – as part of the degree award procedure, aiming at obtaining the doctoral degree. In this stage, the emphasis shifts toward the research work, publication of results and the completion of the thesis To obtain a PhD degree, the PhD candidates shall demonstrate a profound knowledge and a research activity bringing along new results in the scientific field, and also their ability to conduct research work without guidance.

 

CURRICULUM

The Curriculum of the Doctoral School consists of three main modules:

Module 1:   Professional courses

1.1 Obligatory professional courses: one Comprehensive course in each semester in the first four semesters in the Educational and Research Stage.

Subject name: Comprehensive course 1 – 4

1.2 Optional professional courses (Course in external institution): In the Educational and Research Stage PhD students have to complete min. 8 optional courses in the first four semesters of the doctoral school to be qualified for the comprehensive exam. Optimally, it means 2 courses per semester, but the distribution is optional (there is no minimum or maximum number of courses per semester). The optional courses must be chosen from the courses of any faculties and formations of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, as well as external institutions of higher education, as long as the course meets high standards (Msc of PhD courses) and it is related to the student’s research topic. The optimal course must be accredited by the Council of the Doctoral School (DIT) in advance. The accredited courses will be considered with max. 2 credits (independently from their original credit number).

Subject name: Course in external institution

Module 2:   Research and Publication

Representing one of the most important part of the curriculum, Research and Publication Module consists of credits from publications and research activity that are overlooked at the end of each semester by the supervisor teachers and the Doctoral School. By giving credits for publication activities, the supervisor proves that by acquiring all publication credit points before the end of the fourth semester, the student meets the precondition to be admitted to the comprehensive examination, and similarly, by the end of the eight semester, the minimum requirement of acquiring a degree is met.

Subject names: Publication, Research project 1 - 8

Module 3:  Educational

Education under guidance is an optional module in the curriculum, where students can improve their communication and presentation skills under the guidance of a designated lecturer. The subject and related credits are set by the head of the supervisor’s or the consultant’s department – with the agreement of the supervisor. The completion of the subject is certified by the head of department based on the opinion of the designated lecturer. Students – in accordance with their supervisors have the possibility to decide if they fulfil the credits of education in each semester.

Subjects: Education under guidance 1 - 8

 

The following table contains the courses of the Csonka Pál Doctoral School available in the Neptun system, with their exact details (course code, credit numbers, education unit), divided according to the semesters.

 

Course code

Name of the course

Credits

Education unit

 

 

 

 

Optional courses (available in each semester)

 

 

BMEEPPHD0S1

Course in external institution (Szakmai tárgy külső intézményben 1.)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD0S2

Course in external institution (Szakmai tárgy külső intézményben 2.)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD0S3

Course in external institution (Szakmai tárgy külső intézményben 3.)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD0S4

Course in external institution (Szakmai tárgy külső intézményben 4.)

2,00

EPPH

 

 

 

 

1st semester

 

 

 

BMEEPPHD1A1

Comprehensive course 1. (Átfogó előadás 1.)

6,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD1O1

Education under guidance 1. (Irányított oktatás 1.)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD1T1

Research project 1. (Tudományos kutatómunka 1.)

12,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD1P2

Publication (Publikáció 1. 2)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD1P4

Publication (Publikáció 1. 4)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD1P6

Publication (Publikáció 1. 6)

6,00

EPPH

 

 

 

 

2nd semester

 

 

 

BMEEPPHD2A1

Comprehensive course 2. (Átfogó előadás 2.)

6,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD2O1

Education under guidance 2. (Irányított oktatás 2.)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD2T1

Research project 2. (Tudományos kutatómunka 2.)

12,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD2P2

Publication (Publikáció 2. 2)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD2P4

Publication (Publikáció 2. 4)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD2P6

Publication (Publikáció 2. 6)

6,00

EPPH

 

 

 

 

3rd semester

 

 

 

BMEEPPHD3A1

Comprehensive course 3. (Átfogó előadás 3.)

6,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD3O1

Education under guidance 3. (Irányított oktatás 3.)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD3T1

Research project 3. (Tudományos kutatómunka 3.)

12,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD3P2

Publication (Publikáció 3. 2)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD3P4

Publication (Publikáció 3. 4)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD3P6

Publication (Publikáció 3. 6)

6,00

EPPH

 

 

 

 

4th semester

 

 

 

BMEEPPHD4A1

Comprehensive course 4. (Átfogó előadás 4.)

6,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD4O1

Education under guidance 4. (Irányított oktatás 4.)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD4T1

Research project 4. (Tudományos kutatómunka 4.)

12,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD4P2

Publication (Publikáció 4. 2)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD4P4

Publication (Publikáció 4. 4)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD4P6

Publication (Publikáció 4. 6)

6,00

EPPH

 

 

 

 

5th semester

 

 

 

BMEEPPHD5T1

Research project 5. (Tudományos kutatómunka 5.)

24,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD5O1

Education under guidance 5. (Irányított oktatás 5.)

3,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD5P2

Publication (Publikáció 5. 2)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD5P4

Publication (Publikáció 5. 4)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD5P6

Publication (Publikáció 5. 6)

6,00

EPPH

 

 

 

 

6th semester

 

 

 

BMEEPPHD6T1

Research project 6. (Tudományos kutatómunka 6.)

24,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD6O1

Education under guidance 6. (Irányított oktatás 6.)

3,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD6P2

Publication (Publikáció 6. 2)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD6P4

Publication (Publikáció 6. 4)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD6P6

Publication (Publikáció 6. 6)

6,00

EPPH

 

 

 

 

7th semester

 

 

 

BMEEPPHD7T1

Research project 7. (Tudományos kutatómunka 7.)

24,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD7O1

Education under guidance 7. (Irányított oktatás 7.)

3,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD7P2

Publication (Publikáció 7. 2)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD7P4

Publication (Publikáció 7. 4)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD7P6

Publication (Publikáció 7. 6)

6,00

EPPH

 

 

 

 

8th semester

 

 

 

BMEEPPHD8T1

Research project 8. (Tudományos kutatómunka 8.)

24,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD8O1

Education under guidance 8. (Irányított oktatás 8.)

3,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD8P2

Publication (Publikáció 8. 2)

2,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD8P4

Publication (Publikáció 8. 4)

4,00

EPPH

BMEEPPHD8P6

Publication (Publikáció 8. 6)

6,00

EPPH

 

The following table represents the curriculum of the Csonka Pál Doctoral School containing the courses available in the Neptun system.

 

1ST PERIOD (Educational and Research Phase)

Type

Semester

EPPH

1

2

3

4

 

Professional courses

Comprehensive course

Obl

6 (g)

Comprehensive course 1.

BMEEPPHD1A1

6 (g)

Comprehensive course 2.

BMEEPPHD2A1

6 (g)

Comprehensive course 3.

BMEEPPHD3A1

6 (g)

Comprehensive course 4.

BMEEPPHD4A1

24

Optional courses (Course in external institution)

E

4 (g/e)

4 (g/e)

4 (g/e)

4 (g/e)

min 16

Education module

Education under guidance

Ops

4 (g)

4 (g)

4 (g)

4 (g)

max 16

Research module

Research project

Obl

12 (g)

12 (g)

12 (g)

12 (g)

48

Publication

E

4 (s)

4 (s)

4 (s)

4 (s)

min 16

Altogether:

 

30

30

30

30

min 120

 

2ND PERIOD (Research and Dissertation Phase)

Type

Semester

EPPH

5

6

7

8

Professional courses

Comprehensive course

-

-

-

-

-

-

Optional courses (Course in external institution)

Ops

[2 (g/e)]

[2 (g/e)]

[2 (g/e)]

[2 (g/e)]

[max 8]

Education module

Education under guidance

Ops

[3 (g)]

[3 (g)]

[3 (g)]

[3 (g)]

[max 12]

Research module

Research project

Obl

24 (g)

24 (g)

24 (g)

24 (g)

96

Publication

E

6 (s)

6 (s)

6 (s)

6 (s)

min 24

Altogether:

 

30

30

30

30

120

 

Legend:

Obl: obligatory, E: elective, Ops: optional
X (s/e/g) = EPPH (signature/exam/ graded upon course work)