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The Jozsef Cziraki Doctoral School of Wood Sciences and Technologies was established in the early 1990’s, and has been fully accredited since 2002. During this period, 106 students successfully completed their studies.

The students receive strong theoretical, research methodology and scientific backgrounds, and complete their research individually, with some guidance from their advisors. Supervision is offered by the top experts and wood scientists in Hungary.

Research projects encompass a wide range of topics, including wood science and wood technology, pulp and fibre technology, wood construction, and even more loosely related topics of nanotechnology, architecture, light industry, or wood-related IT and marketing research.

The topics are typically linked to industrial research or innovation projects so that Sopron doctoral graduates have not only strong theoretical backgrounds, but are very practical scientists as well.

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Study Plan for PhD students at the Cziráki József Doctoral School

Study Plan for PhD students at the Cziráki József Doctoral School

Working collaboratively with their doctoral supervisor, students admitted into the doctoral program shall prepare a detailed 48-month study and research plan and submit it to the doctoral council of their field of study for approval. Changes to the study and research plan can only be made with the agreement of their doctoral supervisor and the doctoral school leadership. Before the doctoral school leadership makes a decision concerning changes, it will consult the appropriate doctoral council.

The fulfilment of academic and research obligations for doctoral students is measured in credits. A doctoral student must earn at least 240 credits during their studies and training.

The most important components of the doctoral program are the research activity topics the doctoral school announces. Research activities are evaluated in two ways, both with corresponding credit values. The first is the fulfilment of individual scientific research; the second is through publication.

Doctoral students can also earn credit points by undertaking teaching duties.

With the consent of their doctoral supervisor, doctoral students can publish their research results if they have continuously fulfilled their duties according to the study and research plan. Within the framework of a doctoral conference, doctoral students report on the research they have completed at the end of Years 1 and 3. The report is public. Students take complex exams at the end of Year 2. The requirements of the complex exam include Operational Regulations.

To be eligible to take the complex exam, doctoral students must first obtain 90 credits in the "training and research stages" of the doctoral program (the first 4 semesters) AS WELL AS complete the required courses and earn all the credits as stated in their study and research plan.

The doctoral supervisor shall certify a doctoral student’s completion of independent scientific research each semester in the student’s registration book.


The minimum and maximum limits of obtainable credit points are listed in the table below.

  Subjects Lecturing Research Publication Doctoral
minimum 48 0 108 36 12
recommended 48 24 108 48 12
maximum 54 36 108 60 12


Sample Curriculum

  Study and Research Phase Research and Dissertation Phase  
Semester 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. In total
Subjects 18 10 12 8         48
12 6              
main subject
of complex
optional subjects
  4 12 8          
Lecturing                 24
12 12 12 12 15 15 15 15 108
Publication                 48
  6       6     12


The basic principles of the doctoral program curriculum are the following:

a) The theoretical part of the complex exam at the end of Year 2 consists of exams completed in a main and elective subject. The main subject must be a six credit complex examination subject from the student’s doctoral program, while the elective subject can be freely chosen from the selection of elective subjects offered in the complex exam.

b) Course requirements are concentrated in the beginning of the course of study thereby providing doctoral students the opportunity to devote more time to research starting from the Semester 3 onward.

c) Research requirements in Semester 1 and 2 are moderate for independent scientific research, but a review of literature and bibliographical research are still mandatory. However, Semester 3 and 4 are more research centred. The doctoral supervisor verifies the completion of this in the student’s registration book each semester.

d) Education credits: one weekly 2 hour course each semester is worth 6 credits; independent laboratory work equals 4 credits; degree planning is 4 credits. Fulfilment of education requirements are confirmed by the institute director.

The doctoral seminar must be completed in the first 4 semesters; every semester the student must participate in five presentations, a comprehensive/complex exam, and a defence. Dr. Antal Kánnár certifies the completion of these requirements through his signature.


The attainable credit points for research results slated for publication until the publication date are shown in the table below:

Journal article With impact factor 16
Without impact factor, but Q1-Q4 14
Academic journal listing – foreign language 10
Academic journal listing - Hungarian 8
Other peer-reviewed – foreign language 8
Other peer-reviewed – Hungarian 6
Other not peer-reviewed – foreign language 4
Other not peer-reviewed - Hungarian 3
Book chapter – peer-reviewed Foreign language 10
Hungarian 8
Conference paper
(full text, min. 4 pages)
Foreign language 8
Hungarian 6
Conference paper – abstract
(1-3 pages)
Foreign language 3
Hungarian 2


Credit points listed in the table must be divided by the number of co-authors; the doctoral supervisor will not be counted when determining the number of co-authors. (Foreign co-authors will also not be counted during any division of credit points.)


Publication Requirements: Ph.D.

  • Requirements for substantive publications:
  • Minimum number of published scientific papers: 4
  • Minimum number of foreign language papers published: 2
  • The minimum number of published peer-reviewed papers: 2
  • Minimum number of foreign-language peer-reviewed publications (which can be referred to through Scopus and Web of Science): 1
  • Minimum number of published pieces in Hungarian for native Hungarian-speaking candidates: 1
  • Minimum number of works appearing in foreign publications (journals or conference papers): 1


Thesis requirements: Peer-reviewed and formally approved (guaranteed date of publishing) papers should cover at least half of the thesis.

In cases of published pieces with many co-authors, the doctoral student’s contribution is divided by the number of co-authors; doctoral supervisors are excluded from this calculation.

Published conference papers fewer than 2 pages, abstracts, or posters do not count as acceptable published pieces in respect to earning a degree and will not be considered or evaluated.

PhD school study programs

The PhD School has the following study programs:
  • P1 Wood Sciences, Head: Prof Dr. Róbert Németh
  • P2 Wood Processing Technologies and Creative Design, Heads: Prof Dr. Zsolt Kovács and László Bejó
  • P3 Wooden Constructions, Head: Prof Dr. Ferenc Divós
  • P4 Fibre- and Nanotechnologies, Head: Prof Dr. András Winkler and Prof Dr. Levente Csóka
  • P5 Informatics in Wood Industry, Head: Prof Dr. László Jereb
  • P6 Management in Wood Industry, Head: Dr. Judit K. Pakainé

List of courses

Obligatory courses:

  • Applied mathematics (6 ECTS)
  • Research methodology (6 ECTS)
  • Writing scientific publications (6 ECTS)


F1 Wood Sciences

Head of the program: Németh Róbert PhD

Main subject for complex exam (6 ECTS):

Micro and macro structure of wood and complex utilization

Eligible subjects for complex exam (4 ECTS):

  • Optical properties of wood
  • Wood-water relations
  • Nondestructive evaluation of wood

Other eligible courses (4 ECTS):

  • Applied wood anatomy I-II.
  • Applied material lore
  • Ecological and technical bases of the wood usage
  • Physical properties of wood and wood based materials
  • Properties of tropical woods
  • Ecologycal properties of wood
  • Modification of wood


F2 Wood Processing Technologies and Creative Design

Head of the program: Kovács Zsolt CSc és Bejó László PhD

Main subject for complex exam (6 ECTS):

  • Mechanics of wood machining and wood cutting tools
  • Quality engineering

Eligible subjects for complex exam (4 ECTS):

  • Hydrothermal treatment and drying
  • Phisics and mechanics of wood bonding

Other eligible courses (4 ECTS):

  • Wood-cement compatibility
  • Gypsum-bonded lignocellulosics systems
  • Measuring technics of the woodworking machines and the conveying equipment
  • Mechanical behaviour, structure and programming of the CNC machines and industrial robots
  • The use of TRIZ method in research and product development
  • Statistical evaluation of research results by Statistica software
  • Semiotics and industrial design
  • History of the modern technology and the postindustrial society
  • Numerical simulation
  • Product ergonomics for special needs

F3 Wooden Constructions

Head of the program: Divós Ferenc CSc.

Main subject for complex exam (6 ECTS)

Basis of the calculation of structures

Eligible subjects for complex exam (4 ECTS)

  • Reconstructional planning of wood structures
  • Glued-laminated structural wood

Other eligible courses (4 ECTS):

  • Applied geometry
  • Wood structures of the contemporary architecture
  • Using tropical woods for construction
  • The micro- and macro-damage processes of wood
  • Introduction to the bar structure theory
  • Building physics

F4 Fibre- and Nanotechnologies

Head of the program: Winkler András DSc és Csóka Levente PhD

Main subject for complex exam (6 ECTS):

Morphology and surface chemistry of fibers

Eligible subjects for complex exam (4 ECTS):

  • Wood fiber composites
  • Specific surface of pulp fibres
  • Bioplastics and composite

Other eligible courses (4 ECTS):

  • Nanotechnology of bio-macromolecules
  • Relationship between mechanical properties of corrugated boards and their components

F5 Informatics in Wood Industry

Head of the program: Jereb László DSc.

Main subject for complex exam (6 ECTS):

Data Mining

Eligible subjects for complex exam (4 ECTS):

  • Quantum computing and communications
  • Queuing theory and reliability modeling

Other eligible courses (4 ECTS):

  • Informationmanagement
  • Webtechnology
  • Measurement theory

F6 Management in Wood Industry

Head of the program: Pakainé Dr. Kováts Judit CSc

Main subject for complex exam (6 ECTS):

Innovation management

Eligible subjects for complex exam (4 ECTS):

  • Integrated marketing communication

Other eligible courses (4 ECTS):

  • Management of wood industry
  • International marketing
  • Project management
  • Ecomarketing
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