Doctoral programs

The Roth Gyula Doctoral School of Forestry and Wildlife Management Sciences educates in eight doctoral programs

  • E1 Ecology and Diversity of Forest Ecosystems
    Research on the composition, structure and inter-actions of forest ecosystems is part of the program. Geographical conditions vital for forest management and the requirements for maintaining sustainable management and preserving the stability of ecosystems are identified. The main areas of research are: site conditions of forest stands, hydrology, climatic conditions, and the diversity of forest ecosystems, such as soil microbiology, physiology, botany and dendrology, species composition, structure, dynamics and inter-relations of ecosystems, and the evolutionary and genetic processes of woody plants.
  • E2 Biological Basis of Forest Management
    The doctoral program teaches sylviculture, production of seed material, wildlife management, forest protection (including pathology and zoology), adopting the latest experimental and research findings, related both to plantation forestry and to nature-oriented management.
  • E3 Forest Assets Management
    The subject is concerned with the analyses of the stock type characteristics of forests and forestry processes in natural and financial terms, as well as the harmonization of the legal and economic regulations with forestry interests.
    Disciplines of the forest assets management program are: forest management planning, computer science applied to forestry, forest and hunting rights, forestry history, hunting law, economics for forest and wildlife management (forestry accounting and finance, forest and damage assessment, and sales and marketing policy).
  • E4 Forest Technology
    This PhD sub–program provides a comprehensive, scientific approach to the technical implementation of forestry policies (mechanisation, energetics, forest utilization, opening-up and water management) based on measurements and experiments. It deals with the improvement of mechanisation in reproductive material production, sylviculture, forest and timber utilization, and with the development of mechanisation in energy tree plantations, the connection between mechanisation and environment protection, wood for energy production, planning, organization and technology of forest utilization, topics of opening-up and water management as well as with forest road construction and maintenance.
  • E5 Wildlife Management
    In the doctoral program, students deal with the forest, field and water ecosystems and their species and communities of species. The research topics embrace all the areas of open field game conservation and management and all the fields of hunting, as well as all the related sciences such as the kennel, gun ballistics, trophy assessment, wildlife health, game management in closure, wildlife forage ground and game feeding, economics and history of the science.
  • E6 Nature Conservation
    The Nature Conservation course aims at the implementation of a scientific program that monitors international strategies addressing natural challenges of global issues and their effective application to Hungary. The program encourages nature-conscious development and experiments in the national conservation practice, while strengthening scientific grounds of professional and political efforts. It will involve a talented new generation in the innovative research. It aims to educate experts who are not only professionals, receptive to theory, but experts with positive values of life and healthy ecosystems.
  • E7 Geoinformatics Program
    The rapid development of GIS, the expansion of satellite monitoring and positioning methods led to the initiation of a separate Geoinformatics program at the Doctoral School. It offers courses and research opportunities in the field of land management, surveying and geoinformatics, mainly related to agricultural management and land use, including the application of the modern technical tools of thematic modelling, remote sensing and mapping.
  • E8 Forest and Environmental Pedagogy Program
    Environmental pedagogy is a multidisciplinary field of study, which prepares students with a comprehensive background in natural and social sciences to teach environment consciousness and to develop related activities. The aim of study and research is to develop educational methodology and practice at every level of public education, from kindergarten to higher education, and thus enhance environment consciousness through methods fitting the age of pupils and students.

Parameters of Ph.D. program

  • length of the study program: 4 + 4 semesters
  • number of credits: 240
  • applicazion deadline: every year 1st of June
  • language of instruction: English
  • tution fee: 3000 USD/semester
  • possible scholarship: Stipendium Hungaricum →

Additional costs

  • accomodation in student hostel: approx 1500 USD/year
  • meals at university canteen: approx. 1200 USD/year
  • other costs (books, traffic, etc.): 800 – 1000 USD/year

Before application

  1. Check the proposed themes →.
  2. Ask me about your research plan and I can help you to find your supervisor.

How to apply?

Send next documents to

  • curriculum vitae,
  • application form (you can download here ↓),
  • two recommendation letters (opinion on the applicant's work),
  • research plan,
  • copy of an university diplom and diplom supplement,
  • documentary evidence of foreign (non native) language knowledge,
  • documented description of scientific and publications activity (listing of its professional activity so far),
  • reception statement of the research department on the basis of the candidate's research plan,
  • copy of passport.
  • Payment of tution fee immediatly after receiving the notification of admission.

Before to travel to Sopron

After arriving to Sopron

The Faculty of Forestry helps for foreign students. The staff of Dean's Office help during the entire period of his/her studies at the Faculty: help in adopting to Hungarian conditions and surroundings, familiarisation with our culture, city and University.
The Stipendium Hungaricum students are expected to arrive during the registration week. The mentors contact the foreign students before their arrival, welcome them at the railway-station and accompany them to the dormitory. During the next days with the help of the mentors and the colleagues of the Dean's Office the students will apply for residence permit at the Immigration Office, for health insurance at the National Health Insurance Fund of Hungary, for tax registration number at the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary, for student card and they will open a bank account.