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Marcel Breuer Doctoral School of Architecture
University of Pécs
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

PhD in Architectural Engineering

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural Engineering
Duration of training: 8 semesters (4+4)
Language of instruction: English, Hungarian

Head of the program: Prof. Dr. Bálint Bachmann

Application Fee for the program: 150 USD (non refundable) 
Tuition Fee for the program: 4.200 USD/semester

Course programmes (FROM 2016/2017 academic year)

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Description of the program:

When the PhD in Architectural Engineering programme of the Doctoral School was developed we drew on experience of other Hungarian Doctoral Schools and that of the existing DLA Doctoral School.

The programme covers aspects of past and modern building materials science, engineering structures and building frames. Furthermore, it also focuses on areas closely related to the program’s priorities, such as environmental planning, settlement planning and energy design. In view of the specific features of the discipline and the wide range of subjects – that is, the interdisciplinary nature - of the various fields of research, the course curriculum lays special emphasis on ensuring that doctoral candidates gain the necessary knowledge and competence while also catering to their individual research topics. The prime objective of the Training Programme is to assist doctoral candidates of the school in preparing a dissertation of high standard and in complying with the requirements of a doctoral degree.

PhD doctoral studies:

The duration of the doctoral studies is 2+2 years, divided into 8 semesters. The education starts at the beginning of September in each academic year. In the first two years students take courses and do research as well. The first phase is ending with a so-called complex examination that has two parts: measures the general knowledge in the research field and evaluates the research work carried out in the first two years. Doctoral students must present the research plan for the remaining period as well. If the complex examination is successful, students can enter the next phase. In the second 2 years there are no courses, only the research work should be continued and finished. Normally, at the end of this period the dissertation should be completed and the defense process can be started.

In order to receive a PhD degree, students must accomplish the following:
- pass all courses (achieve the absolutorium)
- pass the Complex Exam
- have at least four publications in English related to the area of doctoral research
- prepare the PhD Dissertation
- defend the PhD Dissertation

Doctoral defense process:

The doctoral defense process starts with an open-debate in front of the professors of the doctoral school and the Institute of Architecture. After the finalization and submission of the doctoral thesis and the thesis booklet, two external experts will review the submission. Finally, the thesis should be defended in front of a jury consisting of architects and professors from the home institution and from other universities.

Doctoral level of education, professional scientific work, thesis statements, publication, master-student relationship, workshop, architectural research and studio work, innovation, teamwork

Location of the education: University of Pécs, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Breuer Marcel Doctoral School, É81 building, Boszorkány str. 2, H-7624 Pécs, Hungary.

Month of entrySeptember

For more information send your questions to and visit the Centre for International Programmes and Relations website

List of available doctoral research topics can be found on the website of the Hungarian Doctoral Council: Thesis topics currently announced