PhD School of Sport Sciences – University of Physical Education Scholarships Hungary Fully Funded


Doctoral School of Sport Sciences – University of Funded

Application deadline Jan 15, 2020 23:59 Europe/ time


  • 1.Training and
    Coordinator: Gábor Pavlik professor emeritus, MD, , DSc
  • 2. Physical Training, Regulation,
    Coordinator: Zsolt Radák professor, PhD, DSc
  • 3. Sport and Social Sciences
    Coordinator: Gyöngyi Földesiné-Szabó professor emerita, PhD, DSc

Study location: Hungary, Budapest
Type: Doctoral, full degree studies
Nominal duration: 8 semesters
Language Requirements: English
Awards: PhD
Course code: Sport Sciences

About University :

The University of Physical Education is one of the oldest, most successful and professionally acclaimed universities for education and sports science in Central Europe. We greatly respect and value our legacy, preserve our traditions and continuously explore innovative methods in education and research. The latter meet 21st century expectations for higher education as well as our students’ expectations of firm knowledge, quality educators and services, along with great extracurricular experiences. Our management is dedicated to serving generations of undergraduate, graduate and Hungarian and . Our faculty includes globally-renowned educators. Our students and alumni are high achievers in various areas of sports and science.

TE, traditionally called “TF”, is the proud home of numerous Olympic champions, great sports coaches, educators and recreation experts. The TE community provides support throughout the careers of our students and alumni, helping them to aspire personally and professionally and enjoy a life-long career support. TE is currently involved in a major campus reconstruction and expansion project. The infrastructural development runs parallel with substantial development in our educational programs and research portfolio, quality assurance as well as a complex internationalization initiative, including mobility services, English language programs and strategic institutional partnerships.

As a result of our modern curriculum, multifunctional sports facilities and community spaces and events, our students enjoy the opportunity to obtain competitive knowledge that meets labor market requirements while accumulating lifelong experiences with unique TE student life. Our dedication also serves larger aspirations of improving the health and wellness of Hungarians and those beyond our borders as well.


The Doctoral School of Sport Sciences pursues its activities at the University of Physical Education as the only one of its kind in the field of sports in Hungary. The Doctoral School embraces the whole field of sport sciences. In 2014, the University Doctoral School of Sport Sciences was transferred to a new institution set up under the name of Doctoral School of Sport Sciences at the University of Physical Education. Today, there are more than a hundred doctoral students in the three scientific programs. These students work under the supportive guidance of accredited supervisors of the Doctoral School. The knowledge of the experienced professors and dedicated supervisors has a great impact on the research work of our students.

The doctoral school offers two forms of education, full-time and part-time training, and scholarships are available for full-time candidates. As for its organizational structure, the Doctoral School of Sport Sciences is an autonomous body of TE, controlled by the Council of the Doctoral School and the Doctoral Council of the University.

TF Mission and Vision

The Program offers three Subprograms:

  • Training and Adaptation
  • Physical Training, Regulation, Metabolism
  • Sport and Social Sciences
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Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the Doctoral School needs to possess all the infrastructural conditions required by the disciplinary characteristics of both the Natural and Social Sciences. The foundation of the Research Institute of Sport Sciences has greatly improved its infrastructural condition, thus the University of Physical Education has world-standard research conditions in certain fields.

Our laboratories provide a basis for the researches in natural sciences, where the majority of PhD student research projects are, and our students can also use the laboratory facilities at the Faculty of Medicine of Semmelweis University.

Owing to the widespread relations of TE with other Hungarian and international universities, the University intends to further improve its storehouse of available research methods. The Doctoral School has several foreign supervisors within the framework of the Erasmus Program, and the invaluable contribution of these experts improves the quality of the training.

The research topics accurately describe the vivid and interdisciplinary character of the professional work carried out in the different doctoral programs. In addition, there are number of courses announced for the students with the freedom of individual study plans. Doctoral studies at the University of Physical Education consist of two sections. In the first two years, the aim is to train students to become scientists through coursework and research activities. In the second two-year section, students are provided with the opportunity to evaluate the results of experiments and publish them in acknowledge scientific journals. During this part, students are required to pass a complex examination and to write and defend a dissertation. If all the administrative prerequisites and academic requirements are met, our students can skip the first part and directly enter the second part. In any case, ensuring the high quality of our students’ education is our priority.

Research Topics:

1. Natural Sciences

  • Role of regular training in childhood on the development of the heart
  • Effect of movement- and nutrition-related factors on the neurobiological organization of stress response at different ages
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Somatic development of students aged 7-18
  • Importance of non-invasive investigation of heart-circulatory system in judging efficiency of  performance
  • Biomechanical features of training adaptation manifested in movement execution and and their influence on competition performance
  • Overuse sport injuries, knees injuries, muscle injuries
  • Computer simulation of limb movements and mathematical modeling of their nerve control
  • Effect of movement and nutrition on tissue physiology of natural and pathological processes
  • Relationship between movement, glucose and lipid metabolism, and movement therapy of diabetes and obesity
  • Oxidative stress and adaptation during physical loading at different ages

2. Social Sciences

  • Role of sport in socialization and its sport-related pedagogical aspects
  • Research methods in pedagogy, didactics, teaching activity analysis, and teacher-training
  • Exploring the organic background of learning and behavioral troubles (hyperactivity) with a neuro-psychological approach
  • Role of sport in contemporary society
  • Theoretical and methodological fundamentals of PE curricula
  • Fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle (recreation)
  • Historical role and social background of the ancient and modern Olympics
  • Youth and socialization
  • Motor control, motor learning
  • Contextual and organizational modernization of training and further training of sport professionals with regard to EU integration and law-harmonization
  • Autogenic training in sport and at school
  • History of sport and sport politics
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Entry Qualification:

Master diploma (or higher)

Applications for PhD training can be submitted by those having a B2 level English knowledge, a university degree (in a bicyclical higher education Master – degree), and by students who have enrolled in the final year of a Masters degree expecting to acquire a MSc diploma no more than six month later, which is predicted on the basis of the pace of their educational advancement. In the event of a successful PhD entrance exam, their registration to the School of PhD Studies is only possible after the acquisition of the diploma which entitles them for PhD training.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language

Programme Structure

The work and progress of PhD students in order to acquire the degree shall be measured in credit points (study units). In PhD training credit points can be gained by learning the course material, fulfilling the requirements of each subject, doing research work or teaching.
As per the Higher Education Act, 240 credits must be gained in the doctoral training, i.e. 30 credit points per each semester, the composition of which is determined by EDT.

The 240 credit points can be gained in 8 semesters. If law permits, an exemption can be made by EDT on individual request; in such cases the 240 credit points may be gained in fewer semesters, too. The 240 credit points are a condition for obtaining an absolutorium (certificate of completion). During the PhD training period educational, research and teaching credit points can be attained. Official acknowledgment of the acquired educational, research and teaching credit points may take place only once, at the closure of each semester. Acknowledgment of 30 credit points is a requirement for the official recognition of a semester.

The measurement of the educational requirements is the study unit (educational credit point). One study unit – which in case of PhD courses is already indicated – is equivalent to 14 hours of lecture or practical class performance tested and evaluated. Courses can be organised in blocks, within one semester or by exceeding the semester boundaries. One credit can be recognised by performing a two times 7 hours’ course as well. The credit points must be acknowledged (accredited) in the semester in which the student’s performance was tested and evaluated.

During the training, the student must accomplish at least 16 credit points (study units). 5 study units out of these must be gained in obligatory subjects of choice. The Departmental Doctoral School (DI) Council may specify the completion of a maximum of a further 8 study units. The remaining study units may be obtained from courses or other undertakings (e.g. lecture series) of the students’ choice, approved by the University Doctoral Council (EDT). Half of the total credit points must be obtained by participating in the courses announced by the University.

Territory Requirements

Applications are accepted from the following territories (based on citizenship): Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cape Verde, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.

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Allowances Provided for the Scholarship Holder

  • a) exemption from paying tuition fees;
  • b) student hostel room/bed depending on the capacity of the higher education institution or 40,000 HUF/month accommodation allowance for 12 months of the year during the whole period of full-time programmes or for the duration of the partial studies;
  • c) health care services defined by point i) of section (1) of Paragraph 16 of the Act 53/1997 on the Eligibility for Social Security Benefits and Private Pensions and the Funding for These Services, as well as the reimbursement of the costs justified in case of health care services in a foreign language (e.g. interpreting) and an additional insurance for health care services in a foreign language for up to 65 000 HUF/year;
  • d) use of library services free of charge.

Courses >>>

Supervisors and Topics

Doctoral School of Sport Sciences

  • Head of the Doctoral Council: József Tihanyi PhD, DSc
  • Head of the Doctoral School: Zsolt Radák PhD, DSc
  • Secretary Office: Tímea Rab ([email protected]), secretary

University of Physical Education

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Alkotás u. 44., Budapest, Hungary H-1123 | Postal: P.O.Box: 69., 1525 Hungary

How to Apply For Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarships

Application process

  • Doctoral studies can be started only having acceptable MSc degree, which will be controlled by the Educational Authority.
  • Applicants are required to contact the chosen supervisor before they submit their application. The supervisor’s support is obligatory!
  • Here are the list of the available topics and supervisors, applicants can contact directly >>>
  • The examination process follows the selection procedure. During the examination process the applicants have to take part an entrance interview via Skype organised by the Doctoral School until 30th of April.
  • No information can be given about the awarded scholarship until the final decision of Tempus Public Foundation.

More about the application >>>
Online application system 

Other Information

  • To-do list for SH Students >>>
  • Sending partners and available study programmes >>>
  • Operational regulations >>>
  • Plan your studies, useful information (cost of living, accommodation, culture, health care and insurance etc) >>>
  • Budapest Public Transportation >>> | Trip Planner from Airport to University >>>

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Application deadline Jan 15, 2020 23:59 Europe/Budapest time

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