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PhDDoctoral School of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences (Civil Engineering Sciences)

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Program description:
The programme in Civil Engineering Sciences covers structural, geotechnical, transportation and water infrastructure engineering, in strong contact with the industry. Research topics in structural engineering include building physics; design, diagnostics and sustainability of building materials and constructions; fire safety; field testing and computational design of bridges and building structures; fragility of structures subjected to extreme actions, including earthquakes; structural stability; topology optimization; biomechanics; masonry, cable and tent structures; geotechnics; rock mechanics and engineering geology. As to infrastructure engineering, research topics are offered in hydrodynamics of rivers and lakes; ecohydraulics; hydrology of rural and urban catchments; hydrogeology and ecosystems; water and wastewater treatment infrastructure and technology; pollution and nutrient transport in natural waters; river basin management; design and monitoring of road and railway track structure. Research at the Faculty is supported by accredited testing laboratories for building materials, structures, rocks and fluids; state-of-the-art field equipment for survey and monitoring, as well as specialised professional software. Note that our Faculty offers two PhD programmes – in Civil Engineering and in Earth Sciences – in continuation of the three master programs. By choosing the research topic in your application, you are implicitly selecting the respective PhD programme.

Entry requirements:
MSc certificate in Civil Engineering or in the relevant engineering field; research plan agreed upon by the host institution in advance;
language skills proven by TOEFL IPT (min 520 points), IELTS (min 5.5 points) or equivalent certificates (for further information refer to www.bme.hu)
successful admission interview

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Type of entrance exam:
oral and written

Entrance exam location:
Electronic (online)

Entrance exam description:
Minimum criteria: MSc degree in Civil Engineering or a field related to the research topic. Steps: – preevaluation of the submitted documents: quality of MSc degree, quality of MSc and BSc transcripts, quality of research plan; additional evaluated aspects: mention of the preference for one of our active research topics in the research proposal, quality of motivation letter, recommendation letters, extra-curricular activities (e.g. involvement in education, research, publication activities, technical contests, additional language knowledge, etc.) – electronic test on general mathematical knowledge – interview (via internet or in person, according to applicant’s choice): evaluation of language skills (the interview is in English), motivation, attitude, technical preparedness in the selected research field. Result: admission to PhD programme /admission rejected.

Dr. Balázs Kövesdi
vice-dean for science

Dr. László Gergely Vigh
Director of Department of International Academic Affairs

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