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Information for applicants for doctoral studies

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What do we offer
Seriously keen on science, therefore, resulting in high-quality education at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice (UPJŠ) ranked among the best three in the country. Founded in 1963, the Faculty of Science, has educated over 6 000 graduates of both, joint and single degree studies. Currently, over 350 Bachelor’s, Masters’s, and Doctoral students graduate each year in disciplines that impact lives today and will shape our future. We are open to provide this opportunity also to international students who enjoy also the compactness of Košice being a historical European city dominated by young people, culture, and sport.

Faculty profile
UPJŠ is a research-based university generating its highest level of scientific knowledge by a vibrant community of young researchers in collaboration with their supervisors. Faculty of Science is the strongest contributor to the research outputs of the university. Our ambition is to provide specialized and highly trained researchers for fundamental scientific research and its application in Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geographic Information Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Science Education. The Faculty is organized in 6 scientific institutes that comprise departments.

Research Focus
The research in Biology and Ecology focuses on biodiversity of plants and animals, biotechnology of medicinal plants, prevention, and cancer therapy, and plant genetics; in Geography on geospatial modelling of solar energy in urban space, soil erosion, demogeography, population migration and application of remote sensing from satellites and drones; in Chemistry on synthesis and properties of new compounds as biologically active species and new materials with biological activity, hydrogen storage, development of batteries; in Computer Science on fuzzy techniques, artificial intelligence, and machine learning; in Mathematics on graph theory, algebraic structures, differential equations, topology and big data analysis; in Physics on development of new magnetic materials, theoretical and experimental research of low-dimensional magnetism and quantum liquids at ultra-low temperatures, nuclear collision studies, photo-dynamic effect, astrophysics, and biophysics; in Science Education on active learning methods, inquiry skills development and formative assessment.

Graduates of master’s studies at UPJŠ, as well as graduates of other universities from Slovakia or abroad, can apply for doctoral studies.
Successful graduates of doctoral studies are awarded the title “Philosophiae doctor” (PhD.).

UNTIL MAY 31, 2024
Other important deadlines

Open for applications: from MAY 1, 2024
Admissions: from June 17, 2024 to June 28, 2024
Publication of results: until JULY 10, 2024

Odporúčame použiť výhradne elektronickú prihlášku.

Benefits of electronic application

  • lower fee
  • simplification of registration
  • ensure the correct completion of the application form
  • communication, e.g. to complete documents for the admission procedure, is done electronically
  • you will be able to monitor the status of the admission procedure (e.g. receipt of certified documents by post, results of the admission procedure)

We recommend to use only the electronic application form. All the necessary documents of the application form will be provided by the applicant as soon as they are available. The existing application form can only be used if the applicant has limited access to electronic communication.

Address for sending the application form in paper form:
Faculty of Science
P. J. Šafárik University in Košice
Šrobárova 2
041 54 Košice

The application form includes:

  1. a certified copy of the diploma, or a certificate of graduation if the student does not have a diploma yet
  2. curriculum vitae with a list of published and unpublished works, if applicable
  3. confirmation of professional experience after graduation (if any)
  4. a transcript of the results of the second level of study (MSc.)
  5. framework project on the topic of the dissertation / Template for the framework project on the topic of the dissertation

Electronic application:
Paper application:

30,- €
50,- €

The fee must be paid exclusively through the payment gate or bank transfer. A copy of the proof of payment does not need to be attached to the application form.
Account number (IBAN)SK28 8180 0000 0070 0007 8491
Variable symbol: 2996
Specific symbol:  birth number without slash
Constant symbol: 0308
Message to the recipient: name and surname of the applicant

When paying fees, you must wait at least 3 working days for the payment to be paired, i.e. the process of transferring the payment from the bank to the academic information system. Do not pay the fees 2 times.

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