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Head of the Doctoral Council: József Tihanyi PhD, DSc

Doctoral School of Sport Sciences

  • Head of the Doctoral School: Zsolt Radák PhD, DSc
  • Secretary Office: Tímea Rab (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), secretary


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


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 Semmelweis 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. The program offers three subprograms:

  • Training and Adaptation
  • Physical Training, Regulation, Metabolism
  • Sport and Social Sciences

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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