Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
Comenius University Bratislava

Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics

Doctoral Degree Program


(Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics - until 31.8.2019)


full time / external

Usual duration:

full time form 4 years, external form 5 years

Program director:

prof. RNDr. Jozef Masarik, DrSc.

Related study programs: master's degree programs Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics

Description of the Study Program

The PhD programme in nuclear and subnuclear physics is the largest study programme of its kind in physics in Slovakia. The supervisors are internationally respected experts in the research of elementary particle physics, heavy ions physics, superheavy elements physics, nuclear processes, rare nuclear processes, nuclear astrophysics, environmental radioactivity, as well as in applications of nuclear and particle physics in other fields of science and technology. This programme introduces the PhD students to the international research community and allows them to contribute to solutions of international projects. Within the programme a PhD. student spends at least one year studying at science centres worldwide, including CERN Geneva, SUJV Dubna, GSI Darmstadt, or others. Graduates of this programme are prepared to work in any prominent basic or applied research facility abroad, having obtained high-quality education in mathematics and information technologies, which qualifies them for leading positions beyond research and their field of study.

Doctoral Scholarships

Full-time doctoral students who have permanent residency in the European Union are entitled to receive a scholarship for the entire standard duration of their studies. The scholarships are paid starting on the date of enrollment. The scholarship is determined in accordance with the tables included in the Law no. 553/2003 Z.z. as follows: 

  • prior to completion of the qualification exam: 807,50 EUR (6th class, 1st level)
  • after successful completion of the qualification exam: 940,50 EUR (7th class, 1st level)

Scholarships are not subject to taxes or other fees.

Doctoral studies are considered an equivalent to full time employment and in the majority of cases cannot be combined with another employment. Job holding applicants who intend to keep their job are advised to apply for the external (distance) form of doctoral studies. Doctoral students enrolled in the regular form are expected to participate in teaching activities such as conducting recitations or exam grading, in accordance with the needs of their corresponding departments.

Thesis Topics for Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Radiocarbon in the environment: cosmic, climatic and anthropogenic aspects
    (supervisor: prof. RNDr. Pavel Povinec, DrSc.)
  • Radon in houses – sources, ventilation, radiation risks
    (supervisor: RNDr. Monika Müllerová, PhD.)
  • Oscillation of neutrinos and neutrinoless double-beta decay
    (supervisor: prof. RNDr. Fedor Šimkovic, CSc.)
  • Beta-delayed fission of neutron-deficient gold isotopes
    (supervisor: Mgr. Boris Andel, PhD.)
  • Study of rare nuclear processes in underground laboratories
    (supervisor: prof. RNDr. Pavel Povinec, DrSc.)
  • Radon in the outdoor atmosphere of Slovakia 
    (supervisor: doc. RNDr. Karol Holý, CSc.)
  • Development of radon diagnosis methods of  buildings
    (supervisor: doc. RNDr. Karol Holý, CSc.)
  • Radon in components of the environment
    (supervisor: doc. RNDr. Karol Holý, CSc.)
  • Measurement of the charge asymmetry in the top-quark pair production at the ATLAS experiment 
    (supervisor: Mgr. Pavol Bartoš, PhD.)
  • Bose-Einstein correlations using various reference distributions in high energy proton-proton collisions in the ATLAS experiment
    (supervisor: Mgr. Róbert Astaloš, PhD.)