Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
of the Comenius University in Bratislava


Doctoral Degree Program




full time / external

Usual duration:

full time form 4 years, external form 5 years

Program director:

prof. RNDr. Peter Moczo, DrSc.

Related study programs: master's degree programs Physics of the Earth

Description of the Study Program

The doctoral studies in Geophysics occupy a unique position and constitute the only program of its type in Slovakia. The doctoral advisers in this program are internationally recognized in the areas of earthquake physics, of the propagation of seismic waves, of the processes taking place in the ionosphere and in the Earth’s core. Doctoral studies in geophysics allow students to become a part of the global scientific community within the considered area and also to become members of international grant projects. The graduates are well prepared to start work at any of the prestigious institutions devoted to theoretical and applied research of the structure and the processes taking place in the entire planet and its immediate surroundings.

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: 595,00 EUR (9th class, 1st level)
  • after successful completion of the qualification exam: 693,50 EUR (10th 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 2018/2019

  • Optimization of finite-difference schemes for numerical modeling of seismic waves and seismic motion
    (supervisor: prof. RNDr. Peter Moczo, DrSc.)
  • Underground structure anomaly identification using seismic waves
    (supervisor: doc. Mgr. Jozef Kristek, PhD.)