Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
Comenius University in Bratislava

Meteorology and Climatology

Doctoral Degree Program


Meteorology and Climatology


full time / external

Usual duration:

full time form 4 years, external form 5 years

Program director:

prof. RNDr. Miroslav Grajcar, PhD. 

Related study programs: master's degree programs Environmental Physics, Renewable Energy Sources, and Meteorology and Climatology

Description of the Study Program

The doctoral program Meteorology and Climatology is a continuation of the Master’s program in Physics. Applicants who graduated  from other programs may also be accepted -  especially in the case the applicant has a good grasp of the topics of meteorology and climatology as well as of Physics and Mathematics. This can be determined by a personal meeting and an exam given by a committee. Each year, the program accepts 1 to 4 students in the daily program and 1 to 4 students for external studies. The program is focused on preparing its graduates for demanding scientific and practical work in the offered subprograms. Graduates can find employment mainly in connection with the Slovak Institute of Hydrometeorology, at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of the Comenius University, at the institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and similar institutions at home and abroad. Specialization is possible in several areas, which can be divided into the following five groups:   

  1. Weather forecasting
  2. Climatology
  3. Meteorology and Climatology Modeling
  4. Environment protection
  5. Applications of meteorology and Climatology in other research areas (water management, agriculture, forestry, ...)

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: 675,00 EUR (6th class, 1st level)
  • after successful completion of the qualification exam: 786,50 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 2019/2020

  • Multisensor high-quality and high-resolution quantitative precipitation estimates
    Multisenzorové kvantitatívne odhady úhrnov zrážok s vysokou kvalitou a rozlíšením
    (supervisor prof. RNDr. Milan Lapin, CSc., consultant: RNDr. Juraj Bartok, PhD.)
  • Sezónna premenlivosť a dlhodobé zmeny maximálnych viacdenných úhrnov atmosférických zrážok na Slovensku
    Seasonal variability and long-term changes of extreme multi-day precipitation totals in Slovakia 
    (supervisor RNDr. Pavel Faško, CSc., consultants: prof. RNDr. Milan Lapin, CSc., doc. RNDr. Martin Gera, PhD.), external form
  • Nové stratégie odhadu miery turbulencie v prízemnej vrstve atmosféry na základe Dopplerovského lidaru
    New strategies of estimation of turbulence characteristics in the boundary layer of the atmosphere on the basis of a Doppler lidar
    (supervisor: Mgr. Ladislav Gaál, Ph.D.)