Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering
University of Miskolc
2017. 05. 26.
Mikoviny Sámuel Doctoral School


Mikoviny Sámuel Doctoral School of Earth Sciences

The objective of the Doctoral School is to a provide sound scientific foundation for engineering activities and works requiring fundamental knowledge in earth sciences and to publish the achievements supporting the developments and applications related to the university-level training going on at our Faculty. Building on the results of the PhD training started in the 1990s, the Doctoral School offers new and extensive opportunities for utilising and modernising the intelectual resources available at the Faculty. The tendecies experienced in the past few decades clearly show that the 21st century faces new challenges related to research, location, exploitation, transportation and proccessing of raw materials and energy resources. There is a new requirement that after special processing a portion of discarded end products should be applied as basic and raw material in production processes in order to reduce the increasing amount of waste. In order to achieve this, new and efficient methods based on the latest achievements of earth and environmental sciences are needed. The fact that the application of new scientific achievements is under tight financial restriction is to be taken into consideration. There is a great demand for innovative researchers who are able to look at individual assignments as a part of a whole system and whose scientific achievements result in the emergence of competitive systems and processes. The integrated doctoral school is suitable for utilising the driving force triggered by the EU accession of Hungary. In line with the set objectives and exploiting the gradually increasing international co-operation and the opportunities offered by information technology, theDoctoral School offers new prospects to talented students studying at the Faculty. The market economy creates competition in the field of scientific research and development. A completely new generation of students has graduated from Hungarian universities and found employment in a much more competitive environment than before. The objective of the Doctoral School is to increase the positive tendencies in the field of research and academic activities as well. In the past few decades there have been epoch-making changes in the study of sciences. The focus of scientific research has been shifting toward universities. The results of the process are currently limited to a few universities, but the opportunities offered by doctoral schools are suitable for widening the scope of this process.

Head of the Doctoral School: Dr. Mihály Dobróka, professor

About Mikoviny Sámuel (1700-1750)

Mikoviny Sámuel a many-sided engineer and a founder of mining education, was born around 300 years ago in Ábelfalva and died about 250 years ago near Trenčin on 25 March 1750. He studied in Banská Bystrica (Besztercebánya) and visited several western and southern European countries. After returning home in 1725, he worked as a county engineer in Bratislava (called Pressburg or Pozsony at that time). He was engaged in anti-flood works on Rye Island (Csallóköz) and in 1727 constructed a map of the hydrographic system of Lake Tata on the commission of Esterházy József. In 1728 in his Epistola he described the method of making maps, the cartographic principles and practical processes: the astronomical method of place location, the application of a quadrant, a telescope, a diopter and a scaled limbus, the construction of the advanced baseline-developer triangular system and the essence of magnetic declination. He drew the prime meridian constituting the basis of measurements through the towers of Bratislava Castle. Over seven years he constructed maps of forty-nine counties. County and other maps in the scale of 1:160,000 made it possible to design river control measurements, drain marshes and utilise farm lands as well as build road networks. He started his teaching career in the school for mining officers in Schemnitz (Selmecbánya) in 1735. He taught mathematics, mechanics and hydraulics and had practical classes in land and mine surveying. Over a period of ten years he constructed a water reservoir for an ore dressing plant, built huge dams and a system consisting of sixteen lakes. During the war of succession in 1743 Empress Maria Theresa employed him to design and build defensive and fortification works on the Moravian-Silesian frontier and to strengthen mountain passes and straits in order to protect the country from Prussian invasion. While carrying out anti-flooding works on the River Váh, he became ill and died.

Structure of the Doctoral School

The doctoral school carries out activities in those fields of the earth sciences that fit into the profile of the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Engineering and that are within the doctoral programme granted accreditation. These fields are broken down into different topic areas, showing its affiliation with academic research. The topic areas are related to institutes of the faculty, and thus the institutes play a major role in the establishment of educational and research programmes and in offering research topics. The head of the institute is responsible for direction and coordination of the doctoral programmes.

Research topic areas and research teams:

Geotechnical Systems and Processes:

  • Geotechnical systems
  • Investigation of theoretical issues ingeomechanics, formation of underground areas
  • Natural and mining hazards and how to guard against them
  • Automation and mechanization of raw material production systems

Fluid Production and Transport Systems:

  • Fluid reservoir operational procedures
  • Integrated oil and natural gas production systems
  • Research and development of deep drilling technologies
  • Integrated hydrocarbon transport and storage systems
  • Research into natural gas distribution and consumer systems
  • Geothermal energy production and supply systems
  • Chemical processes in hydrocarbon production
  • Numerical modelling of hydrocarbon sites

Environmental Process Technology and Raw Material Preparation:

  • Mechanical process technology
  • Raw material and waste preparation
  • Environmental process technology
  • Geotechnics for environmental protection

Research in Applied Geophysics:

  • Geophysical inversion and tomography
  • Method development in engineering and environmental geophysics
  • Seismic method development
  • Electromagnetic method development
  • Geophysical method development for deep drilling
  • Development of informatics in geophysics
  • Geophysical modelling
  • Application of GIS and positioning systems

Research on Applied Geology and Hydrogeology:

  • Research into hydrocarbon genetic and migration processes, basin analysis
  • Integrated research into utilizable solid mineral raw materials
  • Sedimentary and igneous formations: investigations of their structural geology,stratigraphy, sedimentology,paleoenvironmental and environmental geology
  • Research into Pleistocene and Holocenepaleogeography
  • Applied mineralogy and petrology
  • Research into engineering geology
  • Research into water geology

Physical and Human Geography:

  • Physical geography
  • Digital plotting and relief modelling
  •  Studies in the interactional structure of physical and social factors
  • Utilizable natural resources, focusing on raw mineral materials and their significance in the economic history of Hungary
  •  Research into social configurations
Subjects in the topic area of Geotechnical Systems and Processes
Code Subject Autumnsemester Springsemester Pre-requisites
Core subjects
MFA401 Tunnel Construction X
MFA402 Underground Production Systems X
MFA403 Geomechanics X
MFA404 Surface-Mining Production Systems X
MFA405 A térinformatika alapjaiBasics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) X
Specialized subjects
MFA410 Material handling, transport systems, and geotechnical logistics X
MFA411 Value estimation and management of mineral resources X
MFA412 Automated surface and underground surveying and mapping X
MFA413 Natural hazards and safety systems in mining X A402
MFA414 Production of building materials X A404
MFA415 Testing and classification of building materials X
MFA416 Ventilation and air conditioning of underground areas X A402
MFA418 Stability and Support of Underground Areas X A403
MFA419 Geoinformatic Systems X
MFA420 Global Positioning Systems X
MFA422 Maintenance and Diagnosis X
MFA423 Environmentally Friendly Mining Systems and Recultivation X
MFA424 Analysis of Rock Movement and Mine Damage X A403
MFA426 Residual Materials Disposal in Mining Areas X
MFA427 Measurement and automation X
MFA428 Engineering Geodesy and Principles of Measurement in Mining X
MFA429 Installation of Raw Material Production and Energy Systems X
MFA430 Expert Systems in Mining X
MFA431 Transport Equipment X
MFA432 Energy supply equipment for water removal and compressed air delivery X
MFA433 GIS Expert Systems X A405

Subjects in the topic area of Fluid Production and Transport Systems

Code Subject Autumnsemester Springsemester Pre-requisites
Core subjects
MFB401 Applied Physical Chemistry X
MFB402 Fluid Mechanics X
MFB403 Underground Fluid Mechanics X
MFB404 Gas Dynamics X
MFB405 Heat Transfer X
MFB406 Colloid Chemistry X
MFB407 Petrophysics X
MFB408 Reservoir Fluids X
Specialized subjects
MFB410 Applied Chemistry for Hydrocarbon Mining X B401
MFB411 Material Balance Equations and Their Application X B408
MFB412 Selected Topics in Rotary Drilling Technology X B402
MFB413 Hazards of Hydrocarbon Transport X B433
MFB414 Flowing Wells X B402 and B408
MFB415 Consumer Gas Systems X
MFB416 Underground Gas Storage B407
MFB417 Natural Gas Distribution X B402
MFB418 Natural Gas Trading X
MFB419 Storage and Secure Supply of Natural Gas X B416
MFB420 Use of Natural Gas Energy X
MFB421 Geothermal Energy Recovery X B405
MFB422 Geothermal Energy Generation X B405
MFB423 Effective Oil and Gas Recovery Methods X B407 and B408
MFB424 Hydrodynamic Well Testing X B407 and B408
MFB425 Chemical Methods for Intensive Hydrocarbon Recovery X B401
MFB426 Blow-out Prevention X B407 and B408
MFB427 Oil Gathering Systems X B402 and B408
MFB428 Well Workover X B410
MFB429 Nodal Analysis X B414
MFB430 Oil Field Production Systems X B429
MFB431 Sucker-Rod Pumping X B408
MFB432 Gas Lift Production Systems X B429
MFB433 Hydrocarbon Transport Systems X B402
MFB434 Reservoir Stimulation X B407
MFB435 Transport Processes in Special Cases B402 and B405
MFB436 Generation of Renewable Energy X
MFB437 Underground Fluid Mechanics*
MFB438 Petrophysics*
MFB439 Reservoir fluids*
MFB440 The Material-Balance Equations and their Application*
MFB441 Underground Gas Storage*
MFB442 Improved Oil and Gas Recovery Methods*
MFB443 Well Tests*
MFB444 Combined Energy Recovery of Gas and Renewable Energy X
MFB445 Hydrocarbon Transport and System Management
MFB446 Numerical Reservoir Simulation*
MFB447 Reservoir Simulation*
MFB448 Reservoir Engineering Methods*
MFB449 Fractured Reservoir Engineering*
MFB450 Reservoir Characterisation and Management*
MFB451 Design and Operation of Flowing Oil Wells*
MFB452 Oil Field Gathering Systems*
MFB453 NODAL Analysis*
MFB454 Oilfield Production Systems*
MFB455 Design and Operation of Sucker-Rod Pumped Wells*
MFB456 Design and Optimisation of Gas Lift Installations*
MFB457 Design and Operation of ESP Installations*
MFB458 Design and Operation of Gas Wells*
MFB459 Novel Artificial Lift Methods*

* offered in English in the curriculum Subjects in the topic area of Environmental Process Technology and Raw Material Preparation

Code Subject Autumnsemester Springsemester Pre-requisites
Core subjects
MFC401 Crushing
MFC402 Agglomeration
MFC403 Phase Separation
MFC404 Multiphase Flow
MFC405 Blending and homogenization
MFC406 Reaction engineering
Specialized subjects
MFC410 Basics of Bioprocessing Technology
MFC411 Simulation Studies Applied to Mechanical Processing Technology
MFC412 Environmental Chemistry
MFC413 Material Handling Equipment in Preparation Technology
MFC414 Description of Disperse Material Systems
MFC415 Movement of Disperse Material Systems
MFC416 Measurement and Quality Assurance in Preparation Processes
MFC417 Machines and Mechanical Systems in Preparation Technology
MFC418 Preparation Technology for the Construction and Ceramic Industries
MFC419 Preparation of Waste in the Construction Industry
MFC420 Preparation of Ore
MFC421 Preparation of Metal Waste
MFC422 Hydraulic and Pneumatic Energy Transfer
MFC423 Waste Management
MFC424 Composting
MFC426 Air Cleaning Systems
MFC427 Basic Phenomena and Micro-processes in Mechanical Process Technology
MFC428 Preparation of Plastic Waste
MFC430 Acoustical Measurements in the Operation of Process Technology
MFC431 Preparation of Coal
MFC432 Waste Water Treatment
MFC433 Separation by Physical Chemical Properties
MFC434 Separation by Physical Properties
MFC435 Storage and Feeding of Solid Particle Materials and Related Equipment
MFC436 Preparation of Solid Municipal Waste
MFC437 Flow Characteristics of Suspensions
MFC438 Soil Remediation
MFC439 Thermal Process Technology

Subjects in the topic area of Research in Applied Geology

Code Subject Autumnsemester Springsemester Pre-requisites
Core subjects
MFE401 General and structural geology X
MFE402 Mineralogy X
MFE403 Geochemistry X
MFE404 Hydrogeology X
MFE405 Petro-mechanics X
MFE406 Petrology X
MFE407 Historical Geology X
Specialized subjects
MFE410 Environmental Applications ofGeoinformatics X E403,E404
MFE411 Ore Geology X E402,E403
MFE412 Geohydrology and Definition of Water Supply X E404
MFE413 Waste Disposal X E404,E405
MFE414 Petroleum Geology X E401,E406
MFE415 Environmental Health and Human Health Risk Analysis X E403,E404
MFE416 Environmental Geology X E401,E406
MFE417 Environmental Chemistry X E403
MFE418 Coal Geology X E401,E406
MFE419 Petrophysics X E406
MFE420 Geology of Hungary X E401,E407
MFE421 Hydrogeology of Hungary X E401,E404
MFE422 Engineering Geology X E401,E405
MFE423 Geology of Non-metallic Deposits X E402,E406
MFE424 Sedimentology X E402,E407
MFE425 Colloid Chemistry of Hydrocarbon Genetics X E402,E403
MFE426 Reclamation of Polluted Areas X E403,E404
MFE427 Seepage Hydraulics X E404
MFE428 Soil Chemistry X E403,E401
MFE429 Soil Mechanics X E405
MFE430 Remote Sensing X E401,E406
MFE431 Transport Modelling X E401,E404
MFE432 Water Intake and Protection Structures X E404
MFE433 Water Prospecting and Management X E404
MFE434 Water Quality Protection X E403,E404
MFE435 Hydropower Plants X E404
MFE436 Water Technology X E404
MFE437 Methods of Modern Instrumental Materials Testing E402
MFE438 Karst Hydrogeology X E404
MFE439 Hydrogeology of Geothermal Systems X E404

Subjects in the topic area of Physical and Human Geography

Code Subject Autumnsemester Springsemester Pre-requisites
Core subjects
MFF401 History of Geographic Studies X
MFF402 Basics of Human Geography X
MFF403 Basics of Physical Geography X
MFF404 Geography of Hungary X
MFF405 World Description: Regional Human Geography X
Specialized subjects
MFF410 Applied Geography X F401
MFF411 Biogeography X F403
MFF412 Ethnic, Religious and Political Geography X F402
MFF413 Geomorphology X F403
MFF414 Environmental Geography X F402,F403
MFF416 Research Methods in Human Geography X F401,F402
MFF417 World Description: Soil Science X F405


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