Within the framework of domestic and international cooperation programs Kaposvár University is active in the field of basic and applied research and innovation, covering a broad professional spectrum.
The multidisciplinary research work conducted in the areas of agricultural, veterinary, medical, environmental and food sciences focuses on the entire chain of animal food production, the implementation of the „from field to consumer” approach, the foundations for animal feeding and nutrition to ensure quality and safe production, and the environmental impact of animal food production.
The Doctoral School of Animal Science caters to the professional and intellectual development of the most talented students in the fields of a broad professional spectrum. It provides fresh professionals for our own and other higher education (and R+D) institutions, besides supplying innovative specialists holding a scientific (PhD) degree to the innovative companies of the business sector.
The educational programme of the doctoral school offers modern, comprehensive, synthesizing subjects and the important elements and tools of research work. Students of the school are involved in ongoing research projects, improving thereby the research performance of the institute, and ensuring the efficient and high-standard utilization of the research infrastructure. The best candidates can also participate in the teaching activity, which helps to develop their personal and professional approach and contributes to the educational activity of the university.
Relying on its classical animal science research fields, which have gained international recognition, and embracing new challenges, which in the last decade led to a broader and multidisciplinary research approach, the Doctoral School of Animal Science conducts task-oriented and multidisciplinary research work in the following complex areas:
- Research related to food quality and safety, covering the entire vertical chain of animal food production, implementing the “from field to consumer” approach.
- Studying the impact of animal food production on the environment, development of methods for producing animal products in an environmentally friendly way.
- Research contributing to the improvement of the quality of life, studies related to the breeding and management of companion, hobby and sport animals.
- The application of cutting-edge technologies in animal science: non-invasive digital imaging for animal science related fields of research, diagnostics and molecular biology.
Applicants are accepted into the PhD schools by an admittance procedure. Standards for evaluating the applicants’ achievements when being considered for admission to the programmes are grades obtained in graduate school, research activity carried out both before and after graduation, articles published and an interview. These criteria assure that the most suitable applicants are chosen for the PhD School.
PhD students begin their studies and research activities with individual schedules that are approved by the Doctoral Council under the guidance of their supervisors. The students’ activities are connected to the topic of a specific department or research group. This means they contribute to the research work of the given department and working team. Although the main task for them is to implement the training and research program specified in the annual work schedule, they also take part in the teaching activity of the department (and run practical exercises), and in other research work.
We encourage PhD students to participate in as many national and international scientific events as possible and to present papers that make them known in their specialities. The Doctoral School has extensive international relationships. Research programs are being carried out in cooperation with foreign universities and research institutes. The main foreign partners of the PhD School are:
Universities: University in Göteborg (Sweden), Halle Wittenberg University (Germany), Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA), Katholieke Universiteit (Leuven, Belgium), Martin-Luther University (Halle, Germany), Technical University in Munich (Germany), Natali University (Durban, Republic of South Africa), University in Padova (Italy), Purdue University (West Lafayette, USA), Swedish University of Agriculture, Universidad Politéchnica de Valencia (Valencia, Spain), University in Wageningen (The Netherlands).
Research institutes: Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Roskilde, Denmark), Federal Centre for Meat Research (Kulmbach, Germany), ID-DLO (Lelystad, The Netherlands), INRA (France), Institut de Recerca I Technologia Agroalimentaries (Barcelona, Spain), Institut für Tierzucht Mariensee (Germany), Marine Research Institute (Reykjavik, Island), The National Food Centre (Dublin, Ireland), TNO-ILOB (Wageningen, The Netherlands).