The Roth Gyula Doctoral School of Forestry and Wildlife Management Sciences was established in 1993. The accreditation renewal was completed in 2008 by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee, and its courses were authorized.
The school is named after Gyula Roth (1873-1961), the distinguished Hungarian professor of forestry and wildlife management. He was the head of the Department of Sylviculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture. The professor was Vice-President, then Honorary President of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).
The Doctoral School has eight PhD programmes which encompass all the branches and interfaces of forestry and wildlife management sciences. The core members are from the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Research Institute (ERTI), but a number of subjects are taught by other faculties of the University: (Faculty of Wood Sciences, Faculty of Natural and Technical Sciences), the Geodetic and Geophysical Research Institute, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), the Hungarian Museum of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment and Water and national parks.
Education and research at the Doctoral School are pursued in the basic and applied sciences, related to forests, wildlife, and nature. It is the only doctoral school in Hungary, where all the personnel and material conditions are provided for an independent doctoral school in these areas of science.
This wide spectrum of studies makes it possible that a wide range of students are addressed and received in the PhD programmes for foresters, environmentalists, horticulturists, ecological engineers, agricultural engineers (including economic, environmental, rural development, and mechanical courses), landscape designers, veterinarians, applied zoologists, biologists, biology teachers, etc. The students have a well-equipped infrastructure, laboratories, research stations supporting field work, rich collections, institutional and central libraries. The university library is also the National Forestry Library in Hungary.
Doctoral students can visit foreign research institutions and participate in international and national research cooperation through the international connections of the institutes. The knowledge and the degree gained at the Doctoral School are a good reference when applying for leading positions in higher education institutions, research institutes, forestry, wildlife management and conservation.
The Head of the Doctoral School is Prof. Sándor Faragó, DSc (Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences). The running of the school is assisted by 9 members of the PhD Council.