Central European University (CEU)

Environmental Sciences and Policy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English


The Environmental Sciences and Policy Program at Central European University (CEU) is designed to specifically develop and target students' interests towards achieving the experience, knowledge, and skills warranting their status as a Ph.D. within three years time.

Our graduates emerge from the program with an understanding of diverse approaches to environmental problems, extensive practical research experience, professional networks, analytical and practical thinking skills, and both the commitment and capacity for addressing environmental challenges.

Program Description

The Environmental Sciences and Policy Department is a center of excellence in environment-related scholarship and teaching in Europe, our program is a unique opportunity to:

Pursue meaningful research that addresses some of the most urgent environmental challenges facing the world today.

  • Earn a Ph.D. in 3 + years (min. 3 years; maximum 6 years).
  • Receive full scholarship support for up to 36 months of study.
  • Join a truly global network and become a member of the CEU international community.
  • Live in an exciting European city and make new life-long friends.

We welcome ALL applications demonstrating strong academic standing and qualified English language skills that fit within the department's research profile, including:

  • Environmental policy and governance
  • Environmental sociology and political ecology
  • Global and regional environmental processes
  • Natural resources management and sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable energy systems
Career Path
Specializing in areas such as environmental policy, environmental planning, regulation and management, graduates pursue successful careers in the public sector, international organizations, industry and academia

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications will open in fall 2017.
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Theory and Methodological Applications:
  • Theoretical Debates on Environmental Problems, Dept. Faculty
  • PhD Writing Issues and Challenges, Alan Watt
  • PhD Faculty/Student Seminar: Dept. Faculty, Doctoral Students, and Invited Guest Speakers
  • Theory and Methods Needs Assessment and Study Plan, Supervisor and Doctoral Committee
  • Theory Study Program, Supervisor and Internal Dissertation Committee Member
  • Methods Study Program, Supervisor and Internal Dissertation Committee Member
  • Comprehensive Examination, Supervisor and Dept. Faculty
  • Teaching/Research Practicum, Tamara Steger
  • Professional Advancement Practicum, Supervisor
Dissertation Milestones:
  • Dissertation research topic formulation, Supervisor and Internal Dissertation Committee Member
  • Literature review, Supervisor and Internal Dissertation Committee Member
  • Dissertation prospectus preparation and defence, Supervisor and Dissertation Committee
  • Dissertation research and writing, Dissertation Committee
  • Dissertation draft and finalization, Dissertation Committee
  • Dissertation pre-defence, Dissertation Committee
  • Dissertation final defence, Dissertation Committee and Opponent

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • General CEU admissions requirements
  • Research proposal
  • Statement of purpose
  • Master’s degree in a related field

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • EUR 15000 EU/EEA


CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world and provides generous merit-based scholarships available to students from any country. In 2015-2016, 85% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition awards to full scholarships with stipends and housing

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.