Central European University (CEU)

Comparative Gender Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
The Comparative Gender Studies PhD program at Central European University (CEU) focuses on critical, comparative, theoretical, and empirical research in the field of gender studies. Students pursue interdisciplinary projects on a wide range of topics within and extending out from the areas of expertise of the department.


The Comparative Gender Studies program at Central European University (CEU) aims to promote the study of gender and its correspondence with categories such as class, ethnicity, race and sexual orientation, and to do research on diversified patterns of social and cultural change. Thus, students are encouraged to understand the complexity of gender.

They will combine the critique of androcentrism with a critique of Eurocentric perspectives and epistemologies, particularly—but not exclusively—in Central and Eastern Europe. Within this framework, gender is understood as an element and product of processes of global, regional and local development.

Program Objectives

The rationale and design of the Ph.D. Program in Comparative Gender Studies are theoretical, methodological and practical. They are based on the department’s overarching scholarly and educational goals as elaborated in the Statement of Purpose.

The program aims to combine when appropriate a theoretical and empirical inquiry into gender. Its activities and courses facilitate the examination of diversified patterns of social and cultural change and allow interested students the opportunity to focus on Central-Eastern Europe in particular.

Whatever the regional or textual focus students choose, the program helps them understand gender in terms of local, national, and transnational influences and articulations. Additionally, the program’s courses and activities are structured to investigate gender as it intersects with other significant social categories such as race, nationalism, ethnicity, class and sexuality.

In general, the Ph.D. program at CEU helps students analyze gender in an historically and culturally contextualized manner with consideration of institutions, social processes, and other salient material conditions. Understanding the way gender functions in the symbolic and social order requires new epistemologies and methodologies.

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
  • Credits
    180 ECTS 90 CEU credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • 1st Year Ph.d. Preparation Seminar
  • 1st Year Ph.d. Preparation Seminar
  • 3rd Year Phd Writing Seminar
  • Advanced Academic Writing Seminar For Ph.d. Students In Gender Studies
  • Critical Interdisciplinary Approaches To Doing Research In Gender Studies
  • Current Topics In Gender Studies
  • Feminist Rethinkings Of The Concept Of 'discourse'
  • Ph.d. Research Methods
  • Phd Qualitative Methods
  • Public Lecture Series
  • The Uses Of Comparative And Integrative Perspectives For Women’s And Gender Studies
  • Traveling Concepts In Gender Studies

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.

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  • 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
  • Master’s or other graduate degree in a related field
  • Research proposal
  • Substantial background in gender studies and feminist theory

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • EUR 15000 EU/EEA


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