Central European University (CEU)

Comparative Gender Studies, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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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.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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
  • Project Type Open
  • 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

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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