Central European University (CEU)

Comparative History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15000
    Tuition (Year)
    15000
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The PhD in Comparative History at Central European University (CEU) is designed for candidates pursuing careers in teaching and research. It emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship that integrates social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of Central, Southeastern, and Eastern European, as well as Eastern Mediterranean history.

About

The department especially welcomes students with PhD dissertation research that contributes to:

  • the integration of the study of different layers of historical processes (social, cultural, economic, political)
  • the integration of history and theory (conscious reflection of the basic approaches of research)
  • comparative approaches in historiography (Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe being neither "different" and "incomparable," nor a "belated copy" of developments elsewhere)

The advantages of the Comparative History doctoral program at Central European University (CEU) are the classes and discussions among students specializing in different topics, different periods, and different geographical regions whereby new research questions can be formulated, even about one’s own national history. The research being undertaken by our current PhD students and the successful dissertations already defended give the best idea of what is possible at the CEU History doctoral program.

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

The first year of the program concentrates on coursework and preparation for the comprehensive examination, which focuses on major topics in the comparative history of two of the three regions mentioned above. A detailed, extensive research dissertation proposal is also prepared, and discussed as part of the comprehensive examination. The second year is devoted to research in relevant archives and libraries. Students are encouraged to seek support for spending at least six months during the third year of their studies at one of the leading Western universities or research centers. The final year is spent in residence at CEU presenting research results in the PhD research seminar, writing the thesis, and fulfilling teaching assistantship duties.

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 degree in history or a related field
  • Research proposal

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • EUR 15000 EU/EEA

Full fellowships available

Funding

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

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