Central European University (CEU)

Mathematics and Its Applications, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
The Mathematics and Its Applications program at Central European University (CEU) offers an innovative curriculum encompassing both traditional mathematics and cuttingedge contemporary applications. It is designed to ensure that students acquire rigorous and state-ofthe-art knowledge and to offer research opportunities under expert supervision.


The Central European University (CEU) Mathematics Department offers a PhD program in Mathematics and its Applications, accredited in the US, in cooperation with the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, home of Abel Prize laureate Endre Szemerédi. In order to broaden the perspectives for students, the department collaborates closely with other Departments (Network Science, Economics) at CEU, and universities in Budapest. Upon graduation, the PhD program enables students to become mature scientists or high profile professionals.

As a community of students, faculty and staff, the Department of Mathematics and its Applications is committed to academic freedom, equal access to education and collegial self-governance. Our ultimate aim is to enable our diverse student body to become successful and influential professional scientists in the future social and academic life of their home countries and abroad.

The doctoral program combines traditional mathematics and contemporary applications in matters related to modern society. It fosters critical and creative thinking and offers doctoral candidates a unique academic experience and research opportunities in an international environment.

Career path

Graduates pursue successful careers at universities, research institutes, corporations, banks, and governmental and EU institutions.

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
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    108 ECTS 54 CEU credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Sample Courses for the Doctoral Program Fall Term

Advanced Topics in Financial Mathematics; Introduction to Mathematical Logic; Algebraic Topology;Functional Methods in Differential Equations; Introduction to Discrete Mathematics; Difference Equations and Applications; Probabalistic Number Theory; Hypergraphs, Set Systems, Intersection Theorems; Representation Theory; Algebraic Logic and Model Theory; Descriptive Set Theory

Winter Term

Basic Algebraic Geometry; Basic Concepts of Topology; Boundary Value Problems for Differential Equations;Control of Dynamic Systems; Modern Set Theory; Combinatorial Optimization; Fixed Point Theory and Applications; Introduction to CCR-algebras; Modern Prime Number Theory; Random Methods in Combinatorics; Logic of Programs; Smooth Manifolds and Differential Topology

Spring Term

Distinguished Lecture Series: Introduction to Modern Calculus of Variations; Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Fluid Mechanics

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

  • Complete online application
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • MS or MSc with a major in mathematics or a related field
  • Excellent candidates with a four-year BA, BS, or BSc degree are also eligible
  • Statement of purpose
  • Solid mathematical background

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.