Central European University (CEU)

Medieval Studies, Ph.D.

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


The doctoral program is designed for candidates pursuing various career paths, especially, but not limited to, teaching and research. The program stresses the interconnectedness of various disciplines, emphasizing comparative research in political, social, economic, religious history, art, archeology, and material culture of Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period.

The research conducted by Central European University (CEU) PhD candidates often acts as a bridge between the scholarly worlds of their home intellectual communities and Anglo-American scholarly discourse, a fact in which the department takes pride. The Medieval Studies programme is offered by Central European University (CEU).

High-level knowledge of the source language(s) their research requires is an entry requirement for PhD applicants. Students admitted to CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive the CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years. Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years.

Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds.

Career path

Graduates find employment in education and research, cultural institutions including museums and archives, as well as business and international organizations. Master’s students often continue their studies on the doctoral level at CEU and other international universities.

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

Programme Structure

  • Advanced Greek Text Reading Seminar - Reading Plotinus' Treatise Against The Gnostics
  • Advanced Latin: Augustine, De Civitate Dei
  • Advanced Research Methodology
  • Advanced Text Reading Seminar (Atrs): Byzantine Spiritual Theories (Reading Class In Greek)
  • Conflict And Its Resolution Between Orality And The Written Word In Late-medieval Hungary
  • Demography, Trade And Urbanisation In Medieval Central Europe
  • Early Modern Anthropologies: Observing, Describing, Professing Nature And Science
  • Greek Reading Seminar
  • Independent Study (Phd)
  • Late Ancient And Mediaeval Science (5th-15th C.)
  • Latin Palaeography, Book Hand
  • Medieval Mysticism (Advanced Reading Seminar In Latin)
  • Medieval Studies Doctoral Colloquium
  • Medieval Studies Doctoral Colloquium Ii
  • Meds 6049 Advanced Research Methods
  • Mystics And Visionaries In The Later Middle Ages
  • Reading Medieval Latin Poetry: From Translation To Interpretation
  • Scholastic Philosophy And Theology Of Nature
  • Tu Regere Imperio Populos, Romane, Memento: Roman Ideology And Roman Rule

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

  • Complete online application
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • MA degree
  • Research proposal and feasibility study
  • Outline of master’s thesis
  • High-level knowledge of one or more source languages
  • Demonstrated familiarity with research methods in medieval studies

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.

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