Central European University (CEU)

Philosophy, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years. Students admitted into CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive a full CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds. The Philosophy degree is offered by Central European University (CEU).
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The main objective of the doctoral program is to train professionals to pursue academic careers as researchers or university professors. The program is researchintensive, with work towards the dissertation beginning already in the first year. It provides many opportunities to present and discuss workin-progress throughout the studies and supports participation at international events and research visits to other universities.

Program Objectives

The Philosophy program at Central European University (CEU) provides top-level up-to-date training in different areas in philosophy in order to prepare students for academic life (attending conferences, participating in research projects, and publishing in professional journals), to enable them to teach philosophy at university level, and to do independent research in different fields of philosophy.

Students who successfully complete their course work and pass the comprehensive examination receive the status of Doctoral Candidates. Doctoral candidates have a supervisor with whom they regularly meet and who supervises their work. During their second and third year, students are primarily engaged in independent research under the guidance of their supervisor.

Doctoral candidates participate in the academic life of the department and attend seminars, lectures and programs, including the annual in-house graduate conference and the biennial international graduate conference, which they organise. In the second and third years, students attend the Doctoral Seminar, which provides a forum to acquire professional skills and receive continuous feedback on their work.

Career path

Master’s graduates obtain positions in academia as well as in the private and public sectors. Doctoral graduates generally find employment at research institutes and universities.


In 2016, CEU’s programs related to philosophy were ranked among the top 100 in the world according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) subject ranking.

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
    60 ECTS 30 CEU credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Sample Courses for the Doctoral Program
  • Moral and Political Philosophy: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
  • Political Obligation
  • Normative Ethics Metaphysics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind: Intuition and Knowledge
  • Substance, Ontology, Mind
  • Wittgenstein
  • Cognitive Mechanisms of Cultural Knowledge Transmission History of Philosophy: Self and Agency in Ancient Philosophy
  • Atomism
  • Ancient Ethics
  • Greek Reading Seminar
  • General CEU
  • admissions
  • requirements
  • Master’s degree
  • Master’s or bachelor’s
  • degree in philosophy
  • Statement of purpose
  • Essay on a philosophical topic or problem

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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