Central European University (CEU)

Cognitive Science, PhD

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


The Department of Cognitive Science at Central European University (CEU) concentrates on social and biological aspects of human cognition: how learning, processing, and sharing information about and with others takes place, and how computational models of human cognition can be realized in the brain. Students and faculty undertake interdisciplinary research drawing on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, mathematical modeling, linguistics, and the social sciences.

The department hosts many research projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC) that address cognitive development, social cognition and cultural transmission. PhD students take part in cutting-edge research in excellent new research facilities including state-of-the-art technology for infant studies, eye and motion tracking, music, EEG and NIRS.

This research-based, interdisciplinary program offers specialization in the fields of social cognition, cognitive development, and formal and biological models of perception and learning. Students may take courses in cognitive psychology, philosophy of mind, cognitive anthropology, visual perception and computational modeling. They receive practical research training in methods, experimental design and data analysis in the laboratories of departmental faculty members.

Career path

Our program equips students with skills for successful careers in academia and other researchoriented sectors, meeting the growing demand for experts in social and computational cognitive science. They may also find positions at organizations that appreciate how institutional design and governance benefit from a better understanding of the cognitive bases for decision-making.

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
  • Educational Form Academic
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Academic Writing For Cognitive Science
  • Action And Agency: Causal And Teleological Interpretations
  • Bayesian Data Analysis
  • Behavioural Game Theory
  • Cognitive Science And Policy Making
  • Communicative And Cultural Knowledge Transmission
  • Development Of Perception And Action
  • Empirical And Philosophical Issues In The Study Of Human Cooperation And Communication
  • Engines Of Development
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Experimental Research Methods
  • Human Interaction Through Music: Psychological And Social Foundations Of Group Music-making
  • Infant Cognition
  • Introduction To Cognitive Science
  • Introduction To Language And Social Cognition
  • Joint Action
  • Matlab For Experiments And Data Analysis
  • Religion, Ritual And Cultural Transmission
  • Semantic - Pragmatic Development
  • Completed CEU Application Form
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Records
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Proof of English Proficiency

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • EUR 15000 EU/EEA

Full fellowships available.

The above mentioned fee applies for the first year of doctoral programme.


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. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a generous stipend for housing and living expenses.

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