Central European University (CEU)

Cognitive Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
The Department of Cognitive Science from Central European University (CEU) offers a PhD program in Cognitive Science. This research-based, interdisciplinary program offers specialization in the fields of social cognition, cognitive development, and formal and biological models of perception and learning. 


The PhD program in Cognitive Science from Central European University (CEU) is a research-oriented program. It includes training in experimental methods and, mainly in the first year, coursework on the basic notions and theories in cognitive science and a possible focus on social cognition and cognitive social sciences. During the research period, students will develop into independent researchers, with the ability to contribute to cognitive science with analyzes and empirical data.

Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years. Students admitted into CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive the CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist.

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
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Academic Writing For Cognitive Scientists
  • Bayesian Data Analysis
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Behavioural Game Theory
  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Cognitive Science And Policy Making
  • Data Analysis 4: Seminar2: R
  • Data And Network Visualization
  • Experimental Research Methods
  • Infant Cognition
  • Introduction To Eeg Methods In Cognitive Science
  • Joint Action
  • Matlab For Experiments And Data Analysis
  • Matrix Computations With Applications
  • Probability 1
  • University-wide Doctoral Seminar: Reason, Unreason And Nature In Religion
  • Scientific Python
  • Social Cognition
  • Statistics For Experimental Research
  • The Origin Of Concepts
  • Topics In Cognitive Science
  • Visual Cognition
  • Visual Perception And Learning In The Brain
For more information, please visit programme website.

                                            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

                                            • Completed CEU Application Form
                                            • Letters of Recommendation
                                            • Academic Records
                                            • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
                                            • Program-Specific Requirements
                                            • Proof of English Proficiency
                                            • Application Fee
                                            For more information, please visit programme website.

                                                      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 offers a competitive financial aid package to students in doctoral programs. Applicants to a CEU doctoral program are automatically considered for a CEU Doctoral Scholarship. Students admitted to CEU doctoral degree programs are eligible to receive the CEU Doctoral Scholarship for up to three years.

                                                      The CEU Doctoral Scholarship covers tuition and medical insurance. In addition, recipients are awarded a monthly stipend of 242,000 HUF calculated to cover educational and accommodation costs (Economics and  Business Administration PhD students receive a monthly stipend of 275,000 HUF). Students need to budget additionally for travel, recreation, and incidentals.

                                                      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.