Central European University (CEU)

Network Science, Ph.D.

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


Students get to work with some of the most prominent network scientists in the world, and can participate in the research on the fundamentals of network structure and dynamics. They learn efficient ways of network modeling and explore terabyte-sized datasets that capture mobile phone calls between millions of individuals; financial transactions between banks and companies; energy delivery systems; or political party affiliations. The Network Science programme is offered by Central European University (CEU).

The PhD program in Network Science is a pioneering, research-oriented program. It includes training in theoretical and computational methods and coursework on the basic notions and theories of complex networks, including hands-on experience with large datasets. Students have the opportunity to focus on specific related fields, such as mathematics, economics, sociology, political science or environmental science. During their research work, they participate in international research projects. By the end of their PhD studies they develop into independent researchers able to analyze and model empirical data in academia or in various industries.

Career Path

Network scientists are employed in academia, government and business. Applied network scientists work at Internet and social media companies, where they improve users’ online experience by incorporating results of network science to the service. They also serve as consultants developing business infrastructure and specialize in risk mitigation for major financial 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
  • Credits
    180 ECTS 90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Data Mining And Big Data Analytics
  • Economic And Social Networks
  • Economic Networks
  • Empirical Finance
  • Fundamental Ideas In Network Science
  • Graph Theory
  • Network Science And Applications
  • Networks And Computers
  • Programming In Python
  • Random Graph And Network Simulations
  • Similarity Based Networks
  • Simulation Methods
  • Social Networks
  • Statistical Methods In Network Science And Data Analysis
  • Stochastic Processes In Natural And Social Phenomena
  • Structure And Dynamics Of Complex Networks
  • Very Large Graphs And Their Limits



  • Balázs Vedres

Associate professor
Director, Center for Network Science

  • János Kertész


  • Rosario N. Mantegna


  • Albert László Barabási

Part-time professor

Affiliated faculty

  • Aleh Cherp

Coordinator of MESPOM Consortium
Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy

  • Jean-Louis Fabiani

PhD Program Director
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology

  • Károly Böröczky

Department Head
Department of Mathematics and its Applications

  • Pál Heged"us

Assistant Professor
General Tutor for MS Students
Department of Mathematics and its Applications

  • Viktor Lagutov

Head, Environmental Systems Laboratory
Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy

  • Levente Littvay

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science

  • Ádám Szeidl

Department of Economics

  • Antonio Bodini

University of Parma, Italy
Department of Environmental Sciences

  • Károly Takács

Assistant Professor
Corvinus University of Budapest
Institute of Sociology and Social Policy

  • Ferenc Jordán

Microsoft Research - University of Trento, Italy
Center for Computational and Systems Biology

Research fellows

  • Carl Nordlund
  • Silvia Neamtu
  • János Török
  • Ruan Zhongyuan
  • Jörg Menche
  • Mario Scotti


  • Gabriella Zsófia Michna

Program coordinator

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    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 B): 193

    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: 570

    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: 88

    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

General Admissions requirements:
  • Complete online application
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
Program Entry Requirements:
  • General CEU admissions requirements
  • Master’s degree in one of a broad range of related disciplines, including physics, mathematics, computer science, sociology, political science and economics
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness to do quantitative studies
  • Detailed account of earlier studies Motivation letter

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

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