Central European University (CEU)

Comparative Gender Studies, Ph.D.

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


The Comparative Gender Studies program at Central European University (CEU) aims to promote the study of gender and its correspondence with categories such as class, ethnicity, race and sexual orientation, and to do research on diversified patterns of social and cultural change. Thus, students are encouraged to understand the complexity of gender.

They will combine the critique of androcentrism with a critique of Eurocentric perspectives and epistemologies, particularly—but not exclusively—in Central and Eastern Europe. Within this framework, gender is understood as an element and product of processes of global, regional and local development.

Program Objectives

The rationale and design of the Ph.D. Program in Comparative Gender Studies are theoretical, methodological and practical. They are based on the overarching scholarly and educational goals of the Department of Gender Studies at CEU, which are elaborated in the Statement of Purpose located on the department’s website

The program aims to combine theoretical and empirical inquiry into a wide range of gender issues. Its activities and courses facilitate the examination of diversified patterns of gendered social and cultural change. While the program offers students the possibility of a specific focus on Central and Eastern Europe, research projects may address any geographical area. Whatever regional or topical focus students choose, the program helps them understand gender in terms of local and global, national and transnational, influences and articulations, and both material and symbolic relations. In general, the program trains students analyze gender in an historically and culturally contextualized manner, with thorough consideration of salient institutions and social, cultural, political, and economic processes. The program also strives constantly to foreground the investigation of gender in intersection with other significant social categories such as race, nationalism, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.

Understanding the way gender works in symbolic and social orders requires new epistemologies and methodologies. The Ph.D. Program in Comparative Gender Studies aims to empower students to combine competence in traditional disciplinary skills in the social sciences and humanities (e.g. archival research, textual analysis, statistical analysis, participant observation, theoretical inquiry, discourse analysis etc.) with the formulation of new questions and techniques arising from emerging or marginalized perspectives and areas of study. Students receive methodological training that encourages them to broaden the range of material and information they consider and the scope of questions they ask in their research, while maintaining the highest standards of scholarly quality.

Students may and do choose a variety of epistemological and methodological approaches for their research. However, the department provides a strong foundation in potential research strategies and design through its required first-year course, “Methodological Practice in Gender Studies” while also giving students intensive and focused guidance in formulating their projects through a mandatory year-long “Ph.D. Preparation Seminar.” Students may also choose from a variety of elective courses that offer different possible theoretical and methodological directions for their scholarship.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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 included:

  • 1st Year Ph.d. Preparation Seminar
  • 3rd Year Phd Writing Seminar
  • Advanced Academic Writing Seminar For Ph.d. Students In Gender Studies
  • Data Analysis 2: Foundations Of Statistics
  • Methodological Practice In Gender Studies
  • Public Lecture Series
  • Traveling Concepts In Gender Studies
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

            Admission Requirements:

            • Completed CEU Application Form 2017/18
            • 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


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