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Doctor of Juridical Science 

Central European University (CEU)

Ph. D. On Campus
36 months
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The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) program at Central European University (CEU) provides students with a unique opportunity to conduct independent research in an educational environment that offers advanced doctoral courses and supervised teaching opportunities at CEU and abroad.

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The Doctor of Juridical Science program at Central European University (CEU)  aims to provide an opportunity to promising young scholars to conduct comparative research into a complex problem in comparative constitutional law, international business law or human rights which has both profound theoretical and practical relevance. Supervision for doctoral projects is provided by CEU's international permanent and visiting faculty. 

Physical presence is required during the first three years of the SJD program, except for research periods abroad. The SJD degree is awarded on the basis of completion of the credit requirements from course work and other doctoral activities, and the successful public defense of the doctoral thesis (dissertation) before a panel composed of internal and external experts.

The doctoral graduates have been successful in obtaining post-graduate research positions and teaching appointments at leading academic institutions. They are also employed by NGOs and international law firms.

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  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program registered as a non-degree post-graduate specialization program by the Hungarian Educational Authority (HEA)
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

In addition to conducting independent research doctoral students benefit from doctoral courses, research grants enabling further research at renowned law schools or research institutions, opportunities for supervised teaching and a wide range of other doctoral activities (such as conferences, workshops, summer schools).

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form:
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • LLM degree from CEU with a “B+” average or higher, thesis graded “completed with honors” or higher
  • Comparable LLM degree or MA degree after basic law degree from another institution
  • Academic records
  • Research proposal

Tuition Fee

Candidates who apply by February 1, 2021 are automatically considered for CEU Doctoral Scholarship that includes a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend.

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In pursuit of its mission, CEU strives to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world, offering generous scholarships available to students from any country. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for living expenses. Learn more at

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