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Overview

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.

Accreditation

  • 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 subject to accreditation by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Jan. 30, 2020: financial aid
    • April 15, 2020: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
    • Aug.14, 2020: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3-6 years

  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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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).

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
  • 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 January 30, 2020 are automatically considered for CEU Doctoral Scholarship that includes a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend.

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Living costs for Vienna

  • 861 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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 www.ceu.edu/financialaid.

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.

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