• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The doctoral program in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Central European University (CEU) builds on the deep interconnectedness of disciplines. You will engage in comparative research of political, social, economic and religious history and of art, archeology and material culture of the late antiquity, the Middle Ages and the early modern period.
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The doctoral program in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Central European University (CEU) has earned international recognition for its methodological richness and the application of innovative research tools; the curriculum stresses the interconnectedness of various disciplines, emphasizing multi- and interdisciplinary comparative research. 

The departmental faculty of recognized experts in their respective fields provides students with supervision and guidance not only to help them accomplish the immediate goal of submitting their dissertations successfully within three to six years, but also to assist them with regard to their future careers. Many alumni of the PhD program in Medieval Studies are pursuing regional or international careers in universities, museums, archives, or cultural heritage institutions.

Students admitted to CEU doctoral programs will receive a doctoral scholarship. CEU also provides a generous doctoral research grant scheme which allows doctoral students to pursue internationally competitive research, for instance, by providing funding support for research trips and conference participation. Write-up grants are also available in individual cases.


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)
  • 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
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Christian-Muslim Polemics in the Middle Ages 
  • Greek Palaeography and Codicology
  • Theology Latin and Byzantine: A Historical and Comparative Approach
  • Identities, Norms and Ritual
  • Lieux de Memoire
  • Ascension on High: Occult Theories and Practice from Antiquity to the Renaissance

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Master’s degree in any field of  medieval, or related, studies
  • Academic records
  • Outline of master’s thesis
  • Research proposal and feasibility study
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more source languages
  • Demonstrated familiarity with research methods in medieval studies

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Candidates who apply by January 30, 2020 are automatically considered for CEU Doctoral Scholarship that includes a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend.

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.


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.

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