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Ph.D. On Campus

Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Central European University (CEU)

36 months
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The doctoral program in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Central European University (CEU) builds on the deep interconnectedness of disciplines. Students 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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Key Features

The PhD 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.


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Greek reading seminar
  • Advanced Readings in Arabic Historiography
  • Advanced Source Reading Class in Ottoman Historiography (16th-17th Centuries)
  • Critical Theory and the Medieval Text: Reading Medieval Latin Literature
  • Dynastic States and Royal Courts in Early Modern Eurasian History (1450-1700)
  • Early Christianity: from Messianic Sect to State Religion
  • Global Comparisons: Russia and the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1839
  • Greek Palaeography and Codicology
  • History of Daily Life
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies
  • Introduction to Research Resources for Medievalists
  • Medieval Philosophy and Theology: the Beatific Vision Debate (1331-36)
  • Reading Late Ancient and Medieval Autobiographies
  • Sources, Methods and New Perspectives in Ottoman History (15th to 18th centuries)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form:
  • 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

Candidates who apply by February 1, are automatically considered for CEU Doctoral Scholarship.

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Living costs for Vienna

861 - 1331 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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