Central European University (CEU)

Political Science, Ph.D.

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


The Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations from Central European University (CEU) covers several academic sub-fields, but runs one single PhD program, the Doctoral Program in Political Science. The structure of the Doctoral Program in Political Science is based on a system of ‘tracks’ (areas of specialization, or ‘majors’). The tracks represent academic fields / sub-fields or research areas that reflect the major strengths and interests of our faculty.

The Five Tracks are

  • Comparative Politics (CP)
  • Political Economy (PE)
  • Political Theory (PT)
  • International Relations (IR)
  • Public Policy (PP)

After being admitted to the Doctoral Program, every student becomes the member of one certain track of his or her choice. Each track has its specific course requirement and research topics that distinguishes it from the others.


The PhD Degree in Political Science fromCentral European University (CEU) isapproved and registered by the New York State Education Department.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
    • Average duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Authoritarianism
  • Constituent Power
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Graphical Modeling
  • International Relations Theory
  • Methods And Research Design
  • Political Authority And Obligation
  • Political Institutions
  • Political Sociology And Political Economy
For more information, please visit program website.

                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                • Minimum required score:


                  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):


                  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:


                  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:


                  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

                • CompletedCEU Application Form
                • Letters of Recommendation
                • Academic Records
                • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
                • Program-Specific Requirements
                • Proof of English Proficiency
                • Application Fee
                For more information, please visit program website

                Tuition Fee Per Year

                • EUR 15000 International
                • EUR 15000 EU/EEA


                CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world and provides generous merit-based scholarships available to students from any country. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a generous stipend for housing and living expenses.

                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.