Central European University (CEU)

Sociology and Social Anthropology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
The Sociology and Social Anthropology PhD program at Central European University (CEU) does not have separate sociology and anthropology tracksboth disciplines are integrated. Students are encouraged to conduct empirical research using a wide variety of methodologies but theoretically informed approaches which embrace a broad intellectual agenda are prioritized.


Of special interest are projects that promote: the integration of sociological and anthropological perspectives as well as methodologies; comparative approaches to urban processes; economic formations and transformations; research on social networks; generation of inequalities; meanings and practices of gender;transnational migration and dynamics of place-making; and social movements. The Sociology and Social Anthropology programme is offered by Central European University (CEU).

During the first year of the doctoral program, students undertake a rigorous, yet flexible program of coursework. Alongside mandatory courses developing epistemological and methodological approaches to sociology and social anthropology, elective courses provide in-depth studies of different subject areas. Students also have the option to undertake a semester-long Independent Study Module where a maximum of two students, under the supervision of one faculty member, devise a reading list related to their project.

The PhD Degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology is offered by Central European University (CEU).

Career path

The majority of the department’s alumni find employment in academia, NGOs or the private sector.


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 72 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    112 ECTS 56 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Advanced Methods
  • Comparative Thinking
  • University-Wide Doctoral Seminar: Reason, Unreason and Nature in Religion
  • Religion, Ritual and Cultural Transmission
  • Topics in the Philosophy of the Human and Social Sciences
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        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score: 7

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        • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

          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.

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        • Minimum required score: 600

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        • Minimum required score: 100

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        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
        In addition to meeting theGeneral CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants must submit:
        • three letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with their work
        • a three-page research proposal (the proposal should address the main research questions, sources andmethodology and place the topic in the context of previous research in the field)
        • a short bibliography (one page) on the topic.
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        Tuition Fee Per Year

        • EUR 15000 International
        • EUR 15000 EU/EEA


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