The doctoral program in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University (CEU) encourages theoretically driven empirical research that embraces cross-disciplinary perspectives on a wide range of topics related to the department’s expertise. A year of rigorous, yet flexible, coursework prepares students for a year of research, followed by an extended period of writing.
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Overview

The PhD program in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University (CEU) encourages students 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.

Research opportunity

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.

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Transnational Migration
  • Comparative Thinking
  • Theory and Research in Contemporary Macro-sociology
  • Social Network Analysis
  • State, Power and Resistance
  • Economic Sociology
  • Independent Study Module

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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  • Minimum required score:

    76

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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 or equivalent in a social science discipline
  • Academic records
  • Statement of purpose
  • Research proposal and bibliography
  • Writing sample

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.

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