The PhD program at Central European University (CEU) provides top-level up-to-date training in different areas in philosophy in order to prepare students for academic life (attending conferences, participating in research projects, and publishing in professional journals), to enable them to teach philosophy at university level, and to do independent research in different fields of philosophy.
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Overview

This research-intensive PhD program in Philosophy at Central European University (CEU)  will train students to undertake independent research and will put them on the path to an academic career. There will be many opportunities for candidates to present and discuss work in progress throughout their studies and participate in the academic life of the department from attending events to organizing conferences. There are teaching opportunities for all PhD students.

The Department of Philosophy at CEU offers a Doctoral Program in a variety of areas, for instance Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, History of Philosophy, and Moral and Political Philosophy. Doctoral students can also enroll to the Political Theory Track or the History and Philosophy Scheme.

Students admitted to CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive a full CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years. They will also have the opportunity to apply for travel and research grants.

Program Structure

In their first year, doctoral students have the status of Probationary Doctoral Candidates. They participate in the life of the department, attend courses offered by the department and write a first year paper. At the end of the first year of their studies, probationary doctoral candidates take the oral comprehensive examination. In the examination, they present their thesis plan and answer questions concerning their plan and first year paper.

Students who successfully complete their course work and pass the comprehensive examination receive the status of Doctoral Candidates. Doctoral candidates have a supervisor with whom they regularly meet and who supervises their work. During their second and third year, students are primarily engaged in independent research under the guidance of their supervisor. Doctoral candidates participate in the academic life of the department and attend seminars, lectures and programs, including the annual in-house graduate conference and the biennial international graduate conference, which they organize. In the second and third years, students attend the Doctoral Seminar, which provides a forum to acquire professional skills and receive continuous feedback on their work. Students can submit their dissertation at the end of the third year of their studies and not later than six years after the date of their original enrollment.

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 accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3-6 years

  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

Moral and Political Philosophy: 

  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
  • Political Obligation
  • Normative Ethics Metaphysics

Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind: 

  • Intuition and Knowledge
  • Substance, Ontology, Mind
  • Wittgenstein
  • Cognitive Mechanisms of Cultural Knowledge Transmission 

History of Philosophy: 

  • Self and Agency in Ancient Philosophy
  • Atomism
  • Ancient Ethics
  • Greek Reading Seminar

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
  • Academic background in philosophy
  • Academic records
  • Statement of purpose
  • Essay on a philosophical topic or problem

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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