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Political Science - Comparative Politics Track

Central European University (CEU)

36 months
15000 EUR/year
15000 EUR/year
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The PhD program in Political Science - Comparative Politics Track at Central European University (CEU) is one of the largest, most international and most competitive doctoral programs in Europe, providing aspiring scholars with the theoretical and methodological skills needed to challenge and shape what we know about politics, public policy and governance.

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The doctoral program in Political Science - Comparative Politics Track at Central European University (CEU)  unites two sub-fields within Political Science: comparative government and political sociology. The track aims to attract scholars who are interested in institutional frameworks and their cultural underpinnings in modern politics. In this regard, the fundamental goal is to prepare students in explaining variance in institutional settings and identify regularities in political behavior. Thus, for the most part teaching on the track focuses on the interaction between political institutions and citizens. Study on the track utilizes comparative, statistical, experimental, case study and qualitative methods. The track also accommodates thematic studies with global, regional, and national foci.

Research opportunity

The track welcomes applications in the following research areas:

  • Political culture
  • European politics
  • Comparative method
  • Social movements
  • Parties and interest groups
  • Governance
  • Political psychology
  • Institutional change
  • Political behavior
  • Public opinion


  • 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)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Political Institutions in Comparative Perspective
  • Political Sociology and Political Economy
  • Political Dynamics
  • Advanced Methods within Comparative Politics
  • Domestic Politics in the Global Economy
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Automated Text Analysis in Political Science
  • Constituent Power
  • Democratic Theory
  • International Relations Theory
  • Public Policy and Public Administration
  • Security Theory and Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Feb. 1: financial aid
  • March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • Aug. 15: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa


24 alternative credits


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
  • Academic records
  • Research proposal
  • Statement of purpose
  • Outline of master’s thesis or other substantial academic work

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • All PhD students are eligible to apply for full tuition waivers and full stipends from CEU. 
  • Doctoral programs (year 1): 15,000 EUR
  • Doctoral programs after comprehensive examination (year 2 and 3): 7,500 EUR

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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