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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Overview

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

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:

  • 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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

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

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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