The PhD program in Political Science 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 – Political Theory Track at Central European University (CEU) has affiliations with both the joint Doctoral Program in Political Science and with CEU’s Doctoral Program in Philosophy. The track thus aims to bring the Department of Philosophy into closer cooperation with the Doctoral School in training doctoral students and also mentoring junior scholars. This cooperation expands the range of course offerings for PhD students with an interest in, on the one hand, moral and political philosophy, and, on the other hand, institutional political science, thus building up a critical mass of scholars working on topics related to political theory.

The Political Theory track is designed to attract scholars interested in normative questions that derive from moral philosophy, but which also refer to political institutions and practices, for example, how, and under what conditions, the claim of authority and the (monopoly over the) use of coercive force can be justified.

Research opportunity

The track welcome applications of students with a research interest in normative questions of political theory, including the following topics:

  • Democratic theory
  • Liberalism
  • Political obligation and legitimacy
  • Theories of justice
  • Global and intergenerational justice

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 Philosophy
  • Democratic Theory
  • Institutional Political Theory
  • Domestic Politics in the Global Economy
  • Political Economy of Regime Change
  • 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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  • 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 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. 

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