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Overview

The doctoral program in Cognitive Science at Central European University (CEU)  includes training in experimental methods and, mainly in the first year, coursework on the basic notions and theories in cognitive science and a possible focus on social cognition and cognitive social sciences. The program offers courses in cognitive psychology, philosophy of mind, cognitive anthropology, visual perception and computational modeling. Students receive regular supervision and practical research training in the CEU labs, from experimental design to data analysis. During the research period, students will develop into independent researchers, with the ability to contribute to cognitive science with analyzes and empirical data. They will also have the opportunity to join research groups and work closely together with faculty members.

Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years. Students admitted into CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive the CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds. 

Career path

The program equips students with skills for successful careers in academia and other research-oriented sectors, meeting the growing demand for experts in social and computational cognitive science. 

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)

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The main goal of the courses is to ensure that the students master the basic notions and theories in cognitive science and can do cutting-edge doctoral research in one area of expertise of program, such as social cognitive sciences and the study of social cognition. The PhD program provides basic training (taught courses) on at least the following topics:

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Research methods in cognitive science
  • Social cognition

Courses include:

  • Topics in Cognitive Science
  • Infant Cognition
  • Visual Cognition
  • Joint Action
  • Experimental Economics: documenting irrational choices and preferences
  • Statistics for Experimental Research
  • Cognition and Culture
  • Critical Perspectives on Human Nature
  • Bayesian Data Analysis
  • Mental Files in Perspective: Implications for Folk Psychology
  • Introduction to EEG methods in Cognitive Science
  • Experimental Economics: documenting irrational choices and preferences
  • How Minds Create Societies: An Evolutionary Psychology approach

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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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Master’s degree in any discipline related to cognitive science
  • Academic records
  • Research proposal

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 Budapest

  • 172338 - 268260 HUF/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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