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  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

During the Cognitive Science programme from Central European University (CEU), students will develop into independent researchers, with the ability to contribute to cognitive science with analyzes and empirical data.

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.

The Department of Cognitive Science offers a PhD program in Cognitive Science. This research-based, interdisciplinary program offers specialization in the fields of social cognition, cognitive development, and formal and biological models of perception and learning. 

Students may take courses in cognitive psychology, philosophy of mind, cognitive anthropology, visual perception and computational modeling. They receive practical research training in methods, experimental design and data analysis in the laboratories of departmental faculty members.

Career Path

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

They may also find positions at organizations that appreciate how institutional design and governance benefit from a better understanding of the cognitive bases for decision-making.

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

Courses Included

  • Bayesian Data Analysis
  • Cognition and Culture
  • Cognition and Culture
  • Critical Perspectives on Human Nature
  • Experimental Economics: documenting irrational choices and preferences
  • How Minds Create Societies: An Evolutionary Psychology approach
  • Infant Cognition

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 accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Academic Writing Submission(s)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Records
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Standard Test Scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
  • Completed CEU Application Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs

  • Budapest, Hungary

    172338 - 268260 HUF/month
    Living Costs
  • Vienna, Austria

    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

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