• Application Deadline
  • 72 months


This pioneering, research-driven program in Network Science from Central European University (CEU) will introduce you to network theory, methods and data so you can make sense of complex phenomena using simple principles of making network links. We

offer advanced training in theoretical and computational methods, challenging coursework on the basic concepts and theories of large-scale networks, and

hands-on experience in taming massive datasets. Working across disciplines, you will learn how to measure and predict the dynamics of complex networks, biological, social, physical or technical. You will have the opportunity to focus on a specific field, such as mathematics, economics, sociology, political science or environmental science, and take

part in cross-border research projects. By the end of your studies, you will develop into an independent researcher, able to uncover and untangle the patterns of our connected world. What you will study Explore big data: efficient ways to analyze, model and visualize networks of millions of people Understand social processes: friendships and phone calls, spread of ideas and the emergence of order from chaos Discover

secrets of success: how teams innovate, scientists make breakthroughs and entrepreneurs make their first million Uncover hidden webs: political corruption, terrorist networks, global finance and the wirings of the brain Master the mathematical foundations: graph theory, dynamic processes and graph limits Where it will take you

Be it academia, government or business, there’s a rapidly growing demand for network and data scientists in our increasingly interconnected, global society. Applied network scientists are sought after by tech giants and digital disruptors, who want to improve users’ online experience. They’re also employed as consultants for developing business infrastructures or as risk mitigation experts at major financial institutions.


The PhD Degree in Network Science from Central European University (CEU) is approved and registered by the New York State Education Department.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Agent Based Models
  • Combinatorial Optimization
  • Data And Network Visualization
  • Data Mining And Big Data Analytics
  • Fundamental Ideas In Network Science
  • Graph Theory
  • Networks And Computers
  • Random Graph And Network Simulations
  • Scientific Python
  • Similarity Based Networks
  • Simulation Methods
  • Social Networks



    Balázs Vedres

Associate professorDirector, Center for Network Science

    János Kertész


    Rosario N. Mantegna


    Albert László Barabási

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Master’s degree in one of a broad range of related disciplines, including physics, mathematics, computer science, sociology, political science and economics
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Willingness to do quantitative studies
  • Detailed account of earlier studies
  • Statement of purpose

Tuition Fee

  • International

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  • EU/EEA

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    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 72 months.
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Generous scholarships available to accepted students from any country.

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.


In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world. This is why we offer generous and accessible scholarships, available to students from any country.

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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.