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Ph.D. On Campus

Network Science

Central European University (CEU)

36 months
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The PhD program in Network Science at Central European University (CEU) is a research-oriented program that provides the only PhD degree in this field in Europe. It offers 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.

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This pioneering doctoral program in Network Science at Central European University (CEU) offers an opportunity to focus on specific related fields, like mathematics, sociology, political science or environmental science. The core courses will provide students with the necessary background to develop their research program in any of the main areas. The students are encouraged to creatively formulate their own original research program.

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 and to an optional write up grant of six additional months. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, including travel grants.

Research opportunity

Working across disciplines, students will learn how to measure and predict the dynamics of complex networks—biological, social, physical or technical. During their research work, students will participate in international research projects and by the end of their PhD studies they will develop into independent researchers, with the ability to contribute to network science in its entire scope.

Within the PhD program there are possibilities to carry out research either in applied or in theoretical-methodological directions.

Career prospects

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 are also employed as consultants for developing business infrastructures or as risk mitigation experts at major financial institutions.


  • 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 accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamental Ideas in Network Science
  • Structure and Dynamics of Complex Networks
  • Statistical Methods in Network Science 
  • Social Networks
  • Data Mining and Big Data Analytics
  • Scientific Python
  • Agent Based Models
  • Data and Network Visualization
  • Introduction to Computational Social Science
  • Dynamical Systems on Networks

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form:
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Master’s degree in one of a broad range of related disciplines, including physics, mathematics, computer science, sociology, political science or economics
  • Academic records
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Demonstrated ability to do quantitative studies
  • Detailed account of earlier studies
  • Statement of purpose

Tuition Fee

Candidates who apply by February 28, 2021 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 - 1331 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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