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Doctor of Philosophy in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Program Description

Doctoral programs at CEU are fully funded study programs with a standard duration of 4 years that award a US and an Austrian degree.

The major aims of the doctoral program in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies are to encourage transdisciplinary medievalist research, open new perspectives, and develop new approaches. The research conducted by CEU PhD candidates often acts as a bridge between the scholarly worlds of their home intellectual communities and Anglo-American scholarly discourse, a fact in which the department takes pride. High-level knowledge of the source language(s) their research requires is an entry requirement for PhD applicants.

Sample Courses for the Doctoral Program
Byzantine Writers on the Lives of Saints and Emperors: Between Fact and Fiction (2) Baukje van den Berg; Reading Medieval Latin Charters (Palaeography) (2) Katalin Szende; Servus Servorum Dei: The Papacy from Its Origins to the Cadaver Synod (897) (2) Daniel Ziemann and Volker Menze; Monastic Culture: Buildings, Community, Landscape (2) Jozsef Laszlovszky; Historiography, Political Discourse and Politics in Late Medieval Europe (13th–15th centuries) (2) Eloise Adde; Great Themes of Late Antique, Byzantine and Medieval Philosophy (2) Istvan Perczel and Gyorgy Gereby.

Entry Requirements for the Doctoral Program
In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants must submit:

  • a summary of their Master’s thesis of no more than 1,000 words evidencing, if possible and/or necessary, the interdisciplinary character of the previous studies of the late antique, medieval or early modern periods;
  • a detailed PhD dissertation proposal of no more than 3,000 words (excluding bibliography);
  • PhD dissertation outline and timeline of no more than 1,000 words.
Program level
Degree awarded
Program accreditation/registration
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Country of accreditation
United States
Type of degree
Standard Program duration
4 years
Start of the program
US degree credits
Austrian degree ECTS credits