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

Program level: 
Degree awarded: 
Country of accreditation: 
United States
Program accreditation/registration: 
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Program length: 
3-6 years
Type of degree: 
US degree credits: 
Austrian degree ECTS credits: 
Hungarian degree ECTS credits: 
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Program Description

Please note that from September 2020, this program's teaching for incoming and continuing students will take place at our Vienna campus.

Please note that no new students are presently being enrolled into Hungarian-accrediated version of the program.

The name of the program has been  changed in September 2017. The old name, Doctor of Philosophy in Medieval Studies would continue to apply to those enrolled before fall 2018.

The doctoral program in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers an entry into historical worlds not often conjoined. The major aims of the program are to encourage transdisciplinary medievalist research, open new perspectives and develop new approaches. Indeed, 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. Students admitted to CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive the CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years. Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years.

Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds. 

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.