Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology and Social Anthropology

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Degree awarded: 
Country of accreditation: 
United States
Program accreditation/registration: 
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)
Program length: 
3-6 years
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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-registered version of the program.

The PhD program does not have separate sociology and anthropology tracks—both disciplines are integrated. Students are encouraged to conduct empirical research using a wide variety of methodologies but theoretically informed approaches which embrace a broad intellectual agenda are prioritized. Of special interest are projects that promote: the integration of sociological and anthropological perspectives as well as methodologies; comparative approaches to urban processes; economic formations and transformations; research on social networks; generation of inequalities; meanings and practices of gender;transnational migration and dynamics of place-making; and social movements.

During the first year of the doctoral program, students undertake a rigorous, yet flexible program of coursework. Alongside mandatory courses developing epistemological and methodological approaches to sociology and social anthropology, elective courses provide in-depth studies of different subject areas. Students also have the option to undertake a semester-long Independent Study Module where a maximum of two students, under the supervision of one faculty member, devise a reading list related to their project.

Sample Courses for the Doctoral Program
Transnational Migration; Comparative Thinking; Theory and Research in Contemporary Macro-sociology; Social Network Analysis; State, Power and Resistance; Economic Sociology; Independent Study Module

Entry Requirements for the Doctoral Program

Applicants should have an MA or equivalent in a social science discipline. Background in sociology and/or anthropology is a definite advantage. In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements (see: applicants must submit:

  • three letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with their work
  • a three page research proposal (1.5 spaced) that the proposal should address the main research questions, sources and methodology and place the topic in the context of previous research in the field.
  • a short bibliography (one page) on the topic
  • writing sample in English
  • statement of purpose (maximum 500 words)

Applicants do not need to establish contact with potential supervisors. Once admitted, PhD students choose supervisors during their first year of study.