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 accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Standard Program duration: 
4 years
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US degree credits: 
Austrian degree ECTS credits: 
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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 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, however 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 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.