Welcome to the Doctor of Philosophy in Medieval Studies

Program Description: 

The doctoral program in Medieval 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) is an entry requirement for PhD applicants. 

Most 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. Further information on financial aid is available. Additional information on CEU’s doctoral programs can be found here.

Sample Courses for the Doctoral Program
Christian-Muslim Polemics in the Middle Ages (Aziz Al-Azmeh); Greek Palaeography and Codicology (Niels Gaul); Theology Latin and Byzantine: A Historical and Comparative Approach (György Geréby); Identities, Norms and Ritual (Gerhard Jaritz); Hagiography (Gábor Klaniczay); Lieux de Memoire (Marcell Sebők and Judith Rasson); Ascension on High: Occult Theories and Practice from Antiquity to the Renaissance (György Endre Szőnyi)

Entry Requirements for the Doctoral Program
In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants must submit:
• a three-page summary of their Master’s theses in English
• evidence of the interdisciplinary character of their previous medieval studies and familiarity with the research methods they wish to apply
• a three-page dissertation proposal plus a two-page feasibility study – consult the departmental website for advice.

Applicants may also be required to take a source language examination.