Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative History

Universität: Central European University Private University


Abschluss: PhD
ECTS: 240

The department especially welcomes students with PhD dissertation research that contributes to:

  • the integration of the study of different layers of historical processes (social, cultural, economic, political)
  • the integration of history and theory (conscious reflection of the basic approaches of research)
  • comparative approaches in historiography (Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe being neither „different“ and „incomparable,“ nor a „belated copy“ of developments elsewhere)
    Entry Requirements:In addition to meeting the general CEU admissions requirements, applicants should submit letters of recommendation from three professors familiar with their post-graduate work and a three-page research proposal ( see sample proposal 1 and sample proposal 2 ).The topic of the proposal should fall within the broad thematic focus of the program as described above, and should address issues of method and substance, as well as previous work done in the field, in appropriate detail. Applications are welcome from candidates with a Master’s degree that includes a Master’s thesis.Applicants interested in Nationalism Studies or Jewish Studies at the doctoral level can apply for a Ph.D. in History and should follow the general admissions requirements for the History doctoral program; a joint committee reviews applications.  The degree received will be a Ph.D. in History.
Semester: 8
Sprache: en
Standort: A-1100 Vienna, Campus Quellenstraße 51-55
Typ: PhD: PhD

The purpose of the program is to offer doctoral education matching the highest international standards in the field of Comparative History for prospective scholars and teachers. The particular – indeed unique – feature of the history doctoral program at CEU is that it focuses on the comparison of four distinct geo-cultural regions: Central, Southeastern, and Eastern Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean area, in close relation to the history of other historical regions, most notably with Western Europe and the Middle East.

The advantages of the CEU doctoral program are the classes and discussions among students specializing in different topics, different periods, and different geographical regions whereby new research questions can be formulated, even about one’s own national history.  The research being undertaken by our current PhD students and the successful dissertations already defended give the best idea of what is possible at the CEU History doctoral program.