Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology and Social Anthropology

Universität: Central European University Private University


Abschluss: PhD
ECTS: 240

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 applicants must submit:

  • three letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with their work
  • a three page research proposal (1.5 spaced) that 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)
Semester: 8
Sprache: en
Standort: Quellenstraße 51-55, Vienna
Typ: PhD: PhD

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 that 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