Deadline for MA and PhD applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid: February 1, 2022, 23:59 CET. Read more on CEU's applications hub.
Are you or your students passionate about the history of the medieval world?
CEU’s Department of Medieval Studies offers MA and PhD programs on all aspects of the history and culture of the period from 300 to 1600 CE. International faculty members cover Central and Western Europe as well as the Byzantine, Slavic, Mongol, Jewish, Arab and Ottoman worlds from various angles and through various disciplines. We boast a highly spirited, multicultural student body, and a growing network of alumni in education, research, cultural institutions, business and international organizations. Our department also participates in the Erasmus+ Program. See what our students and faculty have to say about us here. If you are interested to get a closer look at the research our students are doing, we highly recommend our recent roundtable on trans-, inter- and multidisciplinarity, and to survey the thesis and dissertation topics of our MA and PhD alumni.
Let us tell you more about why CEU might be the best choice for your or your students’ graduate studies.
We host innovative research units, such as the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, the Medieval Central Europe Research Network (MECERN) or the Center for Religious Studies. Students also have the opportunity to specialize in fields like Jewish Studies, Visual Theory and Practice, and Political Thought. Read more about these non-degree specializations here.
What you will study
Political and legal history of the Middle Ages – Eastern Mediterranean history from Constantine the Great to Suleiman the Magnificent – History of religion, philosophy and science – Archaeology, environmental and landscape history – Cultural anthropology and material culture – Art history and visual culture – Urban history – Literature – Palaeography, codicology and manuscript studies
Watch this presentation for a general introduction of the department and its activities.
Vienna / Budapest
CEU is an English-language university in Vienna, which offers predominantly graduate degrees. While the teaching takes place here, we also offer research possibilities in Budapest during the academic year.
We regularly organize international interdisciplinary conferences in which the participation of our students is not only welcome but very much encouraged. Watch the summary video of our 2018 event “Coping with Crisis” and the recordings of our “Medievalisms on the Screen” conference from 2021. To catch another glimpse of what excites us, tune in to the CEU Medieval Radio, a twenty-four-hour webcast about medieval history and culture.
If you would like to get notifications from us about upcoming workshops, conferences as well as our public lecture series that runs from September until April, please, sign up here.
Source language courses
CEU’s Source Language Teaching Group (SLTG) offers students year-round courses in less commonly taught languages, including Ancient Greek, Latin, Arabic, Persian, Classical Syriac, Ottoman Turkish, Modern Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian, to equip students with the necessary tools to work with important research sources in their original language.
Flexible funding options
CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from all around the world and offers a variety of merit-based scholarships and tuition awards available to students from any country. Most of the Medieval Studies MA students receive a partial tuition waiver that covers the greater part of the yearly tuition fee of 12,000EUR and also receive a monthly stipend. In very exceptional cases, a full tuition waiver may be awarded. PhD students who apply by the deadline for financial aid (February 1, 2022) are automatically considered during the evaluation period for the CEU Doctoral Scholarship, which entails a full tuition waiver and a stipend of 1,300EUR/month.