PhD in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Applicants seeking to pursue a PhD at CEU’s Department of Medieval Studies should

  • hold a Master's degree or equivalent in any field of Medieval, Late Antique, Byzantine or early Ottoman studies including art history and archaeology of the Middle Ages. Quite frequently, we also admit Classicists with an interest in later periods.
  • In addition to the application materials required by CEU, applicants to the Medieval Studies Doctoral Program shall submit (typed and in the English language)
  • a summary of their Master’s thesis of no more than 1,000 words evidencing, if possible and/or necessary, the interdisciplinary character of the previous study of late antique, medieval or early modern periods;
  • a detailed PhD dissertation proposal of no more than 3,000 words (excluding bibliography);
  • a PhD dissertation outline and timeline of no more than 1,000 words.

Language requirements
In addition to having a good working knowledge of academic English, applicants may be required to prove they have sufficient command, – for the purposes of the proposed dissertation project, – of at least one ancient, medieval or early modern source language (e.g., Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Old Church Slavonic, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, etc.) by the time of application. It is at the discretion of the admission committee whether to assign such tests during the application period. Command of a source language may be replaced by demonstration of different skills for an art history or archaeology dissertation project.

Equally, the Medieval Studies Doctoral Program requires a working knowledge of one modern language other than English and the applicants’ native tongue/s. Such knowledge can also be obtained during the course of the doctoral studies up to the time of the pre-defense.

More details are available in the attachment at the bottom of the page.

Admission to the program will be based on
  • the quality of the proposed PhD dissertation, as evidenced by the research proposal, and the feasibility of the project, as evidenced by the project outline & schedule;
  • the relevance of the project to interdisciplinary medieval studies from c.300 to c.1600;
  • the results and grades achieved in the candidate’s Master’s studies;
  • the availability of supervision on the proposed topic in the Department of Medieval Studies.