Comparative History

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jan 30, 2024
StudyQA ranking:1181 Duration:

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PhD in Comparative History

Comparative history is often preached and seldom practiced in advanced historical studies. Our doctoral program focuses on comparing the historical experience in the geo-cultural regions of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean as well as in other historical regions, such as Western Europe and the Middle East.

Program Structure

The first year of the program concentrates on coursework and preparation for the comprehensive examination, which focuses on major topics in the comparative history of two of the three regions mentioned above. A detailed, extensive research dissertation proposal is also prepared, and discussed as part of the comprehensive examination. The second year is devoted to research in relevant archives and libraries. The third year is spent in residence at CEU presenting results in the PhD research seminar, and fulfilling teaching assistantship duties. Students may also apply for support for spending a semester during the their studies at one of the leading international universities or research centers. The dissertation must be submitted within six years from enrolllment in the program.

  • Completed online application form:
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Master’s degree in history or a related field
  • Research proposal


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