Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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Deadline: Jan 30, 2024
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PhD in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Our doctoral program builds on the deep interconnectedness of disciplines. You will engage in comparative research of political, social, economic and religious history and of art, archeology and material culture of the late antiquity, the Middle Ages and the early modern period. With more than one hundred successful defenses, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Medieval Studies is one of the strongest and most successful offered at CEU. The program has earned international recognition for its methodological richness and the application of innovative research tools; the curriculum stresses the interconnectedness of various disciplines, emphasizing multi- and interdisciplinary comparative research. The departmental faculty of recognized experts in their respective fields provides students with supervision and guidance not only to help them accomplish the immediate goal of submitting their dissertations successfully within three to six years, but also to assist them with regard to their future careers. 

Sample courses

  • Christian-Muslim Polemics in the Middle Ages 
  • Greek Palaeography and Codicology
  • Theology Latin and Byzantine: A Historical and Comparative Approach
  • Identities, Norms and Ritual
  • Lieux de Memoire 
  • Ascension on High: Occult Theories and Practice from Antiquity to the Renaissance
  • Completed online application form:
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Master’s degree
  • Outline of master’s thesis
  • Research proposal and feasibility study
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more source languages
  • Demonstrated familiarity with research methods in medieval studies

Fund your studies

In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world. This is why we offer generous scholarships available to students from any country. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for living expenses. Learn more at

CEU also provides a generous doctoral research grant scheme which allows doctoral students to pursue internationally competitive research, for instance, by providing funding support for research trips and conference participation. Write-up grants are also available in individual cases.

Where your degree will take you

Your future degree opens opportunities in a wealth of careers, especially, but not limited to, teaching and research. Many alumni of the PhD program in Medieval Studies are pursuing regional or international careers in universities, museums, archives, or cultural heritage institutions.

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