How to Apply

On average, the Department accepts about twenty MA and six PhD students per academic year into its striving and highly international community.
Applicants to the one-year MA program are expected to hold a first degree (Diploma, Magister) and have completed at least four years of previous studies in history, art history, archaeology, literature, philosophy, or any discipline relevant to the study of the Middle Ages.

In addition to the general CEU admission requirements applicants to the one-year MA program in Medieval Studies are required to submit (in English) a 500-word description of their proposed research topic, specifying the primary sources and related secondary literature (see more in the attachment). Applicants may also be required to take a source language examination.

Applicants for the two-year MA in Comparative History: Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies must have a minimum  three-year Bachelor's or equivalent.

In addition to the general CEU admission requirements applicants to the two-year MA program in Comparative History: Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies are required to submit (in English) either a statement of purpose or a research proposal. A research proposal requires having a fairly firm idea of the topic and appropriate source material. A statement of purpose is a better choice if the student has not yet identified an area of research interest or source material. Both forms of application essay are equally acceptable in the selection procedure (see more in the attachment).

Applicants may also be required to take a source language examination.

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 general CEU admission requirements an applicant to the doctoral program in Medieval Studies is required to submit (in English)

  • a summary of his/her Master’s thesis of no more than 1,000 words evidencing, if possible and/or necessary, the interdisciplinary character of his/her previous studies of the late antique, medieval or early modern periods;
  • a PhD dissertation proposal [on Embark referred to as Research Proposal] of no more than 3,000 words (guidelines appended below);
  • a project outline & schedule [on Embark, please upload as a Miscellaneous Document] of no more than 1,000 words (guidelines appended below).

More details on these papers are available in the attachment.

Admission to the program will be based on
  • the quality of the proposed PhD dissertation, as evidenced by the PhD dissertation 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.

General information on the Admissions for 2015/2016