We are a close-knit, dynamic academic community, home to about 50 permanent faculty members and over 100 doctoral students from all over the world. Committed to teaching and research across disciplinary and organizational boundaries, our school brings together the expertise of CEU’s Departments of Political Science and International Relations, and the School of Public Policy. We are also part of the European Graduate Network, a vibrant platform for sharing research among eight world-leading institutions.

PhD in Political Science

This is one of the largest, most international and most competitive doctoral programs in Europe, providing aspiring scholars with the theoretical and methodological skills needed to challenge and shape what we know about politics, public policy and governance. We offer five specializations based on a system of tracks, which you can complement with a minor by doing additional coursework in a subfield.

Research Groups

  • Political Economy 
  • Political Behavior 
  • Conflict and Security 
  • Migration 
  • Energy Policy 
  • Public Health 
  • Higher Education 
  • Political, Legal and Moral Theory 
  • History of Political Thought

Why CEU?

• Students and faculty from 115 countries
• Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
• Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
• 8:1 student/faculty ratio
• Based in Budapest and Vienna


In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world. This is why we offer generous and accessible scholarships, available to students from any country. 

Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for living expenses.

Learn more about how to fund your studies at www.ceu.edu/financialaid

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

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