As the world’s first department dedicated to the study of today’s ever-growing networks, we strive to train skillful scientists who understand the structure and functions of large-scale social, economic and political systems. We are a group of sociologists, physicists and data scientists, who combine data science tools with a network science approach to offer new and exciting ways to tackle complex problems, impenetrable to linear-proportional thinking. We translate ideas into research projects, funded through major grants from EU and U.S. agencies.

Program offered

• Doctor of Philosophy in Network Science

What you will study

  • Explore big data: efficient ways to analyze, model and visualize networks of millions of people 
  • Understand social processes: friendships and phone calls, spread of ideas and the emergence of order from chaos 
  • Discover secrets of success: how teams innovate, scientists make breakthroughs and entrepreneurs make their first million 
  • Uncover hidden webs: political corruption, terrorist networks, global finance and the wirings of the brain 
  • Master the mathematical foundations: graph theory, dynamic processes and graph limits

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.

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