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Our PhD and 2YMA degrees are accredited both in the US (Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of the six most important accrediting agencies in the US) and in Hungary. The 1YMA degree is accredited only in the US (Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of the six most important accrediting agencies in the US).

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Students joining the Department at the Master’s level select at least one key area as a focus for their studies, but in the interest of interdisciplinary Medieval Studies they are also required to select courses from some of the other areas. Key area core classes provide both one-year and two-year Master’s students with a coherent survey of their chosen field(s) of research; towards this goal they include elements of tutorial teaching, i.e., small-group meetings with one or more professors. Selection of courses, including electives, is highly flexible so students can pursue their own interests within the basic structure of classes. In all classes, students will be introduced to current methodologies and theories such as historical anthropology, performativity, spatiality, literary theory, and etc.. The department is deeply committed to close and dedicated supervision and close faculty-student interaction.

Thorough knowledge of at least one source language (Classical/Medieval Latin, Classical/Medieval Greek, Old Church Slavonic, Syriac, Arabic, and others) is in many cases the conditio sine qua non for conducting advanced independent research, in others it is a highly useful ancillary tool. For graduation a student must be able to read at least one source language at the intermediate level.

In addition to meeting the general CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants to the Department of Medieval Studies are required to submit a 500-word description of their proposed research topics, including a specification of both the primary sources and the related secondary literature to be studied.

Master of Arts in Medieval Studies (One-year Program)
This program is unique in the sense that it grants a degree in advanced Medieval Studies as a whole and not in a specialized area, while encouraging students to focus on their key area within this interdisciplinary framework, In a taught but research-oriented program, students undertake intensive study in several regional, chronological, and topical fields and at the same time write a thesis on a research question where they demonstrate their ability to formulate an academic text and competently use a primary source(s) of any kind.

Master of Arts in Historical Studies with a focus on Medieval Studies (Two-year Program), offered jointly with the Department of History
The two-year program specifically addresses the needs of students who have a three-year background in history or or another discipline related to Medieval Studies. It aims at understanding persistent themes in the experience of these regions in a longue durée perspective while allowing students to increasingly immerse themselves in their chosen key area of research and its specific methodologies. With some common courses in the first two terms, students of this program basically consist of two large groups, one of which, affiliated to our Department, with a focus on Medieval Studies. The combination of the MA curriculum for medievalists and modernists allows for a thorough explanation of classical and medieval origins of modernity, and a sensitivity to the persistence of long-term trends up to the present.


Our PhD in Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies offers an entré into past worlds not often conjoined. The doctoral program has earned international recognition for its methodological richness, the use of innovative research tools, and an almost unique network of leading experts including recurrent visiting faculty members. The major aims of the program are to encourage transdisciplinary medievalist research, opening new perspectives and developing new approaches. Indeed, our PhD candidates’ research often acts as a bridge between the scholarly worlds of their home intellectual communities and Anglo-American scholarly discourse, a fact in which we take pride. Many of our PhDs now teach in the universities of their home countries or work as archivists or curators, while a substantial number go on to pursue an international academic career.

CEU provides a generous doctoral research grant scheme which allows our doctoral students to pursue internaionally competitive research, e.g., by providing funding support for research trips and conference participation; our students are also encouraged to apply for European and international grants and will learn the neccessary skills for succeeding in doing so.
Students admitted to CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive a full CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years.

In addition to meeting the general CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants to the Department of Medieval Studies must fulfill either of the following criteria:

a) Be a graduate of any university with an MA degree in one of the fields of medieval studies, a three-page outline of their MA thesis in English, and evidence of the interdisciplinary character of their previous medieval studies, and familiarity with research methods

b) OR be graduates of our department’s MA program with a strong MA thesis and a promising PhD research topic.

Each applicant to the PhD program is required to submit a thesis proposal, and a five-page document (maximum) that describes the proposed research which will form the basis of the dissertation. It should not be the outline of the dissertation itself. The essay should include a three-page description specifically discussing research questions, theory and methodology, and the current status of the project, plus a one- to two-page research proposal (a discussion of the feasibility of the study). In the proposal applicants must demonstrate that they have appropriate source materials and a knowledge there of a methodological approach, and a theme or subject to explore.

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Specializations are sub-tracks in the Department that students with an appropriate subject can elect to pursue by completing three designated courses among their electives.

Religious Studies, taught jointly with the Department of History
This specialization focuses on the study of religious thought and traditions with an emphasis on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, with special emphasis on Western and Eastern Christianity and a comparative study of their social, societal, institutional, cultural, intellectual, and political contexts and implications. Students will examine religious phenomena from a historical point of view and from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

Environmental and Landscape History, taught jointly with the Department of History
This specialization focuses on the complex relationship between people and nature seen in historical perspective. The way human behavior affects the environment and the way human society is affected are also critical for understanding the social impact of present day natural processes. Courses cover environmental history, bioarchaeology (including the study of plants and animals), and landscape studies.

Cultural Heritage Studies
This specialization focuses on the study of cultural heritage, heritage objects, and monuments from an interdisciplinary perspective, incorporating archaeology, art history, anthropology, history, conservation, and natural scientific methods. The development of heritage policy and cultural resource management will be examined in a comparative national framework.

The Center for Hellenic Traditions
Several members of the department are active in CEU’s Center for Hellenic Traditions, helping to establish a close link between the Research Center and the Medieval Studies community. The Center promotes Hellenic Studies at CEU; it defines “Hellenic” in inclusive terms, encouraging interdisciplinary and transcultural approaches from ancient to modern times while placing special emphasis on the larger oikoumene, the Hellenistic empires and the “Byzantine Commonwealth”. Graduate students are invited to join the center as junior members and participate in its activities – classes and lectures on Hellenic topics; reading groups, jointly with the Religious Studies Program; research colloquia. Generous funding opportunities for research and conference participation are available. The Center is particularly interested in coopeartion withs scholars from the Caucasus area.
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