Invitations to Apply

Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University, Budapest

Invitations to apply

Central European University, Budapest, is the only transnational English-language graduate school in Europe that is accredited both on our continent (in Hungary) and the United States.

The Department of Medieval Studies is a highly cosmopolitan place of learning, a site of transnational academic socialization where sophisticated scholarship is combined with an easy-going atmosphere and social relevance. See

Funding Available:  Students come from all over the world. The great majority of them receive grants or fellowships, as well as other forms of need- and merit-based financial assistance.

The faculty, staff, and students are cosmopolitan and multilingual, coming from, among other countries, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The curriculum is comparative, interdisciplinary, and up-to-date with the most recent developments in scholarship. The major subject areas are:
– Theories, methods, and skills of Medieval Studies
– Social, economic and political history of Medieval Europe
– History of everyday life, material culture, urban history
– Medieval archaeology
– Medieval mentalities
– Manuscript codicology and diplomatics
– Late Antique Studies
– Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
– Eastern Mediterranean Studies

– Byzantine commonwealth
– Ottoman studies

– Jewish studies

– Christianity in the Middle East
– Medieval philosophy,

– Religion and intellectual history

The courses are taught in English.

The Source Language Teaching Group offers courses in Latin, Ancient Greek, Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Classical Hebrew, Classical Syriac, Turkish and other source languages.

The following programs are offered in the academic year 2012/2013:

One-year MA program in Medieval Studies: Applicants to the program are expected to hold a first degree (diploma, MA) 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.

Two year MA program Master of Arts in Comparative History: offered jointly with the Department of History designed for those who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or comparable undergraduate degree.

PhD program in Medieval Studies/History:

Information about how to apply can be found
The deadline for applications is January 25, 2012.
For inquiries about the admissions process or programs for graduate degrees, or for any other questions about the department, please e-mail

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