24 months
12000 EUR/year
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The two-year MA program in Comparative History - Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Track at Central European University (CEU) zooms in on the political, social, intellectual, religious and economic history as well as the material and spiritual culture of the period between 300 and 1600 CE.

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The MA program in Comparative History (2 years) - Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Track at Central European University (CEU)  is best suited to students with a three-year bachelor’s degree in history or any other field in the humanities. It is also intended for students who may have completed four or even five years of undergraduate education, but in a social science or humanities discipline other than history. 

Run jointly with CEU’s Department of History and Department of Medieval Studies, the Medieval track of this program is strongly underpinned by a systematic introduction to theories, methods and research skills in history and related disciplines, focusing on Central, Eastern, Southeastern, and Western Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean from late antiquity to contemporary times. 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. Completing the two-year MA program results in a degree in Historical Studies with a Specialization in Medieval Studies.

Educational opportunity

In this multidisciplinary program, students are expected to obtain basic training and participate in research discussions of various fields of medieval scholarship, like history, literature, linguistics, art history, philosophy, philology, archaeology and other areas. 

In the first year of the program, students attend classes in both departments, prepare and defend a prospectus of their proposed MA thesis and those planning a medieval topic learn, or polish their knowledge of medieval source languages.

In the second year, students move into one of the departments depending on the MA thesis topic they wish to pursue and write and defend a thesis on either a topic in either modern history or medieval studies.


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Latin: An Introduction to Research Methodology
  • Introduction to Research Resources for Medievalists
  • Historiography 
  • Interdisciplinary Methods of Comparative History
  • Academic Writing for Medievalists
  • Urban History
  • Gender History
  • Critical Theory and the Medieval Text: Reading Medieval Latin Literature
  • Dealing with the Other in Medieval Europe: The Thirteenth Century
  • MA Thesis Seminar
  • Academic Field Trip Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Feb. 1: financial aid
  • March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • Aug. 15: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Minimum three-year bachelor’s degree in history, medieval studies or a related field
  • Academic records
  • Research proposal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Generous scholarships are available to accepted students from any country.

Living costs for Vienna

861 - 1331 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


In pursuit of its mission, CEU strives to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world, offering generous scholarships available to students from any country. 

In 2018-2019, 82% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition awards to scholarships with stipends and housing. Learn more about how to fund your studies at www.ceu.edu/financialaid.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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