“What has impressed me about the department is the infrastructure available to students to carry out quality research and become better scientists. Our labs are surely among the best in Europe, and we have plenty of opportunities to discuss our studies with colleagues and present them in conferences around the world. Also, we have excellent professors and fruitful collaboration with other excellent institutions. All this makes the department a great place for those seeking a career in cognitive science.”

The Department of Cognitive Science at Central European University (CEU) concentrates on social and biological aspects of human cognition: how learning, processing and sharing information about and with others takes place, and how computational models of human cognition can be realized in the brain. Students and faculty undertake interdisciplinary research drawing on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, mathematical modeling, linguistics and the social sciences. 

Program offered

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science

Research areas

  • Behavioral economics
  • Cognition and culture
  • Cognitive development
  • Cooperation
  • Computational models
  • Embodied cognition
  • Infant social cognition
  • Joint action
  • Learning and memory
  • Social cognitive neuroscience
  • Statistical learning
  • Visual perception 

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, the heart of Europe 

Scholarships available
CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world, and provides generous scholarships available to accepted students from any country. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for housing and living expenses.

Contacts and how to apply
Apply by February 1, 2018 to become part of our international academic community! 

Find out more about CEU programs, admissions requirements and available funding options here