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PhD in Network Science

Central European University - Department of Network and Data Science

Who we are

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, which are often funded through major grants from EU and U.S. agencies. 

What we offer 

PhD in Network Science / This pioneering, research-driven program will introduce you to network theory, methods and data so you can make sense of complex phenomena using simple principles of making network links. We offer advanced training in theoretical and computational methods, challenging coursework on the basic concepts and theories of large-scale networks, and hands-on experience in taming massive datasets. 

Working across disciplines, you will learn how to measure and predict the dynamics of complex networks —biological, social, physical or technical. You will have the opportunity to focus on a specific field, such as mathematics, economics, sociology, political science or environmental science, and take part in cross-border research projects. By the end of your studies, you will develop into an independent researcher who is able to uncover and untangle the patterns of our connected world. 

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 mathematical foundations: graph theory, dynamic processes and graph limits 

Where your degree will take you 

Be it academia, government or business, there’s a rapidly growing demand for network and data scientists in our increasingly interconnected, global society. Applied network scientists are sought after by tech giants and digital disruptors who want to improve users’ online experience. They are also employed as consultants for developing business infrastructures or as risk mitigation experts at major financial institutions.

Study in Vienna 

Apply now and be among the first to study at our new campus in Vienna! Did you know that the Austrian capital has been ranked as the world’s “most livable city” for ten years in a row? Find out more about CEU in Vienna at

Fund your studies 

In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract world-class graduate talents 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. Learn more at

Apply by 

  • January 30, 2020 for PhD studies with financial aid

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

Why CEU  

  • Students and faculty from 100+ countries
  • 16,000+ alumni across 6 continents
  • Accredited in the U.S., Austria and Hungary
  • Generous scholarships
  • A community committed to academic freedom and open debate
  • Based in Vienna, the heart of Europe 


Student Recruitment Office


Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Vienna - Austria
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Monthly stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st October 2019
Closes: 30th January 2020
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