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  1. Comprehensive examination. By the sixth semester at the latest, the PhD candidate is required to pass a comprehensive examination before a three-member scientific committee, which is appointed by the two departments involved (BNE and ΙΣΑ), following the recommendation of the academic supervisor. The examination is oral and its duration lasts three hours. It comprises three subjects selected by the candidate from a list of topics representative of all the academic fields of the postgraduate programme.

  2. Approval of detailed thesis proposal. Following the comprehensive examination, within a period of four semesters maximum, the PhD candidate submits a detailed thesis proposal. The proposal is evaluated by a three-member scientific committee, which is appointed by the two departments involved (BNE and ΙΣΑ), following the recommendation of the academic supervisor. Only after the proposal's approval is the candidate eligible to begin thesis work.

  3. Attendance of and active participation in the "Colloquium of Byzantine Studies", including the presentation of a research paper in 45-50 minutes.

  4. Submission and defence of the PhD dissertation according to the Postgraduate Studies Regulations of the University of Cyprus.