PhD in European Studies
The PhD programme in European Studies provides students with a contemporary and specialised education and gives them the opportunity to acquire scientific expertise. The programme trains students for research and research methodology in compliance with the current requirements of academic knowledge, being aware of the data of new European reality.
Graduated students of this programme may work in various sectors and institutions of the Republic of Cyprus as well as in the European Union, such as academic teaching, public and private teaching, cultural and linguistic services, public services, international institutions, diplomatic corps, translation centres, tourism and hotel industry, media, multinational companies, NGOs.
Download here the Regulation of the PhD programme (in Greek).
The date for submission of applications to the Doctoral Programme (Doctorate level, according to the European Framework 3-5-8, or in French L-M-D) will be announced by the Department; the date will apply to all PhD programmes of the Department. Students who have not yet obtained their Master degree—in French Studies or any other field of the Humanities or Social Sciences—but who will complete their studies by 31 July of the year that they wish to enter the PhD programme are eligible. Applicants with a relevant degree in science must demonstrate proficiency in the English and French languages (writing, reading and speaking); knowledge of additional foreign languages will be considered as an added qualification.
The application must be submitted to the Graduate Programme Coordinator by the date specified by the University. The number of admissions per year is five (5) Ph.D. students.
Applications must include the following:
- a sample of scholarly writing: short article, chapter of the Master's thesis, etc.
- evidence of proficiency in the Greek, English, French or German language
- two reference letters that must be submitted directly from the referee Professors either on the online application system, either to the Secretary of the Department
In order to request (by writing) a recommendation letter from a teacher, students must a) give enough time to the teacher, considering the other numerous obligations he/she may have (conferences, research mobilities, etc.), b) provide a recent transcript of records, c) their CV, d) the full name and address of the degree/programme/Department/University to which the recommendation letter is destined, e) announce the language in which they require the recommendation letter to be written.
All candidate applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Programme Committee of the Department. If the Committee deems it necessary, selected candidates may be invited to a personal interview or teleconference interview. The Committee submits its final selection of candidates to the Department Council for their approval.
The doctoral degree must be completed within eight (8) years from the day of admission to the doctoral programme. Doctoral students are encouraged to spend up to one calendar year of study at universities abroad through an exchange programme.
The doctoral studies are regulated by the Postgraduate Students Regulation of the University of Cyprus. Download here the Regulation of the PhD programme (in Greek).
The Ph.D. programme in European Studies comprises a minimum of 240 ECTS. The distribution of the ECTS in the different stages of the programme is as follows:
Research stage I
Research stage IΙ
Research stage IΙΙ
Research stage IV
Writing stage Ι
Writing stage ΙI
For the registration in the PhD programme, the Department may request the student to follow extra courses or seminars.
Each semester is equivalent to 30 ECTS, either at the Research stage or at the Thesis writing stage. However, the student may divide each research stage in two semesters and complete 15 ECTS per semester. Students must register for each stage of the programme and thus must pay fees for each semester, unless they formally take a leave.
Research supervisor. The doctoral thesis has to be conducted by a Supervisor. The Supervisor is organized by the Departmental Board after a proposal from the Department Graduate Programme Committee and I consultation with the doctoral student and the proposed Supervisor. The Supervisor monitors the research work of the student and provides all necessary support and guidance. (cf. Research interests of the Academic Staff)
Tripartite Committee. At the end of the second semester of the programme (at the latest) a tripartite Research Committee is selected; they will monitor the Ph.D. thesis writing. This committee is chosen during a Department Board meeting on the recommendation of the Department postgraduate studies coordinator and the Ph.D. supervisor. The Ph.D. committee consists of: a) The research supervisor who is the main coordinator of the Ph.D. thesis; b) Another member of the Department of French and European Studies; c) Another member from either the Department of French and European Studies, or from another department of the University of Cyprus, or from another university or research center to the extent that this member works in a related discipline. The Committee evaluates the student's progress in his/her PhD studies and defines the examination type of the Comprehensive exam.
Courses attendance. The Supervisor may request from the PhD candidate to attend extra postgraduate courses offered by the University of Cyprus, if necessary for the candidate's research.
Comprehensive Exam. The doctoral student must take a comprehensive examination, preferably by the end of the fourth semester. In case of failure, the doctoral student must repeat the comprehensive examination at the latest by the end of the sixth semester. In case of a second failure, the studies are interrupted. The Department of French and European Studies at the University of Cyprus is responsible for planning the Comprehensive exam.
Approval of the proposal for a doctoral thesis. The proposal must be submitted no later than two semesters after success on the comprehensive examination and until the expiration date of each course. The presentation of the proposal must be made within the current examination period. In case of rejection of the thesis proposal, or if modifications are suggested, the PhD candidate must submit a new thesis proposal to the Committee, the latest before the end of the following semester. In case of a second failure, the studies are interrupted. From the moment the thesis proposal has been approved, the candidate starts to write his/her thesis.
PhD Thesis. The thesis must be original and should make a significant contribution to the student's chosen field. It should be between 80,000 and 100,000 words - the exact length can be discussed between the candidate and the research Supervisor.
Language of the thesis. The thesis may be written in Greek or in an international language.
Thesis Defense. The jury is composed of 5 persons and selected by the Departmental Board on the recommendations of the Postgraduate Committee and the research Supervisor. The jury must be composed of the Tripartite Research Committee and: a) three faculty members in the Department, one of whom is always the research Supervisor; b) a member of another university or a research center at the University level; c) a member of another Department of the University of Cyprus in a related discipline or another university or a research center at the University level. The president of the Postgraduate Committee must be a member of the Department, but not the research Supervisor.
Non award. If the Selection Committee votes for non-award of the doctorate, the candidate is allowed to resubmit the thesis for a second and final time, after complying with the recommendations of the Commission. In this case, the whole process is repeated. The Committee remains the same for the second submission, with the replacement of a member allowed only for very serious reasons.
Participation in exchange programmes. The PhD candidate may and is encouraged to spend until one civil year of his/her studies in foreign Universities.
Contact: Department Secretary
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