Postgraduate Programmes Requirements

 


Requirements for Master Degree

 

  • Class attendance for a minimum of three semesters. The period of study may be extended for up to eight academic semesters.
  • Successful completion of 90-120 ECTS at the postgraduate level (75 ECTS for professional programmes or more than 120 ECTS if the programme includes practical exercise), in accordance with the provisions of the programme of studies of the relevant department.
  • Other criteria set by the department, which may include the submission of a dissertation. Students with a Master dissertation from another postgraduate programme are not exempted from the requirement to submit a Master dissertation for the current programme. If a dissertation is rejected, the student is allowed to resubmit the dissertation once more. Each Department is responsible for defining resubmission procedures.

 


Requirements for Ph.D. Degree

 

  • Class attendance for a minimum of six semesters. The Ph.D. requirements must be fulfilled within the period of sixteen semesters from the day of admission to the postgraduate programme.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 240 ECTS (completion of 60 ECTS at the postgraduate level, in accordance with the provisions of the relevant programme of studies of the department (holders of a Master or equivalent degree may be partially or fully exempted from this requirement). The research part of the programme counts as 120 ECTS and the remaining ECTS refer to the comprehensive examination, the presentation of the dissertation proposal, the writing of the dissertation, etc.)
  • Success in a comprehensive examination between the third and the seventh semester of studies at the latest. The nature and assessment of the comprehensive examination are determined by the relevant department.
  • Defence of a dissertation.

 


Comprehensive Examination

 

Ph.D. students are required to successfully pass a comprehensive examination between the third and the seventh semester of studies at the latest. The nature and assessment of the comprehensive examination are determined by the relevant department.

  • The relevant Postgraduate Programmes Committee is responsible for coordination of the comprehensive examination.
  • The general content of the comprehensive examination and the material required for the examination are defined by the Postgraduate Programmes Committee.
  • For oral examinations the Examining Committee must be composed of more than one examiner and full notes must be taken.
  • The departments must offer comprehensive exams at least once a year so that students have the opportunity to take the exams at least twice before their seventh semester.
  • The comprehensive examination is graded with either Success or Failure.
  • Incomplete mark is not given to comprehensive examination.

 


Procedure for a Dissertation Defence

 

  • Presentation of a dissertation proposal before a three-member committee. The presentation of the proposal is conducted two up to four semesters after the success in the comprehensive examination.  The committee is proposed by the Research Advisor and the Postgraduate Programmes Committee of the Department, is chaired by the Research Advisor and is appointed by the Council of the Department. One of the members of the three-member committee can be from another department of the University in a related discipline or from another university or research centre.
  • Submission of an original dissertation constituting an important contribution to the particular discipline.
  • Defence of the dissertation before a five-member Examining Committee. The committee is proposed by the Postgraduate Programmes Committee of the Department and the Research Advisor and is appointed by the Council of the Department. The committee is composed of : three members from the departmental academic staff, one of whom is, in all cases, the student's research supervisor; one member from another university or research centre and; one member from another department of the University in a related discipline or from another university or research centre.
  • The Chair of the Examining Committee is a member of the academic staff of the department, but not the Research Supervisor.
  • The procedure for defence of the dissertation consists of three stages: (a) presentation of the dissertation in an open lecture, (b) discussion of the dissertation with the members of the Examining Committee and (c) meeting of the Committee and formation of the Committee's final proposal.
  • After completion of the dissertation defence , the Committee submits a detailed proposal to the Head of the department in writing with any recommendations to the candidate. The Head sends the Committee's proposal to the Senate for approval.
  • If the Committee suggests any changes or improvements, the Senate will grant final approval for the award of the degree after the Research Advisor confirms in writing that the suggestions have been implemented.
  • If the Examining Committee cannot recommend awarding a degree, the Ph.D. candidate may be allowed to resubmit the dissertation, after due modifications have been made in accordance with the committee's requirements, and repeat the entire process of defence once more.
  • Students at the doctoral level may be awarded a Master degree if for special reasons they need to interrupt their studies, provided that they fulfil the department's requirements.

 


Structure of the PhD Thesis


 

  • Hard Cover
  • Title Page (Inside Cover)
  • Back side of Title Page
  • Validation Page (must bear the signature of the Research Supervisor and the Chairman of the Evaluation Committee.  Other signatures are not obligatory).
  • Declaration and signature of Doctoral Candidate
  • Abstract in Greek (approximately 500 words)
  • Abstract in an international language (approximately 500 words)
  • Acknowledgements (Optional-depends on the candidate)
  • Dedication (Optional-depends on the candidate)
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Chapters
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Appendices (if applicable)

 


General Specifications for the Preparation of the Doctoral Dissertation


Phd dissertation: Leather bound copies of the Phd dissertation are submitted to the Department, the Library and the Graduate School. The content of the PhD dissertation on CD is submitted to the Library as well.

Binding: The PhD dissertation must be bound in size A4 volume(s), in dark brown leather cover. The cost of binding is undertaken by the PhD candidate.

Dissertation length: The minimum number of words for a PhD dissertation is 10,000 words, unless otherwise specified by each Department through its departmental postgraduate students' rules. The length of the dissertation relates to the requirements and particularities of the topic. Scientific competence is more important than the length for the thesis evaluation.

Cover: A golden-colour University of Cyprus logo appears on the dissertation cover. Data included on the cover are: academic department, thesis title, author's name, the phrase "Doctoral Dissertation" and the year it is submitted.

Paper: The dissertation must be printed on good quality A4 white paper.

Font/size: It is recommended that the dissertation be printed in black font, preferably Times Roman or Arial or other font, size 11 or 12.
For footnotes and endnotes it is recommended that a smaller size of the same font be used. Titles and headings may have different size.

Spacing: It is recommended that line spacing is 1.5. Extended citations, footnotes, appendices, and references may be single spaced.

Margins: Top, bottom and right margins must be 2 cm; left must be 3.5 cm.

Printing: Printing should be consistently clear and dark and only one side of the paper is to be used. Either laser printing or photocopying of high quality is acceptable. Inkjet printing is not accepted.

Pagination: Preliminary pages (i.e. the validation page, acknowledgements, table of contents and related pages) must have continuous numbering in lower case Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv, v, ...). The title page inside must not be numbered and be counted in the total number of pages. All following pages of the dissertation text, including appendices (if any) and bibliographies, must have continuous numbering using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ...). Page numbers are located at the bottom, justified to the right.

 


Printed Appearance of PhD Dissertations


 

Hard Cover – the information below, in the order given, is provided in golden colour uppercase letters:

  • University of Cyprus logo (in golden colour)
  • Academic department [Department of .......]
  • Title of PhD dissertation
  • The phrase "DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DISSERTATION"
  • Author's full name
  • Year of submission

Volume Spine – the information below, in the order given, is provided in golden colour uppercase
letters:

  • Author's full name
  • The phrase "DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DISSERTATION"
  • Volume number (in case there are more than one)
  • Year of submission

Title Page (Inside Cover) – the same information as provided on the cover, in uppercase letters: 

  • University of Cyprus logo
  • Academic department [Department of .......]
  • Title of PhD dissertation
  • Author's full name
  • The sentence "A dissertation submitted to the University of Cyprus in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy"
  • Month and Year of submission

The page following the Title Page (on the back of the title page) – Information provided:

  • ©Full name, Year of submission

 


 Structure of the main parts of the PhD dissertation


 

The dissertation's parts must appear in the following order:

Validation Page – information provided: 

  • "VALIDATION PAGE"Doctoral candidate: [.........full name]
  • Dissertation Title
  • The following sentence in italics: "The present Doctoral Dissertation was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Department of .......... [name of the department] and was approved on the ................ [date of approval] by the members of the Examination Committee."
  • Examination Committee:
    •  Research Supervisor [.............full name, position, signature]
    • Other members [............full name, position, signature (for each one)]

The validation page must bear the signature of the Research Supervisor and the Chairman of the Evaluation Committee. Other signatures are not obligatory.

Declaration of Doctoral Candidate – the following statement must be provided:

"The present doctoral dissertation was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Cyprus. It is a product of original work of my own, unless otherwise mentioned through references, notes, or any other statements."

Full Name and Signature of the Doctoral Candidate

Abstract in Greek (approximately 500 words) - (the abstract should be read independently)

Abstract in an international language (approximately 500 words) - (the abstract should be read independently)

Acknowledgements (Optional – depends on the candidate)

Dedication (Optional – depends on the candidate)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Chapter 1: Introduction

Other Chapters

Conclusions

References

Appendices (if applicable)

 

 

 

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