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 department, following the recommendation of the academic supervisor. The examination is oral and its duration lasts two hours. It tests the methodological and grammatological knowledge of the candidates. Specifically, the candidates are examined in one of the three grammatological areas listed below:
(c) Essay Criticism.
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 department, following the recommendation of the academic supervisor. In cases where the proposal is rejected, the student has the right to submit a new proposal on the same or a different topic (in the course of the following semester). After the approval of their proposal the students start working on their thesis.
3. Attendance at the Departmental Colloquia.
4. Submission and defence of the PhD dissertation according to the Postgraduate Studies Regulations of the University of Cyprus.
The students in the Ph.D. Programme are encouraged to spend part of their studies abroad, so that they have the opportunity to work in specialized research libraries. For that purpose the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies has established a wide network of cooperation and exchange programmes with related postgraduate programmes in Byzantine and Modern Greek studies and Comparative Literature at Greek and other European Universities.