PhD in Psychology
Aim of the Programme
The doctoral program leads to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree. Applications are accepted from students who have already earned a Master's Degree in Psychology or related field. The doctoral degree consists of a minimum of 255 ECTS, which include the completion of eight academic courses corresponding to 60 ECTS (7.5 ECTS each). Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination during the 5th semester of their studies, after which they may begin their doctoral dissertation. The breakdown of the academic and dissertation courses are given below.
Number of Entrants and Entry Process
The department admits about five doctoral students each year. The positions are announced at least 6 months before the beginning of each academic year according to the formal procedures of the Student Services. Applications are examined by the Postgraduate Programme Committee of the Department, which submits a proposal to the Departmental Board. The decisions of the Department are implemented only after approval by the Postgraduate Committee of the University.
Each doctoral student will be assigned to an academic advisor who is a faculty member in the department and who will supervise the student during his/her studies and dissertation process. The Department requires that the candidate secures the commitment of a faculty member who agrees to mentor him/her during the doctoral studies, prior to the admission interview (which is conducted as part of the admission decision process).
· Master degree by an accredited institution
· Student performance as indicated on university transcripts. Special weight is given to grades in related courses.
· Minimum of three letters of recommendation (see Departmental Recommendation Form); at least 2 of the letters should be from former professors.
· Distinctions and special awards
· Research participation, publications and scientific publications
· Personal interview.
Completion of the PhD Program
The following are required for the PhD degree:
1. Successful completion of 255 ECTS including the 60 ECTS of academic coursework described above.
2. Successful performance on the Comprehensive Examination according to the internal regulations of the Department and the
3. Submission and successful defence of a doctoral dissertation proposal.
4. Completion and successful defence of a doctoral dissertation.
Study Terms and Conditions
The student must maintain a Grade Point Average of 7 out of 10 or higher, otherwise he/she will be placed on academic probation. If a student's grade remains below 7 for a second semester, the case is forwarded to the Departmental Board for review and possible dismissal.
I. Academic Coursework
Required Courses (Three of the following, total 22.5 ECTS)
1. PSY 790 DOCTORAL SEMINAR: DISSERTATION AND RESEARCH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT (7.5 ECTS)
2. PSY 789 APPLIED DATA ANALYSIS II (7.5 ECTS) (pre-requisite: PSY 604)
3. PSY 788 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS II (7.5 ECTS) OR
PSY 749 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
Elective Courses (Four of the following courses, total 30 ECTS)
PSY 706 NEUROPHYSIOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 707 FAMILY AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 710 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 711 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 712 COGNITIVE SCIENCE (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 713 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 715 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 718 PSYCHOLOGY OF READING (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 719 TOPICS IN NEUROSCIENCE (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 722 CROSS-CULTURAL ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 730 NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 731 COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: UNDERSTANDING THE BIOLOGY OF THE MIND (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 741 INTERGROUP RELATIONSHIPS IN DIVIDED COMMUNITIES (7.5 ECTS)
PSY 746 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION (7.5 ECTS)
Elective course (7.5 ECTS)
SELECT 1 OF THE ELECTIVE LIST COURSES OR ONE FROM ANOTHER POSTGRADUATE COURSE IN THE DEPARTMENT.
II. Comprehensive Examination and Doctoral Dissertation
Final Comprehensive Examination (15 ECTS)
a. PSY 777 Preparation for Final Exam-optional (1 ECTS)
b. PSY 800 Final Examination (15 ECTS)
Doctoral Dissertation (180 ECTS total)
The procedures for conducting the doctoral dissertation are presented and explained on the Department's website. The may not be started until the successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination and it is supervised by a Department's faculty member.
PSY 869 Research Level IA (15 ECTS)
PSY 870 Research Level IB (15 ECTS)
PSY 871 Research Level IIA (15 ECTS)
PSY 872 Research Level IIB (15 ECTS)
PSY 873 Research Level III (30 ECTS)
PSY 874 Research Level IV (30 ECTS)
PSY 875 Writing Level IA (15 ECTS)
PSY 876 Writing Level IB (15 ECTS)
PSY 877 Writing Level IIA (15 ECTS)
PSY 878 Writing Level IIB (15 ECTS)
PSY 879 Writing Level III (1 ECTS)
PSY 880 Writing Level IV (1 ECTS)
PSY 881 Writing Level V (1 ECTS)
PSY 882 Writing Level VI (1 ECTS)
PSY 883 Writing Level VII (1 ECTS)
PSY 884 Writing Level VIII (1 ECTS)
PSY 885 Writing Level IX (1 ECTS)
PSY 886 Writing Level X (1 ECTS)
7.5 ECTS Χ 8 Academic Courses = 60
Comprehensive Examination = 15
Research Levels = 120
Dissertation Writing Levels = 60