The Department currently offers two degrees at the Ph.D. level, one in Electrical Engineering and one in Computer Engineering. Both programs are based on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and require the completion of at least 240 ECTS units, including postgraduate level courses and research work.
The 240 ECTS units are distributed as follows:
- Postgraduate Courses (beyond the M.Sc. degree): 56 ECTS units
- Postgraduate Seminars: 4 ECTS units
- Dissertation Research: 180 ECTS units
The 180 ECTS units requirement for the dissertation research can be fulfilled by taking Ph.D. research stages, and Ph.D. research courses and/or Ph.D. writing stages. The Ph.D. research stages ECE 761-764 are compulsory for all Ph.D. students and can only be taken one-by-one per semester, for four consecutive semesters. The research stage courses ECE 765-768 are optional and can be taken in parallel with other postgraduate courses. If, after completing all research stages, the student has not defended his/her doctoral dissertation, then he/she is required to sign up for Ph.D. writing stages.
In addition to the coursework and the dissertation research, each student must pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination during the first five semesters of the program, complete at least one semester of Teaching Assistantship, and attend the postgraduate seminars for at least three semesters or for a total of 25 presentations (this includes at least one presentation by the student). For M.S. or M.Eng. holders from the University Cyprus or another University, the required number is equal to 15 presentations. For more information on the Ph.D. programs of the department, consult the Postgraduate Studies Guide.