The PhD programme in French 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.

Graduate 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 the Regulation of the PhD programme (original in Greek – translation in English – translation in French)

Download here the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus: In Greek – in English



Candidates for the PhD Programme (Doctorate level, according to the European Framework 3-5-8, or in French L-M-D) must, at the date of publication of the places available by the Department, hold a Master’s degree in French Studies, in Didactics of French as a Foreign Language or in Humanities or Social Sciences. Students who have not yet obtained their Masters degree 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 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 determined by the Doctoral School. Applications must include the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  3. A sample of scholarly writing: short article, chapter of the Masters thesis, etc.
  4. A brief statement (maximum two pages) of personal objectives and research interests
  5. A preliminary research proposal for admission to a doctoral programme
  6. Evidence of proficiency in the French language
  7. Two reference letters that must be submitted directly from the referee Professors on the online application system.

In order to request (in writing) a letter of recommendation from a professor, students should a) give the professor enough time, considering his or her other possible obligations which may be numerous (lectures, research trips, etc.), b) provide a recent transcript of their grades, c) their CV, d) the name and full address of the degree/programme/department/university for which the letter of recommendation is requested, e) indicate the language in which they wish the letter of recommendation to be written.

All candidate applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Programme Committee of the Department. If the Committee deems it necessary, short-listed candidates may be invited to a personal interview, a teleconference interview, and/or a written examination. The Committee submits its final selection of candidates to the Department Council for their approval.

For more information, please contact the Doctoral School (tel: 22894021/44), or the Department’s Secretary (tel: 22894389).



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.



To obtain the PhD in French Studies, the student must validate a minimum of 240 ECTS. The distribution of ECTS in the different stages is as follows:

Master II 60
FES 650

FES 651

FES 652

FES 653

FES 655

FES 660

FES 661

FES 670

FES 671

FES 680

Research stage I

Research stage IΙ

Research stage IΙΙ

Research stage IV

MT180 Doctoral Day

Qualifying examination


Draft stage I

Draft stage ΙI

Thesis defense











Total 240


Each semester is equivalent to 30 ECTS. When a doctoral student is in the research phase or in the writing phase of the doctoral thesis, it is considered that this semester has the equivalent workload of 30 ECTS. 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.

Research supervisor. The doctoral thesis has to be undertaken with a Supervisor. The Supervisor is assigned by the Departmental Board following a proposal from the Department Graduate Programme Committee and in 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. (See Research interests of the Academic Staff)

Tripartite Committee. For a PhD Thesis, a Tripartite Committee is necessary. This Committee is chosen during a Department Board meeting on the recommendation of the Department Postgraduate Studies Coordinator and the Ph.D. Supervisor. The PhD Committee consists of: a) The research supervisor who is the main coordinator of the PhD 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 students’ progress in their PhD.studies and defines the examination type of the Qualifying Examination.

Courses attendance. Doctoral students must take undergraduate or / and postgraduate courses and / or seminars offered by the Department of French and European Studies, which they can choose after consultation with their Supervisor. The courses will help to make sure that their research and dissertation run smoothly. The indicative list of courses / seminars is as follows:

FES 370 Μεθοδολογία της Έρευνας
FES 730 Methodologie de la Didactique du FLE
FES 731 TICE en Didactique du FLE
FES 732 Acquisition des compétences linguistiques dans la communication orale et écrite du français langue étrangère
FES 733 Sociolinguistique et Didactique du FLE
FES 735 Approche pédagogique du texte littéraire francophone
FES 736 Strategies d’apprentissage de la Langue Francaise: Analyse d’erreurs et d’evaluation
FES 758 Discourse, Migration, Borders in the European Space
FES 759 Dada et surréalisme : mouvements européens
FES 761 The Elusive Definition(s) of Europe
FES 762 The Discourse of Culture in Europe, from Plato to Popper
FES 763 Tragedy in Europe and Europe in Tragedy
FES 764 L’Europe des divisions au cinéma
FES 765 L’Europe hors du musée
FES 766 From Europe’s Abduction to Huntington’s Clash: Models of Cultural Interpenetration
FES 767 Cultural Hegemonies in European Space
FES 768 The Critique of Justice in European Culture
FES 769 Europe-State of Emergency
FES 770 Which Political Form for which Europe?
FES 771 European Spirit in the Globalized Era
FES 772 Gender Roles in the European Space
FES 773 The Europe of Nations
FES 774 Hate Speech in the European Space
FES 775 European Spiritualities
FES 776 The Spirit of Nations

Doctoral Day. Each year, the Department organises a mandatory Doctoral day for all PhD Students, who are required to present their work to their fellow students as well as the Department’s (and other) Professors. This annual presentation aims to enhance the research work carried out within the Department, and to encourage scientific exchanges. The date of the Doctoral Day is communicated at the beginning of the academic year.

Qualifying examination. The doctoral student must take a qualifying examination, preferably by the end of the fourth semester. In case of a failure, the doctoral student must repeat the Qualifying Examination by the end of the sixth semester at the latest. In the event of a second failure, the studies are terminated. The Department is responsible for planning the Qualifying examination.

Thesis Proposal. The proposal must be submitted no later than two semesters after success on the Qualifying Examination and before the expiration date of each course. The presentation of the proposal must be made within the current examination period. In case of a rejection of the thesis proposal, or if modifications are suggested, the Ph.D. candidate must submit a new thesis proposal to the Committee, the latest before the end of the following semester. In the event of a second failure, the studies are terminated. From the moment the thesis proposal has been approved by the Tripartite Committee, 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 French.

Thesis Defense. The thesis defense is open to the public and before a jury of 5 members. This Jury selected by the Departmental Board on the recommendations of the Postgraduate Committee and the Research Supervisor. The jury must be composed of: a) the Tripartite Committee; b) a member of another University or a Research Centre 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 Centre at the University level. The president of the Jury must be a member of the Department, but not the Research Supervisor.

Non Award. If the Jury votes for non-award of the doctorate, the candidate is allowed to resubmit the thesis for a second and final time. The terms of resubmission of the thesis must be determined in writing by the jury. The Jury must remain the same. The replacement of a member of the jury is allowed only for very serious reasons.

Participation in exchange programmes. The PhD candidate may and is encouraged to spend until one academic year of his/her studies in foreign Universities.


Contact: The Department’s Secretary

For information on the current semester’s programme, please consult the Semester Programmes in the Students’ Area.