Structure of the PhD Thesis



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:

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

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

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


 Structure of the main parts of the PhD dissertation

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

Validation Page – information provided:

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



Appendices (if applicable)



Guidelines for Doctoral Thesis