Applicants must have a University degree awarded by an accredited institution in the country where it operates, or a degree evaluated as equivalent to a University degree by the Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KY.S.A.T.S). Individuals who will be awarded a University degree or Graduation certificate fulfilling the necessary criteria by the end of the week that precedes registration week, are also eligible to submit an application.


Applications should include the following:

    • Application through the Online Application System of the University
    • The names and addresses of at least two (2) referees (University Professors) familiar with the candidate and his/her academic performance. Some departments require three reference letters, so before submitting your application, please read the Postgraduate Prospectus and any relevant departmental prospectus to ascertain the required number of reference letters. The Department may request additional confidential information from the referees. You may also consult the department website.
    • Copies of university degrees or a statement of expected graduation in the month preceding enrolment in the postgraduate programme.
    • Transcripts as appropriate.
    • Curriculum vitae
    • A short statement (maximum two pages) of the student’s research goals and interests.
    • A preliminary research proposal for a PhD place (if this is stated in the departments regulations).

Criteria for assessment of applicants

The criteria for assessment of postgraduate candidates are the following:

  • Academic background in the appropriate discipline and grades in other related degrees.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Personal interview at the discretion of each department.
  • Written examination at the discretion of each department.
  • Submission of a preliminary research proposal for a student place in a Phd programme (if this is stated in the departments’ regulations)
  • Other criteria set by each department.

Required Levels of English language proficiency for studies in postgraduate programs

In accordance with the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA), for admission to programs of study taught in the English language at postgraduate levels at universities, candidate students should provide a certificate of their knowledge of English.
For programs of study at the postgraduate level candidate students are required to have certification for “Very Good Knowledge” of English at level B2-C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). At this level, the users can understand a wide range of demanding, long and complex texts, and recognize implied meanings. The users can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. They can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes. They can produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex topics, demonstrating controlled use of organizational patterns, connecting elements, and coherence mechanisms.
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) corresponds to the following specific reference frameworks for international examinations, according to the official pages of the organizations offering these examinations. Indicatively, a score of 5.5 – 6.5 corresponds to knowledge of level B2 (Lower), while score 8.5-9 is level C2 (Proficiency).
TABLE: Matching results of international examinations with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
University of Cambridge Exams IELTS TOEFL(IBT) Common European Framework
CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English 8.5 – 9 88-120 C2
CAE Certificate in Advanced English 7 – 8 70-88 C1
FCE First Certificate in English 5.5 – 6.5 50-70 B2
PET Preliminary English Test 4.0-5.0 10-50 B1
Please note that some scores only remain valid for two years. If you apply using a certificate gained over two years ago, you will need to retake the test.