The doctoral studies (PhD) aim at the creation of high quality and modern scientific research, as well as at the training of scientists capable of contributing to the progress and development of science and basic research. The graduates of the doctoral programs are intended to staff the research, business and educational potential of the country and abroad. At the same time, the doctoral program is for the Department, as well as for the University in general, a source of academic prestige and international academic distinction and contributes to the qualitative and quantitative upgrade of research production.
The minimum formal qualifications for PhD candidates are the following:
a) University degree (University or Technological Educational Institute) of the country or recognized as an equal institution abroad,
b) Diploma of Postgraduate Studies (Master’s degree) in a University of the country or in a recognized by the relevant organization (N.A.R.I.C.) as an equal institution abroad, or the possession of a single and indivisible postgraduate degree, according to article 46 of law 4485/2017.
In exceptional cases, and after a justified decision of the Assembly of the Department, a non-holder of Master’s degree PhD candidate can be accepted, given that he/she meets at least four (4) of the following criteria:
- Degree “Excellent”.
- Excellent performance in relevant undergraduate courses, as well as excellent performance of the candidate in the Dissertation Thesis of the Undergraduate Course (if any). “Relevant” are those undergraduate courses that have a background character in the subject matter of the doctoral dissertation and as the case may be determined by the Assembly of the Department.
- Published papers in prestigious international and / or national scientific journals with reviewers.
- Monographs or participation in scientific books and collective volumes with reviewers.
- Paper presentations in scientific conferences with reviewers.
- Significant number of citations in their published work.
- Many years of high level professional experience in a field directly related to the subject matter of the doctoral dissertation.
- Additional postgraduate studies related to the subject of the doctoral dissertation.
- Five-year university studies.
Especially for doctoral candidates who do not have a Master’s degree, the duration of the PhD is set at a minimum of 4 years. The PhD candidates who are accepted exceptionally without being holders of a Master’s degree are required to complete a set of courses determined by the Assembly of the Department. Compulsory course attendance time is calculated in the minimum time for obtaining a doctorate. The time period for obtaining the PhD cannot be less than three (3) full calendar years from the date of appointment of the three-member advisory committee.