In each of the 18 Departments of the University there is a program of Doctoral Studies following the research development of its disciplinary subjects and opening new and innovative research areas. The Doctoral Studies’ Programs of the University of the Aegean illustrate a spectacular map of research proposals and outcomes constituting at the same time a high standard framework for training young and highly-skilled researchers.
Submitting an application
The admission procedure in order to conduct a Doctoral Thesis begins with the submission of an application by those interested to the Department or with the announcement of the relevant invitation regarding specific subjects.
Departments publish their announcements on their webpages, on the internet page of the University and in relevant publicity means.
You can be informed about open invitations for conducting a Doctoral Thesis in the Departments of the University of the Aegean here, or by communicating with the Secretariats of the Departments.
To have the right to submit an application in order to conduct a Doctoral Thesis, one should hold a Postgraduate Qualification/ a Master’s Degree awarded by a Greek university or a recognized equivalent Degree awarded by a foreign university or an integrated Master’s Degree. In special occasions provided for in the Regulation of Doctoral Studies of a relevant Department, a PhD candidate not holding a Master’s Degree may be accepted based on reasoned opinion.
PhD candidates are accepted by a specific Department provided the application they have submitted to the Assembly of the relevant Department has received a positive evaluation.
The criteria and evaluation process of the application are defined in the Regulation of Doctoral Studies of each Department and are based on the relevant legislation in effect.
Once an application receives a positive evaluation, the Assembly of the relevant Department, based on legislation in effect, nominates the Supervisor and other Members of the three-member Counselling Committee and the topic of the Thesis. The three-member Counselling Committee is responsible for guiding and supervising PhD candidates.
The minimum duration for the acquisition of a Doctoral Thesis is three (3) full calendar years beginning from the date the three-member Counselling Committee is nominated. The maximum duration provided in order to complete a Doctoral Thesis is defined in the Regulation of Doctoral Studies of the relevant Department.
Conducting a Doctoral Thesis in cooperating Departments of the University of the Aegean or in other Greek Universities
Based on legislation in effect there is the potential to conduct a doctoral thesis in two Departments of the University of the Aegean or in a Department of the University of the Aegean cooperating with the Department of another Greek University, after signing a Special Cooperation Protocol (SCP) which defines every relevant issue regarding how to conduct a doctoral thesis with co-supervision.
Departments of the University of the Aegean may cooperate with Departments of accredited as equivalent institutions or research centres and foreign institutes in order to conduct doctoral theses with co-supervision, after signing a Special Cooperation Protocol (SCP). In this case, the Doctoral Thesis/ PhD is awarded by both Institutions.
The doctoral thesis may be written in the Greek or in another language according to what is defined in the Regulation of Doctoral Studies of each Department.
Doctoral studies are free of charge.
Candidates have five (5) full academic years from their first registration, are entitled to all the rights and facilities provided for postgraduate students (i.e. technological support, students’ welfare provisions, etc) defined in the relevant Regulation of Doctoral Studies of each Department.
After the completion of their doctoral thesis and for a five-year period they are entitled to access, borrow and use the electronic services of university libraries.
Based on the Regulation of Doctoral Studies of each Department the three-member Counselling Committee may define the obligation of the PhD candidate to participate in seminars, conferences and other academic events, his/her obligation to publish original papers in accredited scientific journals having a system of reviewers or present papers relevant to the topic of their doctoral thesis in seminars, meetings and conferences with a system of reviewers, and also the obligation to attend / participate in courses and/ or laboratories.
Those interested may be informed from the internet page of the Institution about requirements, criteria and the process to submit an application for a large number of scholarships provided in order to conduct a doctoral thesis which are announced annually by various external agencies/organizations.