PHD PROGRAMME

This is a Ph.D. by research programme. Students who are admitted into the programme do not have to pay tuition fees, but they are required to be full-time graduate students and to participate actively in the life of the Faculty. A call for applications in particular academic areas where positions are open is announced every year in June. Interested parties may prepare all the necessary documents and apply in September.

LANGUAGE STUDIES AND LINGUISTICS
Research positions are available in one or more of the following areas:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Lexicography
  • Translation Studies (involving Modern Greek and English)
  • Linguistics and interdisciplinary language studies

ANGLOPHONE LITERATURE AND CULTURE
Research positions are available in one or more of the following areas:

  • Anglophone Literature and Culture
  • Comparative Literature
  • Literary Theory and Theory of Culture

SELECTION AND ADMISSION
In order to qualify for admission, candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Application in Greek, Curriculum Vitae, and two recommendation letters (all on forms available on the Faculty website. Please click here.)
  • B.A. and M.A. degrees in the area in which the applicant wishes to do research recognized by the Greek state, through its official organ, ΔΟΑΤΑΠ
  • A copy of the applicant’s M.A. dissertation
  • Academic Transcripts to ensure that the applicant has a high GPA in courses relevant to the applicant’s research
  • Certificate of C2 proficiency in English
  • Certificate of B2 level (or above) proficiency in Greek
  • For Anglophone Literature and Culture, applicants must submit a 2,500-3,000 word Ph.D. proposal in English including, the specific topic to be investigated, the aim, background, and originality of the research, the research methodology, and a sample bibliography.
  • (b) For English Language and Linguistics, applicants must initially submit a 500- 800 word Ph.D. proposal and, if this is positively evaluated, a fuller 2000- 2,500 word proposal which includes the information under (a) above.

In order to be accepted as a Ph.D. candidate, the applicant must pass an oral exam/interview which is largely based on the applicant’s proposal.

Foreign students with a state scholarship are not exempt from the Ph.D. entrance requirements.

SUPERVISION
Once a student is admitted into the programme, the Postgraduate Assembly of the Faculty assigns him/her an advisory committee consisting of a supervisor and two advisors who are responsible for helping the Doctoral student though the various stages of his/her research and writing. These academics may either be members of staff of the Faculty to which the thesis is being submitted or of another Faculty of a university in Greece or other EU member state. Once a year, the Doctoral student’s advisory committee submits a progress report on the Doctoral student to the relevant Departmental General Assembly.

DURATION OF STUDIES
Doctoral students are required to complete their thesis within a period of 3 years minimum, and 5 years maximum. In exceptional circumstances, the Postgraduate Assembly, upon the recommendation of the candidate’s advisory committee, may endorse one further year of study beyond this.

For the duration of their studies, doctoral students are expected to take an active part in the life of the Faculty and the University at large by presenting aspects of their work to other postgraduate students and members of staff, offering administrative support when necessary, and delivering talks at symposia and conferences.

THESIS DEFENCE (VIVA)
Upon completing the thesis, the Doctoral student must seek permission from his/her advisory committee to submit the thesis for evaluation. For the final evaluation of the Ph.D. thesis, a seven-member examination committee is appointed by the Postgraduate Assembly which is also responsible for conducting the viva.

The thesis examination committee consists of the supervisor, the two advisors, as well as four other academics who are specialists in one or more of the areas the thesis deals with.

Doctoral students are called upon to defend their thesis publicly. The defence is open to the teaching staff, postgraduate students, and members of other Faculties, as well as to anyone who wishes to attend.

In passing the viva, they are granted the title of Doctor of Philosophy in an open ceremony, where they must take the official oath of academic excellence of the Greek state. If they do not pass, they have an opportunity to make corrections and changes to their thesis and resubmit at a predetermined later date. Changes may also be requested from students who pass the viva and are advised to offer a bound copy of their thesis to the Faculty library or submit it for publication at home or abroad.