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Profile of Programme

The main objective of the PhD Program in Physics is to facilitate the advancement of scientific knowledge and research in Physics. Training of graduate students is central to the objectives and activities of the Department. More specifically, the PhD program aims to:

  • Attract talented local and international students in pursuing PhD degree studies at the Department
  • Provide students with the opportunity to build a solid understanding of core areas of Physics and enable them to master the physical laws of Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Statistical Physics 
  • Equipe students with a developed range of skills and guide them to put theses skills into practice by conducting research.
  • Provide students with the capacity to initiate their own advanced research and to apply acquired knowledge and skills to solve real scientific problems
  • Help students reach a level of self-assessment and independent and critical thinking in addressing and solving problems.
  • Provide a stimulating learning environment via the offered courses and research opportunities, and via student participation in collaboration networks with major international research centers and universities, and in international conferences, schools and workshops
  • Maintain high academic standards in teaching and research
  • Produced high-quality graduates, who can pursue careers in academia, research, the industry sector, secondary education, private companies or the public sector
  • Achieve and maintain a leading role in the Graduate Physics programs of Eastern Mediterranean Universities and Greek-speaking Universities.

Further, the Department’s PhD program strives to provide transferable skills such as clear and concise oral and written scientific communication, use of relevant information technology and experience with methods of information retrieval. In addition it aims to increase students' awareness of the industrial, environmental and social context of their studies.

Attention is also paid in the development of broader skills, ranging from ethics to entrepreneurship, and from respect of intellectual property to dissemination of results to the public. The ultimate goal is to prepare highly skilled educators and researchers, who will perform effectively at both national and international level, will contribute directly to the technological and financial development of Cyprus, and will promote the education of the public in science.

Key Learning Outcomes

There follows an overview of the intended learning outcomes of the PhD in Physics programme: 

• Mastery of advanced knowledge of the standard core curriculum of a Physics Graduate degree including Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Statistical Physics and Modern Experimental Techniques and Instrumentation

• Mastery in application of appropriate theoretical, computational and/or experimental methods to analyze, collect and integrate information in ways consistent with the highest standard of the research in their subfield of interest

• Demonstrate ability to conduct research that results in an original contribution to knowledge, according to the standards of their subfield of interest, including as appropriate both independent and collaborative research

• Exhibit versatility and innovative thinking in addressing and managing open questions in a variety of contexts, as an essential asset for careers in research, industry, commerce, education and the public sector

• Develop teaching and communicating skills such as: oral and written scientific communication, near fluent use of scientific English, use of information/communication technology, organization and planning of group work, ability to conduct extensive bibliographic search in advanced books and web-based electronic archives

• Master the methods of scientific research in Physics and how these are applicable to other fields of research, beyond Physics.

Key Information

Department: Department of Physics

Faculty: Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

Programme Name: Physics

Direction: Physics

Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctoral's Degree) [8 Semesters]

Mode of Study: Full time

Language of Instruction: Greek


Fotis Ptochos
(Associate Professor)

Curriculum Structure

Course Type ECTS
Core Courses 50
Specialized Courses 150
Restricted Elective 10
Restricted Elective Specialization 30

Courses per Semester

Conditions of Study

The Graduate School announces the number of available positions, admission criteria for candidates and all the required documents that must be submitted with the application such as:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University.
  • Previous University education and the grades of the relevant degrees.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Personal interview and/or written examination (if required by the Departmental rules).
  • Submission of preliminary research proposal for admission to a doctoral programme (if required by the Department).
The Department may also set additional criteria and quality indicators such as: (a) number of students’ publications in scientific journals, (b) students’ participation in seminars, symposia, research programmes, (c) presentations at conferences, (d) knowledge of foreign languages, and (e) professional experience, etc.

Students must always consult the University's' Postgraduate Study Rules. 

Successful completion of the requirements of the Program. Up to 60 ECTS may be exempted based on equivalent postgraduate courses.

The doctoral dissertation is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. 

Further Information

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

A break-down of the professional career of our Master degree holders (excluding the 2018-2019 graduates), shows that 45 (out of 71) have follow a career in education in the public or private sector. 10 graduates are employed in the local financial and insurance industry and in data mining companies; 7 graduates pursued PhD studies in our Department; finally 10 graduates continued for a PhD degree at Universities either in Europe or USA. All 10 are currently employed as Researchers at various prestigious International Institutes and Universities, including CERN, Univ. of Stony Brook, Univ. of Manchester, ETH Zurich, Max Planck Institute at Munich, Univ. Of Marseille, UCL, CNRS Grenoble.

Most of our PhD degree holders have succeeded in establishing a top-level academic career either at local universities or research institutes or at universities abroad.

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