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Profile of Programme

The Political Science PhD programme has been offered since 1999 and aims to supervise and prepare candidates to carry out original research in the scientific subfields of the discipline: Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics and European Union. The programme choses the PhD candidates through rigorous evaluation procedures and then prepares them to independently contribute to the international literature of the field, both on an empirical and a theoretical level. This is achieved through study of, and familiarisation with, the broader literature of the field and, later on, with the specialised literature of their chosen area of focus. Their contribution is accomplished through a PhD thesis that will highlight their clear theoretical and empirical contribution to their scientific field.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with the general literature in three of the four subfields of Political Science (Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics and European Union) by succeeding at the comprehensive exam.
  • Students will familiarise themselves with the specialised theoretical and empirical literature in their specific research field.
  • Students will develop specific research questions.
  • Students will master the necessary research methods and then apply them to answer their specific research questions.
  • Students will be prepared to carry out independent research through substantive guidance.
  • Students will write a PhD thesis that contributes to international scientific knowledge (both theoretical and empirical) in that specific topic.

Key Information

Department: Department of Social and Political Sciences

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences and Education

Programme Name: Political Science

Direction: Political Science

Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctoral's Degree) [6 Semesters]

Mode of Study: Full time

Language of Instruction: Greek

Coordinator: Assistant Professor, Eren Duzgun

Curriculum Structure

Course Type ECTS
Compulsory 180

Courses per Semester

Conditions of Study

  1. Candidates should hold a Masters degree from an accredited University.
  2. Good knowledge of English is a prerequisite. Knowledge of a second European language will be considered an additional qualification.
  3. The academic staff may require an applicant to attend an interview or to complete a written examination even if the applicant fulfils all the above requirements.

Applications can be submitted electronically using The Online Application System. Applications should include the following:

  • Copy of Undergraduate Degree certificate.
  • Copy of MA degree certificate or confirmation that the MA degree will be awarded shortly or confirmation concerning the candidate's position in a PhD course of an accredited university.Candidates that have not yet completed their MA course but are enrolled and are studying for such a course, may be accepted provided that they complete their studies by the 31st of July of the year that they will be enrolling for the PhD course, following the approval of the Postgraduate Committee.
  • Detailed transcription of MA degree credits
  • Certificates of good knowledge of the English language.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A statement describing the candidate's scientific and research interests.
  • A summary of research proposal (up to 1500 words).
  • A sample of academic writing.

Students must always advise the University's' Postgraduate Study Rules

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

The diploma dissertation, thesis, research and writing stages are graded with Success / Failure. The final grade of the dissertation is registered in the last semester of its elaboration. The doctoral dissertation is graded as Success or Failure.

Further Information

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

The Political Science PhD Programme graduates succeed in securing employment at local universities mainly in the private sector.
Many graduates have their work published in international journals and well-known international publishers (e.g. Palgrave, Springer, Tauris).

Access to Further Studies