PhD in Electrical Engineering


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Program Description

  • Duration (years): 3 years
  • Qualification Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
  • Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctorate Degree)
  • The language of Instruction: The research output and the PhD Thesis must be written in English.
  • Mode of Study: Full Time or Part Time
  • Minimum ECTS Credits: 180

Profile of the Programme

The doctorate degree is intended for students who have excelled during their undergraduate and/or graduate studies, have a strong motivation and enthusiasm toward technological research and innovation, and are inclined to remain in an academic or research environment working on emerging technologies and challenging engineering projects.

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the University of Nicosia is dedicated to provide PhD candidates with in-depth academic knowledge and hands-on experience on advanced engineering topics such as telecommunications, signal and image processing, microwave engineering, antenna technology and wave propagation, power system analysis and design, renewable energy technologies, and computer engineering systems. The high-calibre academic staff of the department is dedicated to working closely with students to solve current engineering problems thereby producing new knowledge and results that can be published in reputable journals and conference proceedings.

During their studies, students will have the opportunity to work on funded research projects, co-author papers with their advisors and other classmates, present their contributions at international conferences, participate in the write-up of research proposals, prepare scientific reports, use simulation software, perform laboratory experiments, attend training schools, participate in workshops, etc. The three-year experience acquired during their PhD studies, working primarily on formulating and solving challenging engineering problems, will provide students with the necessary skills and qualifications to excel in their field of expertise and secure a research/academic position at a university or college, a government institute, or high-tech company.

Career Prospects

Graduates with a PhD in Electrical Engineering will be equipped with the necessary skills in order to enable them to secure a research/academic position at a university or college, a government institute, or high-tech company.

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Graduation Requirements

The PhD programme requires the completion of 180 ECTS out of which 30 ECTS are allocated to the preparation of the research proposal and 150 ECTS are allocated to the research, write-up, and defence of the Thesis.

In every year of study, the PhD student will have to register for 60 ECTS credits. Research work may include the preparation of a research proposal, presentation, and defence of the research proposal, attendance of international conferences, preparation, and submission of journal/conference papers, a write-up of the PhD Thesis, and presentation and defence of the PhD Thesis.

The minimum number of years for completing the PhD is three (3) and the maximum number of years is eight (8).

The PhD programme entails the following stages:

  • Attendance of a number of graduate courses which the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee approves and considers necessary;
  • Write-up and defence of the PhD proposal before the Supervisory Team;
  • Research work by the PhD candidate under the guidance of the Advisor and the Supervisory Team;
  • Write-up and submission of the Thesis;
  • Defending the Thesis before the Examination Committee.

Learning Outcomes

The PhD in Electrical Engineering, in line with the general philosophy behind the awarding of a doctoral degree, provides students with:

  • highly specialized and advanced scientific knowledge in the field of Electrical Engineering;
  • new methodologies and scientific approaches tailored toward innovative design, scientific progress, and technological revolution;
  • research skills and analytical thinking to effectively tackle critical engineering problems;
  • extensive training and professional practice in their primary area of research interest;
  • competencies related to substantial authority, innovation, autonomy, scholarly and professional integrity.

PhD in Electrical Engineering holders:

  • have a deep understanding of their research topic(s) and demonstrate advanced skills and research capabilities associated with their field(s) of expertise;
  • have the ability to conceive, design, implement and adopt a substantial process of research;
  • have made a notable contribution through original research that extends the frontier of science through the development of a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publication;
  • are capable of critical thinking, analytical evaluation, and synthesis of new and complex engineering ideas;
  • are able to promote technological, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge-based society;
  • are able to work as part of a team in an academic and research environment promoting new ideas and emerging technologies.

Scholarships - Financial Aid

The University offers scholarships and financial aid to full-time students, in the form of academic merit scholarships, financial-aid assistance, athletic scholarships, and on-campus work-study programmes.

Last updated November 2018

About the School

UNIC is the largest university in Cyprus, with over 12,000+ students, from over 70 countries across the globe, coming together in an innovative and transformative learning space.

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