Ph.D. in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences

General

Read more about this program on the institution's website

Program Description

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The full name of the final degree is Doctor of Philosophy in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences. The goal of the program is to promote excellence and educate students in energy, environmental, and atmospheric sciences, sectors that are all interconnected and of high priority for Cyprus and internationally.

The challenging curricula will include i) two mandatory courses aiming to establish a common basis of scientific knowledge among students from different disciplines, ii) one (from a pool or three) mandatory track courses depending on the sector (energy, environment, or atmosphere) selected by each student, as well as iii) a number of electives that provide in-depth insight into a variety of more specialized and important topics.

Doctoral candidates will perform research under The Energy, Environment, and Water Research Center (EEWRC) and/or the Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C) within internationally recognized research teams in the fields of Solar Energy and Desalination, Climate Change and Impacts, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Environmental Research and Monitoring, Water Research and Management, and Sustainable Built Environment.

The program will provide the necessary educational setting where excellence in education and research are fostered through interdisciplinary collaboration on regional problems of global significance.

Program Structure and Requirements

To satisfy the requirements of the Ph.D. program, a student must earn a total of 180 ECTS-credits of which 50 ECTS-credits are from courses.  The program has a duration of at least three years. A general indicative schedule of the program is displayed in the table below. 

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3

Semester 1

  • 2 Courses
  • Research

Semester 2

  • 2 Courses
  • Research

Semester 3

  • 1 Course
  • Research / Comprehensive Examination

Semester 4

  • Research

Semester 5

  • Research

Semester 6

  • Research
  • Thesis writing and Ph.D. defense examination

Students typically take up to 30 ECTS per semester
Please note that this table is indicative

Program Courses

  • EAS 500 Frontiers in Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences
  • EAS 502 Methodologies in Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences
  • EAS 503 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics I
  • EAS 504 Renewable Energy Sources
  • EAS 505 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics II
  • EAS 506 The Climate System – Processes and Feedbacks
  • EAS 508 Hydrological Processes
  • EAS 510 Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • EAS 512 Marine Sciences (elective)
  • EAS 514 Remote Sensing & Environmental Optics
  • EAS 516 Climatology of the Mediterranean
  • EAS 517 Solar Energy
  • EAS 519 Energy and Built Environment

All the above courses are complemented by relevant lectures, seminars and workshops organised and offered by the EEWRC and CARE-C.

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General Admissions Information and Requirements

The doctoral programs are highly selective and are designed for research-oriented students aspiring to become leaders in their respective fields of study. Students who are admitted to the program are immersed in a rigorous international research environment that will require a full-time commitment for the duration of the program.

To be considered for admission to a Ph.D. program, a student must have the following:

1. A Master's degree from a recognized accredited institution, with a strong academic record in a major field of study and background relevant to the proposed graduate-level studies.

2. Proof of English language proficiency

If your first language is not English, you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the program to which you are applying. Proof of English language proficiency may be demonstrated by submitting one of the following certificates (or equivalent as deemed by the Admissions Committee).

  • IELTS Academic Version: at least 6.5 (taken within the past 2 years)
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test: at least 79 (taken within the past 2 years)
  • GCSE/IGCSE: Grade C or above (preferably with speaking)

IELTS or TOEFL is preferred.

The English Language proficiency test requirement may be waived if you have/will graduate from a higher education institution in which English is the medium of instruction and communication or if you have a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that CyI considers to be “majority English speaking”, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of registration.

3. Due to the nature of the Ph.D. program, strong computational skills are required.

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Review and Selection Process for Doctoral Program

The Admissions Committee reviews applications and makes its decision on the basis of the student’s academic merit and the match between the Institute’s research activities and the student’s research interests, i.e. Cyi’s capacity to support the students’ Master’s research in terms of facilities, infrastructure, and supervision.

Candidates may be asked for a personal interview. If students are abroad, they may be interviewed through a video conference call.

Criteria and processes for the recognition of previous studies and credit transfers

All CyI’s Ph.D. and Master’s degree programs adhere to the Bologna Process second and third cycle degrees and use the ECTS credit system, ensuring that its degrees are recognized around the world. The ECTS system utilizes a credit concept to compare courses by workload for a typical student. At the CyI, one (1) ECTS is calculated as being the equivalent of 25 hours of workload, both contact and distance learning hours.

Previous degrees are recognized if students have attended an institution(s) that is/are accredited by the appropriate competent body in the country in which it operates. This is stated clearly in the admissions section of our website.  

Recognition of ECTS credits

In the cases where a student wishes to transfer ECTS credits acquired previously towards another degree or outside any degree, the Mentor/Dissertation Advisory Committee of the student will assess the relevance of the specific credits in terms of learning objectives and a decision will be made regarding the transfer. The decision will have to be approved by the Academic Committee. A quota of up to 1/3 of the program requirements can be credited from transfer credits if the Academic Committee approves.

How to Apply

The Cyprus Institute offers the opportunity to apply for a Ph.D. program through our Online Application System.

Documents to be submitted with the online application

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Academic Degree Certificates and Transcripts

An official copy of the Master’s degree and official transcript(s) of past academic work and studies are required. The transcript(s) should include a detailed list of the courses/seminars taken along with the grades received in each course and a GPA. The Institute accepts Master’s degrees obtained from a recognized accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent. If an applicant has not completed a Master’s degree yet, a transcript(s) that list coursework and grades thus far, and the expected date of completion of the Master’s degree, should be provided.

Transcripts must be in English: either issued in English by the Higher Education Institution or if the Higher Education Institution cannot issue a transcript in English then you must provide a duly certified official translation in English.

3. English Language certificates

If your first language is not English, you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the program to which you are applying. Proof of English language proficiency may be demonstrated by submitting one of the following certificates (or equivalent as deemed by the Admissions Committee).

  • IELTS Academic version: at least 6.5 (taken within the past 2 years
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test: at least 79 (taken within the past 2 years)
  • GCSE/IGCSE: Grade C or above (preferably with speaking)

IELTS or TOEFL is preferred

English Language proficiency. test requirement may be waived if you have/will graduate from a higher education institution in which English is the medium of instruction and communication or if you have a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that CyI considers to be “majority English speaking” no more than two years prior to the proposed date of registration.

4. GRE Score Report for General GRE test (optional)

5. Statement of Intent

A statement that describes current academic work and future professional plans in relation to one of the Cyprus Institute’s Research Centers and doctoral program to which the student is applying. It should point to the educational, research and personal experiences that shaped the student’s interest in the proposed field of study. It should outline the research area that the applicant is interested in and the intended research topics to be investigated while in residence at the CyI. It should concisely mention examples of the applicant’s work that explain academic maturity and potential to meet the expectations of the intense graduate program of study at The Cyprus Institute. It should also briefly explain how the work would be innovative and useful to other researchers in the field. The statement should not exceed 1500 words and must be written in English

6. References

Applicants are requested to provide contact details of at least two faculty members or other professionals who are well acquainted with the applicants' academic, research, and professional work and are willing to provide references.

Admissions Timeline for Doctoral Program

Students can be admitted twice per year, in the Fall (October) and the Spring (February). The exact date of the beginning of the semesters is decided by the Academic Committee and displayed on the website and in the prospectus.

Application Deadline

Fall Semester

 

Early
Admissions

Regular
Admissions

Late
Admissions

  Open for EU and International Students.


Open for EU and International Students.


Open for EU and International Students who do not require a visa
 

Applicants will be prioritized for consideration for our Dean's Distinguished Scholarships and a limited number of Research Assistantships / Scholarships.

Applicants will be considered for a limited number of Research Assistantships / Scholarships (subject to availability).

Applicants will be considered for a limited number of Research Assistantships / Scholarships (subject to availability).

Application
Deadline

December 20

April 1

July 3

Spring Semester

 

Regular
Admissions

Late
Admissions

  Open for EU and International Students.

Open for EU and International Students who do not require a visa
 

Applicants will be prioritized for consideration for our Dean's Distinguished Scholarships and a limited number of Research Assistantships / Scholarships.

Applicants will be considered for a limited number of Research Assistantships / Scholarships (subject to availability).

Application
Deadline

September 15

December 1

  • International students should apply early to avoid disappointment due to migration deadlines.
  • Applicants are informed approximately six weeks after the respective application deadlines.
  • The dates listed in the sections above are indicative and may change.

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Last updated Dec 2020

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