- Duration (years): 3
- Qualification Awarded: Doctoral Programme in European Studies and International Relations (Ph.D., 3 years)
- Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctorate)
- Language of Instruction: English and Greek
- Mode of Study: Full time / Part-time
- Minimum ECTS Credits: 180
Profile of the Programme
The Doctoral Programme in International Relations (hereafter IR) aims at the creation and interpretation of knowledge which extends the forefront of the disciple of IR (in the wider reading of the discipline), through original research and critical thinking. Holders of a PhD in IR will be able to conceptualize, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and/or understanding in the field of International Relations. Furthermore, holders of a PhD in IR will have the qualities needed for employment that requires the ability to make informed judgments on complex issues in specialist topics of IR, and innovation in tackling and solving conceptual and practical problems in world politics.
The Doctoral Programme in IR is designed in accordance with the Framework for Qualifications for Higher Education Area (Barcelona Process) and the European Qualifications Framework (level 8 of EQF), as well as in accordance with established standards and practices in European and American Universities that award the title of Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations (hereafter a Ph.D. in IR).
According to international standards and practices, on successful completion, doctorate students in International Relations, who study in Universities where the English language is the language of instruction, are awarded the title "Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations" (for the Greek διδάκτωρ).
The Doctoral Programme in IR will socialize students into the world of academia and guide them so that they will be well-acquainted with the criteria they are expected to meet for their academic work internationally. Those who complete the Programme will be able to engage in academic research independently at the highest level. PhD graduates will also be able to pursue analysis of issues of
their expertise at important public and private institutions.
The Programme prepares and guides students to generate new knowledge of the highest academic calibre. Graduates may pursue careers as academics and scholars at colleges, universities, research centres and think-tanks and other important institutions in both the public and private sectors. The Program may also be very useful to those who aspire to pursue careers in other fields that
require major knowledge of topics in international relations, such as government and international organizations.
The Programme prepares and guides students to generate new knowledge of the highest academic calibre. Graduates may pursue careers as academics and scholars at colleges, universities, research centres and think-tanks and other important institutions in both the public and private sectors. The Programme may also be very useful to those who aspire to pursue careers in other fields that require major knowledge of topics in international relations, such as government and international organizations.
Access to Further Studies
The degree requires the completion of 180 ECTS out of which 60 ECTS are for the research proposal and the remaining 120 ECTS for the writing of the Dissertation.
A doctoral candidate student will qualify for a PhD degree if he/she successfully:
- completes any required courses included in the MA Programmes.
- presents and defends his/her research proposal.
- prepares, presents and defend a PhD Dissertation to be examined by a five-member committee.
PhD candidates must complete their study in the PhD programme within three academic years at the minimum and eight academic years at the maximum.
The programme is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in college and university teaching, research, public service, and the private sector. Students successfully completing the programme will:
- gain a deep knowledge at the most advanced frontier of aspects of modern international relations;
- acquire the most advanced and specialized skills and techniques, including synthesis and evaluation, required to solve critical problems in research and/or innovation and to extend and redefine existing knowledge and/or professional practice in the field of international relations;
- develop competence in identifying and evaluating numerous forms of evidence on public events in world politics;
- gain an understanding of complex theories of, as well as actors and institutions in international relations, and means of evaluating their preferences and outcomes;
- acquire greater skills in written and oral communication in English.
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.
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.