PhD in Psychology


Program Description

  • Duration (years): 3
  • Qualification Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
  • Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctorate)
  • Language of Instruction: Thesis can be in English or Greek
  • Mode of Study: Full-time
  • Minimum ECTS Credits: 180

Profile of the Programme


The aim of the PhD programme in Psychology is to educate and train psychology researchers who, depending on their specialization area, will be able to use scientific methods investigate and deal with factors that affect behaviours, cognitive process, and emotion.


  1. Develop students’ in-depth understanding and critical analysis of current literature and research methodology in the field of psychology.
  2. Develop students’ understanding and application of suitable research methodologies and scientific methods of investigation to enable them to carry out their doctoral research project.
  3. Enhance students’ research skills and facilitate the development of expertise relevant to their research specialization area.
  4. Educate students in how to disseminate research findings, conclusions and suggestions for improving educational or mental health provision to the scientific community, for example through publishing in academic journals and/or presenting their work in academic conferences and seminars.
  5. Give students a broad understanding of research approaches and methods which will enable them to read and comprehend a wide range of academic research papers to enhance their research competence and facilitate the development of future research activities.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the programme graduates will be able to will be able to work as researchers, and academics. Graduates will be able to work at research centres, work as consultants, and will be competitive applicants for academic positions at Universities.

Access to Further Studies

Upon graduation, students would have obtained the highest academic title possible.


Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid terms, projects, and class participation.

Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.

Graduation Requirements

The student must complete 180 ECTS and all programme requirements, which doctoral dissertation completion.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the period of doctoral study, students are expected to:

  1. Comprehend basic principles of research design, including an understanding of how to conceptualize psychological research, formulate researchable problems, and construct and test hypotheses
  2. Show competence in applying a range of research methods and tools
  3. Be able to successfully manage all the stages of a research project, including managing data, and conducting and disseminating research in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics
  4. Understand and appreciate the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design and the selection of appropriate data analysis techniques
  5. Understand and apply the concepts of generalisability, validity, reliability, and replicability and identify potential biases in the interpretation of research findings
  6. Develop a sound understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of a range of research methodologies and data collection methods
  7. Evidence competence in the use of quantitative and qualitative methodologies in psychological inquiry and exhibit skills in the use of quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods
  8. Be in a position to illustrate and critically evaluate research methods used in psychological inquiry and demonstrate aptitude in the preparation, execution, and management of an independent large-scale research study
  9. Develop skills in the dissemination of findings to the wider academic community, initially through writing-up their Thesis and then through publishing their work in academic journals and/or giving presentations in academic conferences and seminars
  10. Acknowledge the impact of their own experiences, beliefs, and culture on the processes and outcomes of inquiry, as well as the interpretation of findings, and through this process become reflexive researchers

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 Nov 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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