PhD in Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage

General

Program Description

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This multi-disciplinary program promotes excellence and immerses doctoral candidates in research that lies at the crossroads between Science, Technology and the Humanities and the Social Sciences. It focuses on preparing students to deal with significant research problems in Cultural Heritage and Archaeology that can effectively utilize advances and applications in digital technologies and scientific methods. Indicative fields of specialization include Digital Heritage, Visualization in Art and Architecture, Archaeological Sciences, Built Heritage, Human Bioarchaeology and Archaeobotany.

Set in the research environment of The Cyprus Institute, the doctoral program provides the necessary educational setting where excellence in education and research are fostered through interdisciplinary collaboration on regional problems of global significance. Doctoral candidates are directly engaged in research activities and hands-on training in the use of specialized labs and infrastructure in the context of CyI’s research projects and activities. In addition, Ph.D. students benefit from training and research opportunities made possible in the framework of CyI’s broad network of local, regional and international collaborations.

The Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC) provides an excellent research framework that supports and fosters Ph.D. candidates’ research interests and work. More specifically, STARC contributes to the study of heritage and archaeology through the development of broad research inquiries that foster cross-disciplinary collaborations between the humanities and the natural, material and computational sciences. In this context, the research center is dedicated to the advancement of scientific applications and technologies through their meaningful and scholarly use.

Program Structure and Requirements

The Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage doctoral program has a three-year duration, organized in six semesters and the language of instruction is English. It is formally registered and accredited with the Ministry of Education and Culture and adheres to the Bologna Process third cycle degrees and international Ph.D. standard practices. It is also fully accredited both at the EU and the International levels.

The Cyprus Institute uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Each course is worth 10 ECTS-credits. To satisfy the requirements of the Ph.D. program, a student requires a total of 180 ECTS-credits, of which 50 ECTS-credits are from courses.

Program Courses

  • DCH 500 Frontiers in New technologies for the Documentation of Cultural Heritage
  • DCH 502 Frontiers in Theory and Methods in Cultural Heritage Sciences
  • DCH 504 Cultural Heritage Knowledge Management, Representation and Transfer in the Digital Era
  • DCH 506 Adding the nth Dimension In Cultural Heritage Research
  • DCH 508 Developing and Designing the Digital Tools of Tomorrow
  • DCH 510 Research Management: fundraising, team working, and scientific writing
  • DCH 512 Tangible and Intangible Heritage
  • DCH 514 Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Cultural Heritage and Archaeology
  • DCH 516 Advanced Topics in Archaeological Science and Bioarchaeology
  • DCH 518 Advanced Topics in Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes

* These courses are complemented by lectures, seminars & workshops organized by STARC.

131698_Nicosiawall.png 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. Strong computational skills to allow competent search and analysis appropriate for the selected field of study.

Review and Selection Process for Doctoral Program

The Admissions Committee of the Cyprus Institute reviews applications based on applicants’ merit and potential for graduate work, as well as criteria that include the applicants’ grades, recommendation letters and the degree to which their research interests match the work and expertise of the CyI faculty members.

Selected candidates may be asked for an interview in Cyprus or via a video conference call. Following the interview, written notification of the outcome of applications is sent to applicants. Successful applicants are invited to proceed with the formalities of their registration.

131696_Crackedface.JPG 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 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).

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 3 Dean's Distinguished Scholarships and a limited number of Research Studentships.

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


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


Application
Deadline

January 31

April 15

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 3 Dean's Distinguished Scholarships and a limited number of Research Studentships.

Applicants will be considered for a limited number of Research Studentships (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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