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PhD Program

1. Aims

The Department of History and Archaeology of the National and Kapodistrian University to Athens with a view to promoting scientific knowledge and promote research in the light of the country's development needs accepts doctoral candidates with a view to organizing, guidance and support of original scientific research for a doctoral thesis (IGC) and postdoctoral study (NTMs). This regulation applies to those admitted to the academic year 2016-17 and until 31 August 2019, the date of completion of the current Postgraduate Program.

The subjects that are taught in the Department are the following:

  1. Prehistoric Archaeology
  2. Classical Archaeology
  3. Byzantine Archaeology
  4. History of Modern Art
  5. History of Greek and Roman Antiquity
  6. Byzantine History
  7. Ottoman History
  8. Contemporary and Modern Greek History
  9. European History


2. Preconditions for admission


Right to apply for prepare a doctoral thesis have all holders of MSc from Department of History and Archaeology or other greek or foreign universities. In the case of holders of degrees of foreign universities, this shall be accompanied by the act of recognition or equivalence issued by the National Academic Recognition Information Center (DOATAP). Applications for PhD dissertations are submitted at 1-20 May and 1-20 November each year. Candidates will have to provide the following documents:


- Application form for doctoral dissertation

- Curriculum vitae

- Scientific proposal for doctoral dissertation

- Copy of Master's Degree

- The grade of postgraduate studies

- Copy of Master's thesis

- Recognition of equivalence of Master's Degree by DOTAP


Applications for admission are considered in June and December, at the regular meetings of the BPS, following a decision of the SGAF.

Candidates shall be admitted, after an oral interview, to a committee composed of faculty members of the relevant subject matter who must take into account:

• Grade at seminars during postgraduate studies

• The grade and the evaluation of the Master dissertation

• a recommendation by the candidate's prospective first supervisor; the supervisor must also suggest the names of the other two supervisors of the PhD thesis; and

• the research proposal for the doctoral thesis


3. Procedure for the completion of the PHD Program


Doctoral candidates are guided in their work by three (the first and two subsidiary) supervisors/advisors, who are formally appointed by the SGAF.

The first supervisor must be a member of staff of the Department, of the rank of a professor, associate professor or assistant professor; the second and third supervisors/advisors may be members of staff of the same or another Faculty of the same or another University in Greece or abroad; the subsidiary supervisors may also be professors emeriti, professor who have normally retired because of the age limit, professors of military Universities or Technological Institutes or the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (namely in Greek: ΑΣΠΑΙΤΕ), or researchers of grades A, B, or C from state-recognized research institutes in Greece or abroad, and who hold a PhD.

The members of the supervisory/advisory committee need to be experts in a pertinent academic field, preferably identical with, or at any rate pertinent to the field of the PhD thesis (Law 3685/2008, article 9, paragraph 2). The language in which the Ph.D. thesis will be written may be decided by the SGAF (Law 3685/2008, article 9, paragraph 2).

The doctoral dissertation can be done in co-ordination with a faculty member of another Greek or foreign university after consultation with the doctoral candidate. In this case, a document shall be drawn up specifying convention of the two institutions for the co-supervision of the PHD thesis and the language of the doctoral thesis, signed by both university authorities.

PhD students must cooperate with the members of their advisory committee, and submit every year (article 9 paragraph 3f) a report on the progress of their work. If a student fails, for no substantial and documented reasons, to submit the progress report, he/she might be deleted from the registry. Doctoral candidates are also required to attend the special lectures or postgraduate seminars, in which they present before their three-member committee the course of the dissertation and their provisional conclusions.

The length of a PhD thesis is 100,000-150,000 words, including footnotes and endnotes. The bibliography, tables, drawings or photographs are not included in this word-length.[1]


4. Duration of the PHD course


The minimum duration of the PhD course is three years. The course officially starts on the day of the appointment of the three-member supervisory committee. An extension of maximum two years may be granted until the completion of the PhD. The extension is approved by the BPS, following a written recommendation of the supervisor and decided by the SGAF.

PhD students may also request to suspend their studies for serious reasons (due to health, family or other private problems; in order to fulfill the military service, etc.). The suspension cannot, under any circumstances, be longer than two years and the first supervisor must concur to this. The suspension period is not counted within the time limit of three (to five) years of their course. Following the expiration of these deadlines, candidates who have failed to complete their Ph. dissertation are deleted from the registry of students.


5. Procedure for the evaluation of the PHD thesis and the award of the PHD title


Within three months after the final submission of the PhD thesis (with the suggestions of the three supervisors), the supervisory/advisory committee submits a request to the SGAF for the appointment of a board of seven examiners for the defence of the thesis. If no such request is submitted after a period of three months, the BPS must discuss the issue, and may replace the first supervisor.

At the same time, the supervisory committee submits to the Secretariat of the Department a report, which will be distributed to the members of the examining committee and to the candidate at least 30 days before the presentation of the thesis.

The seven-member committee, who will evaluate the thesis, is appointed at a special session of the SGAF. The three members of the supervisory committee are also members of the examining committee. At least four (4) members in toto of the examining committee must be members of academic staff, of whom two must belong to the home Faculty. The others may be members of academic staff of other Universities in Greece or abroad; members of staff who have retired due to the age limit; members of academic staff of military Universities or Technological Institutes or the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ΑΣΠΑΙΤΕ), or researchers of grades A, B, C, in a state-recognized research institution in Greece or abroad, holding a Ph.D. degree. The members of the examining committee must be experts in an academic field identical with, or at least pertinent to the field of the thesis (Law 3685/2008, article 9, paragraph 4a).

The presentation of the thesis is announced through a public notice to the members of staff, the students and the wider academic community. The proceedings of the seven-member examining committee are submitted to the Secretariat of the Department.

Prior to the award, the candidate is required to submit to the Secretariat of the Department a title and a summary of his doctoral dissertation in Greek and English (800 words each) in order to be posted on the Department's website, as well as a copy of his doctoral dissertation to the library of the Department and to post it in the digital repository of the University of Athens, "PERGAMOS".

Finally, the successful PhD candidate is sworn in a special ceremony of the SGAF, whereupon he/she receives his/her PhD title.


6. Activities of Ph.D students


The SGAF may request from the PhD student to successfully attend, during his/her course, a series of seminars or other similar academic activities (Law 3685/2008, article 9, paragraph 3b).

The PhD students are also obliged, if requested so, to provide educational services to the Department (Law 3685/2008, article 9, paragraph 3d), including the teaching of supplementary lessons, following a recommendation of specific teacher of the course, and the approval of the BPS.


Post-doctoral Research Program


Following a decision of the SGAF (on 22.5.2003), the Department of History and Archaeology of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens admits post-doctoral researchers.

The application of the candidate to the BGS must be accompanied by a written statement on the part of the prospective supervisor, who must confirm his/her willingness to supervise the applicant. The supervisor must be an expert in the field of the proposed research. The duration of the post-doctoral research may vary between one to three academic years. At the end of each academic year, the post-doctoral researcher must submit to the BPS a written report reviewing the progress of his/her ongoing research, accompanied by a relevant report of his/her supervisor. Following the completion of his/her research, the post-doctoral researcher submits to the Office of Postgraduate Studies another, more extensive report on his/her research work and its results. This final report cannot be shorter than 6,000 words, and is uploaded on the website of the Program of Postgraduate Studies, with a summary in English. The formal certification of the completed research can only be made after the submission of the final report. Post-doctoral researchers, affiliated to the Department, are obliged to mention their fellowship in every publication that is based on or related to their research program in the Department.

If the postdoctoral research reaches the stage of publication in the form of a monograph, it must additionally be approved by a three-member committee, which will be summoned by the Department.

Postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to teach supplementary lessons, following a recommendation of their supervisor and the approval of the BPS.

Application form


[1] The main text should be typed in 12΄΄ fonds while the notes in 10΄΄. Line spacing should be 1,5 for the main text and 1 for the notes. The language in which the Phd dissertation is written may be defined by a decision of the SGAF.