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Prospectus of graduate studies, 2014-2015


1. Aims

Graduate Studies in the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens operate in accordance with Law 2083/92, and they have been adjusted to Law on Postgraduate Studies 3685/2008. Their aim is to offer:

a) a series of specialized seminars/courses to a limited number of students, providing in-depth knowledge on fields (including method) taught in the Faculty, leading to a Master's degree (First Cycle).

b) supervision of candidates' original research, leading to a doctoral dissertation (Second Cycle).

2. Fields

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) Modern and Contemporary Greek History
8) European History

3. Duration

The duration of the First Cycle (Master's) is two years (of two terms per annum) and of the Second Cycle (PhD. course) is three years. Under certain circumstances, the duration of the First Cycle can be extended by one year, and of the Second cycle by two years.

The Graduate Studies program is extended until the academic year 2018-2019 in accordance to par.11, article 80 of Education Bill 4009/2011 (Government Gazette 195, issue A, 17-9-2013), as modified (Government Gazette 2310/B, 17-9-2013).

4. Students

The total number of postgraduate students enrolled in the Master's program cannot exceed 110, and of the PhD. students cannot exceed 220.

The exact number of students admitted each year is decided by the Special General Assembly of the Faculty (SGAF), following a recommendation of the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS). This decision shall take into account the rule that the number of postgraduate students (of the First Cycle) in each particular field may not exceed the number of 20. The Board's recommendation is based on the availability of academic staff in the Departments of History and of Archaeology and Art History for supervising postgraduate students. There might be an additional number of students that can be admitted as holders of state scholarships or as members of European Union postgraduate programs and other exchange schemes run by the Greek Ministry of Education, Continuing Education and Religious Affairs (henceforth Ministry of Education, CERA).

The maximum number of students admitted annually to the Graduate Studies Programme cannot exceed 60 (a numeral close to the number of the academic staff).

Candidates are expected to have obtained a BA degree from a corresponding Faculty (or School) of a Greek or a recognized foreign university of equal status. Foreign nationals are expected to have an adequate working knowledge of Greek, and to possess competence in at least another European language (see below for the admittance of holders of a BA of Departments other than History and/or Archaeolog).[1]

Applications are submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of the Faculty of History and Archaeology between 1-20 June and 1-10 September.

The available places of study in 2014-2015 have been allocated as follows:[2]

Prehistoric Archaeology

10 places

Classical Archaeology

9 places

Byzantine Archaeology

9 places

History of Modern Art

5 places

History of Greek and Roman Antiquity

6 places

Byzantine History

9 places

Early Modern Greek History

15 places

Modern and Contemporary Greek History

7 places

European History

7 places

 

First Cycle – Acceptance

The procedure of the selection of candidates for the First Cycle (Master's) take place in late September and early October of each year. According to the category of candidates, it is as follows:

  1. Holders of BAs from a Department of History and/or Archaeology, from a corresponding Faculty of a Greek or other University of equal status

Selection is being made by a committee of the members of staff of each field, under the supervision of the BGS, as follows:

(a) a written examination in the candidates' chosen fields of study. The questions require answers in the form of short essays. The broader subjects for the examination are announced beforehand, and are posted in the internet. The questions are set by the appointed examiners shortly before the examination.

(b) an interview-oral examination.

During the interview, the candidate's knowledge in three topics of his/her chosen field, as well as his/her ability to make original research are tested. The examiners also take into account the candidate's first degree grade and especially the grades in the undergraduate courses of his/her chosen field, the knowledge of more than one foreign language, the performance at undergraduate seminars and the research experience, if any exists.

The interview is conducted by members of academic staff of the specific field chosen by the candidate. The number of the examiners should not exceed five (5).

The written examination accounts for 50% and the interview for 50% of the candidate's final grade. Successful applicants should attain an average grade of at least 7/10 [grading scale: 7 (pass) – 10 (excellent) ].

Holders of state scholarships, scholars from the Hellenic Institute in Venice and archaeologists who are or have been accepted as members of the Greek Archaeological Service (admitted after competitive examination) are exempt from the written examination. During the interview, the aforementioned candidates are assessed on the basis of their knowledge of their chosen field, any additional qualifications, and their ability to adapt to the program. Candidates with scholarly publications may be exempt from related seminars in the First Cycle.

 

  1. Holders of BAs of other Faculties (except History and/or Archaeology)

These candidates have the following options:

- Either to sit the written and oral examinations, as the holders of BAs of History and/or Archaeology

- Or to be admitted to a trial period of two semesters, leading to the First Cycle of postgraduate studies. In this case their selection for acceptance to the First Cycle is being done in two stages:

(a) an interview by a board of examiners from the candidates' chosen field. The aim of the interview is to establish whether the candidate has the required basic background in his/her chosen field.

(b) The selected candidates (who must not be more that two (2) in each field) will then be required to successfully attend five undergraduate courses of their chosen field, as follows: two obligatory courses, two optional courses and an undergraduate seminar. Their success in the written exams of the above courses entitles them to be exempt from the written examination, and to be assessed only by an oral exam: that is the interview, by the regular board of examiners to determine their admission to the First Cycle.

Holders of a Master's degree from other Faculties are admitted to the First Cycle without written exams but with an interview, depending on the available vacancies in each academic field.

 

  1. Special provisions

Foreign holders of a Greek state scholarship or other scholarships awarded for no longer than ten months may be registered for the Graduate Studies Program, provided they can be supervised by a member of the academic staff for the duration of the scholarship. They are accepted only for the duration of their scholarship. These students receive a certificate of attendance.

Candidates from European Union countries are included in the respective categories of the candidates from Greek Universities as stipulated above (holders of BAs of Faculties of History and/or Archaeology; and holders of BAs of other Faculties), and go through the same process of selection.
Candidates from countries other than the EU members are additionally required to submit, before the completion of their studies, a recognition of the equal status of their BAs by the Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Center (NARIC).

Postgraduates from the above categories (state scholarship holders, scholars of the Hellenic Institute in Venice, members of the Greek Archaeological Service who have been appointed or have been accepted after sitting examinations, holders of postgraduate degrees, holders of first degrees of other Faculties admitted for a trial period, foreign graduates, holders of graduate degrees of other universities) are selected in addition to the average number of admissions.

Postgraduate students taking part in exchange schemes of the European Union or other similar schemes, are admitted as supernumeraries for a limited period, at the discretion of the BGS. Conversely, postgraduate students of the Faculty who wish to carry out part of their studies by participating in an exchange scheme can do so, at a EU or other University (with which the University of Athens has concluded an agreement of cooperation) at the discretion of the BGS.

5. Academic Staff

The academic staff of the Graduate Studies Programme is defined according to the provisions of article 5 of Law 3685/2008.[3] Certain courses/seminars may be taught by specialists who are not members of Athens University. These specialists shall be recommended by the academic fields to the BGS.

A list of the suggested courses/seminars, which includes the specific subjects, the bibliography as well as the names of teaching staff, is submitted annually by each academic field to the BGS. The BGS, upon deliberating on the suggestions, is finally responsible for the coherence, the coordination and the satisfactory implementation of the program.

6. Administration

Postgraduate studies at the Faculty of History and Archaeology are administered and coordinated by the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS). This board consists of representatives of the departmental academic fields (see above, section 2), the Faculty Chair and the Departmental Chairs.

The proceedings of the BGS are also attended by two representatives of the postgraduate students. These student representatives do not have a right to vote.

The BGS meetings are called by the Chair of BGS, who must be a high-ranking member of the academic staff (either a full or an associate professor). The Chair is elected by the Special General Assembly of the Faculty (SGAF) (Law 3685/2008, article 2, paragraph d) and represents the Faculty in the University Board of Graduate Studies. The BGS is responsible for admissions and recommends the numbers to be admitted, including state scholarship holders and participants in exchange schemes; selects the candidates each year; co-ordinates the annual syllabi; recommends the award of grants; and exercises general supervision over postgraduate studies, including the proposal for the deletion from the registry of students who have not successfully concluded their studies. At the end of each academic year the BGS reports to the SGAF.

The SGAF meets at least four times a year. It ratifies the recommendation of the BGS for the number of candidates admitted and informs the State Scholarship Foundation and the Ministry of Education, CERA, of the number of scholarship holders that the program can take during the following academic year; it ratifies the BGS admission of successful candidates, the implementation of the syllabi and the students' grades; it awards postgraduate degrees. Moreover, it ratifies the recommendation of the BGS to delete from the registry those postgraduate students who have failed to complete their studies. It also authorizes the BGS to administer postgraduate studies during the following academic year.

The BGS has a full-time Office/Secretariat. The Office/Secretariat maintains the registry and the students' archive, and keeps the minutes of the BGS meetings. The Office/Secretariat issues certificates and conducts the correspondence that concerns postgraduate studies and postgraduate student exchange schemes. It also provides secretarial support to the academic events that are organized by the BGS.

7. Structure of Studies

The syllabi of the Graduate Studies Program in the Department of History and Archaeology have a common structure.

First  Cycle of Postgraduate Studies (leading to a Master’s degree).

The First Cycle of Postgraduate Studies consists of a two-year course (four semesters) during which the student is required to attend and successfully complete six seminars. Students also have to successfully complete a Masters Degree Dissertation (MDD).

The Faculty offers a minimum number of six (6) courses/seminars per specialization. The topics and the bibliography are included in the prospectus of postgraduate studies, which is being posted on the Internet every year.

Each course/seminar is taught for one semester, in weekly three-hour sessions. At the beginning of each course/seminar the professor presents an introduction of its content and the topics to be addressed, provides bibliography and assigns paper topics.

The courses/seminars are conducted in the Greek language. However, there is a possibility of offering courses in English by visiting professors, who teach in foreign Universities.

Each student may attend up to three courses/seminars in every semester following a personal program, which is in accordance with the Postgraduate Program Regulations, and is formed in collaboration with the supervisor, who informs in writing the SGAF on the matter.

The supervisor is chosen among the members of the staff of the Faculty, who participate in the Postgraduate Program, and teach at least one seminar during the four semesters of the First Cycle. The supervisors are appointed by the board of examiners, in collaboration with the successful candidates.

Students' attendance is obligatory and they must observe the regulations of each seminar and the instructions of the professor. If a student misses three classes in each seminar, he/she cannot submit a seminar paper.

Students are required to attend additional lectures or scholarly colloquia organized by the BGS.
Students may attend specialized seminars and/or special undergraduate courses in other Faculties of Athens University or of any other Greek University, should these be deemed necessary supplements to their area of specialization. Attendance of undergraduate courses by the students requires the approval of their supervisor, and cannot, in any case, substitute for the postgraduate seminars.

Each seminar leads to the submission of an essay of 7-8,500 words. Course/seminar attendance is successful if the student achieves a minimum GPA (Great Point Average) of 7/10.

The teacher should submit the grade of the paper to the Secretariat of the Postgraduate Studies Program by 15th July for the winter seminars and by 30th November for the spring seminars. Failure on behalf of the student entails an obligation to re-attend the seminar or attend another one.

From the total number of courses/seminars, four must be selected from the list of courses in the student's chosen field or from a relevant field included in the Postgraduate Studies Program of the Faculty, as proposed by the supervisor, or from courses of the same specialization provided by a recognized foreign academic institution in the framework of a European Union Exchange Program.

The other two seminars may be chosen from other specializations of the Postgraduate Studies Program of this Faculty, or of another Faculty or of a recognized research centre.

One course/seminar may be in the form of a "free seminar paper", relevant to the specific interests of the student on a specialized topic, which is not included in the Seminar Program of our Department. The supervisor of a "free seminar paper" may be a member of the staff of the Faculty or a specialized external collaborator. He/ she is closely monitoring the progress of the candidates' work and holds meetings with them every fortnight. The paper is submitted in print at a special seminar at the end of the semester. It should be noted that the courses conducted by the external collaborators are included in the Program of the Faculty following their approval by the SGAF.

To obtain a Master's degree, the student has to submit a dissertation (Master's Degree Dissertation, MDD), the preparation and composition of which should commence during the third semester of studies. It should be compiled in accordance with scholarly method, contain a personal contribution of the author to research, and be indicative of the candidate's synthetic ability. The length of the dissertation should be between 35,000 and 45,000 words including notes; however, bibliography, tables and photographs are not counted in.[4]

Successful attendance of the seminars, as well as successful completion of the dissertation leads to the Postgraduate (Master's) Degree.

Each seminar equals to 10 ECTS credits and the Master's Dissertation to 60 ECTS credits.

The student submits the final draft of his/her Dissertation to the Office of Postgraduate Studies and to the supervisor. Within three months after the submission of the dissertation, the supervisor must propose to the BGS the second and third examiner of the dissertation. Failure on behalf of the supervisor to meet the deadline, will lead the BGS to discuss the issue, and possibly replace the supervisor. The proposal for the appointment of the second and third examiner must be submitted to the BGS at least one month before the 1st of June or the 1st of December of each year.

The dissertation is examined and graded by the three-member committee, appointed by the SGAF; this committee consists of the supervisor and the afore mentioned two examiners, who must be members of the academic staff or members of research institutes who hold a Ph.D, ranking A, B, C. The members of the committee must specialize in the same academic field or another field similar or relevant to the specific field (Law 3685/2008, article 5, paragraph 4).

The grade of the Master's Degree Dissertation is the average of the individual grades proposed by each of the three examiners. In case of a deviation larger than three grades between individual examiners, the matter is referred to the BGS.

The final grade of the Master's Degree is assessed as following: 50% from the grades of the six seminar papers and 50% from the grade of the Master's dissertation. Master's dissertations are marked on a grading scale from 7 (seven) to 10 (ten) with intermediary grades. Graduation is approved on a minimum grade of 7 (seven).[5]  

Every two years, a single-day colloquium is organized by each academic field, where postgraduate students (of the First and Second Cycle) present their Master's dissertations or chapters of doctoral dissertations in progress. This colloquium is open to the public and is announced to the academic community in advance. Alternatively, seminars of regular length may be organized, in which the Second Cycle (Ph.D.) candidates will present their progress and their evolving conclusions. The seminar paper must be attended by the candidate's three-member advisory committee.

The First Cycle can be completed in two years. There is the option of extending it to three, following a request by the student to the BGS, with the supervisor's approval. Students who fail to graduate from the First Cycle in three academic years are deleted from the registry, as stipulated in paragraph 6 («Administration»). It is possible that a one- year suspension be granted to the candidate (additional to the three-year Cycle) for exceptionally important reasons, such as military service, illness, family or personal matters, but only after approval by the supervisor and the SGAF.

 

 

MA Courses/Seminars

Prehistoric Archaeology

Compulsory

Advanced study of the Paleolithic and the Mesolithic eras

Advanced study in the Neolithic era

Advanced study in the Environment of Prehistoric times

Advanced study in the Early Bronze Age

Advanced study in the Minoan civilization

Advanced study in the Middle Helladic civilization

Advanced study in the Mycenaean civilization

Advanced study in the Cypriot civilization

Advanced study in the civilizations of the Near East

 

Optional

(This field of studies may include at least two optional seminars, yet the BGS retains the right to introduce additional specialized seminars)

Archaeometry

Management of Monuments

Religious Studies

Implementation of New Technologies (IT applications for Humanities)

Ancient texts

Other seminars

 

Classical Archaeology

Compulsory

Advanced study in the Archaeology of the Early Historical and Archaic times

Advanced study in the Archaeology of Classical times

Advanced study in the Archaeology of Hellenistic and Roman times

Advanced study in Architecture

Epigraphy

Numismatics

Ancient texts

Ancient History

Optional

(This field of studies may include at least two optional seminars, yet the BGS retains the right to introduce additional specialized seminars)

Management of Monuments

Archaeometry

Geology

Museum Studies

Implementation of New Technologies (IT applications for Humanities)

Other seminars

 

Byzantine Archaeology

Compulsory

Advanced study in the Archaeology and Art of the Early Christian Period

Advanced study in the Archaeology and Art of the Byzantine Period

Advanced study in the Archaeology and Art of the post-Byzantine Period

Byzantine History

Byzantine Philology

Optional

(The field minimally includes two optional seminars, the BGS retains the right to introduce additional specialized seminars)

Numismatics

Epigraphy

Museum Studies

Management of Monuments

Implementation of New Technologies (IT applications for Humanities)

Matters of Theological Interpretation

Other seminars

 

History of Art

Compulsory

Courses in European Art

Art of the Renaissance

Art of Baroque

Art of the Nineteenth Century

Art of the Twentieth Century

Courses in Modern Greek Art

Art of the Ionian islands

Greek Painting of the Twentieth Century

The Generation of the 1930s

The Greek dimension in the evolution of Modern and Post Modern Art

Modern Greek Architecture

Modern Greek Sculpture

Modern Greek Engraving

Post-War Art

Optional

(The field may include at least two optional seminars, yet the BGS retains the right to introduce additional specialized seminars)

Management of Monuments

Implementation of New Technologies (IT applications for Humanities)

Other seminars

 

History of the Greek and the Roman Antiquity

Compulsory

Archaic and Classical Times

Hellenistic Times

Roman History

The World of the Late Antiquity

Ancient Greek Philology

Latin Philology

Classical Archaeology

Epigraphy

Numismatics

 

Optional

(The field includes at least two optional seminars, yet the BGS retains the right to introduce additional specialized seminars)

History of Law

Papyrology

Social and Political Study of Political Regimes

Byzantine History

Byzantine Archaeology

Implementation of New Technologies (IT applications for Humanities)

Other seminars

 

Byzantine History

Compulsory

Early Byzantine Period

Middle Byzantine Period

Late Byzantine Period

Byzantine History with an emphasis on Historiography, Diplomacy, Hagiology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Papyrology, Chartography and Historical Geography

Optional

(The field includes two optional seminars, yet the BGS retains the right to introduce additional specialized seminars)

Byzantine Philology

Byzantine Archaeology

Byzantine Art

Implementation of New Technologies (IT applications for Humanities)

Other seminars

 

Modern and Contemporary Greek History

Compulsory

Early Modern Greek History

Social, economic, historico-anthropological and cultural approaches of Early Modern Greek History during the period of Venetian and Ottoman Rule

Modern and Contemporary Greek History

Political, social, economic, cultural approaches of Modern and Contemporary Greek history from the making of the Greek states to our days.

Public History

Theory of History

Modern Greek History: Sources and Methodology

Optional

(The field includes at least two optional seminars, yet the BGS retains the right to introduce additional specialized seminars)

European History

Balkan History

International Relations of Greece

Historiography

Oral History

Auxiliary Sciences of History

Implementation of New Technologies (IT applications for Humanities)

 

European History

Compulsory

Political, socio-economic and cultural history of Europe from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century

Latin Paleography

Optional

(Minimally, the field includes two optional seminars, yet the BGS retains the right to introduce additional specialized seminars)

Implementation of New Technologies (IT applications for Humanities)

Theory of History

Historiography

Other seminars

 

Second Cycle of Postgraduate Studies

  1. Preconditions for admission to the Second Cycle

Applications for admission to the Second Cycle are considered in June and December, at the regular meetings of the BGS.

Candidates, who have successfully graduated from the First Cycle in the Faculty, are admitted to the Second Cycle, following a decision of the SGAF, which has to take into account:

- the total grade of the courses/seminars of the First Cycle

- the grade and the evaluation of the Masters 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.

- the research proposal for the doctoral thesis

Holders of MA degrees from other higher education institutes of equal status, who are specialized in fields related to history and archaeology, are admitted to the Second Cycle provided that:

  • A member of the staff agrees to undertake the supervision
  • The SGAF accepts them, based on a recommendation by the board of examiners, who hold an interview with the candidates.

Applications for admission to the Second Cycle are submitted between 1-20 of November and the interview is held in the first half of December. It is stressed that a precondition for admission is the submission in the Secretariat of the BGS of a Master's degree. Holders of MA degree(s) from foreign universities must also submit to the Secretariat of Postgraduate Studies the certificate of the recognition of their MA degree(s) by the Greek state, before the completion of their PhD course.

  1. Duration of the Ph.D. course

The minimum duration of the PhD course (Second Cycle) 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 Ph.D., namely the submission of the report of the supervisors to the SGAF, which leads to the appointment of the seven-member examination committee. The extension is decided by the SGAF, following a written recommendation of the first supervisor.

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 two (to five) years of their course. Following the expiration of these deadlines, candidates who have failed to complete their Ph.D. are deleted from the registry of students, according to paragraph 6 ("Administration").

  1. 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 Faculty (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 BGS.

  1. Procedure for the completion of the Ph.D. course

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 Faculty, 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 4c).

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. The first supervisor also reports on the student's progress to the BGS, by filling-in a special form that is provided by the Office of Graduate Studies. If a student fails, for no substantial and documented reasons, to submit the progress report, he/she might be deleted from the registry. The student must also attend the program of special lectures or postgraduate seminars that the program requests.

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. Procedure for the evaluation of the Ph.D. thesis and the award of the Ph.D. title

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

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

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 viva is open to the public, and is announced through a public notice to the members of staff, the students and the wider academic community. The viva should be of a formal and festive character. The proceedings of the seven-member examining committee are submitted to the Secretariat of the Faculty.

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

8. Post-doctoral research programme

Following a decision of the SGAF (on 22.5.2003), the Faculty admits post-doctoral researchers. The application 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 BGS 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 Graduate 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. The formal certification of the completed research can only be made after the submission of the final report. Post-doctoral researchers, affiliated to the Faculty, are obliged to mention their fellowship in every publication that is based on or related to their research program in the Faculty.

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 Faculty.

9. Transitional regulations

The present Regulations are valid until 31 August 2015. Postgraduate students who were already reading for graduate degrees in the Faculty under previous regulations, have been integrated into the new program. Students that are still reading for a PhD (Second cycle) continue their course under the guidance of their current supervisory/advisory committee.

It must be noted that students that have been admitted to the program before the end of academic year 2009-2010 follow, in respect to the required number of courses/seminars, the Regulations that were in force at the time of their enrollment.

The students of the Second Cycle who have been admitted to the program before the end of June 2006 must complete and submit their PhD thesis to their advisory committees at the latest by June 2013. After that date, and in case they have failed to submit their thesis to their advisory committee, they will be deleted from the register. The students of the Second Cycle who have been admitted between December 2006 and June 2008 may complete and submit their thesis to their advisory committees at the latest by June 2014. Beyond this deadline they shall be deleted from the registry.

 

 


[1] The Greek language requirements for graduate studies are identical with those requested by the Erasmus exchange program. For more details, see: http://www.interel.uoa.gr/erasmus/sp/sm/kritiria.html

[2] The number of the available places is counted in the following manner: the number of the members of the academic staff of each field is multiplied by three, namely the number of the years of attendance (two years, plus one year of possible extension), minus the number of existing active students of the First Cycle. Thus, for instance, if the number of the members of the academic staff of a specific field is 6, and the active students are 15, then the available places are 6x3=18 - 15=3. If the total number of active students in the First Cycle are 18 at a time, the specific field would not admit any more students in this academic year. However, in fields in which only one member of staff serves, three students may be admitted per year, on the condition that this particular member of staff agrees upon the arrangement. The fact that the availability of places is proportional to the number of the members of the academic staff, does not necessarily mean that each member of staff must supervise at least one student, regardless of the latter's academic interests; the availability of places merely corresponds to the academic fields.

[3] Law 3685/2008, Article 5 reads as follows:

1.a) the teaching of courses/seminars can be undertaken by:

aa) Members of academic staff of the appropriate Faculty or of other pertinent Faculties of the same university or another university or institution of higher education; professors who have retired due to age limit; visiting professors; authorized assistant professors or teaching assistants according to decree 407/1980 (Gov. Gazette 112 A) who are holders of a PhD. title.

ab) Researchers in recognized research institutes in Greece or abroad, who hold a PhD and have sufficient publications or are known for their scholarly contributions.

ac) Scholars of acknowledged authority, who are experts in the taught courses, or have relevant experience in the fields of the Graduate Studies Programme.

b) The SGAF may assign supplementary work to teaching assistants according to decree 407/1980 or to Special Professors of Technological Institutions and the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (namely in Greek: ΑΣΠΑΙΤΕ), who meet the required preconditions, as well as upon the condition that this is provided for by the Regulations of Postgraduate Studies of the home Institution.

2. Members of academic staff may not devote their time exclusively to the Graduate Studies Programme. Further details for the implementation of the Law may be clarified in the Regulations of Graduate Studies.

4. Each graduate student who attends a graduate programme leading to a postgraduate degree, is being supervised by a member of the academic staff, appointed by the SGAF, following a proposal by the BGS. The BGS and the supervisor have the responsibility of supervising and monitoring the progress of the student. Members of recognized research institutes, who hold a PhD, or other members of the academic staff may be appointed as subsidiary supervisors of the student. For the examination of an MA dissertation, the SGAF appoints a three-member committee, consisting of the supervisor and two (2) other members of academic staff or researchers of grades A, B and C who hold a Ph.D. The members of the examining committee must be experts in the same or a relevant field to the academic field of the dissertation under examination.

[4] 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 MDD is written may be defined by a decision of the SGAF (Law 2685/2008, article 9, paragraph 4c).

[5] The grades are: 7-8.49 (Very Good); and 8.50-10 (Distinction).

 

(Last update: 21/4/2015)