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Postgraduate studies


First Cycle

The Faculty of Turkish Studies and Modern Asian Studies is relatively new, therefore there are not enough faculty members in specific and distinct disciplines. Currently, no first cycle postgraduate programme (MA programme) is being organised at the Faculty. It is, however, the Faculty's aim to do so in the near future, as soon as the vacant positions are filled and the department is administratively self-reliant as an entity. The projected fields of focus of such future postgraduate programmes are a necessary supplement of the Faculty's scientific work and a constant request of its students.

Second Cycle

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)

The Faculty of Turkish Studies and Modern Asian Studies offers a Doctoral Program focused on its areas of interest and on social needs. Areas of research reflect the scientific fields of the Faculty and focus on subjects related to the Greek and international realities. PhD research in each corresponding field, is approved pursuant to the legislation in force.

At the moment, there are several registered PhD candidates, with subjects that fall under the scientific fields of Economic Geography, Geopolitics, International Relations, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Translatology, Ottoman and Modern Turkish History.

Candidates applying for PhD at the Faculty without holding a relevant Master's degree are obliged, upon proposal of their supervisor and the General Assembly of the Faculty, to attend the courses deemed necessary in Postgraduate Programmes of the School of Philosophy. PhD supervisors are obliged to present annually each candidate's research progress before the General Assembly of the Faculty.


Selection procedure of doctoral candidates

Enrolment in a PhD research programme is subject to the candidate's prior co-operation with a faculty member and deliberation of his/her research agenda. An application including the candidate's proposal is then submitted, together with the following documents:

A. Detailed CV.

B. Memorandum of research, written and published work up to the day of the application.

C. Duly legalised University titles and certificates.

D. Scientifically sound and well-documented research proposal of the candidate.

There is a maximum of five (5) PhD candidates per Faculty member. All PhD candidates, their supervisor, their 3-member committees and their theses subjects are uploaded on the department's website as soon as they are approved.


Evaluation system

Scholars from foreign universities or other Greek Universities may participate in the 3-member or 7-member (evaluation) committee. There is an annual evaluation of PhD candidates. The candidates present their progress before an audience, comprised of students and teaching staff from the University of Athens and/or other universities. There is a special announcement for each presentation on the Faculty's website. Following such presentation and collaboration with the other members of the supervisory committee, the PhD supervisor submits a report on the candidate's annual progress. This procedure secures the transparency of the candidate's evaluation and has proved largely successful and capable to form common evaluation models among the Faculty members who participate at the presentations as an active audience. The procedure conforms with international academic standards.

The quality procedures applicable are based on the following general criteria:

A. Thorough "state-of-the-art" (review of the up-to-date bibliography of the specific scientific field and integration of the proposed subject), that precedes research and writing of the specific subject, and justifies the originality of the PhD thesis as a contribution to the related scientific field.

B. Detailed scientific methodology to be used throughout the thesis. The methodology is detailed based on the agreement between the candidate and his/her supervisor.

C. Based on the above, the candidate, the supervisor and the committee members should collaborate to draw a detailed research plan within a six-month period.

D. Annual monitoring of the PhD candidate's progress that leads to the aforementioned annual progress presentation.



During PhD progress presentations, visiting scientists and researchers are invited to give lectures and workshops related to the PhD theses.


Thesis defence (viva)

A PhD viva takes place before a 7-member examination committee and is open to the public, according to the legislation (Act 3685/2008). After successfully sustaining a viva, and before being awarded his/her PhD title, a candidate is required to submit a his/her thesis to the Faculty, both in hard-copy and in soft-copy (CD-ROM). The Faculty may only publish the text electronically, in pdf format precluding modifications to the text and undertakes to control other researchers' access to it.

The PhD thesis is sent by the Faculty, subject to agreement with the Doctor, to competent Research Centres to be recorded, based on terms of use set by the author.