PhD in Social Work, Social Policy and Administration
School of Education & Social Sciences

PhD in Social Work, Social Policy and Administration

PhD in Social Work, Social Policy and Administration
School of Education & Social Sciences

PhD in Social Work, Social Policy and Administration

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Duration4 years (full-time study)

Fees
€12,060 for whole program

LanguageGreek

CampusNicosia - Limassol

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Qualification Awarded Doctoral Program (PhD) in Social Work, Social Policy and Administration
Level Of Qualification PhD (3rd Cycle Degree)
Offered by Department of Psychology and Social Sciences
Mode of Study Full Time or Part Time

The PhD program in Social Sciences is a research-based program that aims in extending the boundaries of knowledge in the discipline of Social Sciences, contributing to the fulfillment of the Department’s/University’s vision and mission, and enabling the establishment of the Department/University in the regional and international scene. Based on their advance knowledge and research skills concerning their particular domain of interest, PhD students with the guidance of their academic supervisors are expected to be productive members of the respective research society and within the field of Social Work, by extending the boundaries of what is already known.

The goals of the program are to:
- provide a framework for conducting original and innovative state-of-the-art research, leading to the creation of new useful knowledge, that will be beneficial to the science, the economy and the society;
- develop highly educated graduates, equipped with the knowledge, skills, ethos and capabilities that will enable them to seek a successful career as researchers or as leading officials in a relevant industry sector;
- contribute to the increase of the research output of the Department, through the increase in the publication volume and the external research funding.

The courses are taught in Greek.

(Students are eligible to submit their PhD Thesis work in English, based on their supervisor’s guidance).

The intended learning outcomes of the PhD program in Social Sciences are delineated below. Students and Graduates of our PhD should be in position to:
1. Understand the dynamics and reasons of development and change in order to focus on current and future needs and demands in respect to their domain of expertise in Social Sciences;
2. Propose and develop new knowledge by systematic research activity focused on the main issues in Social Sciences;
3. Use analytical and critical thinking under a framework of a fruitful dialogue and cooperation in order to address challenges related to Social Work;
4. Indicate skills on research and on knowledge acquisition in order to be productive members of their respective research community;
5. Have positive attitudes about the continuous changes on research methods, research tools, the use of technology and the rapid explosion and spreading of new knowledge;
6. Propose, design, implement and evaluate innovative programs employing new methods and approaches in the domain of their expertise;
7. Communicate the results of their research work and to publish them in refereed scientific journals and conference proceedings;
8. Present and successfully defend the outcomes of their research work;
9. Communicate the results of their research work and to publish them in refereed scientific journals and conference proceedings;
10. Exhibit transferable professional skills, such as communication and presentation skills, team-working, leadership, self-direction, time management and organization, as well as ethical and commercial awareness, necessary for a successful career as a researcher and/or for employment in a senior and leading capacity in a relevant area of industry.
11. Present and discuss research findings in both national and international contexts and to contribute on a dialogue with the academic community and society.

Graduates of the PhD program are able to work in various sectors, organizations and businesses related to education and training of different disciplines, fields and specializations. Most graduates of the program want to continue with an academic / research career or they want to become stakeholders in Social Sciences.

Admission Criteria
Application Form: Click here to fill in online and download (pdf)

Admission to the doctoral program is done after the announcement of doctoral positions by the Department, followed by an application by the interested applicant. Eligible applicants must hold a university degree, Bachelor’s or Master’s, granted by an institution recognized in the country where it operates. Applicants who do not hold their first degree at the time of application, but will hold such a degree before the commencement of the graduate program, are also eligible to apply but must submit a letter from their University’s Registrar verifying that they are indeed eligible to graduate. The decision on their admission does not become official until the degree has been successfully produced.

Each application for admission should include:
- A completed application form.
- A Curriculum Vitae indicating the student’s education, academic and research experience, any publications, awards, etc.
- A Research Statement. Candidates with prior graduate studies are required to submit a brief research statement (up to 600 words) stating the area in which they are interested in conducting research. Candidates with no prior graduate level studies do not need to submit a research statement.
- At least two letters of recommendation from academic or professional advisors.
- Certified copies of all degrees and transcripts.
- Copies of any other supporting material, such as exams, honours, awards, etc.
- Proof of English language proficiency, such as the TOEFL (minimum grade 90), the IELTS (minimum grade 6.5), or other equivalent language examinations. Candidates, who have completed an undergraduate or graduate program where the instruction language was English, satisfy the proof of English language proficiency requirement.

Admission’s Evaluation Procedure

All applications for admission are evaluated by the Doctoral Program Committee. All applicants satisfying the admissions requirements are invited for a personal interview by the Doctoral Program Committee. The criteria for the evaluation of the candidates are the following:
- Academic background
- Research background
- Recommendation letters
- Additional qualifications
- Personal Interview

After completing the evaluation process, the Doctoral Program Committee submits to the Council of the Department a Program Admission Evaluation Report on its decision. This report includes a justified suggestion of the Committee on the acceptance/rejection of the candidate’s application, possible conditions for admission, transfer credits, and research area. If appropriate, the Committee may suggest in this report the Research Advisor and the members of the Research Advisory Committee.

The program is structured in eight semesters of 30 ECTS credits each. The first two semesters (60 ECTS) correspond to graduate Masters level courses. The minimum duration of the program is (a) six semesters (180 ECTS) for students enrolled in the program who hold a relevant Masters level qualification, and (b) eight semesters (240 ECTS) for students who do not hold a relevant Masters level qualification. Students with prior graduate level studies may apply for a transfer credit evaluation.

A doctoral student is awarded the doctoral title after a successful completion of the requirements specified in the program structure. These requirements include the successful completion of the following:

  1. Graduate Masters Level Courses
  2. Doctoral Level Courses
  3. Comprehensive Exam
  4. Graduate Seminar Courses
  5. Defence of Research Proposal
  6. Paper Publications
  7. Doctoral Dissertation Submission
  8. Doctoral Dissertation Defence
Module Group
ECTS

The student must successfully complete 180 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1PHDSW901COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH DATA103
2PHDSW902GRADUATE SEMINAR Ι 203
3PHDSW903COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH DATA II103
4PHDSW904GRADUATE SEMINAR II103
5PHDSW905DESIGN OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL203
6PHDSW906COMPREHENSIVE EXAM103
7PHDSW907DEFENSE OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL103
8PHDSW908RESEARCH PHASE I103
9PHDSW909RESEARCH PHASE II103
10PHDSW910DISSERTATION WRITING PHASE I/ PUBLICATIONS103
11PHDSW911RESEARCH PHASE III103
12PHDSW912RESEARCH PHASE IV103
13PHDSW913DISSERTATION WRITING PHASE II/ PUBLICATIONS103
14PHDSW914RESEARCH PHASE V103
15PHDSW915DISSERTATION WRITING PHASE III/ PUBLICATIONS103
16PHDSW916DEFENSE OF DOCTORAL DISSERTATION103
Total
180
Semesters
ECTS
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDSW901COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH DATA10
2PHDSW902GRADUATE SEMINAR Ι 20
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDSW903COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH DATA II10
2PHDSW904GRADUATE SEMINAR II10
3PHDSW906COMPREHENSIVE EXAM10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDSW905DESIGN OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL20
2PHDSW907DEFENSE OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDSW908RESEARCH PHASE I10
2PHDSW909RESEARCH PHASE II10
3PHDSW910DISSERTATION WRITING PHASE I/ PUBLICATIONS10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDSW911RESEARCH PHASE III10
2PHDSW912RESEARCH PHASE IV10
3PHDSW913DISSERTATION WRITING PHASE II/ PUBLICATIONS10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1PHDSW914RESEARCH PHASE V10
2PHDSW915DISSERTATION WRITING PHASE III/ PUBLICATIONS10
3PHDSW916DEFENSE OF DOCTORAL DISSERTATION10
TOTAL30


 

 
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