The Cyprus Institute offers the following Doctoral Programs:
- Computational Sciences - Code CoS
- Digital Cultural Heritage - Code DCH
- Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences - Code EAS
Language of instruction: English
Evaluation and selection process
The Admissions Committee of The Cyprus Institute evaluates applications based on applicants’ merit and potential for graduate work, as well as criteria that include the applicant’s 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 teleconferencing. Following the interview, a written notification of the outcome of applications will be sent to applicants. Those successful will be invited to proceed with the formalities of their registration.
Students can be admitted twice a year, January and September. The exact date of the beginning of the semesters is decided by the Academic Committee and publicized on the web site and in the prospectus.
For the Spring Semester of the academic year 2012 – 2013, CyI will admit up to six students in its PhD programs. Applications must be received by 11 November 2012.
Documents you have to submit if you are a prospective student:
1. Application form (click to download)
2. Statement of Intent (Statement of Purpose)
A statement that describes current academic work and future professional plans in relation to one of the Cyprus Institute's Research Centers and the doctoral program 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.
3. Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation addressed to the Cyprus Institute Admissions Committee. Letters should be written by faculty members or other professionals who are well acquainted with the applicant's academic, research and professional work. Recommendations should describe the applicant's academic and research abilities and his/her potential for graduate study at the Cyprus Institute. The indication of specific examples of academic merit, professional achievements or, any other information that reflects the applicant's promise to successfully pursue graduate work, would be particularly welcome by CyI Admissions Committee.
4. Academic Degrees 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 and a GPA. The Institute accepts Master's degrees obtained from a recognized accredited institution with a GPA 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.
5. English Language Certificate
If the applicant's first language is not English and English language certificate or equivalent is required. The Institute accepts IELTS (at least 6.5) or TOEFL (at least 570 paper-based or 220 computer-based) and TWE certificates. If the last degree was finished less than two years ago in an English-speaking country or in institution where the instruction language was English, there is no need to submit an English certificate.
6. Test scores of GRE general and subject tests should be included in the application form.
Evaluation of the applications
The Admissions Committee evaluates the applications based on criteria that include test scores, cumulative grade point average (GPA), goals and research interest and a match of interest with available faculty expertise. If it so decides, it may call applicants for an interview with questions directed toward the proposed doctoral research topic in the applicant's Statement of Intent. The interview serves to determine the candidates' readiness to undertake the rigor of the PhD program and provides students with feedback of the faculty's views of their potential for completing the PhD program and available faculty expertise. Face-to-face interviews are preferred; audio/visual tele-interviews may be arranged.
Applicants will receive a notification of the outcome of their application from the Office of Graduate Studies and those who are successful are invited to proceed with the formalities of their registration
All correspondence should be addressed to:
The Cyprus Institute
Office of Graduate Studies
20 Constantinou Kavafi Street
P.O. Box 27456