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General Admissions Information and Requirements

The doctoral programs are highly selective and are designed for research-oriented students aspiring to become leaders in their respective field of study. Students who are admitted to the program are immersed in a rigorous international research environment that will require full-time commitment for the duration of the program.

To be considered for admission to a PhD Program, a student must have the following:

1.  A Master's degree from a recognized accredited institution, with a strong academic record in a major field of study and background relevant to the proposed graduate-level studies.

2.  Proof of English language proficiency
If your first language is not English, you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the program to which you are applying. Proof of English language proficiency may be demonstrated by submitting one of the following certificates (or equivalent as deemed by the Admissions Committee).  

IELTS Academic Version: at least 6.5 (taken within the past 2 years)
TOEFL Internet-based Test: at least 79 (taken within the past 2 years)
GCSE/IGCSE: Grade C or above (preferably with speaking)


IELTS or TOEFL is preferred.

The English Language proficiency test requirement may be waived if you have/will graduate from a higher education institution in which English is the medium of instruction and communication or if you have a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that CyI considers to be “majority English speaking”, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of registration.
3.  Strong computational skills to allow competent search and analysis appropriate for the selected field of study.
4.  GRE general test scores, or equivalent. You will be asked to submit GRE scores in the application form. In exceptional cases the GRE General test requirement may be waived for applicants of outstanding academic credentials. For more information on GRE, including the GRE General Test dates please visit the ETS website. If applicants face difficulties registering for the test, they should contact the Office of Graduate Studies, tel: +357 22208614 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Review and Selection Process for Doctoral Program

The Admissions Committee of the Cyprus Institute reviews applications based on applicants’ merit and potential for graduate work, as well as criteria that include the applicants’ 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 video conference call. Following the interview, a written notification of the outcome of applications is sent to applicants. Successful applicants are invited to proceed with the formalities of their registration.

Admissions Timeline for Doctoral Program

Students can be admitted twice per year, January and September. The exact date of the beginning of the semesters is decided by the Academic Committee and displayed on the website and in the prospectus.

   

FALL SEMESTER

(October Entry)

SPRING SEMESTER

(February Entry)

Ordinary
Admissions

Late
Admissions

 

Deadline for Applications

February 1

June 1

October 1

Graduate Office Informs*

March 20

July 20

November 20

Official Acceptance Response from Students*

April 1

August 1

December 1

*The dates listed in the sections above are indicative and may change.

For more information on the PhD program please refer to the Academic Prospectus

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How to Apply

The Cyprus Institute offers the opportunity to apply for a PhD program through our online Application System.

Documents to be Submitted with the online application

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Academic Degree Certificates 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 course 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.

3. English Language certificates

If your first language is not English, you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the program to which you are applying. Proof of English language proficiency may be demonstrated by submitting one of the following certificates (or equivalent as deemed by the Admissions Committee).

IELTS Academic version: at least 6.5 (taken within the past 2 years

TOEFL Internet-based Test: at least 79 (taken within the past 2 years)

GCSE/IGCSE: Grade C or above (preferably with speaking)

IELTS or TOEFL is preferred

The English Language proficiency. test requirement may be waived if you have/will graduate from a higher education institution in which English is the medium of instruction and communication or if you have a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that CyI considers to be “majority English speaking” no more than two years prior to the proposed date of registration.

4. GRE Score Report for General GRE test

5. Statement of Intent
A statement that describes current academic work and future professional plans in relation to one of the Cyprus Institute’s Research Centers and doctoral program to which 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

6. References
Applicants are requested to provide contact details of at least two faculty members or other professionals who are well acquainted with the applicant’s academic, research and professional work and are willing to provide a references.

Apply directly through the online application system

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Financial Support

The Cyprus Institute offers financial support to prospective students based on various selection criteria depending on the type of award. The financial support may be offered as a scholarship, research assistantship or work-study or a combination of any of these types of support. All types of support are offered subject to availability of funds.

Scholarships

The Cyprus Institute offers full or partial scholarships to outstanding students to cover tuition and other fees and/or living expenses.

Selection Criteria
These awards are granted based on academic merit.

Scholarship Amounts & Duration
Various types of scholarships are offered and are listed in this section.

Dean’s Distinguished Scholarships


Research Assistantships

The research assistantship position enables students to work as members of a research group in one of the Institute’s research projects through an effective arrangement for graduate study and professional training. Work on the student’s thesis may be considered as part of the Research Assistant assignment. Research Assistants are considered members of research groups or units in one of the Institute’s Centers, working under a Supervisor.

Selection Criteria
Research Assistantships are offered based on academic merit, the correspondence between the Institutes’ research projects and the interests and qualifications of the students.

General Terms of the Research Assistantship
Research Assistantships are offered for the nine-month academic year, a three-month summer appointment, or for twelve months and are reviewed and renewable based on the students’ performance in their studies and their research project, and the available funding opportunities of the research groups. Research Assistants are appointed as part time employees (50% of full time employment- equivalent to 20 hours weekly) with a salary and are eligible to join the CyI Health Insurance plan. 


Work Study

The work-study scheme is designed to provide the opportunity to students who need financial assistance to be self-reliant and also to gain valuable work experience. Through this scheme, students undertake several administrative and operational tasks for The Cyprus Institute.

Selection Criteria
Work-study positions are offered on the basis of students’ qualifications and availability of funds.

Employment Terms
Students within this scheme are appointed as Graduate Assistants on a 50% of full time employment basis- equivalent of up to 20 hours weekly- with a respective salary. Graduate Assistants are eligible to join the CyI Health Insurance plan.

Cyprus Government Student Grant

Students may check to see whether they are eligible for a grant offered by the Cyprus government to students pursing their higher education in Cyprus.  Details can be found on the Ministry of Education and Culture website dedicated to this topic.

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