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The full name of the final degree is Doctor of Philosophy in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences. The goal of the program is to promote excellence and educate students in energy, environmental, and atmospheric sciences, sectors that are all interconnected and of high priority for Cyprus and internationally.

The challenging curricula will include i) two mandatory courses aiming to establish a common basis of scientific knowledge among students from different disciplines, ii) one (from a pool or three) mandatory track courses depending on the sector (energy, environment, or atmosphere) selected by each student, as well as iii) a number of electives that provide in-depth insight into a variety of more specialized and important topics.

Doctoral candidates will perform research under The Energy, Environment, and Water Research Center (EEWRC) and/or the Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C) within internationally recognized research teams in the fields of: Solar Energy and Desalination, Climate Change and Impacts, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Environmental Research and Monitoring, Water Research and Management, and Sustainable Built Environment.

The program will provide the necessary educational setting where excellence in education and research are fostered through interdisciplinary collaboration on regional problems of global significance.

Program Structure and Requirements

To satisfy the requirements of the PhD program, a student must earn a total of 180 ECTS-credits of which 50 ECTS-credits are from courses.  The program has a duration of at least three years. A general indicative schedule of the program is displayed in the table below. 

 

YEAR 1
Semester 1
ECTS

2 Courses

20

Research

10

Semester 2
ECTS

2 Courses

20

Research

10

YEAR 2
Semester 3
ECTS

1 Course

10

Research / Comprehensive Examination

20

Semester 4
ECTS

Research

30

YEAR 3
Semester 5
ECTS

Research

30

Semester 6
ECTS

Research

10

Thesis writing and PhD defense examination *

20

* Before the student can defend their PhD thesis, they must have successfully completed their coursework, completed the Comprehensive Examination and have submitted two scientific publications (one submitted, one accepted) in appropriate for each doctoral program international journals.

Students typically take up to 30 ECTS per semester


Please note that this table is indicative

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New Program Structure and Requirements (Pending official approval by the CYQAA)

The PhD in Computational Sciences is a full-time, 3-year program, structured in six semesters. It is primarily based on research leading to a written thesis, with taught elements being restricted to the beginning of the program.

The language of instruction and communication of the program is English.

To satisfy the requirements of the program, students require a total of 180 ECTS, of which 160 ECTS derive from research and 20 ECTS derive from the taught component. Specifically, 20 ECTS are earned through a mandatory course worth 10 ECTS, taken during the first semester, and through elective course(s) worth 10 ECTS, taken during semesters 1-3.

YEAR 1

Fall
Semester
YEAR 1

Spring
Semester
YEAR 2

Fall
Semester
YEAR 2

Spring
Semester
YEAR 3

Fall
Semester
YEAR 3

Spring
Semester

Course Requirements Component (20 ECTS)

1 Mandatory Course
(10 ECTS)
taken during Semester 1

         

1 or 2 Elective Courses (total 10 ECTS)
taken during Semester 1-3

     

Research Component (160 ECTS)
Research conducted throughout program

 

At end of Year 1 students take Comprehensive Examination

     

At end of program students must pass their Doctoral Examination *

* Before the student can defend their PhD thesis, they must have successfully completed their coursework, completed the Comprehensive Examination and have submitted two scientific publications (one submitted, one accepted) in appropriate for each doctoral program international journals.


The information provided in this table is indicative

 

Program Courses


Code

Name

Mandatory/Elective

EAS 500 Frontiers in Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences

M

EAS 502 Methodologies in Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences

M

EAS 503 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics I

TM

EAS 504 Renewable Energy Sources

TM

EAS 505 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics II

E

EAS 506 The Climate System – Processes and Feedbacks

E

EAS 508 Hydrological Processes

TM

EAS 510 Terrestrial Ecosystems

E

EAS 512 Marine Sciences

E

EAS 514 Remote Sensing & Environmental Optics

E

EAS 516 Climatology of the Mediterranean

E

EAS 517 Solar Energy

E

EAS 519 Energy and Built Environment

E

* All the above courses are complemented by relevant lectures, seminars and workshops organised and offered by the EEWRC and CARE-C.

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New Program Courses (Pending official approval by the CYQAA)

The list of courses below is not exhaustive. Students will have the option to select elective courses from any one of the other five degree programs offered by the Graduate School of The Cyprus Institute.

Course Code
Course Name
ECTS
Course Type

EAS 500

Fundamentals, Frontiers, and Methodologies in Environmental Sciences, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Built Environment

10

M

EAS 511

Monitoring and Modelling Terrestrial Ecosystems and Hydrologic Processes

5

E

EAS 513

Terrestrial Ecosystems

5

E

EAS 515

Renewable Energy Sources

5

E

EAS 518

Energy and the Built Environment

5

E

EAS 521

Energy Systems Analysis and Modeling 

5

E

EAS 522

Energy and Environmental Policy

5

E

EAS 523

Interactive Visualisation of the Built Environment

5

E

EAS 524

Design, Modeling and Optimisation of CST Power Plants

5

E

 

Academic Calendar

  + Academic Calendar 2019-2020

ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2020-2021

 

TERM 1/SEMESTER 1

 PhD, MSc, MSc/MPhil
16 weeks

Registration (for all degree programs)

30 September 2020

Commencement of Lectures

5 October 2020

Last day to select courses

9 October 2020

Last day to withdraw from a course

3 weeks after classes begin

Winter Break

24 December 2020 - 6 January 2021

End of Lectures

22 January 2021

Revision Week

25 - 29 January 2021

Evaluation/Examination Period

1 - 5 February 2021

End Term

5 February 2021

TERM 2/SEMESTER 2

PhD, MSc, MSc/MPhil

16 weeks

Registration (for PhDs)

3 February 2021

Commencement of Lectures

8 February 2021

Last day to select courses

12 February 2021

Last day to withdraw from a course

3 weeks after classes begin

Spring Break

26 April - 7 May 2021

End of Lectures

28 May 2021

Revision Week

31 May - 4 June 2021

Evaluation/Examination Period

7 - 11 June 2021

End Term

11 June 2021

TERM 3

PhD, MSc, MSc/MPhil

16 weeks

Commencement of Term

14 June 2021

Viva Preparation Week for MSc

20 - 24 September 2021

Viva for MSc

27 September - 1 October 2021

End of Term

1 October 2021

TERM 4

MSc/MPhil

16 weeks

Commencement of Term

4 October 2021

Winter Break

24 December 2021 - 6 January 2022

End Term

4 February 2022

TERM 5

MSc/MPhil

8 weeks

Commencement of Term

7 February 2022

Viva Preparation Week for MSc/MPhil

21 - 25 March 2022

Viva for MSc/MPhil

28 March - 1 April 2022

End of Term

1 April 2022


Public Holidays

2020

1 October I Cyprus Independence Day

28 October I Ochi Day

2021

15 March I Green Monday

25 March I Greek Independence Day

1 April I National Day

21 June I Whit Monday

1 October I Independence Day

28 October I Ochi Day

2022

7 March I Green Monday

25 March I Greek Independence Day

1 April I National Holiday

The Academic Calendar is subject to change


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