Program Overview

This multi-disciplinary program promotes excellence and immerses doctoral candidates in research that lies at the crossroads between Science, Technology and the Humanities and the Social Sciences. It focuses in preparing students to deal with significant research problems in Cultural Heritage and Archaeology that can effectively utilize advances and applications in digital technologies and scientific methods. Indicative fields of specialization include Digital Heritage, Visualization in Art and Architecture, Archaeological Sciences, Built Heritage, Human Bioarchaeology and Archaeobotany.

Set in the research environment of The Cyprus Institute, the doctoral program provides the necessary educational setting where excellence in education and research are fostered through interdisciplinary collaboration on regional problems of global significance. Doctoral candidates are directly engaged in research activities and hands-on training in the use of specialized labs and infrastructure in the context of CyI’s research projects and activities. In addition, PhD students benefit by training and research opportunities made possible in the framework of CyI’s broad network of local, regional and international collaborations.

The Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC) provides an excellent research framework that supports and fosters PhD candidates’ research interests and work. More specifically, STARC contributes to the study of heritage and archaeology through the development of broad research inquiries that foster cross-disciplinary collaborations between the humanities and the natural, material and computational sciences. In this context, the research center is dedicated to the advancement of scientific applications and technologies through their meaningful and scholarly use.

The following Figure visually expresses the multi-disciplinary nature of such a proposed PhD program integrating technology, computer and social sciences with the humanities, keeping in mind that “Heritage”, at its most broad definition, deals with anything individuals in a given society decide it is important for them to preserve and transmit to further generation. As such, the proposed courses listed express the inter-disciplinary approach to the study of Digital Cultural Heritage, the Cyprus Institute being an ideal location for such a program, given its profile, as an innovative and dynamic incubator of new ideas, based on the life-long experience of internationally reputed scholar, scientifically interacting in a true cross-disciplines environment through its centers.


Program Structure and Requirements

The Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage doctoral program has a three-year duration, organized in six semesters and the language of instruction is English. It is formally registered and accredited with the Ministry of Education and Culture, and adheres to the Bologna Process third cycle degrees and international PhD standard practices. It is also fully accredited both at the EU and the International levels.

The Cyprus Institute uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Each course is worth 10 ECTS-credits. To satisfy the requirements of the PhD program, a student requires a total of 180 ECTS-credits, of which 50 ECTS-credits are from courses.

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Program Courses



Mandatory/ Elective

DCH 500 Frontiers in New technologies for the Documentation of Cultural Heritage


DCH 502 Frontiers in Theory and Methods in Cultural Heritage Sciences


DCH 504 Cultural Heritage Knowledge Management, Representation and Transfer in the Digital Era


DCH 506 Adding the nth Dimension In Cultural Heritage Research


DCH 508 Developing and Designing the Digital Tools of Tomorrow


DCH 510 Research Management: fund raising, team working and scientific writing


DCH 512 Tangible and Intangible Heritage


DCH 514 Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Cultural Heritage and Archaeology


DCH 516 Advanced Topics in Archaeological Science and Bioarchaeology


DCH 518 Advanced Topics in Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes


 * These courses are complemented by lectures, seminars & workshops organized by STARC.

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Academic Calendar


25-26 Monday – Tuesday Registration

1 Sunday Deadline for Spring Semester 2017- 2018 applications
2 Monday Beginning of Winter Semester 2017- 2018

25 Monday Christmas
26 Tuesday Boxing Day
27-29 Wednesday-Friday Winter Break


22-26 Monday- Friday
26 Friday
End of Winter Semester

5-6 Monday- Tuesday -
Registration deadline for Spring Semester 2017- 2018
12 Monday- 
Beginning of Spring Semester
19 Monday
Holiday - Green Monday

31 Saturday
Deadline for Winter Semester 2018- 2019 applications

6 Friday
Good Friday
9 Monday
Easter Monday
3-9 Tuesday- Monday
Spring Break

1 Tuesday
Labour Day Public Holiday
28 Monday
Holiday Whit Monday

11- 15 Monday- Friday- Evaluation
15 Friday
End of Spring Semester

13-17 Monday- Friday
Summer Break 

The calendar can be found also in our Academic Prospectus.

Religious Holidays

Students who are unable, because of their religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study or work that they may have missed because of such absence on any particular day, are given other opportunity/ies provided that (1) notification is given to the instructor(s) in advance, and (2) such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon the Institute.

No fees of any kind shall be charged by the Institute for making such opportunity available to students, and no adverse or prejudicial effect shall result to students for availing themselves of these provisions.

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