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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, Cultural Landscapes, 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 STARC is dedicated to the advancement of scientific applications and technologies through their meaningful and scholarly use.

The Figure below shows 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 future generations. As such, the listed courses address the program’s inter-disciplinary approach to the field. The Cyprus Institute is 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 scholars and the cross-disciplinary activities of its research centers.

Students learn and develop their research interest at the nexus of science, technology, the humanities and the social sciences.

The program prepares students to handle significant research questions in the humanities with the use of digital technologies, as well as utilize an extensive range of scientific methods and applications for research in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, thus helping future scholars to acquire and extend the crucial body of knowledge in this emerging research field. Doctoral Candidates carry out research within internationally recognized research teams in the fields of: 

Digital Cultural Heritage 
Visualization and Virtual Environments for Art, Architecture and Archaeology
Art Characterization
Archaeological Sciences
Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes
Human Bioarcheology
Archaeobotany

 

 


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 final approval from 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

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

M

DCH 502 Frontiers in Theory and Methods in Cultural Heritage Sciences

M

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

E

DCH 506 Adding the nth Dimension In Cultural Heritage Research

E

DCH 508 Developing and Designing the Digital Tools of Tomorrow

E

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

E

DCH 512 Tangible and Intangible Heritage

E

DCH 514 Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Cultural Heritage and Archaeology

E

DCH 516 Advanced Topics in Archaeological Science and Bioarchaeology

E

DCH 518 Advanced Topics in Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes

E

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

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New Program Courses (Pending final approval from 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
ACH 500 Frontiers and Methodologies in Science and Technology in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage  10  M
ACH 502 Advanced Methods in Archaeobotany: from the field to the interpretation of the data  5  E
ACH 504 Advanced Challenges in Archaeological Sciences  5  E
ACH 506 Advanced Research Topics in Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes  5  E
ACH 508 Advanced Methods in Human Osteoarchaeology  5  E
ACH 509 Advanced Research Topics in Human Bioarchaeology: Contributing to Key Questions within the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and South West Asia  5  E

Academic Calendar

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

  +  Academic Calendar 2021-2022

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