Studies towards the Ph.D. degree are regulated under the Greek Law Ν. 2083/92. For the successful completion of the Ph.D. degree the following requirements must be met:
- Prior completion of the M.Sc. degree, except for special cases, as these are defined in Greek Law Ν. 2083/92.
- The duration of the studies aiming at the Ph.D. Degree are at least six (6) and no more than twelve (12) semesters, counting from the beginning of the student’s graduate studies in the School. In case the graduate student already possessed a M.Sc. Degree from the School, or from a corresponding School of another University, the duration of studies is at least four (4) semesters and no more than eight (8) semesters.
- Satisfaction of the demand of basic education in the School’s subjects. The General Assembly of Special Composition (GASC) can on occasion require of the student to take courses from the School’s undergraduate curriculum in order to cover basic education in the School’s subjects.
- For Ph.D. candidates who get accepted following M.Sc. studies, in addition to other requirements, the students need to complete with satisfactory performance at least three graduate courses, i.e. at least fifteen (15) graduate instructional units. It should be noted that these instructional units approximately correspond to two semesters of full-time study, but usually they are covered in a longer period of time and they overlap with other activities (support work in undergraduate education, research, etc.).
- The progress evaluation of the Ph.D. candidate is done by a three-member advisory committee, appointed by the GASC, as defined under Greek Law Ν. 2083/92.
- Following the completion of required coursework, and at the most two years after the initial registration in the Ph.D. program, the Ph.D. candidate needs to give his or her committee a document with an in-depth description of the proposed research area, and a documented recommendation of his or her research dissertation topic. Following this step, a presentation and oral examination of the student are done. In case the dissertation topic is rejected by the committee, the student has the right of one additional try within a year from the initial one. In case there is a second rejection, the student loses the status of a Ph.D. candidate.
- During his or her studies, a Ph.D. candidate must give at least two research lectures which are announced to the Technical University of Crete community and are attended by faculty and students.
- According to the provisions of Greek Law N. 2083, article 13, paragraph ζ, at the time when a Ph.D. candidate is at the final stage of completion of his or her doctoral dissertation, a seven (7) – member Examination Committee is appointed by the GASC. This committee includes the three members of the advisory committee, as long as they are faculty members, and the remaining four (4), or, on occasion five (5) members are appointed by the GASC. At least three members of the seven-member Committee must be at the rank of Professor. The members of the seven-member Examination Committee belong to the same or a relevant area of science as that of the candidate’s dissertation, and some members can be from a different School of the same institution or from a different University.
- The Ph.D. dissertation must be an original body of research, it has to include notable research results, and it has to demonstrate the Ph.D. candidate’s personal contribution.
The Ph.D. candidate defends his or her dissertation in public, against the examination committee, which in turn evaluates the originality of the dissertation, as well as whether it constitutes a contribution to science. At least five (5) of the seven members of the Examination Committee have to approve the defense and the doctoral dissertation in order for the Ph.D. candidate to successfully complete the Ph.D. program requirements, in addition to the above requirements.