Call for Applications to the Doctorate in International Relations and European Studies

Subject of the Call

For the Spring 2021 semester, the University of Nicosia announces the opening of 6 positions for admission to the Doctorate Program (PhD) in International Relations and European Studies.

School School of Law
Department Politics and Governance
Duration 3 years
Number of Positions Up to six
Selection Criteria Preselection on the basis of evaluation of qualifications and final selection on the basis of an individual interview (if necessary)
Application Deadline 7th January 2021
Start Date February 2021
Language All aspects of the programme are conducted in English or Greek (application submission, individual interviews, and dissertation, including the viva).

How to apply:

For academic information related to the program contact the Programme co-ordinator Dr. Yiannos Katsourides via email at [email protected].

The application must be submitted only via the online procedure available at:

The programme aims to offer the highest level of research in the field and to prepare students for a career in academia and research in related topics. Students are expected to carry out original and high quality research contributing to the area of investigation.

The specific aims of the programme are to:

  • Develop students’ in depth understanding and critical analysis of current theoretical literature and research methodology in the field of International Relation and European Studies.
  • Develop students’ understanding and application of suitable research methodologies – qualitative as well as quantitative – to enable them to carry out their doctoral research project
  • Enhance students’ research skills and facilitate the development of expertise relevant to their research specialization area.
  • Educate students on how to disseminate research findings, conclusions and suggestions, for example through publishing in academic journals and/or presenting their work in academic conferences and seminars.

The languages of the programme are English and Greek.

Faculty Members and Research Areas

Professor Andreas Theophanous
Head of the Department

  • Political Economy
  • European Integration and current issues
  • Cyprus problem and issues revolving around Cyprus
  • Federalism and issues of governance in bi-ethnic and multiethnic societies
  • Eastern Mediterranean Affairs
  • Public Policy

Professor Farid Mirbagheri

  • Theory of International Relations
  • Politics of West Asia
  • Political Islam
  • Dialogue of Civilisations
  • Peacemaking

Professor Hubert Faustmann

  • British Colonial History of Cyprus 1878-1960
  • Modern Cypriot History and Politics since 1960
  • Hydrocarbon Politics in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Foreign Policy Analysis

Associate Professor Christina Ioannou
Associate Dean of the School of Law

  • European Integration
  • EU Institutions and Governance
  • Europeanisation
  • Social Policy
  • Welfare States
  • Labour Law

Associate Professor Giorgos Kentas

  • Theories of International Relations
  • International and Regional Security
  • European Politics

Assistant Professor Constantinos Adamides
Associate Head of the Department

  • Securitization theory
  • Conflict/Conflict resolution
  • Future of Warfare / Cyber and Hybrid Warfare / Asymmetric Threats (including terrorism)
  • Construction of National Security Strategies in the Wake of Major National Threats

Assistant Professor Odysseas Christou

  • Interstate and intrastate conflict
  • Comparative political systems
  • International law
  • Energy and environmental law and policy
  • Social welfare systems and rights

Assistant Professor Giorgos Charalambous

  • Comparative European Politics
  • Mobilisation and social protest
  • Southern European politics
  • Political parties, institutions and ideas
  • Domestic Politics of European Integration

Assistant Professor Michalis Kontos

  • Great power politics and middle-sized power politics in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East
  • Security strategies in Greek-Turkish Relations and the Cyprus question

Assistant Professor Yiannos Katsourides

  • Political Parties
  • South European Politics
  • Europeanization
  • Euroscepticism
  • Political Campaigns
  • Political Institutions

Dr. Emilios Solomou, Lecturer

  • History of Cyprus
  • European History
  • History Teaching Methodology / Historiography

Admission Requirements and Procedures

    1. Academic Qualifications: An accredited Bachelor’s degree in Politics, International Relations or related fields in addition to an accredited Master’s degree in the same field. It is normally expected that at least one of the previous degrees (Bachelor’s or Master’s) be in Politics or International Relations. Applicants that do not fulfil this requirement may still apply subject to the evaluation of their academic qualifications by the Department Doctoral Programme Committee. Copies of degrees awarded must be submitted as part of a complete application package.
    2. Application Form: Applicants must submit an application form for admission and enrolment to the programme. The application form requests general information about the applicant, their qualifications, relevant experience.
    3. Curriculum Vitae: a complete CV specifying all academic and professional activities.
    4. Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must obtain two recommendation letters from individuals who have known the applicant in an educational and/or professional environment. At least one of the recommendation letters must be from an academic institution where the applicant has studied previously.
    5. English Language Proficiency: TOEFL (paper-based test 600, computer-based test 250, internet-based test 100) or IELTS 6.5. For students who graduated from an English speaking University, English language certificate is not a requirement. Proficiency in English is an essential requirement even in cases where the thesis is to be submitted in Greek as research undertaken towards completing the thesis is expected to include English-language sources.
    6. Publications: Previous theses/dissertations and any published work of academic relevance (if any).
    7. Initial Research Proposal: An initial proposal (1,000 – 2,000 words) outlining the research topic, aims and objectives, research questions and proposed research methodology as follows:
      • Title
      • Literature review (brief)
      • Identifications of gaps in existing literature and rationale for proposed research
      • Aims and objectives
      • Research hypotheses
      • Research methodology
      • Ethical Considerations (if applicable)
      • Expected output
      • Time plan for completion
      • References
    8. Statement of Purpose: Applicants are required to submit a comprehensive outline highlighting their academic and individual competencies and state why they believe they are suitable for admission to the Programme, as well as their reflections regarding the expectations and value of the Programme for their personal advancement and career development
    9. Individual Interviews: The Department Doctoral Programme Committee may decide whether to hold an individual interview of the applicant prior to deciding. The Department Doctoral Programme Committee, having examined the applicant’s suitability in the light of the entry criteria and having reviewed the application and interviewed the applicant, will determine his or her suitability and the appropriateness of their initial proposal.
    10. Final Evaluation: In view of the limited number of applicants to be admitted to the programme, the Department Doctoral Programme Committee will decide, on the basis of merit and by evaluating specific criteria, who are the most suitable candidates to be admitted to the programme. The Committee will exercise its judgment, taking into account the overall quality, merit and feasibility of the research proposal, the quality of the prior research work of the candidate and the candidate’s academic and other relevant qualifications as included in the curriculum vitae and the applicant’s performance during the individual interview.