Call for Applications to the Doctorate (PhD) in Oil, Gas & Energy Engineering | Fall 2024 

For the Fall 2024 semester, the University of Nicosia announces the opening of several positions for admission to the Doctorate (PhD) in Oil, Gas & Energy Engineering. 

School School of Sciences and Engineering
Duration 3 years (Full Time) 
Number of Positions Up to seven
Selection Criteria Preselection on the basis of evaluation of qualifications and final selection on the basis of an individual interview – if needed 
Application Deadline 20 July 2024 
Start Date September 2024 
Language  All aspects of the programme are conducted in English or Greek (application submission, individual interviews, and programme study) 

How to apply:

For academic information related to the doctorate contact the Programme Coordinator Dr Antonis Hadjiantonis via email at [email protected]

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

About the Programme:

The doctorate degree is intended for applicants who have excelled during their undergraduate and/or graduate studies, have a strong motivation and enthusiasm towards technological research and innovation, and are inclined to work in the academic domain or a research intensive environment in the industry. 

The specific aims of the programme are to: 

  • Forster students’ skills and understanding in the processes and technologies involved in exploration, development, production, refining and safe transport of oil and gas. 
  • Help students gain a profound understanding of petroleum and energy systems by conducting research on geology, petroleum systems, reservoir engineering, drilling engineering, renewable energy, wave harvesting, photovoltaics, carbon capture, etc.    
  • Use mathematics, basic science, and engineering techniques to solve problems related to oil and natural gas extraction and energy. 
  • Educate students on how to disseminate research findings in scientific and engineering journals and conferences.

Faculty Members and Research Areas 

Professor Dimitris Drikakis 

  • Multiphase flows  
  • High-resolution computational fluid dynamics  
  • Erosion/Corrosion  
  • Artificial intelligence 

Professor Anastasis Polycarpou 

  • Sse of Liquid-crystal technology for the design of Leaky-Wave Antennas 
  • Design of impedance-modulated metasurfaces and frequency-selected surfaces 
  • Smart health monitoring of vital body signals 

Associate Professor Marios Nestoros 

  • Antenna Design for RFID and mm wave applications 
  • Wireless sensors for e-health 
  • Photothermal characterization of materials  
  • Thermal and electronic waves in semiconductors 

Associate Professor Constantinos Hadjistassou 

  • Decarbonisation and climate change 
  • Plastics at sea (marine debris) 
  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Offshore energy systems  
  • Natural gas production and treatment; see   

Associate Professor Ernestos Sarris  

  • Petroleum related rock mechanics (Hydraulic fracturing, CO2 sequestration, erosion-sand production, wellbore strengthening, multiphase flows in porous media) 
  • Drilling and completion fluids development and characterization (experimental and theoretical) 
  • Numerical and mathematical modelling (coupled finite elements, CFD, Engineering applications of singular integral equations, theoretical applications of mechanics with Muskhelishvilli-Kolossov complex potentials)  

Associate Professor Panayiotis Polycarpou 

  • Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics
  • Structural impact problems and impact modeling
  • Experimental studies in structural dynamics
  • Seismically isolated structures 

Assistant Professor Elias Yfantis 

  • Evaluation of operational and environmental behaviour of diesel engines 
  • Development and application of diagnostic techniques for diesel engines 
  • Development of gas turbines simulation tools and virtual laboratories 
  • Simulation of complex thermodynamic, heat transfer and fluid dynamics phenomena 
  • Propulsion, and auxiliary systems, alternative maritime fuels and decarbonization 

Assistant Professor Loizos Papaloizou 

  • Numerical methods in Engineering 
  • Energy Efficiency in Buildings 
  • Computer-Aided Structural Engineering 
  • Earthquake Engineering  
  • Structural Impact Problems and Impact Modelling. 

 The research output and the PhD Thesis must be written in English.  

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Eligible candidates should hold a recognized Master’s degree in Engineering, the Geosciences, Geophysics, Mechanical/Marine Engineering, Chemical Engineering or a related subject in Pure Sciences (e.g., Mathematics, Physics). Students are admitted both in the Fall and Spring semesters. 

Application Documents and Other Requirements 

  • Completed application form
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Certified true copy of the applicant’s qualifications/degree(s) 
  • Original or certified true copy of transcript(s) 
  • Two reference letters
  • Research proposal detailing the suggested research Topic and Title, Literature review, (brief), Problem definition, Aims and objectives, Research methodology Expected output, Time frame for completion, References, max. 4 pages
  • Research work and published articles (if any)
  • Personal interview (in person or through teleconferencing)
  • English Language Proficiency: TOEFL (paper-based test 550, computer-based test 213) or IELTS 6.5. For students who graduated from an English-speaking University, English language is not a requirement