The PhD in Nursing programme aims to prepare doctorate students to achieve advanced knowledge and skills using theory and knowledge from both the nursing and public health fields and prepare them for positions in management and administration of nursing practice and education.
The specific aims of the programme are to:
Develop students’ advanced knowledge and expertise in nursing research methods, including qualitative and quantitative methods, to conduct rigorous research studies.
Advance students of an understanding of theoretical and conceptual frameworks relevant to nursing, such as nursing philosophy, nursing science, and nursing theory, and to be able to apply this knowledge to nursing practice.
Develop students’ skills in grant writing and securing funding for research studies, to be able to conduct research projects independently.
Help students to develop skills to disseminate research findings through publications in academic journals, presentations at conferences, and other venues, to contribute to the nursing literature and advance the nursing field.
Help students to prepare for a career in academic research or leadership roles in nursing.
PhD holders in Nursing Science:
Demonstrate advanced knowledge in a specialized area consisted with the focus of their graduate programme.
Demonstrate qualitative and quantitative skills in the use of data gathering and data analysis methods and data analysis techniques used for a typical analysis in conducting research that is consistent to the students focus of interest
Construct and create research questions and hypotheses, in order to design original and innovative research approaches in order to deal with scientific issues relevant to his research
Design and Construct independent research protocols which could contribute to previous empirical and theoretical nursing work
Conduct independent research, resulting in an original contribution to knowledge consistent to the graduates’ field of interest.
Produced written and oral communications of quality, consistent with the focus of their graduate programme.
Demonstrate proficiency in the professional skills needed to participate in intellectual and organizational aspects of their profession as applicable to their major area of study including ethical conduct research.
The language of instruction of the programme is English and Greek.
The programme focuses on the following multidisciplinary research key themes:
Cancer care and Oncology
Nursing Education, Clinical Communication and Health Psychology
Management of Chronic diseases
Public Health Care
Infectious diseases & epidemiology
Admission Requirements and Procedures
Academic Qualifications: Master Degree (MSc) in Nursing or other Health Sciences, Bachelor Degree (BSc) in Nursing or other Health Sciences, Accredited Apolyterion of Secondary Education, Registered in the registrar of the profession they belong. Applicants that do not fulfil this requirement may still apply to the programme 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.
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.
Curriculum Vitae: a complete CV specifying all academic and professional activities
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.
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 is not a requirement. Proficiency in English Language 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.
Publications: Previous theses/dissertations and any published work of academic relevance (if any).
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:
Literature review (brief)
Identifications of gaps in existing literature and rationale for proposed research
Aims and objectives
Ethical Considerations (if applicable)
Time plan for completion
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.
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 against the entry criteria, having reviewed the application and interviewed the applicant, will determine his or her suitability and the appropriateness of their initial proposal.
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 (if such an interview is conducted).