PhD Postgraduate Programs

The Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics offers accredited PhD Postgraduate Programs in full-time mode of study (4-6 years) and in part-time mode of study (6-8 years).

Full Time Study Structure:
Year 1: You will take five taught courses; four of which are core courses and one as an elective
Years 2-4: Entirely dedicated to the PhD research project, giving you the opportunity to refine your skills as a scientist and to grow in confidence as a researcher. You will work under the supervision of your Research Advisor, while also working independently.
 

Part Time Study Structure:
Years 1-3: All taught courses must be successfully completed within years 1-3 of the part-time program. This may be alongside research modules
Years 4-8: Entirely dedicated to the PhD research project, giving you the opportunity to refine your skills as a scientist and to grow in confidence as  a researcher. You will work under the supervision of your Research Advisor, while also working independently.
 

A minimum of 50 ECTS from the taught courses during year 1 (including tutorial sessions for each course on a weekly basis) and 190 ECTS from the research modules must be completed while enrolled on the doctoral program.

For information on the Accreditation of the Programs:

Click here for Molecular Medicine and Medical Genetics Accreditation
Click here for Neuroscience and Biomedical Research Accreditation

 

PhD in Medical Genetics (accredited)

PhD in Molecular Medicine (accredited)

PhD in Neuroscience (accredited)

 

Can I proceed to a PhD degree directly after undergraduate studies, without first having undertaken a Masters degree? 

It is sometimes possible to do this, although for your own benefit, we highly advise that you first undertake a Masters degree, before progressing to a PhD. The difference in workload and time management skills between what you will be accustomed to on an undergraduate degree as compared to what we require of you on one of our PhD programs is vast. An MSc degree will act as a stepping stone for you to learn to manage the workload of a PhD degree, while giving you more advanced knowledge and confidence in the laboratory skills required. 
 

The Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics is a leading research centre in the region, equipped in providing an unrivalled educational experience to you as a student. You can expect to be taught and mentored by leading Biomedical Researchers, Geneticists and Neurologists in Cyprus, while also working alongside them in their respective laboratories.

  • Hands-on work experience: It is a priority of the CING to ensure that upon graduation, you will have hands-on work experience, a factor which is vital for a strong CV in today’s competitive job market
  • Knowledge and Skills: As a graduate of the CING, you will be fully prepared for employment through your daily interaction in a professional work environment, which offers research and services alongside education. Furthermore, each academic course has been developed based upon both learning objectives and employment objectives 
  • Ready for employment: The above factors ensure that the CING delivers fully equipped graduates to the job market, an objective which has been proven through the high employment rates of our alumni. 

 

Language of Instruction: English
 

Full Time Study Structure:

Year 1: You will take five taught courses; four of which are core courses and one as an elective
Years 2-4: Entirely dedicated to the PhD research project, giving you the opportunity to refine your skills as a scientist and to grow in confidence as a researcher. You will work under the supervision of your Research Advisor, while also working independently.


Part Time Study Structure:

Years 1-3: All taught courses must be successfully completed within years 1-3 of the part-time programme. This may be alongside research modules
Years 4-8: Entirely dedicated to the PhD research project, giving you the opportunity to refine your skills as a scientist and to grow in confidence as a Researcher. You will work under the supervision of your Research Advisor, while also working independently.

To be admitted to the PhD Programmes, a student must meet the minimum requirements listed below:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited institution, in a related field.
  2. English Language Certification or other accepted International Standard, if graduated from a school where English is not the language of instruction.
  1. A Completed Online Application Form 
  2. Names and email contact information for two Academic Refereees
  3. Academic Transcripts
  4. High School Leaving certificate.
  5. English Language Certificate (if previous degree was not obtained in English) 

The CING Admissions period begins in late January every year, for programmes beginning in September of that year. Our Application and Admissions process is as follows:


1)    Check out our Prospectus  for information on our postgraduate programmes

2)    If you have any queries or require further information and guidance, contact the Education Office by phone (+357 22 392 840/841/844) or email ([email protected]). You may wish to make an appointment and come and speak to us in person or via an online advice session. Alternatively, all information can be given by telephone or email.

3)    Now that you have all you need to know, you are ready to complete your online application! Ensure that you have all your required documents (listed below), scanned and ready in an up-loadable format:

  • Two Academic References (you will not need actual reference letters, only the names and email addresses of your Referees, who will receive an automated notification from our applications system, in order to complete our specific Reference Form)
  • Academic Transcripts (secondary school/high school, higher education)
  • High School Leaving certificate
  • English Language Certificate (if previous degree was obtained in a language other than English). This can also be submitted at a later date if you are admitted to the programme. 

 

4)    Next, you will need to create your Extranet User Account 
From here you will be prompted to complete information and upload documents to your online application form. You can save your application form and log back in to continue at any time. Once you are happy with your application, you can submit it. You will receive a prompt in order to pay the application fee via the JCC gateway. Please proceed to do this, as your application will not be considered valid until the fee has been settled.

5)    Thereafter, your application and all supporting documentation, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in order to assess whether your application will progress to the interview stage. For some applicants, the process will end here.

6)    If you are invited to an interview, you will receive an email notification from the Education Office stating the date and time of the interview together with any other arrangements. Interviews for students in Cyprus, are carried out in person at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics. If you are overseas during the given period, then you will be interviewed via Skype/Zoom and you will be prompted to provide your Skype/Zoom user name in the days prior to the interview. The interview itself is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the Institute and your chosen programme of study, while simultaneously presenting yourself as a prime candidate. Use this as an opportunity to explain about your scientific work so far, your research interests and how you would like to progress in the future. This will give our Admissions Committee a good understanding of whether you are suitable for the programme.

7)    Once you have been interviewed, you will receive an email stating the decision of the Admissions Committee. For some applicants, the process will end here. For successful applicants, the decision will be either Unconditional Admission (provided that all documents are submitted with the agreed grades and within the timeframe etc together with payments) or Conditional Admission based on the applicant taking and passing the Preparatory Course offered in August (provided that all documents are submitted with the agreed grades and within the timeframe etc together with payments).
 

Education is an investment in your future and the CING is committed to offering an accessible education to all successful applicants.

Students will be informed by the Education Office about the exact payment deadlines each semester.

A break-down of payments follows:

DESCRIPTION

AMOUNT (€)

DETAILS

MSc Molecular Medicine

MSc Medical Genetics

MSc Neuroscience

MSc Biomedical Research

PhD Tuition Fees

8,000

8,000

8,000

10,550

See Note 3 below

 

Application fee

40

per application

Registration fee

25

per registration

Late Registration fee

25

per late registration

Technology Fee (internet & email use)

10

per registration

Late Payment Fee

25

per late payment

Transcript fee

5

per additional copy

Graduation fees

50 per graduation

Preparatory Course

300

per course

 

Notes:

(1) Health Insurance coverage is recommended for all students.
(2) International students are required to have health insurance for themselves as well as for their spouse and children.
(3) The total cost for the PhD Programs (Euros 20,750) is divided over the duration of studies.  The cost for the Year 1 of studies amounts to Euros 5,450.

 

Payment Periods:

Initial Deposit (€920 Non-refundable)

Upon acceptance of the offered admission

Autumn Semester October
Spring Semester February
Summer Period June
Final Semester September

 

Scholarships & Grants

Publicly-Funded Grants

CING students are entitled to apply for a publicly-funded grant based on the Government’s assessment criteria.
 
CING Scholarships

A number of full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees are awarded to MSc and PhD students based on academic criteria.

  • Tuition fee scholarships are often provided to international students. Enquire with the Education Office
  • In addition to the above, various types of scholarships are available specifically for PhD students, for years 2, 3 and 4 which may cover costs of consumables and/or a monthly allowance and/or tuition fees.
  • The exact amount and number of scholarships offered is always subject to the yearly budget of the CING’s Postgraduate School.
     
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