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School of History and Archaeology

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Postgraduate Studies Guide

The postgraduate programme of the Department of History and Archaeology aims towards:

1.    The specialized and in depth teaching of the fields of the Department.
2.    Professional training in certain sections of the subject areas of the Department.
3.    The promotion of new technologies in the research and study of humanities.
4.    The integration of the study of the subject areas of the Department with the environment, both natural and manmade in its historical perspective.
The Postgraduate Programme offers two degrees:
a) Master’s Degree, which is awarded upon completion of successful graduate across four semesters and the writing of an M.A. thesis.

History Module
1. Ancient History
2. Byzantine and Medieval History
3. Modern and Contemporary Greek and Global History
4. Balkan and Turkish History
5. Folklore and Social Anthropology

Archaeology and History of Art Module
1.    Prehistoric Archaeology
2.    Classical Archaeology
3.    Byzantine Archaeology
4.    History of Art

b) Ph.D. Degree is awarded after a successful viva of a thesis in a period of no less than of 6 semesters.-. Ph.D. candidates are expected to  complete a  thesis and participate in graduate seminars, colloquia, and conferences organized by the Department.

For enrollment in the postgraduate programme a degree from any Greek Department of History and Archaeology or from any other Department, domestic or foreign, is required, as long as there is a recognized degree equivalence by DOATAP (
For entry to the postgraduate programme for a Master’s Degree the applicants are required to take written and oral exams. The study material for the examinations and the announcement of positions per field and specialization are published every May. The examinations are held in the first two weeks of October. The applications are submitted in September.
The thesis for the Master’s Degree should not exceed the 40,000 words, including notes and references, excluding appendices. It should also not be less than 30,000 words. The thesis is examined by a three-member committee, in which the supervisor participates. The examination includes a public oral presentation of the thesis by the candidate, followed by questions posed by the committee. The committee evaluates the ability of the candidate to undertake independent scholarly research, the ability for analysis and synthesis, and his/her theoretical and methodological competence.
The entry requirements for the Ph.D. programme are: the overall grade of the Master’s Degree, the proven knowledge of two foreign languages, two reference letters of professors relevant to the subject, and the possible research and publishing activity of the candidate. The applicants submit their candidacy every March and April, including the subject area they are interested in, the potential supervisor and their curriculum vitae.
The preparation of the Ph.D. dissertation is supervised and guided by a three-member committee consisting of the main supervisor and two more professors who may belong to the Department or another domestic or foreign Department. For the definition of the subject the candidate must submit a comprehensive and well documented research proposal accompanied by the relevant bibliography, which must be approved by the three-member committee. The procedure for the definition of the dissertation’s subject must be finalized within one year of the enrollment of the candidate.
The Ph.D. dissertation may be submitted after the conclusion of 6 semesters. It is examined by a seven-member committee in which the consulting committee is included. The viva is public and includes an oral presentation of the thesis and questions posed by the examination committee to the candidate. The examination committee evaluates the dissertation based on its originality and substantial contribution to the discipline, the proper method and organization of research, the competence in treating the subject, the effective use of sources and the bibliography, the ability for synthesis, and the clarity and comprehension of expression. The accuracy of the candidate’s answers to the questions of the examination committee is also taken into consideration.
Post doctorate research is part of the postgraduate programme. The research is supervised by a professor of the Department whose subject area is relevant to the particular post doctorate research. It is a prerequisite for the post doctorate research that the candidate has received a scholarship or that he/she is participating in a funded research programme.

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