Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programme in Economics



This doctoral programme is offered by the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Open University of Cyprus. The programme aims to offer a complete and high quality doctoral training and produce high-quality scientific research and knowledge in the areas of Economics. The programme provides students with the necessary theoretical background as well as the research specialization in Economic fields. The minimum time required to complete the doctorate is three (3) years, while the maximum duration is eight (8) years.



  1. Economic Growth and Development

The goal of this area is to conduct empirical research on both the causes and consequences of economic growth and economic development around the world.

  1. Labor Economics

The goal of this area is to conduct empirical research on aspects related to the functioning of labor markets in developed and/or developing countries.




LEVEL: Doctorate

DEGREE AWARDED: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Candidates for the PhD Programme must hold a Master's degree in scientific disciplines related to Economics and good command of the English Language in order to be able to attend successfully the programme. Priority is given to candidates who submit research proposals that fall into the research areas provided above. The language of instruction and the writing up of the doctoral dissertation will be in Greek/English.

When applying for the PhD Programme you will need to produce a Research Proposal (in English) that outlines your proposed research topic and programme of research. Getting your PhD proposal right is a critical part of the application process. Below is an outline of the elements a research proposal (2500-3300 words) might typically contain:

Title – This needs to provide a clear and succinct overview of the proposed research.

Abstract (100 words) – The proposal should include a concise statement of your intended research of no more than 100 words. This may be a couple of sentences setting out the problem that you want to examine or the central question that you wish to address.

Introduction (300-400 words) – This provides information of the study background, the research gap, the focus of the research, and explains how this proposed research contributes to the literature.

Review of the Literature (1,100-1,500 words) – This provides a thorough examination of key, recent contributions in academic journals of repute relating to the area of research in question. You should use the literature review to summarize key findings and identify issues that the proposed study is solving to justify why further or new research is required. At the end, clear research questions should be provided.

Proposed Method (1,000-1,300 words) – This outlines the proposed methodology for the study, including details of methods of data collection and analysis.

References – This provides all literature cited in the proposal which should be formatted using the Harvard style of referencing.

Proposed Plan of Work and Time Schedule – You should include an outline of the various stages and corresponding time lines for developing and implementing the research, including writing up your thesis.



Tuition fees for doctoral programs amounts to €675 per semester for the first six (6) semesters. In case the study lasts longer, then the following applies: for the first four (4) and the last two (2) semesters, the cost amounts to €675 per semester and for the remaining semesters, the cost amounts to €100 per semester. No tuition is paid for the "Academic Writing (DXXX796)" and the "Research Methodology (DXXXX795)", which are mandatory at the beginning of the study.

Internal Regulations for Doctoral Studies (Revised)



Applications can be submitted exclusively online:

Αιτήσεις Αγγ χωρίς ημερομηνίσ

Application dates for the fall semester of the Academic year 2024-2025 will be announced within the next few days.



For further details, please contact: Assistant Professor Robert Duval