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The department offers a Ph.D. programme in the field of Product and Systems Design. A PhD is a globally recognized postgraduate academic degree which certifies a researcher’s substantial contribution to the development of key cognitive areas and an in-depth understanding of their scientific field, as a result of extensive research which leads to an original and innovative project or research outcome in their chosen field.

Doctoral programmes are a source of academic prestige and international academic distinction for our University, and contribute to the qualitative and quantitative development of research in a range of scientific areas.

A doctoral degree can be completed in three (3) years (full-time) or up to seven (7) years (part-time).

Entry requirements and Registration (*)

To apply for a PhD, a Master’s degree or an officially recognized equivalent title (including integrated Master) is required. Exceptionally, applicants who may not hold a Master’s degree may be accepted on certain conditions as these are specified in the Department Doctoral Studies Regulations [EL].


Candidates should submit an application at the Registrations Office together with the following documents in digital or printed form:

  • Application,
  • Identity Card or other official identification document,
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae,
  • A photocopy of their Bachelor degree,
  • A photocopy/ies of their post-graduate degree/s,
  • Satisfactory evidence of English language proficiency,
  • At least two letters of recommendation by academic advisors and/or university tutors who are familiar with the candidate’s academic work,
  • Printed or digital copies of published papers in scientific journals or in proceedings of international conferences with reviewers, single-author papers/books, awards or other distinctions,
  • Copies of essays written during the candidate’s under-graduate or prior post-graduate studies, which do not exist in digital form.


Proposal outline, which should include:

  • Suggested PhD research topic,
  • Description of the PhD primary and secondary research objectives,
  • Description of the research methodology plan,
  • Indicative bibliography,
  • Expected outcomes,
  • Suggested thesis language (it could be other than Greek),
  • Suggested supervisor.


Applications can be submitted:

a) During the academic year, in particular between the following dates:

  • 1 September - 31 October,
  • February 1st-March 31st,
  • June 1st - July 15th,

b) After a call for expression of interest.


Research Areas

  • Service Design, Service Science, Self Service, e-services design
  • Systems Thinking in dealing with complex human-centered problems
  • Information Design
  • Design for All, Universal Design
  • Design and sustainability
  • Computer Simulation, applications on human activity systems
  • Ambient intelligence, Gamification
  • Virtual Reality and Digital Games
  • CAD (Geometric Modeling, Computer-Aided Sketch Design, Sketch conversion into physical products
  • Bio-modelling of human body parts (geometric determination, materials, motion, etc.)
  • Virtual Engineering (virtual analysis & evaluation of apparel and footwear)
  • Motion design for Autonomous Moving Units (robots, UAVs, vessels, virtual agents, game characters etc.)
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Big Data Management
  • Route Planning and Route Prediction Algorithms
  • Natural Human-Computer Interaction
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Digital Arts