• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Joint Doctorate (PhD) in Human Rights, Society, and Multi-Level Governance offered by the University of Nicosia is an existing three-year, interdisciplinary, joint academic programme managed by the University of Padova in Italy, the University of Zagreb in Croatia, Western Sydney University in Australia and Panteion University, Athens in Greece.
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The main aspects of the scientific design of the joint doctoral Human Rights, Society, and Multi-Level Governance programme offered by the University of Nicosia , and its added value in relation to the existing European and national courses in the concerned countries are the following:

  • The doctorate will produce researchers with a multi/interdisciplinary profile. The doctorate programme is assumed to organize teaching, research and training in the area of human rights studies, covering the legal, political, social, philosophical and economic approaches and methodologies in different geographical areas. Law, politics, economics and sociology are the main disciplines involved. Both theoretical dimensions and practical analyses will be given relevance in the overall approach to be embraced.
  • The doctoral programme shall address the multi-level dimensions of human rights implementation policies. Focusing on the most innovative and critical developments, research will delve into the areas of human rights’ concern and critically assess the effectiveness, impact, and consistency of doctrines and practices.
  • The doctoral programme will be organized around the fundamental dimensions of contemporary multi-level governance in light of the subsidiarity principle. Accordingly, the focus will be on: the global dimension (the UN and UN-family legal frameworks, institutions, policies and practices); the European regional context and its global impact as well as other regional systems; the national-level dimension with the possibility of a comparative approach; and, the local-level community actors and dynamics (cities, regions, transboundary territories). Both institutions and private actors’ roles will be addressed, such as transnational civil society, social movements, religious and cultural groups, NGOs, corporate companies.

Career Prospects

Τhe programme aims to offer the highest level of scientific knowledge in the field and to prepare students for a career in tertiary education and scientific research. Students are expected to conduct state-of-the-art research that advances original and practically applicable solutions to scientific problems. 

Graduates of the program will be able to demonstrate aptitude in the preparation, execution and management of an independent research study, and to disseminate their findings to the wider academic community through publishing their work in academic journals and/or giving presentations in academic conferences and seminars.

There is no other program with a specific focus on human rights, society and multi-level governance in Cyprus, not only at the doctoral level but at any level of tertiary education. That will make the graduates of the programme uniquely qualified and possessing a competitive edge in an emerging academic discipline and environment. 

In addition, the interdisciplinary nature of the subject matter and the structure of the programme will develop skills and competencies that enhance graduates’ employability prospects; not only is this combination of disciplinary approaches not offered in a similar fashion at the national level but – in fact – such programs are relatively rare both at the regional and at the international level.

At the same time, the scientific design of the programme affords graduates with employability prospects beyond academia. Both in terms of the interdisciplinary nature of the program as well its multidimensional focus at different levels of analysis on different actors and institutions will render graduates more employable by the private sector, civil society organisations, regional and international organisations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Application Deadlines for European and Local Students - Please call the Office of Admissions

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 Years or 6 Semesters

  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Research Methodology
  • Legal Research and Methdodology
  • Doctoral Course 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae: a complete CV specifying all academic and professional background and activities.
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Previous theses/dissertations and any published work of academic relevance (if any).
  • Initial Research Proposal
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Individual Interviews
  • 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. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Nicosia

  • 576 - 870 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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