Instructions regarding Dissertations

By the end of the 2nd semester of the P.S.P. studies, each graduate student is required to have selected a Dissertation Topic as well as the Three Member Supervision and Examination Committee. Following approval of the Dissertation Topic and of the Three Member Supervision and Examination Committee by the members of the Coordinating Committee of the P.S.P., a special form stating the student’s choice of Dissertation Topic and of the Three Member Supervision and Examination Committee is completed and submitted, this form being available from the P.S.P. Secretariat.

Qualifications required for the Three Member Supervision and Examination Committee:
The Supervisor must be tenured member of the university teaching and research staff of the first three academic grades (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor). The second member of theThree-Member Examination Committee must be a member of any grade of the university teaching and research staff. With regard to the third member, this may be a member of the University Staff of any grade, or: a) a Researcher of grades A, B or C (of a recognized research center or institution) who holds a PhD and has sufficient research experience and/or writing activity; b) a Research Associate with a PhD and writing activity; or c) a Director of a Clinic with a PhD and writing activity. Concerning cases a), b) and c), submission of a CV is imperative.

The Dissertation Topics and the composition of the Three Member Supervision and Examination Committee are approved by the Coordinating Committee of the P.S.P., following which they are approved by the Special Interdepartmental Committee (Ε.D.Ε.) of the P.S.P. The Dissertation Topic must be related to the courses of the program, it may be in the form of a research project or it may also be a review of the literature. Should the choice be a review of the literature, the candidate needs to have submitted a paper in a foreign-language or Greek-language journal before receiving his/her degree.

The date and location of the Dissertation defense is set via consultation with the Coordinating Committee of the P.S.P… The dissertation defense is attended by the members of the Three Member Supervision and Examination Committee, though postgraduate students may also be present. The graduate student who desires to present his dissertation must submit a final draft of his Dissertation to the P.S.P. Secretariat at least one month before the date of the presentation. The presentation of the dissertation is conducted via Power Point presentation and lasts 20 minutes: 15 minutes’ for presentation (including 20-25 slides) and 5 minutes for questions.

The dissertation must be approved by a majority; the scoring is out of 10. A negative vote/ rejection is justified in writing. Following the process, the responsibility being that of the Supervisor and of the postgraduate student, an evaluation form (issued by the P.S.P. Secretariat) is signed by the Examination Board/Committee. The evaluation form (bearing the signatures and provided in two copies) together with a CD containing the electronic file of the Dissertation are submitted to the P.S.P. Secretariat. There then follows the taking of the oath on a date set by the General Assembly of the Athens Medical School and the issuing of the Master of Science (MSc) Degree. Each postgraduate student after his dissertation approval must submit it in electronic form to the new Digital Library of the “Gray Literature” of the University of Athens (http://efessos.lib.uoa.gr/applications/disserts.nsf/main) following a specific procedure of registration.

Registration procedure
Instructions for filling Inventory Deposit
Formal Declaration

Dissertation Layout

  • Thanks (addressed to the Three-Member Examination Board/Committee)
  • Contents
  • Abstract in Greek and in English
  • General Section
  • Special Section
    • Purpose of the Study
    • Methodology
    • Statistical Analysis
    • Results
    • Discussion
  • References
  • Appendices (if any)