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The primary objective of pursuing doctoral studies at the School of Mineral Resources Engineering is to delve deeper into knowledge and research methodology and apply them to generate novel insights in the various areas of study within the school. 

The aim of conducting a doctoral thesis is twofold: to create new knowledge through original and comprehensive research and to cultivate new researchers who can lay the groundwork for continuous academic progress. The doctoral thesis should showcase the candidate's capacity to undertake independent and autonomous research, while making a substantial and innovative contribution to the scientific knowledge in the specific field.

Selection of doctoral candidates: In general, individuals who hold a Master's Degree from a domestic or recognized foreign institution, or possess a unified and indivisible postgraduate degree as defined in Article 46 of Law 4485/2017, are eligible to apply for a doctoral thesis.

The selection process for doctoral candidates involves submitting an application to the School's Secretariat throughout the year, specifying the scientific area in which they intend to conduct research and providing a provisional title for the doctoral thesis.

Progress reports: At the end of each academic year, the doctoral candidate must submit a comprehensive written memorandum to the three-member Supervisory Committee. The progress of the thesis is assessed based on this memorandum. A copy of the memorandum, along with comments from the supervisor or the committee, and progress reports, are documented in the candidate's individual file. Additionally, the candidate is required to renew their registration as a doctoral candidate annually.

Courses: Doctoral candidates are required to enroll in three (3) postgraduate courses relevant to their research field. The specific courses are determined in consultation with the supervisor.

Publication of research paper in a scientific journal: Prior to completing their studies, the doctoral candidate is obliged to publish at least one research paper in a reputable international scientific journal indexed in either the Scopus or Web of Science databases. If the language of the paper is not Greek, the candidate must provide a comprehensive abstract in Greek.

Public presentation of results: At least 18 months before the public defense of the doctoral thesis, the doctoral candidate must publicly present their research findings in the presence of the Three-Member Advisory Committee.

Support for the doctoral thesis: The doctoral candidate defends their thesis publicly before the seven-member examining committee, which evaluates the thesis based on its quality, comprehensiveness, originality, and contribution to the field of science.