Education of new scientists at the postgraduate level, that are competitive in the European and international realm.
The number of places available and the eligibility criteria for candidates are announced by the Graduate School. Documents that must be attached to the application include:
• Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University.
• Previous University education in a suitable subject (academic background) and transcripts of grades of relevant degrees.
• Letters of recommendation.
• Personal interview and/or written examination (at the Department’s discretion).
The Department may also consider additional criteria and quality indicators for the selection of candidates, including (a) publications in scientific journals, (b) participation in seminars, symposia, and research programs, (c) presentations at conferences, (d) knowledge of foreign languages, and (e) professional experience.
English Language Knowledge
To be considered for postgraduate studies, the applicant is required to have certification for “Very Good Knowledge” of English at level B2-C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Acceptable certificates that prove Very Good Knowledge of English are listed on the Graduate School website and the table of Matching results of international examinations with the CEFR. The University of Cyprus Language Centre Certificate for the knowledge of English language (level B2+) is also accepted.
Applicants who have acquired their University degrees from English-taught Schools are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency.
The grading system is numerical, from 0 to 10 with increments of ½. The minimum passing grade is 5. The final grade of a graduate student is calculated as the grade point average of all courses passed by the student.
In a postgraduate programme of study, courses can be graded as Success/Failure. These courses do not count towards the student’s GPA, and may not exceed 25% of the programme’s ECTS, with the exception of the dissertation units. All courses are presented in the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus.
The diploma dissertation, thesis, research and writing stages are graded with Success / Failure. The final grade of the dissertation is registered in the last semester of its elaboration. Master-level dissertations are calculated qualitatively as Excellent, Very Good, Good, and Failure.
The graduates of the MSc in Biodiversity and Ecology Program can be employed as specialized personnel in both the private and the public sectors. Developing fields that require an increasing demand for specialized personnel trained in biodiversity and ecology include organic farming, aquaculture, environmental assessments, environmental impact studies, management of protected areas/species, implementation of national and international conventions and strategies on biodiversity-related issues, etc. Finally, employment in the education sector is also a possibility.