PhD Regulations

Department of Statistics PhD Regulations

Aim of the PhD Program

The PhD Program’s aim is to prepare candidates that desire to follow an academic career, or more generally, a career in research.  The program’s graduates have the full ability to fulfill academic positions, as well as executive positions in businesses, banks and various other private and public sector organizations.

Candidates Profile

Candidates must meet the minimum requirements for applying to the program, which are the following:​

  1. M.Sc. in Statistics or a relevant field.

  2. Research proposal outline, proposed title and proposed supervisor.

  3. Two letters of recommendation

  4. Good knowledge of the English language.

Candidates with special potential that do not meet requirement A are able to apply for the program.

Applications can be submitted throughout the academic year, while registrations take place in September.

Program Structure

  1. The application is initially approved if the candidate has brought the minimum required documents that are mentioned above.

  2. During the winter semester of the first year, the candidates must follow and pass the exams at three doctoral courses. These courses are in the areas of “Theoretical Statistics”, “Stochastic Procedures” and “Numerical Methods”.  During their first year, they are also required to attend a special program of at least 6 seminars presented by some of the Department’s faculty members.

  3. At the end of each academic year, the PhD student must present both orally and I written, a progress report to the three-member Committee, regarding the research he conducted during the previous year.

  4. Minimum studies duration cannot be less than three (3) full academic years since the committee is appointed. Maximum duration is set at six (6) years since the committee’s appointment.


 The PhD candidates of the Statistics department are exempted from tuition. Each candidate provides auxiliary work at the department, which necessarily involves exams supervisions (both in the Undergraduate and the Postgraduate program), and, in accordance to the Department’s needs, assistance in the following areas:​

  1. Tutorial teaching and exercises, for one academic course per semester, at most.

  2. Undergraduate and Postgraduate assignments supervision.

  3. Employment at the Department’s computer labs.

​For the cases in 1 and 2, candidates are reimbursed based on relative decisions of the General Assembly of the Department’s committee.

PhD candidates have the obligation to be present at the University's premises in accordance to the program defined by the Postgraduate Studies Manager.

Note: Regarding matters not covered here, the doctoral program is ruled by the applicable legislation and AUEB's internal regulation .

The Regulation for Doctoral Studies for the Statistics Department can be found here (in Greek).

​There is also a post-doctoral program in the Department. You can find more information here.