Course Structure

Course structure was designed to bring up a new generation of postgraduates in an area of highly interdisciplinary research by setting up the appropriate research training standards. The success of training and the career development stimulated by the curricular structure proposed, will not be just limited by this group of people, but will eventually lead to much broader impact on the career development of young researchers which will follow similar career development paths.

The curricular structure will have 240 ECTS corresponding to a four year postgraduate programme and will be divided into modules of 3, 6, 18 and 180 ECTS. For each cohort, the first semester will have three mandatory 6 ECTS modules and two to three optional modules amount a total of 12 ECTS. The second semester will include two 6 ECTS modules and a thesis preparation plan (18 ECTS) modules, all mandatory. Modules can also be taken individually with certificates awarded upon successful completion of the assessments. For the remaining three study years, a total of 180 ECTS will be involved in the PhD research work, international scientific dissemination and thesis submission.

The curricular structure will appear as follows:

1st semester:

Historical Perspectives on Radiation Biochemistry and Physical Engineering (6ECTS) 

Advanced Topics in Radiation Biology and Biophysics I (6ECTS)

Research rotation I (6ECTS)

12 ECTS from the optional modules listed below

2nd semester:

Advanced Topics in Radiation Biology and Biophysics II (6ECTS)

Research rotation II (6ECTS)

Preparation of the Thesis Plan (18ECTS)

3rd – 8th semester:

Research work, international scientific dissemination and thesis submission (180ECTS) 

Optional modules:

Physical Biochemistry (3ECTS)

Cell and Membrane Biophysics (3ECTS)

Biochemistry for Engineering and Physical Sciences (6ECTS)

Radiation Sciences (3ECTS)

Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (3ECTS)

Physics for Life Sciences (6ECTS)

NOVA doctoral school transferable skills training courses (3ECTS)

Optional modules will be chosen according to the student’s background and special needs and in close collaboration with the tutor of post-graduate studies  that will help building a proper teaching scheme attuned for each student. Apart from the modules, each year students will have to present a report/seminar about their research achievements which is a formal requirement. Due to the nature of the curricular structure, the first year report will include a reading response notebook containing focused remarks from readings of reference material included throughout the teaching modules. On subsequent years the report should only reflect the theoretical and/or experimental research progress reading for a PhD degree.