The Department of Physiotherapy of the University of Patras is operating a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program since the academic year 2019-2020, according to the provisions of Law 4485/2017, all other relevant legal provisions and decisions, as well as the provisions of the Doctoral Studies Regulation of the Department of Physiotherapy, University of Patras (ΦΕΚ 555/21-02-2020).

The Department of Physiotherapy of the University of Patras provides the possibility of conducting doctoral studies in areas within the research interests and /or the scientific fields of the Department of Physiotherapy.  Doctoral studies have as their main purpose the advancement of high quality scientific research as well as the development of scientists capable of contributing to the progress of clinical and basic research in the field of Physiotherapy. PhD graduates are intended to support research, business, academic and educational needs in order to enhance the country’s overall development. Additionally, the PhD program is a source of academic prestige and international standing for the Department, as well as for the University in general, and contributes to the qualitative and quantitative upgrading of research in the fields of Physiotherapy.

Eligible PhD candidates should hold:

  • a health science degree from a higher educational institute
  • a postgraduate degree (MSc, MPhill) in any field of health sciences (officially recognized from DOATAP)
  • Satisfactory knowledge of English language (B2 level)
  • At least one (1) English publication in a peer reviewed journal indexed in a widely accepted scientific database, whose subject is relevant to Physiotherapy

People interested in PhD studies at the Department should submit a PhD application (attached in the website) to the Secretariat of the Department together with:

  • Detailed CV
  • Summary of the suggested PhD thesis including research interests and priorities (both in English and in Greek language)
  • Copies of degrees /diplomas of higher institutions (undergraduate and postgraduate ones)
  • Master’s thesis (submitted in a CD)
  • Diploma Supplement of the postgraduate degree or other official document detailing grading of each postgraduate module undertaken
  • Official recognition of each degree title from DOATAP (for graduates of foreign countries)
  • Certificate of sufficient knowledge of English language
  • ID card
  • At least two recommendation letters provided by professors and/or researchers in sealed envelopes
  • Copies of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals indexed in official databases
  • Any other certificates, which may substantially contribute to the application (i.e. scientific projects etc.)

The Assembly of the Department makes the final decision on the accepted proposals. For each PhD student, a period of at least three (3) years is required before defending the PhD thesis.

Should more information is required, please contact Mrs. Petri, Administrative Director of the Department of Physiotherapy, tel: 26910 61250, e-mail:  or visit the Department’s website


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