Survey

General
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  • 2009-06-15
  • Greece
  • Ionian University
  • Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting
  • Panayotis I. Kelandrias & Anastasia Parianou
  • Assistant Professors
  • Yves Gambier
  • They apply to our country’s system
Structure
  • “Doctoral Degree in Translation Studies”. Following the legislation, to apply for such a degree candidates must have obtained an MA before they apply for a PhD in Translation Studies. Applicants who have an MA in a field other than Translation Studies can apply for a PhD in Translation Studies and the General Assembly of the Department convenes to decide whether the said candidate fulfills the prerequisites for a PhD in Translation Studies.
  • At least 3 years
  • Yes, they are.
Admission
  • 4 years undergraduate studies in Translation or another field and 1½ or 2 years (depending on the MA programme duration of each Institution) for an MA in Translation Studies or another field.
  • Yes, they can, provided they have obtained an MA.
  • The applicants have to consult on their topic with a member of the Teaching Staff of the Department where they apply for a PhD thesis, and have to write down a report, explaining their topic, methodology and the aim(s) of research. This report is submitted to the General Assembly of the Department by the member of the staff who is going to supervise the thesis and, once it has been accepted, the Assembly appoints another two members of the teaching staff to form the 3-member supervising committee required by the law. When the students are ready to defend their thesis (after a minimum of 3 years), the Assembly appoints 4 more colleagues to set up the 7-member evaluation committee that will decide on the candidates’ successful completion of their research. The students are free to choose their topic provided that the member of the teaching staff asked by them gives his/her consent.
  • The standard selection process is the one described above. The main selection criterion is the originality of the proposed topic and its contribution to science.
  • Our Department does not require any fees. PhD candidates can apply for a scholarship at the Foundation of State Scholarships or other private Greek Foundations offering scholarships and pass the examinations provided by the regulations of each foundation.
Programme
  • In our Department there are no compulsory courses for a PhD candidate unless the Assembly of the Department specifies otherwise for specific cases.
  • That depends on the Assembly’s decision and judgment.
  • Depending on the funding of the Department, candidates may have the opportunity to assist Professors in their research and/or participate in potential research programmes undertaken by the Department.
  • There is no average length required for the thesis since every topic has its own particularities. Normally, a case study is larger than a purely theoretical topic. Following a decision of our Department’s Assembly, the candidates must have completed their thesis within a maximum of 8 years following its approval. PhD candidates are free to choose their own material (articles, books, internet information, interviews, questionnaires etc.), depending on the physiognomy of their research and the consent on the supervisor’s behalf.
  • All PhD candidates have the opportunity to follow or participate in Conferences in Greece and/or abroad provided that they submit an application to our MA Programme Committee in time and that there is sufficient money to fund mobility.
Supervision
  • To supervise a PhD thesis, the colleague must be at least an Assistant Professor. Accordingly, Associate Professors or Professors can supervise a PhD, while Lecturers cannot be main supervisors but may participate in the committee. The main supervisor has to come from the Department but in the 3-member supervising committee, one member can come from another university or country. Usually, the supervision is conducted by the main supervisor while the other two members of the committee can also consult the candidates during their research. Yet, to defend their thesis before the 7-member committee they must have the consent of their three supervisors.
  • Following the Greek law, the thesis is supervised by the 3-member committee appointed by the Department’s Assembly. Joint supervision with colleagues from abroad is possible under the provisions of the law; yet, this is still a new procedure for Greek Universities and, in our Department at least, is has just begun.
  • The supervisor must collaborate closely with the candidates. S/he must assist them in choosing and evaluating their material and follow their overall progress closely. At the end of each year, the supervisor has to write down a report on the progress of the candidate detailing what their activities have been throughout the year and how they have proceeded. This report is submitted to the Assembly of the Department for evaluation and approval. Non submission of report means that the candidates have made no progress and this implies their exmatriculation from the records of the Department’s PhD candidates.
Assessment
  • For a thesis to be judged successfully completed, the candidate must defend it before the 7-member committee set up as explained above. The appointment of external referees is possible and in most cases this is a common procedure. The defence of the thesis is done orally and in public. The candidates have to give a comprehensive and detailed account of their work and then answer to the questions of the committee. At the end of the procedure, the committee decides on the success or failure of the candidates in their absence and when they reach to a final decision they announce it to the candidates. The grades are as follows: Fail – Pass – Very Good – Excellent.
  • In contrast with other countries such as Germany, the candidates are not obliged to have their thesis published after defending it before the 7-member committee. Yet, they have the possibility to publish articles or/and present papers related to their topic before the final defence.
Other
  • In our opinion it would be useful to provide for a compulsory publication of the thesis after it is defended. This would add to the credibility of the doctoral studies in our country. As for the rest, a PhD is no guarantee for better employment conditions or even for employability.
  • The material which we can provide is the Greek legislation on doctoral studies and the relevant decisions of the Assembly of our Department, unfortunately all in Greek.