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Procedure for Master Thesis

Announcement of Postgraduate Student Positions

The number of postgraduate students (PS) per PPS for each academic year is set after suggestion by the respective PPS supervisor in PC and decision of the SGA. The total number of admitted postgraduate students to the PSP is set at a maximum of 50 per academic year for the whole group of specialties. The announcement is posted on the School’s website at the beginning of each calendar year.

The PSP grants a Master’s Degree (MS) in one of the following fourteen (14) fields

  1. Community Dentistry
  2. Oral Biology
  3. Dental Biomaterials
  4. Orthodontics
  5. Paediatric Dentistry
  6. Operative Dentistry
  7. Periodontology
  8. Endodontics
  9. Prosthodontics
  10. Orofacial Pain Management Clinic
  11. Oral Medicine and Pathology
  12. Oral Diagnosis and Radiology
  13. Dentoalveolar Surgery
  14. Hospital Dentistry

Groups of Graduates that are Accepted in the PSP

  1. Dental School graduates of Greek Universities or accredited international institutions, whose degree is recognised as correspondent and equal as the Greek one, by Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Centre (DOATAP).
  2. Graduates of other University School’s, Greek or accredited international ones for the PPS of Community Dentistry, Oral Biology and Dental Biomaterials.
  3. Graduates of Greek Technical Educational Institutions (TEI) in fields relative to dentistry, according to article 5 of Law 2916/2001 (JoG, serial number 114, issue Α).
  4. Active dental students in one of the clinical specialties of PSP, attending the last semester of studies (4th or 6th ). Their application will be taken into consideration by the PSP they apply to, under the condition that they have completed all their responsibilities up to the day of nomination assessment of the PPS they apply to.

Application Requirements of Candidate Postgraduate Student

Obligatory:

  1. Completed application indicating no more than 2 PPS in the order of preference of the applicant. 
  2. Copy of the Greek Dental School diploma or abroad (if from a foreign university it must be translated into Greek and certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or by a lawyer).
  3. Transcript (if from a foreign university it must be translated into Greek and certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or by a lawyer). 
  4. Equivalency from the Hellenic NARIC (DOATAP) for degrees obtained abroad. 
  5. Curriculum Vitae.
  6. For foreign students certificate of knowledge of the Greek language and degree equivalency from DOATAP.

Optional:

  1. Certificate of knowledge of the English language. 
  2. Certificates of participation in postgraduate courses and research activity such as presentations, seminars, conferences and publications in scientific journals.
  3. Postgraduate Studies Certificate from a Greek or international program along with the detailed curriculum.

Admission Qualifications of Postgraduate Students

The selection process of postgraduate students is done according to the following criteria of admission
(Act 3685/2008, article 4 §1a) :

  1. The Grade Point Average (GPA). Based on the decision of the GSA this must be “Very Good”. In exceptional circumstances a candidate can be accepted with the grade of “Good” when the candidate demonstrates impressive academic activity after graduation according to the selection committee.
  2. The grades in predoctoral courses relative with the program that the candidate is applying for. 
  3. The research activity and the publications of the applicant.
  4. Performance on an undergraduate thesis, if it is foreseen by curriculum. 

Additional selection criteria, in accordance with the SGA of the School, common to all specialisations:

  1. The command of the English language for all applicants and that of the Greek language for all international applicants. Proof is required either in the form of certificates officially validated or by means of a language examination in dental subjects and terminology.
  2. Interviews of the candidates at the Specialisation Evaluation Commission.

Additional criteria per specialisation according to the decision of the SGA of the School:

Orthodontics:

  • Written exams in the field of Orthodontics 

Paediatric Dentistry

  • Written exams on the subject material of «Paediatric Dentistry I & II» 
  • Laboratory exams (cavity preparation in plastic teeth and preparation of a plastic deciduous tooth for placement of a stainless steel crown) 
  • At least 2 years of clinical experience   

Operative Dentistry

  • Clinical skills 
  • Teaching activity in Operative Dentistry

Endodontics

  • Evaluation of the candidate’s theoretical knowledge by written examination in the subjects of Endodontics 
  • Evaluation of the clinical skills of the candidate by a practical test in a multi-rooted natural tooth 
  • The candidates must have at least two years of general dentistry experience. For male candidates the time of military service is calculated, if they had the specialty of dentistry in the army.

Prosthodontics

  • Written exams in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, dental materials and English. 
  • Oral exams in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, and dental materials 
  • Practical exam in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics. 

Oral Diagnosis and Radiology 

  • Written exams in the subject of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology 

Oral Medicine and Pathology

  • Written exams in the subject of Oral Medicine and Pathology   

Dentoalveolar Surgery

  • Written exams.

Candidates must have good theoretical training on the following: 

  • Anatomy of the head. 
  • Preoperative patient assessment. 
  • The patient with existing medical conditions in the Dental clinic. 
  • Surgical patient with systemic diseases and conditions that require special treatment.
  • Addressing urgent medical problems in dental clinic and basic life support. 
  • Sterilisation, disinfection, antisepsis. 
  • Basic surgical principles. 
  • Local anaesthesia. 
  • Simple and surgical extraction of teeth. 
  • Surgical removal of impacted teeth. 
  • Apicoectomy. 
  • Exposure of impacted teeth for orthodontic reasons. 
  • Re-implantation - tooth transplantation. 
  • Pre-prosthetic surgery. 
  • Basic implantology. 
  • Classification and surgical treatment of cysts of the jaws. 
  • Dental abscess aetiology, anatomical areas of their expansion. 
  • Oral Oncology. 

The selection is made by a committee of faculty members appointed by the Special General Assembly (SGA) and the reserve list is ratified by the SGA, according to par. 2, Art. 4 of L.3685 / 2008.
The Secretariat publishes the reserve list on the website of the School and announces the registration deadline.
In case of failure of the selected candidate to enrol, the position is occupied by the runner-up.

Nomination of Supervising Professor

For each postgraduate student attending a PSP, which awards a Master’s Degree (MS), the SGA defines, following a proposal of the PC, a faculty member as supervisor. The PC and the supervisor have the responsibility of monitoring and checking the progress of the postgraduate student. Researchers of recognised research institutions who hold a PhD or other faculty members or scientific personnel can be appointed as co-supervisors of the postgraduate student. The Supervisor must be defined within the second semester of the freshman postgraduate students studies.

Obligations of postgraduate student supervisor

  • He monitors the adherence of his postgraduate student to the curriculum as well as his achievements in all educational activities.
  • He troubleshoots for his postgraduate student along his studies working with the coordinator.
  • He advises and directs the postgraduate student during his studies.
  • He explores possibilities of funding of the research activities of his postgraduate student.
  • Can oversee the preparation of the Postgraduate Thesis.

Postgraduate Courses - Credit Hours – Credit Units

For the successful completion of the postgraduate program the postgraduate student should earn the necessary Credit Hours (CH) for each program, as mentioned in the Official Government Gazette, according to the type of PPS he follows. The program is organised according to the credit unit transfer system. This system is based on the allotment of credit units to the different parts of a study program. The credit units represent the amount of work necessary for the completion of the objectives which is expected from each postgraduate student. The work load includes the time which is necessary for completion of all programmed educational activities within the confines of an academic study program, such as lectures, seminars, independent study, and preparation of assignments, practical exercises, exams, and presentation of dissertation. The work load of each postgraduate student during an academic year is estimated at 60 ECTS, 30 ECTS per semester and 20 ECTS per trimester. Responsibility of determining the work load equivalency for each course is the administrative bodies of the institutes of higher education as outlined by the valid provisions of law.

The postgraduate courses are split into (2) two categories: 

a. General Courses 

  1. Basic Research Principles
  2. Biostatistics
  3. Molecular Biology
  4. Oral Biology Ι
  5. Oral Biology ΙΙ
  6. Basic Oral Medicine
  7. Clinical Pharmacology in Dentistry
  8. Anatomy of the Head and Neck 
  9. Imaging Techniques in Dentistry
  10. Occlusion

From the General Courses, postgraduate students of all specialties are required to successfully attend the classes "Basic Research Principles" and "Biostatistics". From the other General Courses each specialty determines which will be included in the program and are required to be successfully attended by all graduate students of the specialisation. 

b. Specialty Courses:

The Specialty Courses are specified by the program of each specialty and attendance is compulsory for all graduate students of this specialty. 

Community Dentistry, Oral Biology and Dental Biomaterials require 120 CH.
Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Operative Dentistry, Periodontology, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Medicine and Pathology, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Orofacial Pain Management Clinic, Dentoalveolar Surgery and Hospital Dentistry require 180 ECTS. 

Evaluation of Postgraduate Students

Evaluation of postgraduate students is achieved in each course by different means (written essay examinations, multiple choice exams, projects, publications etc.). The decision on how to handle each course is the responsibility of the head of the course. The head of the course sends the Secretariat the list of grades, within two (2) weeks after the test date of the course.
The postgraduate student successfully completes a course and he can earn the respective credit units when he earns a grade of 7 or higher in a scale of 0-10. Simultaneously he must not be absent more than 20% of the total attendance. If he doesn’t present to the examinations or if he is graded with a grade of 5 or 6, he will have to be reevaluated without having to take the course again.
If the postgraduate student is graded with a grade between 0-4, then he has failed the course and he is obliged to register again for that course in the next academic year and be reevaluated.

Second failing grade or second no show in the exams constitute reason of expelling of the postgraduate student from the PSP. That should be done after suggestion of the PPS supervisor in the PC and discussion and approval of the SGA.

Faculty of Postgraduate Courses

Teaching responsibilities can assume all faculty members of the Dental School or of other Greek Schools of Greek Universities and also retired professors, delegated teachers, researchers of recognised Greek or foreign research institutions, PhD holders with sufficient writing or research activity, prestigious scientists with specialised knowledge or experience in the subject of the PSP.It is not allowed for faculty members to be exclusively utilised in the PSP according to article 5, § 2 of L.3685/2008.
The delegation of teaching is done by the Special General Assembly upon the proposal of the general assembly of the sector for each academic year.

 

Master’s Thesis 

The thesis subject should be research based (laboratory study, clinical study, case study, epidemiologic study, systematic literature review) relative to the knowledge field of the applicant.
The PS may apply to earn 10 CH from working towards his thesis by submitting his written thesis in the PSP Registrar’s office. His application should have an attached verification of his advisor that he has read and approved the submitted thesis.
The postgraduate student, in order to earn 10 ECTS from the Master’s Thesis, should, after completion of writing the thesis, apply to the Secretariat deposing the thesis. The application is accompanied by his supervisor’s certificate that he has read and approves the thesis that is being deposited.
To test the Master’s Thesis, the SGA of the School defines a three-member committee consisting of the supervisor and two (2) other faculty members or researchers of grades A, B or C, who are PhD holders. The members are appointed on a proposal from the coordinator of the specific PSP.
The committee members should have the same or relative field to that of the subject of the thesis.
The Secretariat shall send the document defining the committee with a copy of the thesis and an evaluation form to each member. Following that the supervisor in cooperation with the other two (2) members sets a thesis public defence date that is announced on time to all laboratories and clinics of the Dental School.
The postgraduate student defends publicly his thesis in front of the above three-member committee.
Every member of the committee completes an evaluation form for the thesis. In case the suggested revisions are of such extent that prevent the approval of the thesis, then the postgraduate student is notified by his supervisor in writing of the corrections and he assumes the responsibility to make the changes within six (6) months. The three member evaluation committee checks the thesis correction phase and signs the submission form for the finalised thesis to the Secretariat.
Every thesis written in greek should include an english abstract of the study (or a greek abstract if the thesis is written in English) of at least 1000 words, including the description of the aim, methods and materials, results and conclusions of the study.
By decision of the SGA (meeting 23.4.2013) of the School, the postgraduate student submits to the Library of the School a hard copy and an electronic copy of the Thesis along with a printed declaration accompanied by a copy or summary of the work in this digital medium to be posted to the database "Digital Library" - Grey Literature ", of the University of Athens.

Duration of Postgraduate Studies

The length of time for the Post Graduate Diploma of Specialisation is defined:

Α) in four (4) full-time semesters for Community Dentistry, Oral Biology and Dental Biomaterials and
Β) in six (6) full-time semesters for Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Operative Dentistry, Periodontology, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Medicine and Pathology, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Orofacial Pain Management Clinic, Dentoalveolar Surgery and Hospital Dentistry.

The postgraduate student who does not complete his program within the scheduled time and in exceptional cases can submit a justified request for time extension, signed by the postgraduate student and his PPS supervisor.
The extension cannot be granted for more than two (2) semesters for two (2) year programs and more than three (3) semesters for three (3) year programs, and is approved by the PC, under the authority of the SGA.
At the beginning of each semester the PS resubmits an application for an extension for each academic semester.
The postgraduate student can apply for and receive attendance suspension for a maximum duration of twelve (12) months, according to Act 3685 / 2008, article. 6, par.1ε., which is proposed by the PC and approved by the GSA.

Responsibilities and Rights of Postgraduate Students

Responsibilities: Postgraduate students have to:

  1. attend all courses with no absences. For each course the PS should earn the required Credit Units.
  2. notify the Secretariat for their home address and phone numbers and for any change in the above information during the duration of their studies. Any change should be given in writing in Secretariat.
  3. be informed of the start / end of the semester, the period of registration and payment of tuition fees, the start of the courses and any invitation or change from the website of the Dental School (www.dent.uoa.gr/ Postgraduate Studies / Announcements). Also, from the website of the PPS for internal matters of their program.
  4. pay tuition according to the terms that are set in article 17.
  5. comply to the internal regulation of the PPS that they are following and work closely with their supervisor.
  6. assist in the undergraduate education, undertaking the task assigned to them each time, after completion of the 1st year of study.

Rights: Postgraduate students are entitled to:

  1. cooperate with their PPS Coordinator for selecting a supervisor.
  2. ask from the PC in writing to change his supervisor if there are proven problems.
  3. take out loans during their studies (Act 2413, art. 43, par. 8).
  4. be employed by the University on an hourly employment basis (when there is funding available from the University).

According to article 28, §7, of Act 2083/92 and to article 15, §1 of Act 2327/95, “Postgraduate students may be employed by Universities on a hourly employment basis in order to assist faculty members in education, seminars, laboratory exercises, proctoring and grading”.
The necessary funding will be secured directly from the Ministry of Finances as well as that of Education in every University. The Executive Committee will divide the working hours per department after evaluating their suggestions.

The reimbursement of postgraduate students will be approved after suggestion of PC and approval of the SGA.

  1. receive scholarships from the National Scholarship Foundation (NSF) (after information given by the NSF) and the Endowments of the University of Athens.
  2. receive an academic identity card valid for the duration of their studies.
  3. receive health insurance booklet valid for the duration of their studies increased by half the duration of each program (two semesters for two (2) year specialties and three (3) semesters for the three (3) year specialties). (P.A. 327/83).
  4. as a member of research groups of funded research teams.

Expulsion of Postgraduate Student

The SGA, upon the recommendation of the PC may proceed with expulsion of the postgraduate student in the following cases:

  1. when the postgraduate student has exceeded the maximum extension time allowed for completion of the PSP, as stated in these Bylaws.
  2. when delaying for over two (2) semesters the payment of tuition fees.
  3. when failing or not appearing for an examination of one or more courses twice or more.
  4. when not complying with the regulations and instructions of faculty members who are responsible for his education.

Tuition

Postgraduate students should pay tuition at the beginning of each semester (informed for the exact deadline by an announcement of the Secretariat on the School’s website) at the rate set from the SGA during their entry year. Changes in tuition that occur during their studies do not affect the active students. Students who are in attendance suspension are an exception. These students once they return to the program, they will pay the current rate.
Tuition is paid in any branch of ALPHA Bank under account number 802002001000227 payable to University of Athens Special Account of Research Grants.
The PS brings MANDATORILY the bank receipt to the Secretariat in order to receive a receipt and bring his records current.
The SGA can adjust tuition as necessary.

Earning the Master’s Degree

 After successful completion of all responsibilities of the postgraduate student as these are defined
a) in Journal of Government 1843/2014 restructuring of PSP
b) the Internal Regulation of the PSP, the postgraduate student is considered to have completed his studies and he is granted the Master’s Degree in a graduation ceremony.

The end date of the studies of the postgraduate students is considered the date of approval of the thesis by the Postgraduate Committee on condition that he has successfully completed all courses. If the thesis is approved by the PC, but the graduate student has not successfully completed all courses, the studies end date shall be the date of announcement of the final grade.

For any questions that arise and are not covered by these rules, the SGA decides on the recommendation of the PC.