Taught Curriculum:

Nr. COURSES CREDITS
Type Name of the course USA ECTS
1 CORE Quantitative Research Methods 3 6
2 Qualitative Research Methods 3 6
3 Dissertation Seminar 3 6
4 Teaching in Higher Education 3 6
5 Advanced Optimization Methods 3 6
6 Advanced Algorithms and Complexity Theory 3 6
7 Artificial Intelligence 3 6
8 Advanced Computer Architecture 3 6
9 ELECTIVES Programming Languages and Compiler Design 3 6
10 Machine Learning 3 6
11 Security Engineering 3 6
12 Advanced Databases 3 6
13 Pattern Recognition 3 6
14 Computer Vision 3 6
15 Computational Biology and Bioinformatics 3 6
16 Advanced Software Engineering 3 6
17 Advanced Networking 3 6
18 Natural Language Processing 3 6
19 Advanced Distributed Computing 3 6
20 Computer Graphics 3 6
21 Image Processing 3 6

Note: At least two elective courses from the list of electives must be taken for this concentration.

Program Structure:

YEAR 1:

Taught Curriculum → Comprehensive Exams → Ph.D. Candidate’s Status.

Year 2:

·         Research for thesis.

·         Preparation and presentation of papers in Conferences.

·         Preparation and publication of papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Year 3:

·         Research and writing-up of thesis.

·         Presentation of papers in Conferences.

·         Publication of papers in peer-reviewed journals.

 Graduation Requirements:

Besides certification in English min. at a C1 level.

  • Accumulation of 60 ECTS (30 American credits) spread in line with approved curricular core and concentration requirements with a grade and grade average of ≥ B (83%).
  • Pass in Comprehensive Exams.
  • Participation as first author of papers in three (3) subject-specific conferences (min. two in international conferences held in the western world) with a scientific committee that selects papers with scientific rigor aiming at publishing the conference’s proceedings in an indexed volume with an ISBN number.
  • Publication or acceptance for publication as first author of three papers in subject-specific peer-reviewed journals (min. two in known international journals of the western world) with an editorial board.
  • Submission, successful presentation and defence (viva) of doctoral thesis before the Council of Professors, the internal and external examiners.