Capstone Project

For each postgraduate student, a three-member committee is appointed by the Department Assembly to examine their individual project (capstone project). The three-member committee consists of the Supervisor and two other members, who may be D.E.P. members. or E.P. or level A, B or C researchers, who hold a doctorate degree. The members of the committee can be changed by the student’s application to the P.M.S. Secretariat, which is decided by the Department’s Assembly. In particular, for the change of supervisor, this can only be done once with a reasoned request of the student at the Department Assembly. The same applies to changing the cognitive object of the individual work.

The Supervisor must also be a teacher at P.M.S.-M.D.E. of the Department with research interests related to the topic of the individual project. The Supervisor is responsible for supervising and guiding the student’s individual work. He constantly monitors the course of his work, and supports his research or development effort by suggesting specific directions. Each Supervisor can supervise a total of up to five (5) individual projects. The individual project is examined by the three-member examination committee.

Following the application of the graduate student, in which the desired cognitive area and the Supervisor of his individual project are mentioned, S.E. makes a recommendation to the Assembly, which appoints its Supervisor. The postgraduate student’s application must be made no later than the end of the 1st month of the 3rd semester of the postgraduate student’s studies and is considered by the next Assembly. The Assembly reserves the right to choose another person as Supervisor and as members of the three-member committee. If by then there is no application from the postgraduate student to the S.E., then it is responsible ex officio to recommend and the Assembly to appoint a Supervisor.

The written report and any other deliverable of the individual project are submitted to the three-member examination committee at the latest at the end of the second semester. In particular, two weeks before the examination, the current version is sent to the members of the three-member examination committee in electronic form and one week before the examination in paper form, which is also the final version to be examined. If the work has not been completed, the graduate student must request an extension from the Assembly, based on article 15 hereof. The presentation/examination of the individual project takes place on a date and time set by the Supervisor unless the Assembly has decided otherwise and is announced to the other members of the three-member committee and on the notice board of the department. After the end of the public presentation/examination of the individual project, the examination committee evaluates and grades it. A record of the examination is prepared, which is signed by the members of the three-member committee.

If the individual project is approved, but relevant comments and suggestions have been made, the postgraduate student is obliged to take them into account, to make the necessary modifications and improvements within the period indicated to him and to submit the final version to the Supervisor . Depending on the form and extent of changes or improvements, committee members may request a new evaluation of the text of the individual project or authorize the Supervisor to give final approval. After the final control of the work, the Supervisor submits the relevant examination record to the secretariat of the P.M.S. The candidate is required to submit his individual project in printed and electronic form to the Department’s Library.

If the individual project is not approved, the postgraduate student has the possibility to choose another topic in order to prepare a new project. This possibility is provided for one time only.

The deliverable report of the individual project is printed on A4 paper. The printed surface of each page includes approximately 500 words or 3000 characters.. Indicatively, its structure is as follows:

  • blank page,
  • title page,
  • foreword,
  • introduction,
  • main body,
  • conclusions,
  • appendix (optional),
  • bibliography,
  • indexes (optional),
  • contents,
  • blank page.
  • The text of the individual work is delivered in its final form, mandatory, in electronic format (PC file) both in source (e.g. word document, latex files) and final format (e.g. pdf or ps file) as well as any software developed in source code. The size in pages is left to the Professor Supervisor of each paper as the case may be with the final responsibility of the three-member committee.