There is a major shift, recently, in the structure, content and even the very focus of doctoral studies in Europe - both for universities and students themselves. In the context of the Bologna Process, at the Berlin meeting in 2003, ministers responsible for higher education in the Member States agreed to place doctoral studies at the service of the effort to achieve the EU's research objectives, acting as a link between the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the European Research Area (ERA), with the aim to serving the overarching economic purpose. Accordingly, in this paper, we will attempt, first of all, to highlight recent changes in doctoral studies in Europe and describe the corresponding developments in Greek legislation. Finally, we will focus on a very recent trend concerning doctoral studies in Greece: industrial doctorates
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