University of Crete Department of Materials Science and Technology
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Programme Director
Associate Professor George Kopidakis
Mr. Charalampos Stratigis
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Postgraduate Study Programme

I. Programme Presentation

The Postgraduate Studies Programme (PSP) of the Department of Materials Science and Technology (DMST) of the University of Crete has been in operation since the academic year 2003-2004. The scope of the Postgraduate Studies Programme is Materials Science and Technology.

The purpose of the Programme is the creation of human resources in Greece, in the rapidly-developing interdisciplinary field of materials science and technology, which is one of major importance to modern society. The aim of the Programme is to provide students with postgraduate education and/or specialization in a field of the Department of Materials Science and Technology, leading to the award of a Postgraduate Specialization Degree (MSc), with the ultimate aim of creating career prospects (in public and private organisations and companies, as well as research bodies). A parallel aim of the Postgraduate Studies Programme is to train research scientists and award Doctoral Degrees, providing the necessary skills for employment in the promotion of materials research and technology, as well as in teaching and research at Universities, Technological Educational Institutes and Research Centres.

II. Degrees and Duration of Studies


The Postgraduate Studies Programme offers the following postgraduate degrees:

Duration of Studies

The duration of studies for the MSc is three (3) teaching semesters, while the PhD requires at least five (5) further semesters.

III. Entry Requirements

Graduate Categories

The Programme is open to School of Science graduates of Greek Universities and Polytechnics or corresponding departments abroad, as well as graduates of Technological Educational Institute Departments (Schools of Applied Technology), in accordance with article 5, para.12 of Law 2916/2001.

Applicants are invited to submit the following supporting documents to the Departmental Secretariat (the selection procedure takes place twice annually):

Graduates of foreign universities are not required to translate the above documents if they are in English, French or German; otherwise they must provide a certified translation of each. They must also ensure that their degrees are recognised, in accordance with Greek law.

Admittance Numbers and Selection Process

The Department announces postgraduate student places (up to 15 per year), according to its capacity and the provisions of the law, twice annually, in April and October. Once the deadline has passed, the Postgraduate Studies Committee (PSC) meets and selects postgraduate students for the Postgraduate Specialization Degree (MSc), based on the following criteria:

IV. Regulations and Study Programme

1st Cycle of Postgraduate Studies Course Programme

On starting their postgraduate studies, students attend orientation interviews. The Postgraduate Studies Committee (PSC), in consultation with the graduate student, appoints an Advising Professor for each graduate student, taking into account the student's preferences and those of the members of the Teaching and Research Staff. Graduate students can ask the PSC to change their Advising Professor. Once a Supervising Professor has been appointed, he or she also plays the role of Advising Professor. The Department is open to collaboration with other Departments or research centres (a member of the Teaching and Research Staff or a Researcher can work closely with the Supervising Professor and the postgraduate student). Also note that the Department of Materials Science and Technology may participate in the organisation and realisation of interdepartmental postgraduate programmes, in collaboration with other departments of the University of Crete or other universities.

Postgraduate students participate in departmental teaching and research activities, but their main occupation is their postgraduate studies, i.e. attending and successfully completing courses, attending the General Seminar of the Department and completing their diploma thesis. At the same time, postgraduate students must write their diploma thesis. In the framework of their postgraduate studies, students are also trained in research methodology, undertaking and carrying out a research subject as well as attending courses. In the 3rd Semester postgraduate students prepare their diploma thesis, detailing the results of their research. In order to be awarded an MSc, postgraduate students must collect at least thirty (30) study credits (SC), calculated as follows: by attending postgraduate-level courses and passing compulsory examinations in them, students secure a number of study credits (SC) as determined for each semestral course. In the case of shorter courses (special lecture series, if available), self-study courses or special undergraduate courses, the number of study credits is determined by the teaching professor and the Postgraduate Studies Committee (PSC) at the start of the course. If the course is not offered by the Department of Materials Science and Technology but by a different Department of the University of Crete or another Institute, the PSC can recognise the course at its discretion, or ask that the student be examined on the course content. students are awarded five (5) study credits for every publication in a recognised international peer-reviewed journal, or in the proceedings of established peer-reviewed conferences, up to a maximum of ten (10) SC in this category. The diploma thesis is worth ten (10) credits. After two years from the start of their postgraduate studies, students lose their student status if they are no longer actively continuing their studies. The two-year term of study may only be extended, for up to a year, in exceptional cases by decision of the General Assembly of Special Composition (GASC), if the postgraduate student submits the relevant request within the three-year period. A number of postgraduate students are awarded scholarships, depending on the amount at the disposal of the University of Crete and the available research programmes. Scholarships are awarded on an annual or semestral basis and renewed on the recommendation of the PSC, depending on the performance of the postgraduate student.

List of Courses Offered

Postgraduate studies include theoretical and experimental courses described in the following list, as well as participation in the research and educational activities of the Department.

A. Course List (with corresponding ECTS credits in brackets)
1st Semester
2nd Semester
3rd Semester

Postgraduate students can also take extra courses in the following Departments: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. A detailed list of these courses is provided in the table below.

CodeCourses in Other Departments
Physics Department
ΦΥΣ-505Statistical Physics I (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-506Continuum Mechanics (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-507Experimental Physics Methods I (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-551Mathematical Physics Methods I (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-541Introduction to Solid-State Physics (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-546Polymer Physics and Physiochemistry (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-742Surface Physics (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-744Low-Temperature Physics (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-558Computational Condensed Matter Physics (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-576Microelectronics Materials Physics (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-570Structural and Chemical Analysis of Materials (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-677Thin Film Microelectronics (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-766Optical Analysis Methods for Synthetic Materials Laboratory (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-761Optic Fibre Theory - Laboratory (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-763Optoelectrical Sensors (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-675Semiconductor-Optoelectronic Devices (5 ECTS)
ΦΥΣ-773Semiconductor-Optoelectronic Device/Circuit Building Lab (5 ECTS)
Department of Applied Mathematics
ΜΑΘ-255Fluid Mechanics (5 ECTS)
ΜΑΘ-256Computational Fluid Mechanics (5 ECTS)
ΜΑΘ-257Continuum Mechanics (5 ECTS)
ΜΑΘ-281Mathematical Simulation I (5 ECTS)
ΜΑΘ-282Mathematical Simulation II (5 ECTS)
ΜΑΘ-291Arithmetical Solution of Common Differential Equations (5 ECTS)
ΜΑΘ-351Mathematical Materials Theory I (5 ECTS)
ΜΑΘ-352Mathematical Materials Theory II (5 ECTS)
ΜΑΘ-359Materials Mechanics Subjects (5 ECTS)
ΜΑΘ-361Parallel Processing (5 ECTS)
Chemistry Department
Inorganic Chemistry I (5 ECTS)
Inorganic Chemistry II (5 ECTS)
Analytical Chemistry I (5 ECTS)
Analytical Chemistry II (5 ECTS)
Organic Photochemistry (5 ECTS)
Bioinorganic Chemistry (5 ECTS)
Physiochemistry IV (Chemical Kinetics) (5 ECTS)
Biotechnology (5 ECTS)
Polymer Chemistry and Properties (5 ECTS)
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratories I (5 ECTS)
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratories II (5 ECTS)
Analytical Chemistry Laboratories I (5 ECTS)
Analytical Chemistry Laboratories II (5 ECTS)
Biology Department
ΜΒΒ-302Molecular Cellular Biology (5 ECTS)
ΜΒΒ-303Developmental Molecular Biology (5 ECTS)
ΜΒΒ-304Principles & Methods of Biological Macromolecule Analysis (5 ECTS)
ΜΜΒ-404 Biological Macromolecule Crystallography (5 ECTS)
ΜΜΒ-408 Modern Electron Microscopy (5 ECTS)
ΜΜΒ-409 Enzyme Technology Subjects (5 ECTS)
Computer Science Department
ΗΥ-335 Computer Networks (5 ECTS)
ΗΥ-370 Digital Signal Processing (5 ECTS)
ΗΥ-371 Multimedia Technologies (5 ECTS)
ΗΥ-405 Economics of Technology (5 ECTS)
ΗΥ-422 Introduction to VLSI Systems (5 ECTS)
ΗΥ-430 Digital Communications (5 ECTS)
ΗΥ-443 Parallel Programming (5 ECTS)
ΗΥ-508 Technical Writing in English (5 ECTS)

Further details of conditions for awarding the MSc, course supervision and examination, design and writing of the diploma thesis, and other special requirements are set out in the Internal Regulations of the curriculum and the decisions of the relevant bodies.

2nd Cycle of Postgraduate Studies - Writing a Doctoral Thesis

The following possibilities are available for writing a doctoral thesis as part of the Departmental Postgraduate Programme. If the candidate does not hold an MSc, he or she is first registered with the MSc programme, in accordance with the process described above. If, on the contrary, the candidate holds an MSc, either from the Department or from a different Department or University in Greece or abroad (in the latter case it must be recognised by the State), his or her introduction to the PhD programme is decided by the PSC on the basis of the following criteria:

Selected postgraduate students start or continue their postgraduate research and are expected to fulfil their PhD requirements, as described below.

Doctoral candidates must pass the General Preliminary Postgraduate Examination (Prelim). The Prelim is the responsibility of the Prelim Committee, which is appointed by the PSC. Prelims are held between one and two semesters after the completion of the courses, at a time set by the Prelim Committee. These examinations consist of a public oral presentation of the postgraduate student's research subject, comprising three basic stages: a) bibliographical review, b) research methodology and possible preliminary results, and c) future aims. This is followed by questions on the presentation subject and the wider field of the postgraduate student's research work. On successful completion of the Prelim, postgraduate students are awarded fifteen (15) study credits.

If the student fails the Prelim, he or she has the chance to retake it a semester later. The second examination may be delayed in exceptional circumstances at the student's request, but in no case for longer than one further semester. The Prelim Committee will decide if the second examination is to be a new oral presentation.

Postgraduate students participate in the activities of the Department, as described above. As regards teaching activities, postgraduate students must contribute to course teaching as teaching assistants for a minimum of one semester.

Postgraduate students are obliged to collaborate on their doctoral thesis with a member of the Teaching and Research Staff or a research team consisting of members of the Departmental Teaching and Research Staff, one or more researchers of the Institutes of the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), one or more members of the Teaching and Research Staff of another Department of the University of Crete or other university, or researchers of other research institutes or centres (according to law). The permission of the PSC is required in all cases in which the member of the Teaching and Research Staff or researcher does not belong to the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete. The doctoral thesis must be original research work, part of which must have been submitted for publication in a recognised international peer-reviewed journal before the PhD is awarded.

The PSC appoints a member of the Departmental Teaching and Research Staff as Supervising Professor, in accordance with article 13 of Law 2083/92. If the postgraduate student is collaborating directly with a researcher who is not a member of the Teaching and Research Staff of the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete, that researcher may be appointed Supervising Scientific Researcher and a member of the postgraduate student's advisory committee and examining committee. The Supervising Scientific Supervisor may be a member of a different Department of this or another university or research centre in a relevant field of research, but he or she must be a PhD.

The postgraduate student and the Supervising Professor are responsible for the completion of the doctoral thesis within a reasonable time, as prescribed by law. The progress of the research work is monitored by a three-member advisory committee, as prescribed by law. Postgraduate scholarships are renewed on an annual or semestral basis on the recommendation of the Supervising Professor and with the agreement of the PSC. The recommendation of the Supervising Professor must be accompanied by a brief written report on the progress of the postgraduate student's research.

When the doctoral thesis is nearing completion, the PSC appoints a seven-member examining committee on the recommendation of the Supervising Professor, in accordance with the law on thesis approval and acceptance. The members of the examining committee are members of university or research centre Teaching and Research Staff. Usually two members are not members of the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete. The Supervising Professor is the Chair of the examining committee. Postgraduate students defend their doctoral thesis in public before the examining committee according to the law, as long as the candidate has also been awarded a minimum of forty (40) study credits (including the MSc if the candidate has been awarded it).

The agreement of at least five members of the examining committee is necessary for the approval of the doctoral thesis. Following approval of the doctoral thesis, the postgraduate student is made a Doctor of the Department of Materials Science and Technology according to the law. In the case that the doctoral thesis is not approved, the examining committee sets a reasonable time after which the postgraduate student may make one further attempt to complete the procedure successfully.

Collaboration with the Foundation for Research and Technology

The Postgraduate Studies Programme of the Department of Materials Science and Technology can be realised in close collaboration with the Institutes of the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH). The collaboration consists of the following: