M.Sc. Specific Issues

Enrollment and course registration

New postgraduate students enroll in the PSP in October, prior to the commencement of lectures.

Registration for courses takes place within the first two weeks of each semester.

The exact dates for enrollment and course registration are announced on the web, specifically, on webpages (a) Academic Announcements of the Technical University of Crete and (b)News/Announcements of the Environmental Engineering School.


Duration of Studies

The minimum duration of studies for the award of the Master of Science title is three (3) academic semesters.

The maximum time to complete all requirements for the Master of Science title is six (6) academic semesters.

If a postgraduate student exceeds the above maximum time limit, he/she automatically drops out and receives a certificate of attendance for all courses successfully completed. Postgraduate students may request, on serious grounds, the interruption of their studies for time periods which, when added together, do not exceed two (2) academic semesters. The GA decides whether to approve the request or not. Part-time studying is also allowed according to the Postgraduate Studies Regulation, the decisions of the GA and the time limitations set by it.


Selection of Supervisor

Upon enrollment in the PSP, each postgraduate student is assigned an Academic Advisor, who acts in cooperation with the PSP Steering Committee.

During the second semester of studies, each postgraduate student must submit an application to the School’s Secretariat stating his/her choice for Supervisor. Student and Supervisor agree on the composition of the three-member examination committee and the subject of the Master thesis which are submitted to the GA for final approval.

In case of scientific co-operation with professors at other Universities or Research Institutes in Greece or abroad, the Supervisor must be a faculty member of the Environmental Engineering School of the Technical University of Crete.

Following the appointment of the Master thesis supervisor, the Academic Advisor is relieved from his/her duties.


Master of Science Degree (Postgraduate Specialization Diploma) requirements

Courses, research, and all other types of academic and research activities required for the Master of Science degree (Postgraduate Specialization Diploma) are as follows:

  • The student must have accumulated 90 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit units in a time period of at least three academic semesters.
  • 60 ECTS credit units correspond to 6 courses and 2 research lectures. Each postgraduate course is assigned 9 credit units according to the European Credit Transfer System with the exception of Research Lectures which are assigned 3 credit units each.
    • There is a minimum number of four (4) required courses per specialization area that students must complete satisfactorily.
    • Every postgraduate student must attend two (2) “Research Lectures” courses.
    • In addition to the required courses in their specialization area, students must select, in agreement with the Academic Advisor or the Supervisor, two (2) elective courses in their specialization area or from the list of joint courses for all specialization areas (course code GEN). It is noted that, regardless of specialization area, with the consent of their Supervisor and after approval by the GA, students may select as elective courses (a) courses from other specialization areas in the Environmental Engineering PSP or from other postgraduate studies programs and (b) one (1) course at PhD level.
    • The minimum passing grade for a course is six (6.0). If a student fails a course, he/she may re-enroll for the course and repeat it in a subsequent semester or select to enroll to a different course from the PSP.
    • A minimum grade average of seven (7.0) in all courses is required for graduation. If a student has a grade average lower than seven (7.0) after the successful completion of six (6) courses or if the student has failed two (2) courses, that is, if the student received a grade lower than six (6.0) in the particular courses, the student drops out of the PSP automatically. However, the student receives a certificate of attendance for all courses successfully completed.
  • 30 ECTS credit units correspond to the postgraduate diploma thesis.


Postgraduate diploma thesis and Master of Science (Postgraduate Specialization Diploma)Award

Three member examination committee

The postgraduate diploma thesis is assessed by a three-member committee composed of the supervisor and two other faculty members. One of the three committee members may be a faculty member from another TUC School or another University, or a researcher holding a Ph.D. in a subject related to the thesis topic.

The student must submit an application for the approval of the three-member committee composition by the GA stating the proposed members and the thesis title (the application form is available on the School’s website).

Postgraduate Diploma Thesis Defense

When all research work is concluded and the writing of the Master thesis is completed, the supervisor gives his consent to the candidate to submit the manuscript to the other members of the examination committee.

The candidate, in agreement with the three-member committee, determines the date, time and venue of the open oral presentation/defense of his/her work and provides the School’s Secretariat with a thesis summary for publication on the University’s Academic Announcements website (template available on School’s website).

The candidate defends his/her thesis publicly before the three examination committee members, who assess and evaluate the quality of research, the scientific methodology adopted for obtaining the stated results, the presentation of the literature review and the significance of results. It is noted that both thesis manuscript and oral presentation are evaluated.

The postgraduate diploma thesis is assessed by the three-member committee as "With Honors", "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory" based on majority rule.

In case the thesis is found "Unsatisfactory", the candidate should complete his work and rewrite his thesis according to the recommendations of the committee and undergo a second and final examination.

Admission to the Degree of Master οf Science (Postgraduate Specialization Diploma)

Upon receiving a positive assessment by the committee and completing any proposed corrections, candidates must upload the final version of their thesis to the Institutional Repository of the Technical University of Crete.

Given that the postgraduate student has accumulated the required ECTS credits (90 credits), the candidate submits an application to the School’s Secretariat (form available on School’s website) and is admitted to the degree of Master of Science by the GA.

Master οf Science Degree (Postgraduate Specialization Diploma) Award Ceremony

The award ceremony for the Postgraduate Specialization Diplomas (M.Sc. Degrees) is held by the Technical University of Crete once a year, usually in November or December.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 October 2017 11:54


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