University of Crete


Rector & Vice Rectors


Professor George Kontakis

Deputy Rector of Academic Affairs, Lifelong Learning, International Relations & Outlook

Professor Georgios Kossioris

Deputy Rector of Planning, Administrative Affairs and Student Welfare

Professor Dimitris Milonakis

Deputy Rector of Research & Development

Professor Michail Pavlidis

Deputy Rector of Finance & Infrastructure

Professor Konstantinos Spanoudakis

University & Society

Established in 1973, the University of Crete is a young public educational institution committed to excellence in research and teaching. The seat of the University is the Gallos Campus in Rethymnon, where the Schools of Philosophy, Education, Social, Economic & Political Sciences are located. The Voutes Campus in Heraklion is home to the School of Sciences & Technology and the School of Medicine, as well as a number of affiliated research-oriented infrastructures and facilities, including the University General Hospital. 

The University accepted its first students in 1977-78. Currently, over 18,000 undergraduates and 3000 postgraduate students are registered here. They are educated by an outward-looking academic faculty of around 450 members, supported by adjunct lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, laboratory staff and instructors, as well as around 300 technical and administrative staff. 

The international orientation of the University is reflected in its track record of collaborations with many of the leading research and educational institutions in Europe and worldwide, as well as active promotion of mobility and exchange programmes. Research and research training at all levels benefits also from the de facto regional cluster of research institutions i.e. the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (IMBBC), the University General Hospital (PagNi) as well as the other HEIs in Crete. Reflecting its research activity and associated initiatives, the University of Crete is the first Greek University to have signed the EU Charter and the Code for the recruitment of researchers, and forms part of the Euraxess European network for the mobility of researchers. The University fully participates in quality assurance mechanisms both for its academic and administrative structures, and it is a strategic choice of the University that there will be an ongoing effort to meet quality in all its structures. 

Located on the island of Crete, a site rich in ancient and modern Mediterranean cultures, the University offers a vibrant social and intellectual environment for research and education. As such, whether your contact with the University is brief or long-term, we trust it will be rewarding.

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Scientific profile

Disciplines & Departments

 University of Crete comprises five Schools :

  • School of Philosophy
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Sciences and Engineering
  • School of Medicine


Department: Philology
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Telephone: +30 28310 77301

Department: History and Archaeology
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Telephone: +30 28310 77336

Department: Philosophy and Social Studies
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Telephone: +30 2831077215

Department: Primary Education
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Telephone: +30 2831077594

Department: Preschool Education
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Telephone: +30 28310 77650

Department: Sociology
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Telephone: +30 2831077465

Department: Economics
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Telephone: +30 2831077430

Department: Psychology
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Telephone: +30 28310 77577

Department: Political Science
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Telephone: +30 28310 77562

Department: Mathematics & Applied Mathematics
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Telephone: +30 2810 393700

Department: Physics
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Telephone: +30 2810 394300

Department: Biology
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Telephone: +30 2810 394402

Department: Chemistry
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Telephone: +30 2810 545133

Department: Computer Science
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Telephone: +30 2810 393592

Department: Materials Science and Technology
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Telephone: +30 2810 394270

Location: Heraklion, Crete
Telephone: +30 2810 394569

International Studies


Undergraduate program in English!

International Program in Medicine

Postgraduate programs in foreign languages!


School of Sciences and Engineering | Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics 

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School of Sciences and Engineering | Department of Biology 

Students will gain a broad understanding of the key principles of aquaculture and an in-depth knowledge of the many major scientific, technological and social challenges facing the sustainable development of the global aquaculture industry, including fin-fish, crustaceans, bivalves and seaweed. Key challenges influencing the sustainability of the industry include; environmental issues, nutrition, feed formulation, disease, welfare, reproduction and genetics, product safety, ecotoxicology, aquaculture systems (e.g. recirculation and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture), biosecurity, spatial planning and regulation.
Students will also be provided with key ‘life’ skills training, such as presentation, networking, social media, entrepreneurship (in association with the Scottish Institute for Enterprise), which will be tried and tested throughout the program.
This unique program will, therefore, equip students with the essential skills required to establish, manage and/ or assess aquaculture activities either from a research, public authority or commercial perspective and to communicate confidently with industry representatives or the public sector.
You can find out more about the modules taught during each semester, including teaching methods and assessments, by clicking on the following links:
Semester 1: SAMS, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK
Semester 2: University of Crete, Greece – focus on finfish aquaculture
Semester 3: University of Nantes, France – focus on shellfish aquaculture
Semester 4: research projects in Oban, Crete, Nantes or Radboud The final conference and goodbye event will be held in July of each year at one of the above institutes.

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School of  Medicine 

Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is a multidisciplinary process for patients recovering after an acute cardiac event or with chronic cardiovascular disease that reduces mortality and morbidity and improves quality of life. It is considered a cost-effective intervention and is expressly indicated in the guidelines of the major medical societies. Thw area of CR is stikk under develped and the career across Europe is expected to grow and produce lot of job opportunities across. Cardiologists with a special training in cardiac rehabilitation have a critical role in supervising these programs or coordinate a cardiac rehabilitation center. In addition, since the population of patients with cardiovascular disease is increasing rapidly and prone to adverse events during exercise, other medical specialists with a focus in rehabilitation will gain a big precedence with this Mc.

Cardiac rehabilitation specialists can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals and cardiac centers and can choose from several different career tracks. Apart from the medical part, career options in the cardiac rehabilitation field can include nutritional counseling, nursing and physical therapy. Registered nurses may meet with patients with heart disease to instruct them on what to do for recovery, such as getting rest, exercise, taking medications and adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Physical therapists can teach their patients exercises that can help them reduce pain and expand their range of motion and functional status after a cardiac event or guide the patient with chronic cardiovascular disease in the proper exercises to strengthen cardiovascular health. More importantly, this cardiac rehabilitation program will offer the graduates the expertise of prompt exercise counseling and advance their careers in new directions of UpToDate cardiovascular health and wellness.

The unique nature of the course will offer the opportunity to participate in research protocols and training projects that will make this learning experience far exceeding a traditional Master degree route. Finally, It will provide skills and knowledge for entrance into academia and research development, or leadership areas of the field

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School of  Medicine 

The postgraduate Programme in “ Forensic Medicine, Anthropology and Imaging” is a 1,5-year long program that aims to offer multidisciplinary training and promotion of knowledge and skills at an advanced level in different areas of Forensic Medicine, namely Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Imaging.
Candidates can have variable and not necessarily medical background and a strong desire to invade the world of forensics. Graduates of Medicine, Biology, Anatomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Radiography, Forensic Sciences, Police Academy, Law School are welcomed to apply. Previous knowledge on human biology/anatomy although it would be helpful is not obligatory as the program provides the necessary background to candidates before their training in specialised modules .

More specifically the programme will offer basic knowledge in musculoskeletal and cross-sectional CT anatomy, will introduce candidates to Forensic Medicine in terms of scope, methodology and legal framework and will facilitate specialized training in the areas of Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Imaging.

All training aspects of the course will take place at the Medical School of the University of Crete allowing successful candidates to enjoy while studying the unique island of Crete. The first two Semesters will require the physical presence of the students while research projects for the completion of the dissertation can take place anywhere in the world allowing participants to link to our international forensic network.

The programme also  offers the opportunity of exiting with a specialisation in Forensic Anthropology or Forensic Imaging.

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School of  Philosophy | Department of History and Archaeology 

The Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas run a joint English-language M.A. Program in Ottoman History.

This Program is the continuation of the Greek-language M.A. Program in Turkish Studies which was founded by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in 1988, and was run jointly by the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies from 1994 to 2018.

The M.A. Program in Ottoman History is held in Rethymno, a beautiful Venetian, Ottoman, and Modern Greek town on the island of Crete, Greece.

The duration of each cycle of the Program is two years (4 academic semesters). In the course of the two years of each cycle, students are required to complete:

Five (5) history courses (four in Ottoman History, and one in Medieval or Modern History);
Four (4) Turkish language courses;
Four (4) Ottoman language and palaeography courses.
Furthermore, students are required to write an original M.A. thesis based on the critical analysis of Ottoman archival, epigraphic or narrative sources.
Native Turkish-speakers are not required to attend the Turkish language classes, but must instead take two (2) Modern Greek language classes.

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School of Social Sciences | Department of Economics

TIME is an accelerated, full-time Master’s program in Business Economics (MBE). It is jointly offered by a consortium of three universities: The University of Crete, the University of Cyprus and the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. It is recognized by the Greek, Cypriot and Dutch Education authorities within the framework of the Bologna Process. 

The program consists of three components: 

  1. The Academic Modules – 60 ECTS (September – May) The academic module is taught independently by the University of Crete and the University of Cyprus between September and April at their respective campuses. Both Universities follow an identical curriculum and time schedule. 
  2. The Summer Practicum – 30 ECTS (May – July) Between May and July, students undertake a summer practicum that takes the form of either a Supervised Internship or an Entrepreneurship Summer School. The internship is overseen by the University of Wageningen and is expected to take place in the Netherlands, Greece or Cyprus. The Entrepreneurship Summer School takes place at the University of Crete for both cohorts.
  3. The Master Thesis – 30 ECTS (May – December) The master thesis is normally drafted between May and December the 31st. If more time is needed, students can extend the period of completion.

An integral part of TIME Program is the fact that it involves 1, 2 or 3 different allocations in 3 different countries: Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands.

Students can choose to follow the courses either in Crete Campus (Rethymnon Crete, Greece) or in Cyprus Campus (Nicosia, Cyprus). Thus, applicants who wish to apply for the Crete campus follow a different link than the applicants who wish to apply for the Cyprus campus, in order to complete and submit the application form.

TIME gives students the possibility of switching campuses between modules. After the completion of the first module at the campus of their choice (where they have submitted their application), students can choose either to continue for the next module at the same campus or to change. It should be emphasized that the University of Crete and the University of Cyprus both follow an identical time schedule, curriculum, set of procedures, and rules and regulations

TIME comprises 16 different courses belonging to three modules:

Module A: Business Economics and Quantitative Methods 

Module B: Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship for R&D Intensive Firms 

Module C: Business Skills for Innovative Ventures 

Nearly all courses are taught in 24 academic hours. Performance is assessed through exams, individual assignments and team projects.

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School of Medicine

The Biomedical Engineering MSc Program (BME) is a master program delivered by three collaborating Institutions in Crete, Greece:

  • the University of Crete  (Heraklion)
  • the Technical University of Crete  (Chania)
  • the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas  (Heraklion).

The program seeks to capture the global megatrends in the field of Biomedical Engineering by offering high level education in three major sectors:

  • Biofabrication, Molecular Diagnostics and Therapy Module
  • Βio-Medical Imaging
  • Medical Information Systems

BME program is flexible, offering two graduation tracks, one with 90 credits and one with 120 credits. The first track is intended to educate graduate students willing to develop a career as biomedical engineers employed by industry/hospitals. 

The second track is designed to prepare graduate students willing to continue in a Ph.D. program, through a research grade thesis conducted in one of the affiliated research labs.

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School of Social Sciences | Department of Economics

The Program intends to develop the students’ skills in matters of economic analysis and economic policy, making the best use of the Department’s human resources; it is designed to meet the needs in high-level training and research work on the part of the Department’s Teaching and Research Staff, on the one hand, and to satisfy the demand for post-graduate studies in Economic Sciences, on the other.

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School of Sciences and Engineering | Department of Materials Science and Technology

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.

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School of Medicine

The School of Medicine of the University of Crete runs a Graduate Program in Neurosciences in collaboration with neuroscientists from different Universities and Research Institutes in Greece and abroad.

The Program focuses on Cellular/Molecular/Developmental, Systems, Cognitive, Translational and Clinical Neurosciences. Students are offered a strong training in neuroscience and prepared for careers in research and teaching.

The Program leads to a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience after four semesters of courses and research laboratory rotations.

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School of Medicine 

The Graduate Program “The Molecular Basis of Human Diseases” started its operation in the Faculty of Medicine in 2014, and it has evolved from restructuring the Graduate Program “Cellular and Genetic Etiology, Diagnosis and Therapy of Human Diseases”. It is currently in its 14th year of operation and provides training opportunities to graduates of Departments of Health and Biological Sciences. 

The objective of the Program is to promote the translational research by bridging the gap between basic scientists and clinical doctors. The emphasis of the curriculum is on the molecular basis of human diseases, the diagnostics and therapies.

The program has been organized in accordance with international standards for graduate education and capitalizes on the knowledge that has been acquired from the human sequencing project and on the progress that has been made in biomedical  sciences both at the basic and the clinical level. 

The major strength of the Program is its human potential (medical students and faculty of the University of Crete Medical School and collaborating institutions).

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