University of Crete


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.

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
university of crete




Crete, Greece


George Kontakis

Vice Rectors

Deputy Rector of Academic Affairs, Lifelong Learning, International Relations & Outlook
Georgios Kossioris
Deputy Rector of Planning, Administrative Affairs and Student Welfare
Dimitris Milonakis
Deputy Rector of Research & Development
Michail Pavlidis
Deputy Rector of Finance & Infrastructure
Konstantinos Spanoudakis



International Profile




Department: Philology
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Website: https://www.philology.uoc.gr/en/
Telephone: +30 28310 77301

Department: History and Archaeology
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Website: http://www.history-archaeology.uoc.gr/en/start/
Telephone: +30 28310 77336

Department: Philosophy and Social Studies
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Website: http://www.fks.uoc.gr/english/index.php
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
Website: https://economics.soc.uoc.gr/en
Telephone: +30 2831077430

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

Department: Political Science
Location: Gallos, Rethymno
Website: http://political.soc.uoc.gr/en
Telephone: +30 28310 77562

Department: Mathematics & Applied Mathematics
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Website: http://www.math.uoc.gr/en/index.html
Telephone: +30 2810 393700

Department: Physics
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Website: https://www.physics.uoc.gr/en
Telephone: +30 2810 394300

Department: Biology
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Website: http://www.biology.uoc.gr/en
Telephone: +30 2810 394402

Department: Chemistry
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Website: http://www.chemistry.uoc.gr/wordpress/en/home-2/
Telephone: +30 2810 545133

Department: Computer Science
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Website: https://www.csd.uoc.gr/CSD/index.jsp?lang=en
Telephone: +30 2810 393592

Department: Materials Science and Technology
Location: Voutes Campus, Heraklion
Website: https://www.materials.uoc.gr/en/main.html
Telephone: +30 2810 394270

Location: Heraklion, Crete
Telephone: +30 2810 394569

Postgraduate programs

The  Postgraduate programs that are taught in Greek!

School of Philosophy

Department of Philology

MA in Classical Studies
MA in Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology
MA in Linguistics
MA in Theater and Cinema Studies (by inter-institutional collaboration with the Mediterranean Studies Institute at the Foundation for Research and Technology- Hellas).

Department of History and Archaeology

Ancient Mediterranean World – History and Archaeology
Byzantine and Medieval Studies
Contemporary European and Greek History
Art History

Department of Philosophy and Social Studies

Philosophy: Science, Values and Society
MA in Bioethics
MA Brain and Mind

School of Education

Department of Primary Education

Cognition and Consciousness

Department of Preschool Education

Sciences of Education
Sciences of Education: Theory and Applications
Applications of Psychology in Education: Alternative- Experiential and Embodied – Multimodal Psychoeducational Perspectives
Special Education

School of Social Sciences

Department of Sociology

Theory, Culture, Social Change

Department of Economics

MBE in Technological Innovations

Department of Psychology

MSc Clinical Interventions in Addictions
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the BRAIN and MIND sciences
Joint Postgraduate in Counseling Psychology

Department of Political Science

M.Sc in Political Analysis & Political Theory

School of Sciences & Engineering

Department of Physics

Protonics and Nanoelectronics

Department of Biology

Molecular Biology – Biomedicine
Environmental Biology
Plant Molecular and Applied Biology – Green Biotechnology
Protein Biotechnology

Department of Chemistry

Environmental Science and Engineering
Isolation and Synthesis of Bioactive Natural resources
Joint M.Sc
Biotechnology and Proteomics
Inorganic Biological Chemistry
Energy Applications of Nanotechnology

Department of Computer Science

Computer Networks and Telecommunications
Parallel and Distributed Systems
Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction
Computer and Cognitive Vision and Robotics
Algorithms and Systems Analysis
Biomedical Informatics and Technology
Multimedia Technologies

Department of Materials Science and Technology

Biomedical Engineering
M.Sc Nanotechnology for Energy Applications

School of Medicine

Department of Molecular Biology – Biomedicine

MSc in Hematology-Oncology of Childhood and Adolescence
Pediatric-Adolescent-Young Adults Emergency and Intensive Care
Public Health & Health Care Management

The  Postgraduate programs that are taught in foreign languages!

Masters (MSc)

MBE in Technological Innovations

School of Social Sciences | Department of Economics

TIME is a full-time Master’s in Business Economics program jointly offered by University Crete, University of Cyprus and Wageningen University, unique in the South-East Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Building on the consortium’s expertise, the TIME curriculum focuses on key areas related to management and entrepreneurship theory, business economics, intellectual property protection, as well as with current developments in various technology fields. Specifically, our curriculum aims to support your individual development needs through an increased choice of dynamic learning methods.  It is designed to build upon your academic or business fundamentals with new skills and knowledge that will propel your career forward. From September to September, you’ll immerse yourself in the rigorous curriculum, learn from world-class faculty and build leadership experience and a supportive network that will help you throughout your career.

M.Sc. in Economic Theory and Policy

School of Social Sciences Department of Economics

The Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Crete has been running a M.Sc. Program in Economic Theory and Policy since the academic year 2002-2003 and a Ph.D. Program in Economic Science since 2001-2002.

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. The courses of the Program are taught in English

Advanced Physics

School of Sciences and Engineering | Department of Physics

The Department of Physics of the University of Crete organises each year an one year intensive Master’s Degree Program in “Advanced Physics”.

The curriculum offered is a combination of advanced general physics courses, a number of elective courses from a wide spectrum of modern physics reflecting the interests and activities in the Department, and it is completed by an original research thesis project.

The experimental or theoretical Master’s thesis project is to be carried out under the supervision of a faculty member or researcher of the Department, in a modern cutting-edge research area. The areas covered are Astrophysics and Space Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Applied Physics – Physics & Technology of Semiconductors, Nuclear & Elementary Particle Physics, and Condensed Matter Physics.

The state of the art facilities and expertise of the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) and Skinakas Observatory are available for carrying out the research project.

M.Sc in Photonics & Nanoelectronics

School of Sciences and Engineering | Department of Physics

The Department of Physics of the University of Crete and the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) organises a 18 month intensive Master’s Degree Program in “Photonics & Nanoelectronics”.

The program is a continuation of the previous very successful graduate program in “Microelectronics & Optoelectronics” which was initiated in 1998. Its purpose is to provide scientists and engineers with a solid background and research training in advanced electronic and photonic applications. The courses cover topics in quantum physics, lasers and optics, microelectronic devices, materials science and system design and analysis techniques.

Excellent research environment is available within a number of well-equipped laboratories active in the thematic areas of the program. The Microelectronics Research Group (UOC and IESL-FORTH) specializes on epitaxialy grown compound semiconductors. The Laser lab of IESL-FORTH is active in many areas of laser physics and applications and houses a Large European Research Facility on UV lasers. The Materials Group of IESL covers several research areas in advanced materials as are magnetic and superconducting materials, photonic materials, thin films, polymers and nanoscale materials. Several tens of senior researchers work in these labs and many serve as research supervisors to the students of the GPS-MO. These labs also frequently host visiting scientists from other EU countries and from around the world. The collaboration of the graduate students with these visitors has often provided very interesting job opportunities to the former, as witnessed by several success stories in the past.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society Plus

School of Sciences and Engineering | Department of Biology 

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society Plus (EMJMD ACES+) will give you a unique opportunity to study in up to four centres of European excellence in aquaculture research and learning; Scotland, Crete, France and the Netherlands.

M.Sc in Bioinformatics

School of Medicine 

The Medical School of the University of Crete announces the launch of a new Postgraduate MSc Program in “Bioinformatics”. The program leads to the award of a Master’s of Science degree (M.Sc.) in “Bioinformatics” after the successful completion of four (4) academic semesters. The MSc in Bioinformatics aims at a highly competitive, interdisciplinary and international audience. Lectures and practical classes will be taught in English by professors of the University of Crete Faculties of Medicine, Biology, Computer Science and Mathematics as well as by experienced researchers from FORTH (Crete) and HCMR Research Centers.

The Program’s organizing committee invites applications from graduates of various disciplines including: a) Biomedical Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology etc),b) Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Material Science),c) Mathematics and Computer Science, d) Engineers.

Molecular Basis of Human Disease

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

The students are expected to complete all the requirements for the Master’s degree within a period of 4 semesters (24 months). An extension of a maximum of two additional semesters can be granted based on a justified request by the student and the approval of the Management Committee of the program

All students that will be selected for the program are anticipated to study on a full time basis. 

Vaccines and Prevention of Infectious Diseases

School of Medicine 

The Postgraduate Program “Vaccines and Prevention of Infectious Diseases” offers training and development of skills in vaccination and prevention of infectious diseases. The Program curriculum implicates basic theoretical education as well as practical skills and strategies for prevention, crisis management and interaction with the community. 

The Program aims to provide high quality education on the theory and practice of vaccines and infection prevention. Strategies for disease prevention, crisis management, communication with the family, interaction with both the community and the Healthcare authorities are implemented.

The objective of the Program is to train the participants, especially those involved with the child and the teenager care, to acquire the skills for clinical service in the community and hospitals, health service providers and organizations focusing on vaccinations and prevention of infectious diseases for the general population and high- risk groups, during emergency situations, e.g population movements, epidemics, or disease outbreaks.

Oncology: From oncogenesis to therapy

School of Medicine 

The purpose of the Postgraduate Programme entitled “Oncology: From Oncogenesis to Therapy” is to create physicians and scientists of high standards and capable of pursuing doctoral and postdoctoral studies in the field of Oncology. The Programmes provides a multi-disciplinary approach to Basic Mechanisms of oncogenesis, identification of novel molecules as therapeutic targets, designing and developing novel drugs, application of modern bioimaging methods and advanced invasive treatments.