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

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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

Postgraduate programs 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

Postgraduate programs in foreign languages!


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 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 Electrical and Computer Engineering

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 Sciences and Engineering | Department of Materials Science and Technology

The Postgraduate Studies Program (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 Program is Materials Science and Technology.

The purpose of the Program 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 Program 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 organizations and companies, as well as research bodies). A parallel aim of the Postgraduate Studies Program 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 Centers.

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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 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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School of Medicine 

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.

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