It is announced that the call for registrations to ERACOM MSc program will open at 20 February 2016


The duration of studies is three academic semesters, corresponding to 90 ECTS.  The M.Sc. program includes lectures, seminars, practicals, and the preparation of the Master Thesis. The first semester of studies starts in mid-September and the  Master Thesis is carried out during the third semester. ERACOM M.Sc. students can carry out their Master Thesis on important research topics in the fields of ecology and biodiversity in coastal areas, economical impacts of climate change and management, ecological and climate models more generally. The research work can be performed in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki or in other collaborating academic or research Institutions internationally. In order to ensure the high quality of the work and to enrich the student's CV, the Master  Thesis could be written in the form of a scientific paper and the students are encouraged to submit it to a peer-reviewed journal. The graduates of the M.Sc. may continue their research work for a Ph.D. The three collaborating Universities have already established agreements for joint Ph.D. supervision.
In order for students to be awarded postgraduate diplomas, they must participate in all educational and research activities, successfully pass the courses required by the curriculum and author a postgraduate dissertation. Attendance of courses and practical training is mandatory. Deviations are only permitted on serious grounds.
The courses that students must attend each semester are set out in the Curriculum. In June of each year, the Coordinating Body assigns professors-members of the M.Sc. program, in accordance with their statement, the courses they will teach during the coming academic year. The titles of the courses are announced by the Secretariat of the School of Biology and are published in the M.Sc. program Student Prospectus.
The M.Sc. program consists of three six-month modules. The first semester corresponds to 30 ECTS (european credit transfer system) and is consisted of core courses related to coastal areas and their ecology, the marine resources and economic importance of these areas, biodiversity and protected areas, as well as the legislation that governs the conducting of research and the application of innovative measures in these areas for managing marine resources and preserving biodiversity. The core courses of the second semester correspond to 30 ECTS and are related to the application of methods for monitoring, the disturbances in coastal regions, the indices used to assess the environmental impacts, the modelling of data and the impact of Climate Change on marine resources. The M.Sc. program gives the opportunity to students to choose one elective course (C1-C4) for completion of ECTS of second semester. Moreover, the elective courses promote student’s mobility and give the opportunity to move to the two other collaborating universities to attend the corresponding elective courses. Specifically, the students who will choose the courses C1 and C2 must be moved to Italy to attend the corresponding lectures and the students who will choose the course C3 and C4 must be moved to USA to North Carolina to attend the corresponding lectures.   Each elective course is focused in specific scientific background and provides specific knowledge of a wide scientific area. The core and elective courses and their corresponding ECTS credits are as follows:




ERACOM  Semester Course ECTS Scientific Disclipline
C1, Elective B Sediment Quality and Ecological Risk Assessment in Harbours and Polluted Areas 4 Policy and Management 
C2, Elective B Ecosystem-Based Management: Practical Application and Challenges   4 Policy and Management  
C3, Elective B Physiological Ecology of Marine Organisms 4 Management and Conservation  
C4, Elective
4 Biodiversity and Conservation  



The third semester and module is related to dissertation of students and to presentation of their Master Thesis and corresponds to 30 ECTS. In regard to the 3rd teaching module, students will be able to select a domestic or foreign laboratory to carry out their dissertation, with the agreement of the corresponding professors.
Students can carry out their Master Thesis on several topics from the molecular biology to management and eco-innovation. In general, some of them are listed below:
  • The relationship between geomorphology of coastal areas, biodiversity, ecosystem stability and ecosystem functioning, disturbance and succession of communities.
  • The complex interrelationships between coastal and marine natural resources and humans and communities.
  • The Use of methodological tools for understanding the relationship between the human economy and the natural environment, focusing on coastal and marine areas.
  • The non-market valuation of coastal and marine environments.
  • Identification of economic values of coastal resources and coastal ecosystems’ services.
  • The economic valuation in decision-making (concerning coastal management and policies).
  • Proposals and tools for the management of an estuarine protected area.
  • Design of an ICZM project for a pilot site.
  • Application of tools to solve selected issues arising when managing coastal and marine areas. Analysis of complex policy issues and exploring the conflicts often arising due to competing interests of various stakeholders in coastal and marine areas.
  • Methodologies of environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental monitoring program (EMP).
  • The earth’s climate system and its feedbacks-Climate Models.
  • The use of ecological models in global and regional scales.
  • Genetical and Physiological indicators for studying the impacts of environmental changes and climate change on the physiological performance of marine organisms.
  • Investigation on the relationship between aquacultures, sustainability, carrying capacity and social development.
Also, students who are willing to investigate in their dissertation research the entrepreneurship or the venture creation in the fields of coastal zones, environment protection, eco-innovation and biodiversity are encouraged to choose one from the following topics or a similar one:
  • Eco-innovative forms of entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurship in coastal zones.
  • Entrepreneurship to protect marine biodiversity.
  • Eco-tourist venture creations.
  • The importance of spinoffs / incubators to promote maritime entrepreneurship.
  • Green-Entrepreneurship as a factor for the development of coastal zones.
  • The entrepreneurial utilization of research results on maritime protection and management.
  • Clusters between Research centers and Coastal / Marine enterprises in a local area.
  • Integrated Coastal Zones as areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.  


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