The Master of Science in Chemistry Program (MSc in Chemistry) offers an integrated and structured 4-semester curriculum in accordance to international standards. The main objective of the Program is to attract graduate students who are innovative, competitive and highly motivated and provide them with a high quality specialized education and training in a variety of cutting-edge research topics in modern Chemistry as well as in various interdisciplinary subject areas. Major emphasis is placed on research which complements a number of advanced courses offered by the Department and the School of Sciences.

Graduates of the program find themselves continuing on with doctoral research or pursue careers across the world in the public sector (e.g. Universities, Research Institutes, Secondary Education, General State Chemistry Agency, Chemistry laboratories, Hospitals) or in the private sector (e.g. Pharmaceutical industries, food industry, petroleum, nanotechnology, cosmetics, scientific instruments and equipment companies, etc.).

The Program awards the Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Chemistry in the following main areas (not excluding other relevant interdisciplinary subjects):

  1. Biological and Organic Chemistry
  2. Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
  3. Advanced Materials - Physical Chemistry


Admission Requirements

The Program welcomes applications from University graduates, primarily from Science or Engineering Schools in Greece, or from similar institutions abroad, holding basic degrees in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Materials Science, Environmental Science, Chemical engineering and related subject. Candidates for the MSc degree in Chemistry are expected to demonstrate a good basic knowledge in the field of Chemistry, based on their academic transcripts, recommendation letters, scientific publications and an interview. A minimum grade of 7.0/10 is a prerequisite for application submission. The number of candidates admitted to the program is set to a maximum of forty (40) per year. Openings are announced biannually, typically in May and December each year, with students given the opportunity to enroll in the Fall or Spring semesters respectively.



The duration of the Program is set to four (4) semesters, full time.



The total number of ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) units required for one to receive the MSc degree is 120. Specifically, a student must accumulate: (a) sixty (60) ECTS units from course work, (b) thirty (30) ECTS units from training on advanced laboratory research techniques and carrying out laboratory research work, and c) thirty (30) ECTS units from writing and defending a Master's Thesis. In all, students are expected to show their abilities to follow successfully the assigned course work and demonstrate capacity to perform original research work, which will lead to a final MSc thesis.

As regards course work, during their first year, students are required to attend successfully a minimum of six (6) postgraduate courses corresponding to a total of sixty (60) ECTS units. At least thirty (30) of these must come from core courses of the main Direction of specialization of the Program while the remaining (30 or more) can be selected from among the rest of the available postgraduate courses, including courses offered in the context of other MSc Programs of the Department of Chemistry or the University of Crete. For each semester of study, student are required to accumulate at least thirty (30) ECTS units.

Detailed information on the course options and content can found here.


Language of instruction

Graduate Courses are taught in Greek or English. The thesis is written in Greek, however it is possible to submit the MSc thesis written in English, following approval by the Department’s postgraduate committee. In such a case the candidate must include in his/her thesis an extended summary in Greek.

For additional information please contact the Graduate Studies Secretary (Vassilios Tsolis,


MSc in Chemistry at a glance




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