Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs): RCE-Crete
RCE Crete has been a member of the Global RCE Network on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) since 2009. Among its activities, RCE-Crete in collaboration with partners in Egypt and Jordon has developed an MSc programme on Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food Security (CCSAFS) This is showcased in the 2021 UNU-INS publication Tackling Climate Action at the Local Level: Education for Sustainable Development Projects from the Global RCE Network as an example of how global goals can be translated into local actions through education and training to respond to the climate crisis.
For more information on the ESD forums based at the University see RCE-Crete.
The UNESCO Chair in ICTs in Education for Sustainable Development was established in 2008 at the University’s Department of Primary Education. Current programmes include: Refugee Teaching Certification Programme for Egyptian and Refugee Teachers Enabled by Blended Learning (RefTeCp) with HEIs in Egypt; ICT-enabled In-service Training of Teachers to address Education for Sustainability (ICTeEfS) with HEIs in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam; and Professionalisation of Undergraduate Academic Teaching in Multiple Disciplines to Address SDGs (PUAT) with HEIs in Africa.
The University’s NHMC is a pioneering institute in study and management of the natural environment in Crete, Greece and the wider Eastern Mediterranean, with public education, lifelong learning and outreach on environmental issues as core activities.
Utilizing distance learning technologies, face-to-face teaching/learning, and blended course modules, the Centre oversees a wide range of professional training programmes and lifelong learning activities.
The Intercultural and Migration Studies Centre (E.DIA.M.ME) promotes intercultural and bilingual education, and provides pre- and in-service training for teaching Greek as a second/ foreign language.
The University’s e-Learning Lab (EDIVEA) promotes advanced technologies in lifelong and distance learning for the professional development of teachers, for connecting local communities, and for exchanges of best practices on pedagogical uses of ICT among educators and other entities.
Teacher Training and HR Capacity Building
Setting the ground for a multi-level approach on developing soft skills in Higher Education.
Bachelor of Medicine
The University’s six-year Bachelor of Medicine degree equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to begin careers in health care practice in communities and hospitals or in medical research centres. The language of instruction is Greek, but English options are available for student exchanges and for clinical clerkships at the University General Hospital of Heraklion.
Biology: Environmental Biology and Biological Resources Management
Biology: Environmental Biology and Biological Resources Management is the scientific direction of a four-year BSc programme that covers theory and offers practical training in the challenges of conserving and managing marine and terrestrial environments and resources.
The goal of the Medical School is to provide a high level of medical studies based on the learning and understanding of the medical science and on practical and clinical education.
The main objectives of the medical studies are:
- The provision of the appropriate knowledge foundation for the understanding of the physiological functions of human diseases.
- The development of skills and competencies for the practice of Medical Science.
- The understanding of the scientific and ethical basis of any medical procedure.
- The perception of the medical practice as an obligation to the patient and to society.
Vaccines and Prevention of Infectious Diseases
Vaccines and Prevention of Infectious Diseases is a 3-semester programme in Greek &/or English that provides basic theoretical education on vaccines as well as practical skills and strategies for disease prevention, crisis management and interaction with the community.
Aquaculture, Environment and Society
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society Plus (EMJMD ACES\ACES+) Learn from a team of international experts, study at 4 European centres of excellence and play a vital role in addressing global food insecurity.
is a 2-year MSc programme in Greek &/or English focusing on drug abuse and its effective prevention and treatment. The programme is offered by the Department of Psychology in collaboration with the University’s School of Medicine and with OKANA, the Organisation Against Drugs.
The Molecular Basis of Human Diseases is a 2-year MSc programme in English, offered by the Medical School. The objective of the programme is to promote translational research by bridging the gap between basic scientists and clinical doctors. The emphasis is on the molecular basis of human diseases, diagnostics and therapies.
Environmental Biology is a 3-semester Joint Master degree offered by the Department of Biology with the Natural History Museum of Crete and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) It provides state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in key areas of environmental protection, sustainable development of aquaculture, ecology and sustainability of fisheries, and conservation of biodiversity.
Community Work and Social Economy is a 3-semester Joint Master programme offered by the UoC Department of Sociology with the Hellenic Mediterranean University. Based on the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) development paradigm, it aims to equip young professionals with the skills and knowledge to meet the multi-layered economic, social and environmental crises in our communities.
Environmental Sciences & Engineering
This is a 2-year MSc Programme in Greek &/or English, which focuses on environmental pollution and climate change, and techniques to observe, simulate and mitigate them. The programme, which has no tuition fees, is offered by the UoC Department of Chemistry and collaborating Departments of the Hellenic Mediterranean University.
Isolation and Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products
A 2-year MSc Programme in Greek &/or English, that trains high-level (theoretical and technological) specialists in the Chemistry of Natural Products, who will contribute to the promotion of this new, modern and rapidly developing interdisciplinary field and the corresponding technology in our country. The programme, which has no tuition fees, is offered by the UoC Department of Chemistry and the School of Medicine.
The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Resilience in Educational Contexts – EMJM FLOURISH is a two-years’ full-time programme that seeks to address the need to provide a meaningful, relevant and balanced education for children growing up in adverse and marginalised circumstances, by focusing on their strengths and building their assets within protective contexts. It aims to build the capacity of educators and practitioners in creating resilience enhancing contexts which equip children and young people with the necessary resources and competencies to deal effectively with the challenges in their education and development. The EMJM Resilience in Educational Contexts is offered by the University of Malta (leading partner), the University of Crete, Greece; the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and Stefan Cel Mare University, Suceava, Romania
Cardiac rehabilitation 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 all medical guidelines of the major societies in cardiovascular medicine. On the other hand, exercise and rehabilitation in patients with cardiovascular diseases should strike a balance between the multiple benefits of exercise and the small risk of sudden death and adverse events during strenuous effort. The aim of the program is to build an interdisciplinary training with the most current approach in rehabilitation practice and exercise guidance which has an explosive dynamic and is still underdeveloped in most areas across Europe.
The postgraduate Programme in “ Forensic Medicine, Anthropology and Imaging” aims to offer multidisciplinary training and promotion of knowledge and skills at an advanced level in different areas of Forensic Medicine, namely Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Imaging, Skeletal Pathology and Trauma, Postmortem changes, Forensic Identification. The programme also offers the opportunity of exiting with a specialisation in Forensic Anthropology or Forensic Imaging.
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 Neurosciences after four semesters of courses and research laboratory rotations.
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 Netherlands. It is recognized by the Greek, Cypriot and Dutch Education authorities within the framework of the Bologna Process.
The Joint Graduate Programme (JGP) in Bioethics is administrated jointly by the Department of Philosophy and Social Studies, the Department of Medicine, the Department of Biology and the Department of Sociology of the University of Crete (U.C.), Greece.
The M.A. Programme aims to provide students with the appropriate theoretical frameworks, knowledge and skills, necessary for in-depth investigation, critical analysis, evaluation, and possible resolution, of ethical problems related to biomedical research, medical practice and health care policy as well as a critical
understading of the wider implications resulting from biomedical advancements for the lives of individuals, societies and their relation to the natural environment. The Ph.D. Programme aims to offer knowledge and expertise to take graduates on to a role in Higher Education, or employment requiring high-level skills in research or advanced subject knowledge.
The Program covers fields of Pediatric Intensive Care and Adolescent Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, Epidemics, Natural Disasters, and aspects of Specific Emergencies in Adults and Children. It is offered for Healthcare Professionals (Pediatricians, Anesthesiologists, Family Physicians, Nurses, Biologists, Pharmacologists).
A broad range of professors and academic multidisciplinary staff teaches the program. The aim is in-depth knowledge of the field combined with interactive presentations, workshops, skill-stations, simulations, virtual reality and an extended research in the field. The Course has been designed to be friendly to working Healthcare Professionals.
The Program aims to introduce and train young scientists in the field of Environmental Sciences and Engineering with focus on environmental pollution and climate change, and techniques to observe, simulate and mitigate them.
The Chemistry Department of the University of Crete as well as the collaborating Departments of Hellenic Mediterranean University have the appropriate logistical infrastructure for the implementation of the Program. The Department of Chemistry has the Environmental Chemical Processes Laboratory (ECPL) that is well equipped, with modern research laboratories and analytical instruments to perform innovative research, as well as the Environmental monitoring Station at Finokalia in Lasithi, a certified member of international atmospheric measurement networks EMEP, ACTRIS, GAW, ICOS through which the laboratory and the research work of graduate students is supported
The MSc in Clinical Interventions in Addictions is a Joint Postgraduate Program between the Department of Psychology and the School of Medicine of the University of Crete in collaboration with the Organization Against Drugs (OKANA). The program provides postgraduate education and training by focusing on the most recent psychological, biological and ecological approaches in considering drug abuse and, and its effective prevention and treatment.
The program is designed and implemented within a professional education paradigm of teaching and learning that includes lectures, seminars, workshops, practice supervision groups, reflective learning exercises, culminating in an internship training experience and an MSc thesis. The research component and final MSc thesis aim to contribute to the evidence-based knowledge in substance abuse prevention and treatment.
The general purpose of programme. is to contribute to the promotion of knowledge and the development of research in the scientific field of Sociology. The strategic goal is to offer sociological education and specialization to postgraduate students and to acquaint them with a critical understanding of social and cultural differences and inequalities in the changing social conditions of modern globalized reality.
It also aims to train qualified scientists who will have the ability to design and implement empirical social research using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. The graduates will be properly trained to work as executives of the central administration of the State, as executives in public and private organizations and companies, as research associates in research programs as well as in bodies that formulate and pursue social and development policies.
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 tought in English.
The Program leads to MCs and PhD degrees in Protein Biotechnology and receives is administrative support from the department of Biology.
The pre-requisite for this Program are accepted certificates of all the departments of Biological, Chemical, Medical and other relevant Sciences. Are also accepted graduates of Pharmaceutical, Veterinarian and Agronomical departments of Greece and external universities all over the world.
The programme aims to provide high quality postgraduate education in common topics of the Surgical Sciences, with emphasis on holistic treatment of trauma, innovative applications of Basic Sciences, the study and treatment of Surgical Diseases and research methodology. The aim of the Program is to promote knowledge and research in fundamental and modern fields of Surgical Sciences and to prepare highly trained staff for careers in the Academic Area, in high-level nursing units of the Tertiary Care of the National Health System and in Research Institutions in our country and internationally.