Education for the Goals

Programmes in University of Crete

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.

UNESCO Chair in ICTs in Education for Sustainable Development

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. 

Natural History Museum of Crete

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.

Centre of Training and Lifelong Learning (ΚΕΔΙΒΙΜ)

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.

Intercultural and Migration Studies Centre

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.

e-Learning Lab (EDIVEA)

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


Enchancing the capacity of legal & justice professionals on forensic interview procedures for child victims & witnesses of violence.


Fostering Industry 4.0 and 3D Technologies Through Social Entrepreneurship: An Innovative Programme for a Sustainable Future.


Promoting Social, Emotional, and Learning Skills of Students with and without Special Education Needs by Developing Teachers’ Capabilities in Music, Dance and Digital Competences.

TAST Strategy

Teaching Strategies: Combating skills mismatch through a transdisciplinary approach and skills transferability.


Teaching about Climate Change.


Integrate Disciplines to Elaborate Novel Teaching approaches to InTerdisciplinarity and Innovate pre-service teacher Education for STEM challenges.


Empowering Kids with Interactive Digital Library.


Promoting Teachers Well-being through Positive Behaviour Support in Early Childhood Education.


Enhancing Early Childhood Education and Care in Palestine.


Setting the ground for a multi-level approach on developing soft skills in Higher Education.

DIS.CO “Counselling at a Distance”

Development of “at a Distance” Counselling Skills for Professionals in the field of Counselling Women Victims of Violence or Abuse.

Bachelor Programmes

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.

Master Degrees

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.

Clinical Interventions in Addictions

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.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering  is a highly interdisciplinary field currently leading in the creation of technological prerequisites for modern precision/personalized medicine. The  MSc degree programme  is offered  jointly by three UoC Departments and two of the FORTH Institutes.

The Molecular Basis of Human Diseases

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

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

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.