The distance learning joint degree CCC programme is provided by the Hellenic Open University (HOU), Greece in collaboration with the Academy of Athens.
The scope of the Master’s degree Programme «Protection of Cultural Heritage and Monuments of Nature from the Effects of Climate Change» is the in-depth study of issues related to mitigation and adaptation of the effects of climate change on natural and cultural heritage sites worldwide. Specifically, the learning outcomes on which the Programme focuses are primarily concerned with the sciences of climatology and the environment, geology, telemetry and satellite applications, engineering, architecture, history, archeology, the preservation of works of art and monuments. Interdisciplinary fields such as sociology, culture and environmental economics, as well as information technology, support the Programme majors.
The knowledge and experience that will result from the combination of theoretical and technological training in this post-graduate Programme is the first in kind as it is highly multidisciplinary. The proposed Programme joins theory and science in order to optimally address the effects of climate change on nature and cultural heritage sites. The use of theoretical knowledge and knowledge from sciences such as Meteorology, Archeology, Physical Chemistry, Sociology, etc. ensure a huge range of interdisciplinarity of this Programme. The originality of the subject not only contributes to the development of science and technology, but also advances in areas of interdisciplinary knowledge application both in the theoretical direction and in the positive sciences. In this MSc, sciences, arts and technology meet in a new interdisciplinary field, which is expected to develop very quickly.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be:
Classification according to UNESCO ISCED-2011
Based on the level of Education: 7
Classification according to UNESCO ISCED-2013
Based on the field of Education: 0288 «Inter-disciplinary Programmes and qualifications involving Arts and Humanities»
ECTS credit points
The total sum of ECTS units (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) required for the completion of the Program is 120.
The minimum time required for the completion of the Programme is two (2) academic years.
Type of Postgraduate Study Programme
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
The official language of the Programme is English. The language in which all material content, written assignments and postgraduate thesis is English.
The following applicants can be accepted:
English language knowledge at B2 level and knowledge of another language* at C2 level is mandatory.
The programme is offered in English.
*Greek might be the second language.
Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)
For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.
The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.
It is clarified that holders of a first degree of Higher Education are accepted in the Postgraduate Program.
Certification of English language competency at level B2
English competency (level B2) is proven according to article 10, Presidential Decree 85/2022 “Determination of qualifications for appointment in the public sector (Qualification-Department)” (Α΄ 232), in combination with Part C΄ and namely “LANGUAGE CERTIFICATES ” of no. 20/01.02.2023 “Amendment of no. 94/20.6.2022 of the decision of the SUPREME COUNCIL FOR CIVIL PERSONNEL SELECTION (ASEP)”Procedure for determining the fixed parts of the content of staff selection announcements based on predetermined and objective criteria (Articles 28 – 30 of Law 4765/2021 ) (B’ 3614)” (B’ 594) with language proficiency certificates.
The table below shows the language certificates -level (B2) of English Competency that are accepted as well as the issuing body.
Certification of English competency at level B2 can be proved as follows:
English competency (level B2) is also proven with certificates of other institutions (not limited to universities) of an equivalent level, irrespective of their legal form, provided they are certified or recognized by the competent authority of the country concerned for conducting examinations and issuing certificates of proficiency in English at the appropriate level. These certificates must be accompanied by a proof document from the issuing body that both the issuing body and the language certificate competency are certified by the competent national authority and also and that the certification also concerns the evaluation of basic communication skills (written language production, oral language production, written language comprehension and oral language comprehension).
If there is no certification or recognition body in the country concerned, a certificate from the relevant Ministry or Embassy of Greece is required, confirming that the certificates issued by the above bodies to third parties for whom English is not a native language are accepted in public services of that country as valid evidence of English at the appropriate level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The competent regulatory authority for Great Britain is the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
The study Programme is structured in two (2) years. The first year includes three (3) annual course modules that offer basic knowledge on natural and cultural heritage, climatology, environmental hazards and materials science. The second year includes two (2) annual course modules and the elaboration of a Master’s Thesis. One course modules of the second year is elective and leads to one of the following directions for adapting and mitigating the effects of climate change:
The master’s degree is awarded upon completion of 5 course modules and the Master’s Thesis.
Course Module Selection Instructions.
The M.Sc. “Protection of Cultural Heritage and Monuments of Nature from the Effects of Climate Change” is structured in two (2) years, which include four (4) compulsory course modules (CM), three (3) elective course modules that provide the Major, as well as a Master’s Thesis. Students may choose one (1) to three (3) course modules each academic year.
The first year includes three (3) annual course modules that offer basic knowledge on natural and cultural heritage, climatology, environmental hazards and materials science (CCC50, CCC51, CCC52), which are required. The choice of the first year course modules is unrestrained and can be selected in any order.
The second year includes two (2) annual course modules, one of which is compulsory (CCC60) and the second elective (from: CCC61, CCC62, CCC63) as well as the elaboration of a Master’s Thesis. If one second year course module is selected, CCC60 must be selected. If two course modules of the second year are selected, then CCC60 and one optional course module (CCC61, CCC62, CCC63) should be selected.
The selection of CCC61, CCC62, CCC63 becomes possible after attending the course modules of the first year. The first year course modules should be selected first.
The elaboration of the Master’s Thesis takes place after the selection of the second year course modules or simultaneously. The presentation of the Master’s Thesis takes place after the successful completion of the required course modules.
The Selection course module of the second year leads to one of the following Majors for adapting and mitigating the effects of climate change:
For the acquisition of the Master’s Degree the successful attendance of the four compulsory course modules and one elective CM as well as the successful completion of the Master’s Thesis. The total number of credits (ECTS) required to obtain the Master’s Degree is 120 ECTS.
Academic Committee Members
The cost of each Module is € 650 and the total cost of the Postgraduate Programme is € 3,900.