The aim of the Postgraduate Programme, which is addressed to graduates of AEI and TEI who wish to engage professionally in the promotion and study of science and technology in the public sphere, is:
A key objective of the programme is to highlight the pathways through which science and technology are constituted. To approach science and technology as human activities that take place within specific institutional, historical and socio-political contexts. At the same time, this programme aims to show that public discourse around techno-scientific issues can be engaging, informative and inspire the general public as well as specific professional categories to actively engage with these issues. Another objective is to highlight the complex social relations that constitute science, the risks that scientific practices and technological innovations can introduce into social activities, the role that techno-science plays in the formation and reproduction of social distinctions and cultural norms. The programme offers the chance to acquire specific skills, which its graduates will be able to use professionally.
The total number of credits (ECTS) required for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma of Specialisation is 120 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester).
Classification according to Unesco code ISCED-2011
By level of study: 7
Classification according to Unesco code ISCED-2013
By field of education:
Classificationaccording to Unesco ISCED–2013: – by field of education: 0388 (‘Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving social sciences, journalism and information and arts and humanities’)
Duration of study
The minimum duration for the completion of the programme is two (2) years, i.e. four (4) semesters.
The expected learning outcomes for students of the programme are the following:
The Post-graduate programme accepts graduates or higher institution diplomas of related disciplines. The programme is offered in Greek.
The knowledge of a foreign language and good computer-Internet skills would be useful for the successful participation in the programme.
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.
The Postgraduate Programme “Science Communication” is structured in four (4) academic semesters. For the award of the Postgraduate Degree, the successful completion of nine (9) units and the writing of an original Master’s Dissertation is required.
Structure / Units
Instructions for the selection of units.
Students may choose from one (1) to three (3) units per semester.
The units of each semester must be selected according to the prerequisites of each theme in order to avoid learning gaps and to enable students to better meet the requirements of the next theme based on the knowledge acquired from the previous prerequisite(s).
In the first semester, if they wish to choose one (1) unit then they are required to register for EEP11. If they wish to choose two (2) units, then they must compulsorily declare EEP11 and EEP12. If they wish to choose three (3) units, then they must declare EEP11, EEP12 and EEP13.
Then the subsequent semesters’ units must be selected according to the prerequisites of each unit. A prerequisite for the declaration of the 2nd and 3rd semester units is the successful completion of the two subjects EEP11 and EEP12.
Otherwise, the following applies: during the declaration process, the subjects of the previous semester must be exhausted first and then the subjects of the next semester must be declared or the remaining subjects of one semester must be declared together with the subjects of the next semester, until the maximum number of three (3) subjects is reached.
The successful completion of nine (9) units of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd semesters is required for the declaration of the Master’s Dissertation.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMME OF STUDIES
Georgios Vlachakis, Assistant Professor of the Hellenic Open University
The cost of the Programme of Studies is calculated in relation to its credit units, as one (1) Credit Unit (ECTS) amounts to 35€. Therefore, each Thematic Unit is priced at 350€/ Thesis 1050€ and the total cost of the Postgraduate Programme is 4.200€.
For information about the programme contact:
Student Registry Department: