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Studies

Educational Process

Each subject represents three (3) teaching units and three (3) teaching hours per week.

Class attendance is compulsory. The same applies also to other educational and research activities, as these are defined in this Regulation and specified by the Professor of each subject.

If a free-choice subject is chosen only by 1 or 2 students, then the subject will not be taught during that term. The students will be called, within a predefined period of time, to choose any of the other subjects in order to meet the minimum number of subjects and units of this category.

In case of disease or other serious impediment, postgraduate students are entitled to have excused absences exceeding 30% of the total hours that a subject was taught during a term. In this case students are required to produce all necessary evidence. Absences exceeding 50% of the total teaching hours of a subject cannot be excused and the student shall be obliged to attend the subject during the respective term of the next academic year. Upon application of the interested party, the Special Interdepartmental Committee shall be called to decide on the aforementioned issues.

The teaching and examination material, the literature and way of examination of each subject are determined exclusively by the Professor, who is responsible for that subject.

The schedule of lectures and the description of each subject shall be announced in due time by the Secretariat following a consultation with the professors.

The Special Interdepartmental Committee can decide to accredit the teaching units of any other Postgraduate Programs of the University of the Aegean or of any cooperating Higher Educational Institution.

Students can complete the study programme and be considered Postgraduate Program graduates after having completed three full terms since their enrolment at the Postgraduate Program.

Thesis

Writing up a thesis on a topic approved by the supervising Professor is a basic condition for the completion of the postgraduate studies at the Postgraduate Program. The topic of said thesis must be related to the cognitive field of the studies.

The Special Interdepartmental Committee appoints as a Supervisor of the Thesis a member of the Teaching Staff or a member of the Institution’s Scientific Staff. For the assessment of the postgraduate thesis a three-member committee is appointed, which is comprised of the supervisor and two members of the teaching staff or the scientific staff; all of them must be PhD holders. The members of the committee must have the same or a similar scientific specialisation as the cognitive object of the programme.

The thesis represents six (6) teaching units and is written during the 3rd term of studies. It is regarded as a compulsory term subject, with the difference that its completion can be extended by one more term. Students who fail to comply with the above shall be required to withdraw from the Postgraduate Program.

At the end of the 3rd term, the thesis is presented before the three-member committee.

The thesis and its abstract (in Greek and English) must be submitted to the Secretariat of the Postgraduate Program in electronic form (CD) and to the Library (in Chios) in both electronic form (CD) and in hard copy (in duplicate).

Degree Mark

The degree mark is calculated as the weighted average mark of all marks obtained by a student in all subjects considered necessary for the completion of the studies that the student has passed.

The studies at the Interdepartmetal of the Postgraduate Program  are finished upon successful completion of the subjects (attendance and examination as stated above). The student must have at least 48 teaching units (T.U.) or 90 credits (ECTS) analysed as follows:

  • 36 T.U. or 54 credits from compulsory subjects;
  • 6 T.U. or 6 credits from free choice subjects;
  • 6 T.U. or 30 credits from the thesis.

Degree marks are followed by the classifications mentioned below:

  • Excellent, degree marks from 8.50 to 10.00
  • Very Good, degree marks from 6.50 up to 8.50 (8.50 not included)
  • Good, degree marks from 5.00 up to 6.50 (6.50 not included)

A successful completion of studies leads to the awarding of a degree certificate. Degrees are awarded in terms of a special ceremony called “oath of the graduates” held after the examination periods at a date specified by the Dean's Council of the University. The “oath” is an official statement-declaration made by graduates before the Dean, the Chairman of the Department and their colleagues. It is a student affirmation that they shall be devoted to their science and to the principles taught at the Institution.

The text established for such oaths is written in modern Greek and reads as follows: “The Interdepartmental Postgraduate Study Programme in “Tourism Planning, Management and Policy” operating under the auspices of the Departments of Business Administration, Environment, Social Anthropology, and History of Geography, honours me, under consent of the Dean, with this ceremony for its graduating students, who have successfully completed their studies, and I declare in public that: from now on, as a holder of the Specialist Postgraduate Degree of the University of the Aegean, I shall make all possible efforts to promote my science with due diligence, morals and free spirit. I shall pursue and defend scientific truth and shall work for the progress of our society to render myself useful to the Nation and the State”.

The oath-taking is a prerequisite for giving out a Degree Award Certificate. In order to participate in the graduation ceremony students must submit an application along with a certificate from the library stating that all obligations of the student to the library have been settled and a certificate stating that all financial obligations of the student to the University have been settled (e.g. residence fees). Until the graduation ceremony takes place, graduates are eligible for a transcript and a special certificate stating that they completed their studies. Both documents are given out by the Secretariat upon relevant application of a student.