M.Sc. Programme Structure


The M.Sc. programme consists of three main modules, which will be attended in parallel. In summary, the three modules will cover the following individual fields:


1. Mechanisms of Disease:

  • Introduction to Basic Laboratory and Clinical Research Methodology

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms in immunological diseases and chronic inflammation

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms in cancer

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms in neurodegenerative diseases

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms in metabolic diseases

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms in infectious diseases

  • Systems Biology and identification of new targets: Prevention, diagnosis and targeted therapies


2. Molecular and Cellular therapies

  • Biological therapies (molecular, genetic and cellular)

  • Cutting-edge technologies in molecular biology and genetics (genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, metagenomics, epigenetics etc.)

  • Biomarkers and companion diagnostic kits for personalised approaches

  • Fundamental principles in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biostatistics

  • Precision Medicine: Methods, trends and challenges

  • Drug development process - from in silico to in vivo; Innovation in medical product evaluation

  • Orphan drugs / Orphan diseases

  • Drug repositioning


3. Bio-innovation

  • Emerging markets in the pharmaceutical sector and healthcare

  • Basic principles of entrepreneurship and innovation: Start-ups, spin-offs and investment funds

  • Successful examples of business innovation

  • Advanced Biomaterials and Nanotechnologies

  • Intellectual property and exploitation of results: the life cycle of a patent

  • Technology transfer: from academia to industry

  • Opportunities and challenges in the "big data" era

  • Ethical, legal and social implications of personalized medicine

The M.Sc. programme lectures are horizontaly sectioned, and focus on the cultivation of important scientific and business skills, such as:


  • oral presentations of research results or new business products

  • writing research grant proposals or plans for business sponsorship/funding

  • writing scientific articles or reports on the activities of companies

  • bioethics and ethics in science and the business world

  • good safety practices in laboratory areas etc.


Prerequisits for M.Sc. degree acquisition (e.g. exams, project thesis, etc.)


The final marks are based on the:


  • Written exam results from attended courses

  • Results from the qualifying exams at the end of the second semester

  • Written projects from the first and second semester

  • Quality of seminar presentations

  • Overall Practical Grade (two quarter-practicals). This grade will be based on the overall performance from the two practicals (and will include: the original research proposal, the final scientific report, and overall performance during the Practicals)

  • Diploma Dissertation Grade


Programme Duration and Fees


Degree: Master of Science

Program duration: 2 year (4 academic semesters) - Full time (100%) 
Study location: Athens, Greece 

Language: English


Course credits/ECTS: The M.Sc. programme taught hours correspond to 120 ECTS total (which include 30 ECTS from lectures covering the three modules, 10 ECTS from Seminars/Journal clubs, 10 ECTS from projects through the course duration, 5 ECTS from lectures on horizontal issues, 20 ECTS from the two practical rotations, 45 ECTS corresponding to the final M.Sc. dissertation.


Fees (per semester and total costs): €1,000 per academic semester (€4,000 total).


Upon successful completion of the M.Sc. programme, students may pursue a Ph.D. programme if their academic record in graduate studies is outstanding and they have made excellent progress in their research.

Course Details

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Updated: May 2020








Department of Physiology, Medical School 

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

75 Mikras Asias

Athens, 11527
+30 210 8979628

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