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Profile of Programme

The programme aims to give the students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to systematically study environmental and sustainability education (ESE) on a scientific basis. Furthermore, the programme aims to develop the students' ability to critically reflect upon sustainable development in an educational context and to strengthen their abilities to develop, design and evaluate educational initiatives that can contribute to sustainable development. Questions from various disciplinary and interdisciplinary starting points in relation to both formal and informal educational contexts are explored and possibilities and challenges for the educational practice are discussed and problematized.

Beginning and experienced environmental educators, including teachers, non-formal educators, environmental or park managers, zoo or botanic garden educators will acquire skills in basic and applied research, designing and developing curricula, evaluating and reforming educational policy, and acquiring skills for critically analysing recent trends and findings related to environmental and sustainability education. The programme also supports ongoing professional development of in-service teachers

Key Learning Outcomes

B) Specialization “Environmental and Sustainability Education”

After successful completion of the programme, it is expected that students:

Will Learn about environmental and sustainability education foundations and approaches, and environmental action in schools and non-formal settings
Will be able to critically review and analyse perspectives in educational science on complex phenomena and processes of change within sustainable development.
Will be able to apply a scientific approach in relation to theoretical, practical and policy-related aspects of environmental and sustainability education.
Will be able to apply research-based knowledge to start new or enhance existing environmental education programmes
Will develop skills for designing and running research in ESE.
Will be acquainted with a range of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, and will acquire experience in applying these methods to the collection
and analysis of data and in promoting the study of basic and applied questions in ESE.
Will be able to utilise available research evidence and develop detailed suggestions for educational policy changes taking into consideration existing needs and constraints of the educational system in an attempt to continuously optimise the effectiveness of the teaching-learning process.

Key Information

Department: Department of Education

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences and Education

Programme Name: Learning in Natural Sciences and Environment direction in Environmental and Sustainability Education

Direction: Learning in Natural Sciences and Environment - Environmental and Sustainability Education

Level of Qualification: 2nd Cycle (Master's Degree) [4 Semesters]

Mode of Study: Full time and Part time are both possible

Language of Instruction: Greek

Coordinator: Zacharias Zacharia (

Korfiatis Constantinos (
Constantinos Constantinou (

Curriculum Structure

Course Type ECTS
Compulsory 18
Restricted Elective 72

Courses per Semester


Compulsory(2): EDU652, EDU660 or EDU640
Research(1): EDU682 or EDU683
Restricted Elective (4):  EDU655, EDU656, EDU657, EDU658, EDU659, EDU668, EDU 689
Seminar(1): EDU684

Students can register to Master Thesis I (EDU 800) and Master Thesis II (EDU 801) and be exempted from two Restricted Elective courses. 

Conditions of Study

The number of places available are announced by the Graduate School with the eligibility criteria for candidates, as well as other required documents that must be attached to the application such as:
Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University.
Previous University education in a suitable subject (academic background) and grades of relevant degrees.
Letters of recommendation.
Personal interview and/or written examination (if provided by the Department’s internal rules).
Submission of preliminary research proposal for admission to a doctoral course (if provided by the Department’s internal rules).
The Department may also set additional criteria and quality indicators such as: (a) number of students’ publications in scientific journals, (b) students’ participation in seminars, symposia, research programmes, (c) presentations by students at conferences, (d) knowledge of foreign languages, and (e) professional experience, etc.

Students must always advise the University's'  Postgraduate Study Rules 

Successful completion of the requirements of the Program

 The grading system is numerical, from 0 to 10 with increments of ½. The minimum
passing grade is 5. The final grade of a graduate student is calculated as the grade
point average of all courses passed by the student. 

In a postgraduate programme of study, courses can be graded as Success/Failure. These courses do not count towards the student’s GPA, and may not exceed 25% of the programme’s ECTS, with the exception of the dissertation units. All courses are presented in the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus.
The diploma dissertation, thesis, research and writing stages are graded with Success / Failure. The final grade of the dissertation is registered in the last semester of its elaboration. Master level dissertations are calculated qualitatively as Excellent, Very Good, Good, and Failure.

Further Information

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

The Specialization on “Learning in Natural Sciences and Environment –Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE)”
concerns pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as persons working, or willing
to be employed, in Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) or other institutions of the
public and private sector developing educational or outreach projects and actions for the
environment and the sustainable development.
The graduates of the program are expected to acquire skills related to educational research, the development of educational material and curricula and the utilization of innovative technologies relevant to ESE.
We are expecting that NGOs and other institutions of the private and public sectors working on the implementation of national and European projects for the environmental and
sustainable development will express great interest for hiring graduates of our
programme, due to their high capacity they will have on designing, developing and
implementing educational programmes and informational campaigns. Regarding the employment of a graduate in the public sector, our graduates precede other teachers with no master degrees Furthermore, this master degree offers them a lead for promotions.

Access to Further Studies

Graduates can be admitted to Doctoral Programs