Outline of the Undergraduate Studies

The Undergraduate Studies Program (USP) is ten (10) academic semesters long and 300 academic units of workload for the student based on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The said USP has been structured to meet all the conditions of article 46, par. 1 of Law 4485/2017 (Government Gazette A’ 114), on a single and indivisible graduate degree (integrated master) and therefore, the objective of is to lead to the award of a single and indivisible master’s degree in the specialty of Mechanical Engineering, level 7 of the National and European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

The Department has submitted an application to the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs for the recognition of its degree provided as “Integrated Master’s Degree“, in accordance with par. 1, art. 46, Law 4485/2017 and the approval is pending.

Organization of studies

The USP is structured based on the student workload. A workload includes the time required to complete all planned learning activities within an academic USP, such as attending lectures, seminars, independent study, preparing assignments, attending laboratory exercises, practical training, participation in exams, the preparation of the thesis, etc. The workload required to complete the objectives of a program for each student is expressed in academic credits (ECTS). Academic credits are allocated per course. The workload is valued at 30 academic credits per semester for each full-time student, i.e. a student who attends the full standard semester of study. Each academic unit corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of workload.

The USP includes two specialization courses:

  • Mechanical Constructions & Installations and
  • Energy & Environment.

The choice of the two directions was made purposefully, taking into account first, the decisions of the state to harmonize the Greek energy market with the environmental objectives of the EU, which include the upgrading of the wider area where the Department is based into an important energy hub, and second, the expected widespread penetration of digital design and robotics in industrial production, as a result of the 4th industrial revolution.

The courses are divided into Mandatory (Y), Specialization Mandatory (YK) and Specialization Elective (EC) ones. To obtain a diploma, the student successfully attends a curriculum of 56 courses including the thesis and a two-month traineeship. This set is structured as follows: 44 Mandatory courses (Y), 4 Specialization Mandatory courses (YK) and 6 Specialization Elective courses (EC). The Traineeship is mandatory for two months and can be performed either in the 9th or the 10thsemester. The same alternative applies to the Thesis. The total number of courses offered is 74. The academic credit units (ECTS) of each semester are 30. Therefore, the total academic credits for all 10 semesters of the undergraduate studies are 300.