The education system in Greece is based on semesters. The academic year which is split in two semesters starts on 1st September every year and ends on 31st August the following year. The first (autumn) semester commences at the end of September and ends mid February. Classes for the second (spring) semester, resume in mid February and terminate at the end of June. The exact dates are set by the University Senate. The programme of undergraduate studies is four years long (8 semesters) and includes lectures, laboratory training and Degree Thesis. It is designed to cover the full breadth of materials science.
The courses offered are grouped in semesters (autumn and spring semesters). The way these courses appear in the Course Summary Table indicates the sequence of courses a student should follow according to prerequisite knowledge.
The Departments curriculum consists of a core of basic courses (compulsory courses), which are taken by all the students and of courses (elective courses) that can be chosen by the students according to their special interests. Elective courses appear in the programme of studies from the fifth semester onwards. There is no student quota for the elective courses, although in some cases there is a minimum requirement of three registered students for the course to be taught.
The assessment consists of a final exam at the end of the semester and in some cases mid term exams or other forms of assessment are implemented during the semester. In the laboratories, students are regularly examined, usually orally on theory and practice accompanying each experiment. Students are required to present a written account of their results at the end of each experiment. All these are taken into account in the final grade of the course associated with the particular laboratory, together with the results of the final written examination on the course.
Further details are found in the STUDENT GUIDE (pdf)