Students' selection process as defined in the "Program Regulations". Takes place usually in May in Heraklion Crete .
Start of academic year First Monday of October
1st Semester First Monday of October till February 28. Courses and exams. Course participation is mandatory. Non-justified absence from lectures results in nullification at the corresponding portion of the course.
2nd Semester March 1 to September 30. Three rotations 8 -weeks each (March 1 to May 15, May 16 to July 20 and July 20 to September 30. The first rotation is assigned by the Program Studies Committee (PSC). The second and third are assigned by the PSC from 3 student's choices. Within two weeks after the end of each rotation students submit a written report that is graded by the supervisor of the receiving lab within two weeks.
September 30 1 st year evaluation. An average of 7/10 is required for both courses and rotations. If the courses-average is lower than 7/10 students can repeat the courses in which they received a score lower than 7/10. Rotations are not repeated. The studies of students that fail the 7/10 average are terminated.
3rd Semester October 1 to February 28. Successful students choose Scientific Supervisor (SS) and start their Master Diploma Research (MDR).
February 28 Students that decide to continue for PhD choose supervisor and a three member Thesis Supervising Committee (TSC). Students that do not wish to continue for a PhD choose a second Master's Thesis Examiner. In both cases agreement of all parties is required.
4th Semester March 1 to September 30. MDR and preparation of Qualifying Exams (QE) of students that choose to continue for PhD. QE by May 31. QE are consist of 2 research topic presentations and on project proposal related to their PhD Thesis, that contribute 25:25:50 to the QE score. In QE students are evaluated for their scientific ability to continue for a PhD and the presence of a proper Thesis subject. QE score must be at least 7/10 to allow for PhD studies. A lower grade allows the student to continue and finish their MS studies. Students can choose to repeat their QE by July 31 in order to achieve a score that would allow them to continue for a PhD.
September 30 Completion of MDR and Final Report (that should contain a summary in Greek or English depending on the Thesis language). The Final Report consists of either:
For students NOT continuing for PhD An at least 12000 words Master Thesis (excluding references) based on their MRD. The Thesis is scored by the 2 examiners and must receive at least a 7/10 grade. Examines can ask for corrections additions and even new experiments in order to achieve a level warranting an MS diploma.
For students continuing for PhD Their QE proposal and their first annual report to their TSC for a total of at least 12000 words (without references). Both QE and the TSC report must receive a better that 7/10 grade.
Students that after their QE and before their 1 st TSC report decide to stop their PhD studies can write a Master's Thesis as described for "students NOT continuing for PhD".
MSc Award. A Master of Science Diploma is awarded to those who 1) completed at least 4 semester of studies 2) received a qualified grade (7/10) in courses and rotations and 3) completed their MDR and received a passing grade (7/10) in their Final Report 4) submitted a copy of their Final Report to the Program Secretary. The final grade is the average of courses, rotations and final report with a 25:25:50 specific gravity.
MSc holders from JGP-MBB (who originally elected not to continue for PhD)
If they have a 7/10 or better grade in both courses and rotations they are automatically accepted, choose SS and TSC and continue with their QE that must be completed by January 31. If a passing grade (7/10) is not warranted they can repeat the exams by March 31.
MSc holders from other graduate programs
1st Semester First Monday of October till February 15. Two rotations 8 -weeks each The rotation are assigned by the PSC from 3 student's choices. Within two weeks after the end of each rotation students submit a written report that is graded by the supervisor of the receiving lab within two weeks. An average of 7/10 is required
February 16 Students choose supervisor and a three member Thesis Supervising Committee (TSC) and proceed with their QE (see above) that should be completed by May 31. If a passing grade (7/10) is not warranted QE can be repeated by July 31.