The Inter-Institutional Graduate Program awards a Master’s degree (MSc) in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine. The diploma is awarded by the Department of Biology of the University of Crete.
The Program is run by the Special Inter-Institutional Committee (Ε.Δ.Επ.) and the Coordination Committee (CC) according to the law [ν. 4485/2017 (ΦΕΚ 114/Α΄/04-08-2017)] and its formal description [5021/26.04.2018, ΦΕΚ Β’ 1798_21.5.2018].
Students' selection process takes place usually in May at Heraklion Crete, according to the "Program Regulations" [ΦΕΚ Β’ 2204_13.6.2018].
Details concerning the Program are provided in the "Program Regulations".
In short, the timeline of four academic semesters is as follows
The four academic semesters include courses lab training and research for a minimum of 21 months.
Start of the academic year: Last week in September.
1st Semester: Last week in September till mid-February. It includes courses and exams, as well as seminars of the participating members of the program.
Course and seminar participation of the students is mandatory. Non-justified absence from lectures results in nullification at the corresponding portion of the course.
2nd Semester: mid-February to mid-September. Three rotations of 8 weeks each (first is for 9 weeks, 2nd for 8 weeks and 3rd for 10 weeks also accommodating for Easter and summer vacations). The first rotation is assigned by the Coordination Committee (CC). The second and third rotations are assigned by the CC from 3 student's choices. Within two weeks following the end of each rotation, students submit a written report that is graded by the supervisor of the receiving lab.
September 15: First year’s evaluation. An average grade of at least 7/10 is required for both courses and for rotations. If the grade-average is lower than 7/10, students can take again the following year the course with low score. Rotations are not repeated. The studies of students that fail the 7/10 average grade are terminated.
3rd and 4th Semester: At mid-September, successful students choose Scientific Supervisor (SS), among members of the Program, and start their Masters Studies Research (DMS). Two additional examiners of the Master's Thesis are also chosen (they do not have to be members of the Program).
Final Examinations include: a) a written Master’s thesis report (minimum of 15.000 words without including references), in English or in Greek b) public presentation of the work and c) examination by the Master’s three member committee.
Passing grade for the Master’s thesis report and Examination is at least 7/10. The Master’s thesis report must be submitted to the Program’s Secretary.
The final grade is the average of grades in courses, rotations and Master’s thesis report (in a 25:25:50 proportions correspondingly).
Date of MSc Degree Award: A Master of Science Diploma is awarded to the students who completed all of the above requirements, on July of the 4th semester (or later, within a maximum of 6 academic semesters).
The MBB program provides to the students 120 ECTS points 30/semester, according to the European Credit Transfer System.