ERACOM International Joint MSc in Environmental Risk Assessment and Coastal Management

General information

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH., Greece), the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC, USA) and the Università Politecnica Delle Marche (UNIVPM, Italy) offer a M.Sc. Program on "Ecological Risk Assessment and Coastal Management (ERACOM). ERACOM prepares students to work in are marine resources, environmental impact assessment, consulting work, teaching and research. The program is internationally oriented and taught in English.

It is designed to train students within a broad curriculum that will allow them to improve their skills in Ecological Risk Assessment and Environmental Management of Coastal Resources. This M.Sc. provides a broad coastal and marine education relevant to risk assessment and management issues in coastal areas worldwide and includes the essential knowledge and tools in coastal assessment management, taught within a sustainability framework that stresses ethical and long-term issues and responsibilities.

Furthermore, the program has close connection with the Management Bodies of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Greek Seas, therefore ensuring that there will be the chance for the attendants of the M.Sc. Programme to have a practical exercise in issues related to Coastal Zone Management and Conservation of Biodiversity. 

Program of studies
The duration of studies is three academic semesters, corresponding to 90 ECTS.  The M.Sc. program consists of three six-month modules and includes lectures, seminars, practicals, and the preparation of the Master Thesis. 

The first semester and module corresponds to 30 ECTS and is consisted of core courses related to coastal areas and their ecology, the marine resources and economic importance of these areas, biodiversity and protected areas, as well as the legislation that governs the conducting of research and the application of innovative measures in these areas for managing marine resources and preserving biodiversity. The core courses of the second semester correspond to 30 ECTS and are related to the application of methods for monitoring, the disturbances in coastal regions, the indices used to assess the environmental impacts, the modelling of data and the impact of Climate Change on marine resources. Students also select one elective course to complete the ECTS requirements.

The third semester and module is related to dissertation of students and to presentation of their Master Thesis and corresponds to 30 ECTS.

Core Courses
First Semester Second Semester
Geomorphology, Ecology and Biodiversity of Coastal Areas  Environmental Risk Assessment
Coastal Marine Resources and Society  Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) of Aquacultures-Estimation of Carrying Capacity 
Environmental and Resource Economics with Emphasis on Coastal and Marine Environments of Eastern Mediterranean  Remote Sensing, Remote Monitoring and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Protected Marine Areas and Anthropogenic Impacts on Coastal Environments  Biological Indicators of Aquatic Ecosystem Stress-Applied Biological Methodologies for Risk Assessment in Farmed and Wild Marine Organisms  
Climate Change and Marine Resources  Ecological and Climate Modelling in Global and Regional Scales 
Marine Policy and Legislation-Eco-Innovation, Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship Conservation Physiology and Biology

By completion of the M.Sc. program the students will be able to offer the following services:

  1. Coastal risk management assessment
  2. Strategic and practical advice on adaptation options
  3. Collection of primary coastal response data for input into coastal impact assessments.
  4. Climate Change capacity building
  5. Design and facilitate workshops
  6. Produce professional texts and training support materials
  7. Design and conduct short-course training, providing support material
  8. Produce resource guides, toolkits and online education materials focused on climate change communications.
  9. Coastal institutional analysis and strengthening
  10. Coastal policy analysis and review
  11. Coastal legislative review, analysis and drafting
  12. Coastal management planning (strategic and operational levels).
  13. Coastal management projects. EU financial instruments
  14. The graduates of the M.Sc. program may either continue in research, pursuing a Ph.D., or work in the public or private sectors in Greece, U.S.A, Italy or elsewhere.
Contact Person: Professor Basile Michaelidis (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0511 - Biology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0312 - Policy and governance


Venue: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Coordinator)
Thessaloniki, Greece


Open from 20 Feb 2016


As a postgraduate student you will be required to pay tuition fees to the University, which cover all three semesters of ERACOM M.Sc. program and amount to 5.500 €. Your tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation. Payment of fees will also entitle you to membership of the University Student Club, the Library and Information Center , the University Gym and the camp of Aristotle University. Also, the tuition fees cover travel costs to the USA and Italy and four nights accommodation in order that they can attend courses C-1- C4 (C1 and C2 in Italy and C3 and C4 in North Carolina, USA).


The ERACOM will accept graduates of Science Schools (specifically, Departments of Biology, Geology, Physics and Chemistry), Geotechnical and Environmental Schools (specifically, Departments of Environmental and Natural Resource Management, Energy Resource Management Engineers, Marine Sciences, Environmental Departments), Economic Schools (specifically, Departments of Economic Sciences, International and European Studies, Economic and Regional Development), Higher Education Institutes (AEI) and Polytechnic Schools of Greece or accredited Institutions abroad recognised by DOATAP (National Academic Recognition Information Centre).

The ERACOM also accepts graduates of departments of Technical Education Institutes (TEI) with degrees related to the field of specification of theERACOM, such as Departments of Ecology and Environment, Natural Resources and Environment, Ichthyology, Fishing, Fishery Aquaculture. Graduates of supreme military schools with degrees related to the field of specification of the ERACOM can also be accepted.

More information on the selection process and criteria

Application Procedure:

 Candidates are called to submit their applications by the end of June along with the following supporting documents:

  1. Application for participation in the ERACOM
  2. Copy of a degree or degrees from a related Department of a Greek AEI or TEI and a certificate of correspondence and equivalence from DOATAP in cases of graduates of foreign universities.
  3. Certificate of studies with a detailed table of grades for all undergraduate courses, also indicating the degree grade.
  4. Curriculum vitae listing the candidate’s education, teaching and/or professional experience, scientific and social activity in detail.
  5. Letter of Intent (up to 1.000 words) listing the scientific interests of the candidate, as well as the reason he or she is interested in studying at the MAP.
  6. Certificate of excellent knowledge of the English language at Proficiency level. In the case of knowledge of a second foreign language, a corresponding certificate must also be submitted.
  7. Proof of any research and authoring activity, for participation in educational programmes for student mobility, as well as professional experience related to the field of specialization of the ERACOM.
  8. Photocopy of police identity card.

Grant Opportunities:

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has been providing financial support to students in need since the academic year 2005-2006. The Student Support Fund was established by the University's Senate Decision (no. 2771/31-08-2005), with the aim to provide moral and financial support to students, and cover extraordinary expenses that can not be met by students themselves.  

However, several opportunities for funding are available, both for European and non-European students. European students (native students of the 27 European countries as well as countries in accession) can take advantage from the ERASMUS/SOCRATES exchange Program. The Program covers partially their expenses of transportation and accommodation. Students that wish to work for their Thesis of Specialization in an academic or research Institution in one of the 27 European countries can also benefit from the Program ERASMUS/TRAINING, widely covering their expenses of stay in the country of choice.

In Greece, the Ministry of Education, the State Scholarships Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Onassis Foundation offer a number of scholarships to students originating from developing countries to follow their studies in Greece. The National Scholarships’ Foundation (ΙΚΥ) is yet another popular choice. Founded in 1851 provides scholarships to many talented and motivated Greek students in order to fund their studies in Greece or abroad.

Respectively the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for studies in under- and postgraduate level. In addition, USA and Greek Embassies offer a number of scholarships for students willing to attempt studies in USA or Greece. The students accepted to ERAEMCR are eligible for all the scholarships mentioned above. There are also many scholarships coming from bequests. This is a particular way of scholarships through which wealthy people provide part or the total amount of their fortunes to support students of every grade starting from primary school until the final thesis dissertation. The majority of bequests although is awarded mainly for under- and postgraduate university studies. Each bequest identifies the place where the studies will occur and also some special terms in order to be acquired, whether via application of the necessary documentation or after examination of specific courses.

The Academy of Athens ( has the legal status of a Legal Entity of Public Law and is supervised by the Ministry of National Education and Religion. Its operation is governed by its Founding Charter 4398/1929, which ratified the Constitutional Decree of March 18th 1926 concerning the Regulations of the Academy of Athens. According to its Regulations, the Academy is composed of three Sections: the Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Ethical and Political Sciences. The main purpose of the Academy of Athens is the cultivation and advancement of the Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, the conduct of scientific research and study, and the offer of learned advices to the state in these areas. In the pursuit of these objectives, the Academy of Athens supports scientific research, participates in international scientific organisations, carries out publications, grants scholarships, and confers awards and honorary distinctions. Currently there are 13 Research Centers and 10 Research Offices in operation, all with specialized libraries, as well as a central Library named the "Ioannis Sykoutris Library". Since 2002 the Academy has supervised the Foundation of Medical and Biological Research.

The Fulbright Foundation in Greece ( offers scholarships to Greek and American citizens – students, teachers, scholars, and artists – to pursue a wide variety of educational projects. The Foundation awards grants to Greek and US citizens to study, teach, lecture, or conduct research in the United States and Greece respectively. The Fulbright Foundation in Greece operates Educational Advising Centers in Athens and Thessaloniki, where experts offer free, comprehensive information on American institutions of higher learning. Visitors to the Centers can learn about all aspects of studying at an American university: fields of study, kinds of programs, admissions procedures. They may then apply to schools most suitable to their educational goals and needs, while enjoying greater chances for admission. To find out more about the Fulbright Foundation in Greece – scholarships and programs offered, grant information and eligibility requirements – please explore the website. 

Further information over bequests can be found at the site of General Secretariat for Youth. In addition, the table of all the bequests and more information are available for anyone interested at the Scholarships’ and Bequests’ Section of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs (Mitropoleos 15, Athens, tel.: (+30) 210-3246057).

The Latsis Foundations provides a limited number of scholarships as well to Greeks from Ilias county. DAAD(Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/ German Agency for Academic Exchanges) is a linkage between Greek universities and German colleges. Operates as a mean to organize the cultural and scientific outer policy and promotes the international exchange of students and scientists. Each year provides scholarships for studies in Germany in various sections. For most of the above scholarships, the application must be submitted about six months before the begging of the courses. Therefore, candidates must send the official applications to the ERACOM Secretariat to get a provisional acceptance provided they meet the criteria for acceptance in the M.Sc. Program.

How to pay. The preferred payment method is Direct Debit as it is easy to operate and cheap to administer. The account number and the name of bank for Direct Debit will be annouched soon.                      
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The M.Sc. Diploma is awarded by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is written in English, Greek and Italian languages. This program follows an integrated policy based on the Directive 2000/60/EC known as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MFD).


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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