For obtaining the M.Sc. degree from the Graduate Program on "Subatomic Physics and Technological Applications" of the Physics Department (the Program was established via the publication in the Government Gazette, vol. B2763/11.07.2018, page 35506), students are required to successfully complete the courses offered during 4 semesters, which correspond to 120 ECTS. In the first two semesters (of 30 ECTS each) students must attend and be examined successfully in 8 obligatory background and general-knowledge courses in fundamental Physics and skill-development, while in the last two semesters in 4 elective, scientific-area and skill-development courses (two courses in each of the last two semesters, amounting to at least 15 ECTS per semester). The program offers 10 elective courses. During the third and fourth semester, students work towards a Master-degree thesis specialization (30 ECTS) which is presented publicly and subsequently reviewed by a three-member evaluation committee.
The aim of the Program is to provide high-level postgraduate education in the scientific field of Subatomic Physics, in order to produce scientists with a deep knowledge of fundamental Physics and of modern scientific ideas about the building blocks of Matter and their fundamental interactions. The graduates will have also specialized in the areas of Quantum, Nuclear, Particle, and AstroParticle Physics, as well as in Cosmology, Radiation and Accelerator Physics. They will have obtained experience and skills in modern research methods and technologies and the ability to apply them, in high theoretical and experimental level, in research and/or development projects in a broad field of related sciences. The graduates of the program will have obtained skills which will allow them a) to handle with ease the necessary mathematical tools to perform theoretical calculations or calculations about quantities which can be measured experimentally, b) to use specialized software packages and programming languages for this purpose, c) to analyze data with statistical techniques, and d) to set up an experimental setup and perform measurements. Furthermore, the graduate acquire the ability to o work alone and in groups, often in the context of international research programs and collaborations, to present and support their work and results to third parties, as well as to search for new knowledge and get informed about the latest scientific advances. Finally, through this program the graduates obtain a wide range of scientific knowledge and skills, both in fundamental Physics and in Subatomic Physics and Technological Applications, and they acquire the flexibility to adapt to new research areas, related to a higher or a lesser degree to the field of their studies.
The scientific background and skills obtained by the graduates equip them with the ability to carry out independent research and to offer to the society services concerning the scientific area of Subatomic Physics and/or Research for technological Developments, as well as services which combine teaching with research. The graduates can carry out scientific research towards a Doctoral Degree, they can have professional employment opportunities in various Research Institutes, Ministries, organizations and industry (e.g., for statistical data analysis, interaction of radiation with matter, radiation detection apparatus, accelerator systems), as well as in the secondary and higher education sectors.