For obtaining the M.Sc. degree from the Postgraduate Program on "Environmental Physics" of the School of Physics, students are required to successfully complete the courses offered during 4 semesters, which correspond to 120 ECTS. During the first three semesters (30 ECTS each) students must attend and be examined successfully in 10 background, general-knowledge and scientific-area courses and 5 elective courses (scientific-area and skill-development). The program includes a total of 15 elective courses. During the 4th semester students accomplish a Master-degree thesis (30 ECTS), which is presented publicly and subsequently reviewed by a three-member evaluation committee.
The Postgraduate Program applies an internal auditing scheme based on the platform of the quality assurance unit of A.U.Th (https://qa.auth.gr/en/node/260) which complies with international standards.
The aim of the Program is to provide high-level postgraduate education in order to produce specialized Environmental Physicists, capable to meet the requirements of the labor-market for the management of environmental problems, such as, air pollution in local and global scales, the impact of industrial activities, and the global changes in the atmosphere and climate. In particular, the graduates of the Program acquire skills that enable them to: a) analyze environmental data, b) conduct measurements of environmental parameters, c) produce environmental impact reports, and d) use specialized software and programming languages, atmospheric models, and databases.
The scientific background of the graduates allows them to work in entities dealing with environmental impact assessments and with decision making on environmental protection policies, sustainable development and forecasting of environmental hazards at national and international scales. Professional employment opportunities for graduates are offered at ministries, municipalities, city-authorities, public and private entities, industries, public bodies, media, as well as in secondary and higher education and at various research institutions. Furthermore, the graduates acquire the ability to work either independently, or within a team, in research activities, often in the framework of international research projects, to seek new knowledge and bibliographic information on the latest scientific developments, to present and defend their work to third parties, while they are also familiarized with research for investigating local, regional and global environmental problems. Finally, graduates develop a wide scientific knowledge in the field of Environmental Physics and the flexibility to adapt to new research areas relevant, or simply associated, to the field of their studies.