International Hellenic University MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability

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The Programme

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The International Hellenic University’s MSc in Bioeconomy: Biotechnology and Law is designed to develop technological, financial, legal, and managerial expertise and real world skills for students who intend to work in public and private services dealing with the studies, consultation, management, regulation and development of biotechnological products and for those who are already occupied in related areas. The programme is interdisciplinary combining knowledge from heterogeneous scientific fields, such as biology, economy, law and marketing.

 

The Programme aims are:

  • The provision of knowledge and skills based on the most modern and innovative developments in Biotechnology, directly linked to the field of Bioeconomy
  • The understanding and implementation of the basic regulatory rules and laws governing the production and promotion of biotechnological products, as well as the provision of services directly related to biotechnological applications in the fields of Biomedicine, Genetics and Pharmacy
  • The understanding and implementation of key regulatory rules and legislation related to biosafety issues for humans and the environment
  • The provision of the basic technical and economic knowledge necessary to manage and promote biotechnological products and services
  • The provision of interdisciplinary education in the field of Bioeconomy, which at the same time allows the development of all the skills required in the modern labor market at the international level

Ideal Career path

The graduates of the programme will be equipped with specialist expertise and high-level cognitive skills to become autonomous/self-directed professionals or find employment in consulting, policy and management roles in the sectors of biotechnological product development, regulation, management and marketing. Career opportunities may be found in:

  • Biotechonological product enterprises of various sizes
  • Cooperatives and industries of the biotechnology sector
  • NGOs involved in bioethics and biosafety policy, rural development and environmental protection
  • Government and local/rural agencies 
  • Research institutes
  • National and international organizations active in bioproduct regulation and marketing
  • Consulting agencies and environmental law firms
 

The Dissertation

The dissertation is an individual project of original scientific work. The subject is chosen from a list of topics suggested by a faculty member, who acts as a supervisor. Alternatively, students may choose a research-based dissertation of 12 months duration. In this case, a reduction in tuition fees may be awarded.

Programme Duration

In the case of a standard dissertation, the duration is 1.5 years full-time. If the dissertation is research-based, the programme lasts 2 years full-time. Part-time mode is also available.

Programme Schedule

Distance Learning

Teaching methods are based on learner-centered education standards and involve:

(a) face-to-face or classroom based learning (students will be required to be physically present at the University for one or two days at the beginning of each semester)

(b) asynchronous learning (students will use online learning resources and will be assessed through a variety of diagnostic tools and formative assessment techniques)

(c) synchronous learning (‘teleconferences’ and virtual meetings will be held regularly during each semester) and

(d) summative assessment (students will be required to be physically present at the University for the final exams at the end of each semester).

Fragiskos Kolisis

Professor Em. of Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering Department, National Technical University of Athens (all aspects of Biotechnology)

Savvas Genitsaris

Biology and Environment

Ioannis Economidis

visiting Professor of the University of Athens and Crete in topics of Biosafety, Bioeconomy and Bioethics, ex. Scientific Officer of DGXII European Union (Biology and Environment)

Heleni Loutrari

Medical School, University of Athens (red Biotechnology)

Vasiliki Mollaki

Ph.D. – Genetics, Senior Scientist, Hellenic National Bioethics Commission

Costas Mathiopoulos

Professor of Molecular Biology , Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly (Biology and Environment)

Panayiotis Vidalis

Hellenic Republic National Bioethics Commission, Biolaw, (Biolaw and Bioethics, Biosafety, and Environment, Biomedicine and Law)

Patrick Rüdelsheim

Ph.D. – (Biolaw and Bioethics, Biosafety)

Ioannis Chalikias

Professor of Quantitative Analysis, Department of Marketing and Communication, AUEB Cost benefit analysis of bioproducts (case studies).

Synergies

The students will have the chance to participate in seminars on various subjects related to Bioeconomy (e.g. biosafety and biorisk assessment subjects, biofuel production, environmental bio-indicators, biomass use in the energy systems etc.). A certificate of attendance will be provided to participants.

 

The provision of knowledge and skills based on the most modern and innovative developments in Biotechnology, directly linked to the field of Bioeconomy
The understanding and implementation of the basic regulatory rules and laws governing the production and promotion of biotechnological products, as well as the provision of services directly related to biotechnological applications in the fields of Biomedicine, Genetics and Pharmacy
The understanding and implementation of key regulatory rules and legislation related to biosafety issues for humans and the environment
The provision of the basic technical and economic knowledge necessary to manage and promote biotechnological products and services
The provision of interdisciplinary education in the field of Bioeconomy, which at the same time allows the development of all the skills required in the modern labor market at the international level
 

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