Practical information on the IPSP

 Duration of studies

To be awarded a Master’s degree, attendance at and successful completion of all relevant student obligations during two (2) semesters is required followed by the writing of a postgraduate thesis, which must be completed over a period of time not less than six months and no more than twelve.  Study may be extended by up to two (2) at the most additional semesters on the agreement of the Special Interdepartmental Committee (SIC), the completion of the postgraduate thesis by six (6), at the most, additional months.

 Venue of the Master

The venue for the master is Patras.

 Timing of the Master

The educational obligations are carried out from Friday afternoon until early Sunday evening (in some cases from Saturday morning until Sunday evening) and attendance is compulsory.

 Number of admissions

The number of admissions is set, in the first phase, at 20 postgraduate students.

 Choice criteria

The choice of candidates is based on choice criteria.

Initially, candidate postgraduate students should have a bachelor grade and a certificate in English language (at least B2). Other languages,such as French, are welcome. 

Then, the following are taken into consideration and points awarded:

  • Lessons related to higher education and/or European education policy
  • Bachelor’s thesis related to higher education and/or European education policy
  • Any other research activity (other than for the bachelor’s thesis)
  • Professional experience related to higher education and/or European education policy
  • Practical training relevant to higher education and/or European education policy

The determination of the weighting of the above criteria, as well as other criteria that the SIC may set, is the responsibility of the SIC and is explicitly stated in the relevant bulletin.

 Fees – Exemptions

The Master operates with fees of 3000 euros annually (until it is able to secure its own resources which will ensure its viability without fees).  Fees are paid in three equal instalments.  The first instalment is to be paid with the initial registration (by 10/9).  The second instalment is to be paid with registration for the 2nd term (by 10/2).  The third instalment is to be paid with registration for the 3rd term (by 10/9).

At the same time, provision will be made for the exemption of a number of students from paying fees.  More specifically, full exemption from fees according to social and financial criteria will be provided for a percentage of students equal to 15% of the number of admissions and partial exemption of 1/3 of the fees with criteria based on performance for a percentage of students similarly equal to 15% of the number of admissions.  Consequently, in the initial operation of the Master with a number of admissions equal to 20 students annually, provision will be made for 3 full exemptions and 3 partial exemptions from fees.

The social and financial criteria for full exemption will be determined each year by the SIC and will be announced together with the annual bulletin, and the choice of the fully exempt students will be made by the SIC immediately following the announcement of the results of the selection process and before the initial registration process.  For this reason, the 20 successful candidates are invited, if they wish, to submit the relevant application for exemption accompanied by a file with all the necessary documents.

Partial exemption essentially consists of exemption from paying the third instalment of fees.  Consequently, the selection of the partially exempted students must take place before the commencement of payment of the third instalment, in other words before the end of the 1st term of the following academic year which comprises too the first opportunity to submit the postgraduate thesis (see Study Regulations).  The selection of the above takes place from among students who registered on the Master during the same academic year and have successfully completed all their educational obligations and do not have anything outstanding other than their thesis, the order of the selection being determined based on their grade average across all their educational obligations in the two semesters.