The MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability Programme is being offered by the School of Science & Technology of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University. The programme has as its objective the provision of postgraduate level studies in Environmental Management and Sustainability and is designed for graduates including professionals or executives of businesses and 2 organizations who wish to broaden their specialization in the field and in Sustainable Development in general.

The MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability programme is designed to offer a thorough understanding of environmental and sustainability issues that can be applied in a policy or management context. In today’s highly competitive market, sustainability can become a critical profit centre for any organization through energy-saving processes, reduction of fuels consumption, optimisation of raw materials and other uses of resources, minimisation of waste management and air pollution abatement costs, to name a few.  

Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the programme are summarized as follows:

  • A deep understanding of the current status and future trends in sustainable developmentand social corporate responsibility
  • Application of environmental toolsand techniques to integrate sustainable practices (economical, environmental and social concerns)
  • Adaptation to continuously increasing strictness of environmental legislation
  • Understand the economic and social justifications for various environmental policyapproaches made at different levels
  • Innovative pollutioncontrol practices
  • Adaptation of strategic environmental assessmentapproaches in different contexts and different levels of decision making
  • Evaluation of environmental policies in a cost benefit analysisconcept

The MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability is designed for university graduates with the following academic backgrounds: Business/Economics, Engineering, Geotechnical as well as Natural Sciences. Leading academics from prestigious academic institutions from Greece and abroad, together with key players from environment and sustainability related organizations, teach in the programme.

The courses of the programme are taught exclusively in English. The academic staff comes from Universities in Greece and abroad.

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Start date: October 2024

Application deadline: 30 September 2024

Campus: Thermi, Thessaloniki

Duration/Mode: 18 months (full-time) or 30 months (part-time)/ weekdays evenings

Taught language: English

Entry requirements: An undergraduate degree from an accredited University

Language requirements: English language knowledge documented with a relevant certificate, corresponding at least to the State Certificate of Language Learning Level C1 or other certificate proving good knowledge of English. Holders of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a Foreign University in English are exempt from this obligation.

How to apply: Applications system

Fees: 3000€ (total)

Programme announcement: ENG | GR

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Who can apply

To be considered for the programme, candidates are required to have:

  • an undergraduate degree from a recognized University (University graduates of Business/Economics, Engineering, Geotechnical as well as Natural Sciences departments)
  • English language knowledge documented with a relevant certificate, corresponding at least to the State Certificate of Language Learning Level C1 or other certificate proving good knowledge of English. Holders of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a Foreign University in English are exempt from this obligation.


During the first term, students are required to follow five mandatory core courses. During the second term, students are required to follow three mandatory core courses tailoring their programme further by two elective courses. Finally, in the third semester, work is dedicated exclusively to the Master’s dissertation. The dissertation provides an opportunity to apply theory and concepts gained during the year to a real-world problem.

During the second term students tailor their programme further by choosing elective courses. The choice of elective courses must sum up to 12 ECTS (2 courses).

Environmental and Energy Economics1Compulsory
Environmental Management Systems1Compulsory
Project Finance1Compulsory
Project Management1Compulsory
Quantitative Methods1Compulsory
Cost-Benefit Analysis2Compulsory
Energy and Climate Change2Compulsory
Environmental Impact Assessment2Compulsory
Energy and Environmental Law2Elective
Environmental and Energy Policy2Elective
Environmental Hazard Management2Elective
Financial Risk Management2Elective
Forecasting Methods2Elective
Life Cycle Assessment2Elective
Panel Data Econometrics2Elective
Smart Cities2Elective
Sustainable Production and Consumption2Elective

The Dissertation

During the third semester, students work on their Master’s Dissertation project, the thematic area of which is relevant to their programme of studies and their interests. The dissertation is the opportunity to apply theory and concepts learned in different courses to a real-world problem or research question. Students are supervised throughout their projects by a member of the academic faculty and the academic associates of the School. After submission of the dissertation, students present their projects to classmates and faculty at a special event.

Duration of studies

The MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability (full-time) is a 18-month programme taught over three terms. Lectures mainly take place on weekday evenings. The MSc in Energy Systems programme is also available in part-time mode over 30 months for those who cannot commit to a full-time programme either for work or other reasons.

Handling Objections and Complaints

Students’ Complaints Procedure

Students who wish to make a complaint concerning the quality of an academic programme, any related service or member of the academic or administrative staff should first do so at the local level, by raising the issue with the individual, department or service provider directly involved. Issues of concern may often be resolved more quickly and effectively at this stage.

If a student decides to make a complaint, this will be taken seriously, and confidentiality will be respected. Investigations will be carried out thoroughly and the issue determined fairly by someone who is not directly involved in the complaint. It should be noted, however, that complaint resolution may not be possible without revealing the identity of the complainant to the subject of the complaint and anonymous complaints will not be investigated. Allegations which are found to be unsubstantiated or malicious will be dismissed.

Appeal Committee

Students are entitled to submit an appeal to an Appeal Committee, appointed by the Governing Board, with respect to any decision concerning their status at the University. A student submitting an appeal is invited to exercise his/her right to be heard, according to Article 6 of the Greek Administrative Procedure Code.

Appeal Committee examines any appeals against decisions of the Governing Board and/or the General Assembly of the School according to Article 24 of the Greek Administrative Code of Procedure.

Student Ombudsman

Students also have the right to appeal to the Student Ombudsman. There are three independent offices under the name “Student Ombudsman” at I.H.U: a) at the University Campus of Thessaloniki, b) at the University Campus of Serres, and c) at the University Campus of Kavala.

The Academic Faculty

Faculty Members

Dr Maria Drakaki Professor Maria Drakaki
Dean of the School
+30 2310 807524
Professor Panayiotis Bozanis Professor Panayiotis Bozanis
Deputy Dean of the School
+30 2310 807501
Dr Eleni Heracleous Dr Eleni Heracleous
Associate Professor
Dr Vassilios Peristeras Dr Vassilios Peristeras Associate Professor
+30 2310 807539
Dr Christos Tjortjis Dr Christos Tjortjis Associate Professor
+30 2310 807576
Dr D.Tzetzis Dr Dimitrios Tzetzis Associate Professor
+30 2310 807548
Dr D.Tzetzis Dr Spiros Papakostas Assistant Professor

Other Research and Teaching Personnel

Dr Christos BerberidisDr Christos Berberidis Research and Teaching Staff +30 2310 807534 c.berberidis@ihu.edu.gr
Dr Dimitrios BaltatzisDr Dimitrios Baltatzis Research and Teaching Staff d.baltatzis@ihu.edu.gr
Dr Georgios MartinopoulosDr Georgios Martinopoulos Academic Associate +30 2310 807533 g.martinopoulos@ihu.edu.gr
Image not availableDr Leonidas Akritidis Academic Associate
Image not availableDr Dimitrios Karapiperis Academic Associate
Image not availableDr Paraskevas Koukaras Academic Associate
Image not availableDr Nikolaos Serketzis Academic Associate
Image not availableDr Katerina Tzafilkou Academic Associate

Collaborating Instructors

Dr Nikolaos Apergis
University of Piraeus
Dr Constantinos Evagellinos
Associate Professor
University of Aegean
Dr Estelle Lucienne Anna Herlyn
FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economy and Management
Dr Dimitrios Kanellopoulos
Public Power Company Renewables S.A. (PPC)
Natural Resources Evaluation & Certification Department Director and Solar Energy Department Acting Director
Professor Athanasios G. Konstandopoulos
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Centre for Research and Technology (CERTH) Director
Professor Reinhard Madlener
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Dr Isaac A. Meir
Associate Professor
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Professor Nikos Nomikos
Professor of Shipping Risk Management,  Director of MSc Shipping, Trade and Finance, Cass Business School
City University, London UK
Dr Theodore C. Panagos
Former Vice Chairman
Regulatory Authority for Energy, Greece
Professor Agis Papadopoulos
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Dr Panos Pouliasis
Senior Lecturer in Energy/Commodities and Finance, Cass Business School
City University, London UK
Dr Dimitrios Psychoyios
Associate Professor
University of Piraeus
Professor Franz Josef Radermacher
University of Ulm, IHU Honorary Doctorate
Professor Matheos Santamouris
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Professor Eftichios S. Sartzetakis
University of Macedonia
Professor Rudolf Schilling
Former Vice Chairman
Technical University of Munich, Germany
Professor Jürgen Schmude
Chair for “Economic Geography and Tourism Research” Department for Geography, Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU), Munich
Dr George Skevis
Senior Researcher
Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)
Professor Marcus Wagner
University of Augsburg, Chair for Management
Professor Anastasios Xepapadeas
Athens University of Economics and Business
Dr Theodoros Zachariadis
Associate Professor
Technical University of Cyprus, Cyprus


Students make extensive use of our recently set up Energy Lab. Facilities include a brand new computer-controlled Photovoltaic system, a computer-controlled Solar Thermal system, a computer controlled PEM Fuel cell, a computer controlled stirling engine, a 15kW organic Rankine cycle, a wind tunnel as well as an IR camera and environmental meters that students use during their studies and dissertation research.

Student Activities

The students and the alumni of the MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability organised, with great success, the Students for Sustainability Conference on 2015 and 2016.

Interviews and Videos

The definition of “Sustainable Development” “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

  • the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
  • the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.”

Source: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future

Fees & Financing


The programme fees for the MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability for the 2024-25 academic year is 3000€*. The amount is payable in two instalments for the full time mode or in four instalments for the part time mode at the beginning of each semester. The fees are also eligible for financing through LAEK 0,45% – OAED programme.

*For the 2023-24 academic year tuition fee reduction of 1000€ will be provided to all accepted students.


If you have been accepted to a postgraduate programme, you will need to make a payment of the deposit of 500 Euros to secure your place. This amount will count towards the first instalment of your tuition fees. The deposit is non-refundable once you have commenced your studies at the IHU. Prior to that, a refund can be made but a 20% administrative fee will be retained. The deposit can be paid by bank transfer or bank draft. Credit card payments can be made through electronic banking (contact your Bank as handling fees may apply).


The School of Science & Technology offers a number of scholarships for the programmes it offers, covering a significant proportion of the fees. These scholarships are competitive. Award criteria include the quality of the first degree, the undergraduate grades of the candidate, his/her command of the English language and overall profile. Candidates for scholarships should include a separate letter with their application documents in which they request to be considered for a scholarship, stating the reasons why they think they qualify.

Programme announcement – Admissions

Next MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability class starts in October 2024. Interested parties are invited to submit their application by 30 September 2024, or until places are filled, by following instructions at the application page.

How to apply: Applications system

Programme announcement: ENG | GR

Ideal Career path

The programme provides graduates with the real-world knowledge to stand out from the crowd and to achieve success in their chosen career. There is an ever-growing demand for highly specialized and effectively educated scientists to simultaneously tackle significant economic, environmental and social issues in the industry, the public sector and the society. After completing the MSc, a great selection of career options is available as there is a growing demand for sustainability professionals in a range of sectors. Environment and sustainability professionals can work in “green” industries (e.g. in the energy, technology, food, or construction sector), the public sector, certification bodies and/or NGOs. In addition, they will be motivated to reshape traditional strategies and policies within their organisations. Also, can found their own innovative start-ups or become social entrepreneurs. In addition to technical skills gained through study, our students benefit from the University’s excellent Careers Office in order to attain essential Soft Skills (e.g. communication skills, interview preparation, CV writing etc.) to better prepare for the job market.


The MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability takes place in the facilities of the School of Science & Technology of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University in Thermi-Thessaloniki.


Postal address: School of Science & Technology Department of School of Science & Technology University Center of International Programmes of Studies 14th km Thessaloniki – Nea Moudania 570 01 Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece Tel: +30 2310 807 529 Email: : infotech@ihu.edu.gr