The MSc in Energy Building Design 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 aims to provide postgraduate level education on issues relating to designing buildings with a low energy imprint and is addressed to graduates including professionals who wish to acquire knowledge in the aforementioned field. Energy and its sustainability will always be a key global issue for modern contemporary societies. As the world population urbanizes, the planning and design of resilient, resource-efficient, healthy cities and metropolitan regions is of the outmost importance. Buildings are responsible for a large share of our global energy use. Energy use is in fact the main determinant of a building’s global environmental footprint, considering its total life span. In order to really stand out, young professionals need education that is interdisciplinary: technical as well as economics/management/law related.

The International Hellenic University offers just such a diverse MSc in Energy Building Design programme that is open to candidates from different academic disciplines. Leading academics from prestigious academic institutions from Greece and abroad, together with instructors from public authorities and key players from energy-related organizations, will teach in this programme. The programme has been developed to equip graduates of Engineering, Geotechnical and Natural Sciences departments with an in-depth understanding within the area of energy-efficient and environmental building design in order to significantly contribute to and influence the design, building or renovation of energy-efficient buildings, taking into consideration the architecture and environment, the inhabitants’ behaviour and needs, their health and comfort as well as the overall economy.

This programme is designed for University graduates in engineering as well as graduates of other study programs with a suitable qualification who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge in the Energy Design of buildings, such as Engineering, Geotechnical and Natural Sciences departments. Τhe School of Science and Technology had an educational collaboration funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH – Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg) in order to provide common courses in their respective Masters of Science in the field of Energy. In the frame of this collaboration, students of the MSc in Energy Systems were given the opportunity to follow an elective course in TUHH, which was specifically developed and offered in the academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 to Master students of both universities. Similarly, master students of TUHH in the field of Energy were also able to follow a specifically developed elective course at IHU. Furthermore, students of IHU were given the opportunity to visit TUHH for 3 months and conduct their MSc thesis in Germany. All travel costs, living expenses and accommodation for students in Greece and Germany were covered by the Greek-German collaboration project.

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.

Fees: 2600€ (total)

How to apply: Applications system

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 Engineering, Geotechnical and 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 Master’s dissertation provides a good opportunity to apply theory and concepts learned during the year to a real-world problem or challenge.

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). Some of the elective courses may not be offered in a particular year, depending entirely on student demand. 

Energy Design for Buildings1Compulsory
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)1Compulsory
Project Finance1Compulsory
Project Management1Compulsory
Quantitative Methods1Compulsory
Building Energy Performance Simulation and Analysis2Compulsory
Building Integrated Renewable Energy Systems2Compulsory
Efficient Refurbishment of Buildings2Compulsory
Energy and Environmental Law2Elective
Energy Transmission and Storage2Elective
Environmental Hazard Management2Elective
Forecasting Methods2Elective
Green Design and Planning for Hot Climates2Elective
Life Cycle Assessment2Elective
Modelling and Simulation of Building Integrated Solar Energy Systems2Elective
Smart Cities2Elective

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 provides a good opportunity to apply theory and concepts learned in different courses to a real-world energy-related problem or challenge. Students are supervised throughout their projects by a member of the academic faculty and the academic assistants. After submission of the dissertation, students present their projects to classmates and faculty at a special event. In collaboration with our academic associates and their supervisors, a number of students in the past have managed to succeed in publishing their dissertation projects in peer-reviewed journals or presenting them at international conferences. An indicative list of student publications includes:

  • G. Martinopoulos, G. Tsalikis, (2018) «Diffusion and adoption of solar energy conversion systems – The case of Greece», Energy, Volume 144, Pages 800-807
  • C. Andreadou, G. Martinopoulos, (2018) «CAPE-OPEN simulation of waste-to-energy technologies for urban cities», International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 37(1), pp. 96-104
  • N. Apergis, G. Vouzavalis, (2018), Asymmetric pass through of oil prices to gasoline prices: Evidence from a new country sample, Energy Policy,Volume 114,Pages 519-528
  • S. C. Akcaoğlu, G. Martinopoulos, and C. Zafer, (2017) «Experimental Analysis of the Potential Induced Degradation Effect on Organic Solar Cells», International Journal of Photoenergy
  • C. Antoniadis, G. Martinopoulos, (2017) «Simulation of Solar Thermal Systems with Seasonal Storage Operation for Residential Scale Applications», In Procedia Environmental Sciences, Volume 38, 2017, pp. 405-412
  • C. Antoniadis, G. Martinopoulos, (2017) «Optimization of a Building Integrated Solar Thermal System with Seasonal Storage», 1st International Conference on Building Integrated Renewable Energy Systems, Dublin
  • P. Bampou, (2017). Green buildings for Egypt: a call for an integrated policy. International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 36(10), 994-1009.
  • Ziogou, I., Zachariadis, T., (2017) “Quantifying the water–energy nexus in Greece”, International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 36 (10), pp. 972-982.
  • A. Zachopoulos, E. Heracleous, (2017), “Overcoming the equilibrium barriers of CO2 hydrogenation to methanol via water sorption: A thermodynamic analysis”, Journal of CO2 Utilization, Volume 21, Pages 360-367
  • E. Kontopoulos, G. Martinopoulos, D. Lazarou, N. Bassiliades, (2016) «An ontology-based decision support tool for optimizing domestic solar hot water system selection», Journal of Cleaner Production, 112, pp. 4636-4646
  • Anastaselos D.A., Oxizidis S., Manoudis A., Papadopoulos A.M. (2016), Environmental performance of energy systems of residential buildings: towards Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Cities and Society, 20, 96-108.
  • K. Rossios, K. Sardi, G. Martinopoulos, (2015) «Numerical Simulation of LNG Evaporation Inside Semi-Trailer Trucks Used For the Transportation of LNG to Small Scale Terminals and Refueling Stations: Parameters and Implications», 8th GRACM International Congress on Computational Mechanics, Greece.
  • Ipsakis D., Kraia T., Fylaki P., Ouzounidou M., Papadopoulou S., Voutetakis S. and Marnellos G., “Design and feasibility study of an integrated process for the exploitation of H2S from the Black Sea for energy and H2SO4 production”, Proceedings of the 10th Panhellenic Chemical Engineering Conference, Patra, 4-6/6/2015
  • Ziogou I. and Zachariadis T., Quantifying the Water-energy Nexus in Greece, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology Rhodes, Greece, 3-5 September 2015
  • Dogan K., Martinopoulos G., “Blade Element Momentum Theory and CFD modeling as a tool for optimizing wind turbine blade design” World Renewable Energy Congress WREC XIII, London, 2014.
  • D. Dimitriadis, D. Missirlis, G. Martinopoulos, “Investigation of the performance of a horizontal axis wind turbine with the use of blade element momentum theory and CFD computations”, European Wind Energy Association Conference 2014 – Barcelona
  • G. Martinopoulos, G.Tsalikis, “Active solar heating systems for energy efficient buildings in Greece: A technical economic and environmental evaluation”, Energy and Buildings, Volume 68, Part A, January 2014, Pages 130-137.
  • Anastasiou F. and Martinopoulos G., “Solar Air Conditioning Systems As A Step Towards Nearly Net Zero Energy Buildings”, 10th Conference on Renewable Energy Sources, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2014 (In Greek)
  • Martinopoulos G. and Tsalikis G. (2014) “Active Solar Heating Systems for Energy Efficient Buildings in Greece: A Technical Economic and Environmental Evaluation”, Energy and Buildings, Vol. 68, Part A, p. 130-137.
  • Bitos C. and Kiartzis S., “Energy Demand Analysis and Energy Saving Potentials in the Greek Road Transport Sector”, 7th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change, Athens, 2014
  • Kanellakis M., G. Martinopoulos and T. Zachariadis (2013). European Energy Policy–A Review. Energy Policy, Vol. 62, p. 1020-1030
  • Charalampous, G. & Madlener, R. (2013). “Risk Management and Portfolio Optimization for Gas- and Coal-fired Power Plants in Germany: A Multivariate GARCH Approach,” FCN Working Papers 23/2013, E.ON Energy Research Center, Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN).
  • Charalampous, G. & Madlener, R. (2013). “Risk Management and Portfolio Optimization for Gas- and Coal-fired Power Plants in Germany: A Multivariate GARCH Approach,” Proceedings of 14th IAEE European Energy Conference, Rome, Italy.
  • Τ. Dergiades, R. Madlener, and G. Christofidou, “The Nexus between Natural Gas Spot and Futures Prices at NYMEX: Do Weather Shocks and Non-Linear Causality in Low Frequencies Matter?,” FCN Working Papers 17/2012, E.ON Energy Research Center, Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN)

Duration of studies

The MSc in Energy Building Design (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.

Fees & Financing


The programme fees for the MSc in Energy Building Design for the 2024-25 academic year is 2600€*. 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 2024-25 academic year tuition fee reduction of 1400€ 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 Energy Building Design 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

There is a considerable focus on addressing low carbon energy building and building integrated renewable energy technologies and graduates of this program can expect to be highly sought after by employers. The following indicative employment opportunities are available to our graduates after the completion of the MSc in Energy Building Design:

  • Senior technical positions in the construction/renovation sector
  • Managerial positions in the booming Renewable Energy sector as well as Utilities management
  • With Government policymaking

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 Energy Building Design 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