The MSc in Information and Communication Technology Systems 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 graduate level education and is targeted towards graduates who wish to broaden their knowledge in the field of Information and Communication Technology Systems and in contemporary inter-disciplinary issues arising between the areas of economy, energy and health which pertain to the improvement in the quality of life.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Systems have been a main driver of technological innovation during recent decades and now play a pivotal role in all aspects of modern life. Professionals who are experts in ICT Systems are therefore in constant demand. In order to really stand out in today’s job market ICT professionals need a combination of technical, managerial and interdisciplinary skills from different sectors of the economy, as well as exposure to an international environment.

The International Hellenic University (IHU) offers just such a highly diverse graduate programme. In a fully English-speaking environment, our MSc in ICT Systems students learn to excel in their technical skills while also acquiring grounding in managerial skills as these apply in a number of different areas including healthcare, the financial sector and the green economy. The lecture series by leading academic instructors from Greece and abroad, together with projects and dissertation work, mean that students graduate well equipped and highly competitive at international level.

This programme is designed for those University graduates of Informatics/Computer ScienceElectrical Engineering and also Natural Sciences departments, who wish to acquire a competitive edge in the rapidly converging information and telecommunication technologies market.

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 2023

Application deadline:  The Courses of the MSc Programme start in mid-October. Next calls for admission to the program will be posted on the announcements page.

Campus: Thermi, Thessaloniki

Duration/Mode: 18 months (full-time) or 30 months (part-time)/(available also in distance learning mode)/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 B2 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: 2,900€ (total)

How to apply: Programme announcement- 2nd Phase of Admission of Graduate Students (en+gr)

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Who can apply

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

  • An undergraduate University degree in Engineering, Science, Informatics, as well as from Technological Educational Institutes in related subject areas, in Greece or a recognized Higher Education Institution from abroad. Students who owe a small number of courses to obtain the degree, if accepted, have the right to enroll in the Postgraduate Program only if they submit a certificate of completion of studies by the deadline for their registration.
  • English language knowledge documented with a relevant certificate, corresponding at least to the State Certificate of Language Learning Level B2 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.


The MSc in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Systems comprises two (2) semesters of courses and one (1) semester for preparing the postgraduate thesis for full-time students, and four (4) semesters of courses and one (1) semester for preparing the postgraduate thesis for part-time students. Upon arrival at the IHU, all students may attend foundation courses in Java and SQL, that aims to bring all incoming students to the same level with respect to some of the programming knowledge that is required.

Students can be included in the process of preparing a postgraduate dissertation only If they have been examined in all courses of the first and second semester of the Postgraduate Programme. All courses are delivered in English.

Ninety (90) European credit units (ECTS) are required to obtain the master’s degree, which are accumulated with the participation of postgraduate students in all activities of the programme, as described in the following table.

Advanced Database Systems1Compulsory
Computer Networks1Compulsory
ICT Management1Compulsory
Information Systems Security1Compulsory
Web Programming1Compulsory
Big Data and Cloud Computing2Compulsory
Software Development Methodologies2Compulsory
Wireless Communications and Networks2Compulsory
Consulting Project2Elective
Data Mining2Elective
Digital Organisations: eCommerce and eGovernment2Elective
Information Retrieval2Elective
Internet of Things2Elective
Knowledge Management in the Web2Elective
Mobile Application Development2Elective

The Dissertation

During the third term, students work on their Masters 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 ICT problem or challenge. Students are supervised throughout their projects by a member of the academic faculty and the academic associates. After submission of the dissertation, students present their projects to classmates and faculty at a special event.

Duration of studies

The duration of the full-time study programme in order to obtain the Master’s degree is three (3) academic semesters. For students who so wish, there is also the possibility, upon request, of attending the programme on a part–time basis. In this case, the duration of the programme will be five (5) academic semesters.

Lectures mainly take place on weekday evenings, usually after 17:00, and perhaps on Saturday and/or Sunday mornings. The programme is also available through distance learning.

Summative assessment: Students will be typically required to be physically present at the University for the final exams at the end of each semester.

Quality Policy

Basic Principles and Objectives

The Quality Assurance Policy of the School is harmonized with the Quality Assurance Policy of the International Hellenic University. Based on this, it adapts to the specific requirements and the profile of the School, and the Postgraduate Programs offered. It evolves and improves through the active participation of the members of the Department (faculty, administrative staff, students) who provide continuous feedback. It is designed with a view to generally supporting the academic character and orientation of the programs, the implementation of its strategic goals, defining the means and ways of achieving them in accordance with the appropriate quality procedures and aiming at the continuous assurance and improvement of the high quality of the produced educational, scientific, research and administrative work of the School in accordance with its international academic standards and good practices οφ the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the principles of the National Authority for Higher Education (HAHE) and the current legislation. The responsibility for approving the Quality Assurance Policy of the Postgraduate Programs lies with the Provisional Assembly of the School, in accordance with the documented recommendations of the responsible committees (Internal Evaluation Team -IET-, Coordinating Committees -CoC-, etc.).

For the implementation of the Quality Assurance Policy, the School implements actions and procedures that ensure and substantiate:

  1. a) the appropriateness of the structure and organization of the Postgraduate Programmes,
  2. b) the pursuit and achievement of learning outcomes and qualifications in accordance with the European and National Higher Education Qualifications Framework,
  3. c) promoting the quality and effectiveness of teaching process, and enhancing student-centred learning,
  4. d) the suitability of the qualifications of the teaching staff, and the attraction of high-level faculty members from Greece and abroad,
  5. e) the promotion of the quality and quantity of the research work of the faculty members,
  6. f) ways of linking teaching and research,
  7. g) the level of demand for graduates’ qualifications in the labour market,
  8. h) the quality of support services, such as administrative services, libraries and student welfare services, and the resolution of problems related to the implementation of administrative tasks,
  9. i) conducting the annual review and internal audit of the quality assurance system of the MSc Programmes, as well as the cooperation of the IET with the Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) of the institution,
  10. j) promoting the extroversion of the School,
  11. k) the strengthening of collaborations with other institutions, abroad and domestically, the dissemination and supporting of research projects and broader synergies, as well as the improvement of the produced research work.

Quality Assurance Actions

Quality assurance is achieved through the following specific actions of continuous monitoring and periodic internal and external evaluation:

  1. a) Establishment and operation of a Coordinating Committee (CoC) for each offered Postgraduate Programme, which has the responsibility and competence to submit proposals related to the operation of the Postgraduate Program. The CoC performs the duties deriving from the current legislation and the Regulation of Postgraduate Studies, and submits to the Provisional Assembly of the School substantiated recommendations on:

(i) the structure and revision of the offered Postgraduate Programs, so that they adapt to current scientific developments and research trends, the teaching needs of the School and the employment prospects of its graduates, and serve the main mission of the School and the objectives of the Postgraduate Program, as defined in the respective founding Government Gazettes.

(ii) addressing and solving practical problems during the implementation of the Postgraduate Programmes,

(iii) monitoring, gathering and utilizing developments and best practices in the programs of relevant Departments of Universities in Greece and abroad.

  1. b) Internationalisation: The Postgraduate Programs offered seek to strengthen their contacts with the international academic community, their participation in networks of strategic alliances, the utilization of their research infrastructure, and the increase of the mobility of the academic community. In the context of Internationalization, the Postgraduate Programs aim to attract foreign students as well as incoming ERASMUS students, who can attend all courses, as they are all offered exclusively in English.
  2. c) Revitalization of curricula, oriented to the needs of the Market and Entrepreneurship.
  3. d) Establishment and operation of the Internal Evaluation Team (IET) of the Department, which is responsible for:

(i) the procedure of submission of the (electronic/printed) course/instructor evaluation questionnaires by the students,

(ii) the preparation of the annual internal evaluation report,

(iii) the preparation of the periodic Proposal for Academic Accreditation of the Postgraduate Programs of the School and its annexes, and

(iv) the monitoring of the evaluation and ranking indicators of the Department at national and international level.

The IET presents to the Provisional Assembly of the School the results of the above actions and proposes ways to improve the educational services provided to the students of the Postgraduate Programmes.

  1. e) Annual Internal Evaluation of the School, conducted under the coordination of the IET, with the assistance of all bodies and committees of the Department, as well as competent members of the administrative staff. It includes the collection, recording and processing of quantitative and aggregated data on the admission, attendance and graduation of students, the recruitment and progress of faculty and other scientific and research staff, the implementation of the supported programmes of study (postgraduate, doctoral), the research production of faculty members at individual and school level, as well as any other issue related to the general operation of the Department. The results of the internal evaluation are reflected in the internal evaluation report, which is prepared, in accordance with the above, by the IET and posted/published on the websites of the School and the Quality Assurance Unit of the institution. The presentation of the report takes place at a special session of the Provisional Assembly of the School, where the necessary corrective interventions and improvement actions are decided.
  2. f) External Evaluation of the School, carried out under the responsibility of HAHE and the QAU of the institution. The external evaluation committees comprise Greek-speaking professors and/or researchers from universities and institutions abroad. The evaluations follow HAHEA standards and procedures, in full coordination with international quality assurance practices in higher education. The conclusions, recommendations and improvement proposals of the committees are a key parameter for improving the School services and the infrastructure, as well as its medium- and long-term strategic development.

Communication of Quality Assurance Policy

The quality assurance policy of the School is communicated in the following ways:

  1. a) Using a dedicated page at the website of the School to inform newly admitted, enrolled students and graduates, as well as any interested party, of all relevant information regarding the implementation and operation of the Academic Quality Assurance System of the School, namely:

(i) Quality Policy Assurance Statement,

(ii) Goal Setting and Action Planning

(iii) Strategic Planning of School,

(iv) Academic Accreditation Proposal,

(v) Accreditation Reports of the Postgraduate Programmes of the School,

(vi) Annual Internal Evaluation Reports of the School and

(vii) External Evaluation Report of the Schoolt.

  1. b) Orientation of newly admitted students on the quality assurance policy of the Department during the induction days of postgraduate students.
  2. c) Presenting relevant information in seminars, workshops and informative events, in order to promote the Programmes of Study to interested parties, as well as in national and international conferences organized by members or groups of the School.
  3. d) During the School’s contacts with professional bodies involved in research programs and student consulting projects.

Study Guide

Programme Regulation

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.



  • Assoc. Prof. Christos Tjortjis

Steering Committee

  • Assoc. Prof. Christos Tjortjis
  • Prof. Panayiotis Bozanis
  • Prof. Maria Drakaki
  • Assoc. Prof. Tzetzis
  • Asst. Prof. Spiros Papakostas

The Academic Faculty

Faculty members

Subject of specialization
Academic rank
Knowledge Discovery and Software Engineering systems
Associate Professor (School Member)

Other Research and Teaching Personnel

Subject of specialization
Academic rank
Machine learning focusing on knowledge discovery from textual data
Laboratory Teaching Staff

Collaborating Instructors

Subject of specialization
Academic rank
Full Professor (Collaborating Instructor)
Full Professor (Collaborating Instructor)
Full Professor (Collaborating Instructor)
Full Professor (Collaborating Instructor)
Assistant Professor (Collaborating Instructor)

Fees & Financing


The programme fees for the MSc in ICT Systems is 2900€. 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.


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

The Courses of the MSc Programme start in mid-October. Next calls for admission to the program will be posted on the announcements page.

Ideal Career path

More than 70% of our graduates end up in good, relevant jobs within a year from graduation. A multitude of employment opportunities are envisaged for graduates of the MSc in ICT Systems programme. Indicatively they include:

  • Managerial, technical and research positions in IT departments and IT companies
  • Banking and other Financial Institutions
  • Multinational Corporations and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • e-Commerce and Health software companies
  • Mobile network providers and broadband Internet providers
  • Sensor networks and telematics companies
  • Multimedia content providers and developers (Digital Radio, Television providers and Media)
  • Governmental Telecommunication Regulatory Authorities

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 ICT Systems 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.


Email – Telephone

For issues/information related to the Programmes of Study of the School, you can contact us by either e-mail infotech@ihu.edu.gr or phone at +30 2310 807 529.

Postal Address

School of Science and Technology
14th km Thessaloniki – N. Moudania
57001 Thermi
Thessaloniki, Greece