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Department of Biology

Τίτλος σπουδών και Κατευθύνσεις
Degree in Biology
1. Κατεύθυνση Βιομοριακών Επιστημών και Βιοτεχνολογίας, 2. Κατεύθυνση Περιβαλλοντικής Βιολογίας και Διαχείρισης Βιολογικών Πόρων
Διάρκεια και Διδακτικές Μονάδες
8 academic semesters (full time)
240 ECTS
Πρόσθετες Πληροφορίες
Γλώσσα Διδασκαλίας: Greek
Τρόπος Διδασκαλίας:
Κόστος: Free

Στοιχεία Επικοινωνίας

Secretariat telephone numbers: +30 2810 394400-3

Ταχυδρομική Διεύθυνση

Department of Biology, School of Sciences and Engineering, University of Crete, Heraklion Campus, Vasilika Vouton, GR70013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Πληροφορίες (Αντικείμενο - Σκοπός)

The Department of Biology of the School of Sciences and Engineering at the University of Crete has launched a Postgraduate Program of Studies since 1983 and an Undergraduate Program of Studies since 1987. The Department is recognized internationally as a center of up-to-date university education and active research in various fields of current Biology.

Teaching staff and laboratory units of the Department are organized in distinct Research Sections. Each Section coordinates teaching and research of particular subject areas, corresponding to specific scientific fields. In accordance with the Decree 103/83, FEK (Government Gazette Issue) 48 of the relevant Article, currently there are three (3) Divisions at the Department of Biology:

This Division covers topics of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Genetics and Immunology, with main focus on the study of cells as a functional unit and on cellular functions in relation to their environment.

This Division covers topics of Zoology, Botany, Ecology, Physiology, Marine Biology and it mainly studies the biology of organisms, populations and environment.

This Division covers various applications of biology and biological processes in mechanics, technology, environment and medicine.

The students of the Biology Department have the opportunity to obtain an adequate theoretical background and practical experience in advanced technologies in various biological fields such as Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Applied Biology, as well as Bio- and nano-technology.
The Department collaborates with the internationally recognized Research Institutes, located in Crete under the supervision of the General Secretary of Research and Technology (ΓΓΕΤ), the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (active participation of Faculty professors) (IMBB/ITE, and the Hellenic Centre of Marine Research (HCMR, Additionally, it collaborates with the Natural History Museum of the University of Crete ( which provides valuable scientific and educational services on Eastern Mediterranean environmental matters, as well as with the Botanical Garden of the University of Crete ( and the National Agricultural Research Foundation (
Occupational profile of graduates
Graduates of the Biology Department at the University of Crete have been pursuing a professional career towards various directions in the public and private sector in organizations concerned with biomedicine and health in general, with biotechnology, environment, aquacultures, as well as with education and research in the above-mentioned fields.
Access to further studies
The Post-graduate Studies Programs which are carried out by the Department lead to the acquisition of a specialization Master’s Degree, followed by a Doctoral Degree (Ph. D.) in the following fields: 1) Molecular Biology and Biomedicine, 2) Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology 3) Environmental Biology -Management of Terrestrial and Marine Resources 4) Protein Biotechnology 5) Bioethics and 6) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society.

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