The MSc in Bioeconomy: Biotechnology and Law Program is being offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Economics of the University Center of International Programs of Studies of the International Hellenic University. The program is designed to provide knowledge and develop skills for those occupied in public or private services dealing with the consultation, management, and studies of Biotechnological products and processes and willing to be involved in the Bioeconomy.
The program is interdisciplinary and it has primarily a practical purpose. It provides legal and management expertise, directly usable in all groups of scholars, those with legal education, business, and economical background, and those trained in relevant scientific and technological disciplines. The program is directed to students and executives who desire to expand their specialization in the relevant fields. The courses are taught exclusively in English and conducted through flexible learning methods combining traditional face-to-face education with distant learning.
The program aims are:
The provision of knowledge and skills based on the most modern and innovative developments in Biotechnology is directly linked to the field of Bioeconomy
The understanding and implementation of the basic regulatory rules and laws governing the production and promotion of biotechnological products, as well as the provision of services directly related to biotechnological applications in the fields of Biomedicine, Genetics, and Pharmacy
The understanding and implementation of key regulatory rules and legislation related to biosafety issues for humans and the environment
The provision of the basic technical and economic knowledge necessary to manage and promote biotechnological products and services
The provision of interdisciplinary education in the field of Bioeconomy, which at the same time allows the development of all the skills required in the modern labor market at the international level
Who can apply
To be considered for the program, candidates are required to have:
an undergraduate degree from a recognized University
proof of English competence [a recognized certificate of proficiency of C1 level, recently acquired IELTS (academic 6.5 and above), or TOEFL (IBT, 95 and above) or TOEIC (745 and above) score]
The core courses
Biology and Environment: Basic concepts
Biomedical Technology / Red Biotechnology
Biolaw and Bioethics
Management and Marketing Strategies
Principles of Circular Economy
The core courses
Biosafety Management and Biorisk Assessment
Agro/industrial, Marine, and Environmental Biotechnology
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Bioeconomy
The elective courses
Patent Law in Biological Applications
Agri & Bio-Product Finance
Applied Quantitative Methods for Decision Making
Data Protection and Life Sciences
The dissertation is an individual project of original scientific work. The subject is chosen from a list of topics suggested by a faculty member, who acts as a supervisor. Alternatively, students may choose a research-based dissertation of 12 months duration.
The students will have the chance to participate in seminars on various subjects related to the Bioeconomy (e.g. biosafety and bio-risk assessment subjects, biofuel production, environmental bio-indicators, biomass use in the energy systems, etc.).
The duration of the MSc in Bioeconomy: Biotechnology and Law depends on the kind of stream being chosen by the students. This stream is determined by the nature of the undertaken dissertation (experimental or non-experimental dissertation). For students who will choose a non-experimental dissertation, full-time attendance of taught courses for two academic semesters and the preparation of a master’s dissertation for one more semester are required. For those who will choose an experimental research-based dissertation, the program’s curriculum requires the full-time attendance of taught courses for two academic semesters plus two academic semesters for the preparation of the master’s dissertation. For students who wish to attend the program on a part-time basis, the program gives this possibility upon their request. In this case, the duration of the MSc is doubled.
Teaching takes place on weekends, through flexible learning methods combining traditional face-to-face education with distant learning. The program starts every November.
Teaching methods are based on learner-centered education standards and involve:
face-to-face or classroom-based learning (students will be required to be physically present at the University for one or two days at the beginning of each semester)
asynchronous learning (students will use online learning resources and will be assessed through a variety of diagnostic tools and formative assessment techniques)
synchronous learning (‘teleconferences’ and virtual meetings will be held regularly during each semester) and
summative assessment (students will be required to be physically present at the University for the final exams at the end of each semester).
Fees & Financing
The program fees for the MSc in Bioeconomy: Biotechnology and Law is 2,700€*. The amount is payable in two installments for the full-time mode or in four installments for the part-time mode at the beginning of each semester. The fees are also eligible for financing through LAEK – OAED program.
If you have been accepted to a postgraduate program, you will need to make a payment of the deposit of 500 Euros to secure your place. This amount will count towards the first installment 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 Humanities, Social Sciences, and Economics offer a number of scholarships for the programs 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.
MSc in Bioeconomy: Biotechnology and Law – Excellence awards for the academic year 2022-2023!
The MSc in Bioeconomy announces the ‘Excellence awards’ for the academic year 2022-2023 by providing a 25% tuition discount to candidates who hold a university degree of 7.5/10 and above.
Next MSc in Bioeconomy: Biotechnology and Law class starts in November 2022. Interested parties are invited to submit their application by 14 October 2022 or until places are filled.
Ideal Career Path
The graduates of the program will be equipped with specialist expertise and high-level cognitive skills to become autonomous/self-directed professionals or find employment in consulting, policy, and management roles in the sectors of biotechnological product development, regulation, management, and marketing. Career opportunities may be found in:
Biotechonological product enterprises of various sizes
Cooperatives and industries of the biotechnology sector
NGOs involved in bioethics and biosafety policy, rural development, and environmental protection
Government and local/rural agencies
National and international organizations active in bioproduct regulation and marketing
Consulting agencies and environmental law firms