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Programme Profile

The subject of the Postgraduate Programme "Geology and Geoenvironment" is the Science of Geology and Geoenvironment, aiming to provide highly qualified scientists who will be capable of enhancing the Geological Science, through their independent and innovative research, and who will be capable to remain productive and competitive in a rapidly developing environment.

In order to obtain their Postgraduate Degree of Specialization graduate students are required to successfully complete the 3 semesters that correspond to 90 ECTS. During the 1st and 2nd semesters, which correspond to 60 ECTS, they have to attend and complete successfully the exams of their courses. During the 3rd semester they present a seminar relevant to their specialization which corresponds to 6 ECTS and submit a Master Thesis, which they defend in public, corresponding to 24 ECTS. Additionally, they also participate in field work, laboratory experiments and in a variety of educational and research activities.

The Postgraduate Programme "Geology and Geoenvironment" qualifies graduate students in the following six main fields of specialization:

  1. Structural Geology and Stratigraphy
  2. Applied and Environmental Geology
  3. Natural Resources-Environment
  4. Geophysics
  5. Petrology-Geochemistry
  6. Geography and Environment
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Read more about the programme in MODIP e-Study Guide

 

1. Structural Geology and Stratigraphy

Graduate students of the Programme "Structural Geology and Stratigraphy" acquire skills in the branch of a) Tectonics, b) Palaeontology and c) Stratigraphy that are directly related to the study of basic and applied geological research. In particular, they gain expertise, both theoretical and applied, in the methods of collecting, processing and interpreting data for each major topic, as well as in the techniques and limits of the various procedures. Attending the Postgraduate Programme of this specialization, graduate students emphasize in the tectonic analysis (geological structure and evolution of orogen, post-orogen neotectonic structures), geological mapping, tectonics and stratigraphy of sedimentary basins, analysis and interpretation of fossils and their application to the dating of rocks and the determination of palaeogeography, palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironment.

Graduate students, complimentary to their extensive training during fieldwork, in geological mapping, palaeontological research and excavations, they also get extensive experience in mapping techniques, using a variety of software packages, as well as GIS modules involving a) the calculation of palaeo-stress pattern and the deformation of specific dynamics, b) study of ground deformation as result to hazardous geological phenomena, such as earthquakes, landslides and natural disasters in general, c) the statistical analysis of palaeontological data and the identification of fossils, d) the stratigraphy structure of sedimentary basins, and e) analysis of palaeogeographic and the palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic conditions.

 

Courses

View detailed description of courses in MODIP e-Study Guide

Y = Compulsory, E = Optional, GC = Greek Credits, ECTS = European Credits

Code Course GC ECTS
1st SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GGGM 151Y World Tectonics - Tectonics of the Lithospheric Plates 2 6
GGGM 152Y Stratigraphy 2 6
GGGM 153Y Photogeology 2 6

Optional

     
GGGM 102Y Geothermic Fields 2 6
GGGM 154E Solid State Mechanics 2 6
GGGM 155E Morphotectonics  2 6
GGGM 156E Methods of Stratigraphic Research 2 6
GGGM 157E Alpine Stratigraphy 2 6
GGGM 158E Tectonism-Metamorphism-Magmatism Relations 2 6
GGGM 159E Mathematic Evaluation of Paleontological data 2 6
GGGM 159E Rock Magnetism and Palaeomagnetism 2 5
2nd SEMESTER      

Compulsory

     
GGGM 260Y Motion Analysis 2 6
GGGM 261Y Neotectonic Mapping 2 6
GGGM 262Y Mapping Techniques 2 6

Optional

     
GGGM 263E Remote Sensing - GIS 2 6
GGGM 264E Neogene and Quaternary Stratigraphy 2 6
GGGM 265E Neotectonic and Seismological Surveys for Constructions 2 6
GGGM 266E Software and Informatics - GIS 2 6
GGGM 267E Palaeoecology 2 6
GGGM 211E Archaeometry 2 5
3rd SEMESTER      

Compulsory

     
GGGM 368Y Seminars 4 6
GGGM 369Y Thesis 15 24
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2. Applied and Environmental Geology

Graduate students acquire skills in the scientific fields of a) Engineering Geology, b) Hydrogeology and c) Geothermy, which are related to the environmental protection and management.

Besides the theoretical courses, the graduate students, additionally gain practical education in : 1) the collection of in-situ geotechnical and hydrogeological data, using in-situ investigation techniques, the performance of geotechnical and water analysis laboratory tests and 3) the elaboration of the above data using modern calculating methods to estimate a) the geotechnical suitability and minimize, the geotechnical hazard, during the planning of construction works and b) simulation of groundwater flow using different models, classification of water types, illustration of thematic maps in GIS environment. The graduate students are extensively trained in various software modules specifically designed for: 1) calculating the stability of soil and rock slopes, the earth pressures on retaining walls, the classification of soils and rock-masses, 2) for describing the borehole core-samples, 2) performing in-situ (in boreholes) geotechnical techniques, like SPT and CPT and logging tests and 4) elaborating and presenting correctly laboratory test results.

 

Courses

View detailed description of courses in MODIP e-Study Guide

Y = Compulsory, E = Optional, GC = Greek Credits, ECTS = European Credits

Code Course GC ECTS
1st SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GGGM 101Y Special Topics in Hydrogeology 4 12
GGGM 102Y Geothermic Fields 2 6
GGGM 103Y Natural and Antropogene Disasters 3 9

Optional

     
GGGM 104E Geographic Information Systems - Remote Sensing Applications 1 3
GGGM 105E Soil and Rock Mechanics Tests - Methods of Field Research 1 3
GGGM 106E Tracing 1 3
2nd SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GGGM 207Y Management of Water Resources 4 12
GGGM 208Y Constructions 4 12
GGGM 209Y Environmental Surveys 1 3

Optional

     
GGGM 210E Sanitary Landfills 1 3
GGGM 211E Environmental Education 1 3
GGGM 212E Isotope Hydrogeology 1 3
3rd SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GGGM 313Y Field Training 4 6
GGGM 314Y Thesis 15 24
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3. Natural Resources-Environment

Graduate students acquire skills in the scientific fields of a) Mineralogy, b) Ore Deposits and c) Geochemistry, which are directly related to the environmental protection and management.

According to the programme of this specialization, the postgraduate students focus on issues regarding Ore Deposits, Economic Geology, Fossil Fuels, Research and Exploitation of Aggregates and Marbles, Environmental Geochemistry, Methods of Prospecting of Mineral Resources, relationship between Mineral Resources and Environment, Technical Characteristics and Applications of Industrial Minerals.

Besides the theoretical courses, the graduate students, additionally gain practical education in: rock and mineral processing (crushing, milling, grinding, heating, magnetic separation, separation by heavy solutions) and in laboratory and analytical methods (microscopy, X-ray Diffractometry, chemical analyses, electron microscopy, microthermometry) and are trained how to prepare Environmental Surveys.

 

Courses

View detailed description of courses in MODIP e-Study Guide

Y = Compulsory, E = Optional, GC = Greek Credits, ECTS = European Credits

Code Course GC ECTS
1st SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GMOM 101Y Economic Geology 3 9
GMOM 102Y Mineral Resources and Environment 3 9

Optional

     
GMOM 103E Laboratory - Analytical Methods 3 9
GMOM 104E Technical Characteristics and Applications of Industrial Minerals 3 9
GMOM 105E Methods of Prospecting of Mineral Resources 3 9
2nd SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GMOM 206Y Special Topics in Ore Deposits 3 9
GMOM 207Y Environmental Geochemistry 3 9
GMOM 208Y Field Training 2 6

Optional

     
GMOM 209E Fossil Fuels 3 9
GMOM 210E Research and Exploitation of Marbles 3 9
GMOM 211E Environmental Surveys 3 9
3rd SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GMOM 312Y Seminars 4 6
GMOM 313Y Thesis 15 24
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4. Geophysics

Graduate students acquire skills in three branches of Geophysics: Seismology, Applied Geophysics, and Physics of the EarthInterior. They are involved in a number of field experiments, in the framework of educational or research programmes, to acquire experience in the design of experiments, in operation of geophysical instruments and in the collection and processing of data. These field experiments cover the fields of: a) Applied Geophysics: seismic refraction experiments, cross-hole and down-hole measurements in exploration boreholes, electrical prospecting and tomography, Georadar, electromagnetic measurements, as well as magnetic and gravity measurements, among others, b) Seismology: installation and operation of mobile seismological networks, processing and interpretation of digital waveforms and c) Physics of the EarthInterior: magnetic properties of natural and man-made materials with applications in geology and archaeology, and in particular, Archaomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Environmental Magnetism, which all aim to solve geological, archaeological and environmental pollution problems.

In particular, graduate students take part, in an equal and compulsory basis with the staff of the Seismological Station of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, to the 24/7 monitoring of seismic activity in the broader Aegean Sea region. Among their routine tasks is the processing of digital seismic waveforms to determine basic seismological parameters (magnitudes, epicentres, focal depths), the submission of these parameters in international centres, the communication with society and authorities in the frequent case of strong earthquake in Greece, within the framework of the Hellenic unified Seismological Network.

Additionally, they are trained in the use of open-source and commercial software, oriented specifically to Geophysics, as for example the Seismic Analysis Code (SAC), Atlas, Seismic Unix, GMT, GIS modules (ArcGIS), and databases. Equally important to the above is the expertise they obtain in computer programming, using at least three languages (FORTRAN, Matlab and C) in MS Windows and Linux.

 

Courses

View detailed description of courses in MODIP e-Study Guide

Y = Compulsory, E = Optional, GC = Greek Credits, ECTS = European Credits

Code Course GC ECTS
1st SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GGPM 101Y Advanced Mathematics and Complex Calculus 2 6
GGPM 102Y Matrix Theory and Fourier Analysis 2 6

Optional

     
GGGM 151Y World Tectonics - Tectonics of the Lithospheric Plates 2 6
GGPM 103E Earthquakes and Fault Mechanics 2 5
GGPM 104E Generation, Propagation and Recording of Seismic Waves 2 5
GGPM 105E Dynamic Fields in Geophysical Prospecting 2 5
GGPM 106E Electromagnetic Methods of Geophysical Prospecting 2 5
GGPM 107E Rock Magnetism and Palaeomagnetism 2 5
2nd SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GGPM 208Y Field Training - Seismological Network 2 6
GGPM 209Y Computer Applications in Solving Geophysics 2 7

Optional

     
GGPM 210E Physics of the Earth's Interior 2 5
GGPM 211E Archaeometry 2 5
GGPM 212E Engineering Seismology 2 5
GGPM 213E Applied Seismology 2 5
GGPM 214E Seismic Methods of Geophysical Prospecting 2 5
GGPM 215E Active Tectonics and Geophysical Structure of Greece 2 5
GGGM 263E Remote Sensing - GIS 2 6
GGGM 266E Software and Informatics - GIS 2 6
3rd SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GGPM 316Y Seminars 2 6
GGPM 317Y Thesis 15 24
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5. Petrology-Geochemistry

Graduate students acquire skills in the scientific fields of a) Mineralogy, b) Petrology, and c) Geochemistry, which are directly related to the environmental protection and management.

According to the programme of this specialization, the postgraduate students focus on issues regarding Mineralogy, Petrology, Volcanology, Sedimentary rocks (especially in clays and carbonate rocks), Isotope Geology, Thermochronology-Geothermobarometry, Magmatism of the Greek area, the relationship between Tectonics and Petrogenesis, and Applied Mineralogy and Petrology.

Besides the theoretical courses, the graduate students, additionally gain practical education in: rock and mineral processing (crushing, milling, grinding, heating, centrifugal separation, magnetic separation, separation by heavy solutions) and in laboratory and analytical methods (microscopy, X-ray Diffractometry, chemical analysis, electronic microscopy, techniques of thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy), as well as to specific topics of Petrology-Geochemistry.

 

Courses

View detailed description of courses in MODIP e-Study Guide

Y = Compulsory, E = Optional, GC = Greek Credits, ECTS = European Credits

Code Course GC ECTS
1st SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GM 111Y Special Topics in Petrology - Geochemistry I 3 9
GM 112Y Special Topics in Mineralogy 3 9
Optional      
GM 113 Laboratory - Analytical Methods 3 9
GM 114 Advanced Volcanology 3 9
GM 115 Clay Mineralogy 3 9
GM 116 Sedimentology and Petrology of Carbonate Rocks 3 9
2nd SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GM 211E Environmental Surveys 3 9
GM 217 Special Topics in Petrology - Geochemistry II 3 9
GM 218 Isotope Geology 3 9
GM 219 Field Training 2 6

Optional

     
GM 220E Thermochronology - Geothermobarometry 3 9
GM 221 Magmatism in Greece 3 9
GM 222 Relations between Tectonism and Petrogenesis 3 9
GM 223 Applied Mineralogy - Petrology 3 9
3rd SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GM 324 Seminars 4 6
GM 325 Thesis 15 24
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6. Geography and Environment

The postgraduate students are getting advanced education on Geography, mainly in the field of Physical Geography - Geomorphology and Human interaction with the Natural Environment, as well as Environmental Education.

Remote Sensing, using advanced Image Processing Techniques and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are subjects where practical skills are provided, enabling postgraduate students been capable to contact research with those tools.

The postgraduate students are getting deep into Applied Geomorphology, Management and Development of Landscape, Mophotectonics and the Physical Disasters. The postgraduate students are also educated on the Physical Geography and the Management of Coastal and Inland Waters, as well as study the sudy of Karstic Hydrology and Speleology.

Environmental Geography, Environmental Education and Seminars on selected geographical subjects, are also supplementing the skills of the postgraduate students on Teaching.

All topics are taught with active participation of the postgraduate students, where, after some introductory lectures from the Instructing Professors, the students are required to examine Greek and International bibliography from the Library and from the Internet and present to the Class their work, under the continuous supervision of the Instructing Professors.

The final stage of the postgraduate studies is completed with research leading the Master Thesis.

Upon completion in addition to the basic knowledge of their discipline and profession, graduates are also able to: 1) apply their knowledge for practical purposes, 2) communicate in a second foreign language 3) obtain, process, analyse and synthesize data using the appropriate scientific information and technologies, 4) work independently or in groups in international and/or interdisciplinary contexts, and 5) generate new research ideas and design and manage research projects.

 

Courses

View detailed description of courses in MODIP e-Study Guide

Y = Compulsory, E = Optional, GC = Greek Credits, ECTS = European Credits

Code Course GC ECTS
1st SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GGG 171Y Geomorphological Systems 2 6
GGG 172Y Anthropogene Systems 2 6
GGG 173Y Landscape Management and Development 2 6
GGG 174Y Applied Remote Sensing 2 6

Optional

     
GGG 175E Morphotectonics 1 3
GGG 176E Natural Disasters 1 3
2nd SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GGG 277Y Carst Hydrogeography and Speleology 3 9
GGG 278Y Coastal and Inland Waters 2 6
GGG 279Y Environmental Geography 3 9
GGG 280Y Geographical Information Systems 2 6

Optional

     
GGG 281E Management of Surface Water 1 3
GGG 282E Quantitative - Applied Geomorphology 1 3
GGG 283E Environmental Education 1 3
3rd SEMESTER      
Compulsory      
GGG 384Y Seminars 4 6
GGGM 385 Thesis 15 24
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