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The aim of the master program Isolation, Development, Production and Evaluation of Bioactive Natural Products is to provide postgraduate education in the fields of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products. It is highly relevant to scientists who are interested in working at research and development, production and/or quality control departments in the pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical or dietary supplements industries or they wish to pursue a PhD degree in relevant fields. The program has a duration of 24 months, i.e. of four academic semesters. The first semester starts in October of each academic year.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a degree in Pharmacy, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Medicine, Material Sciences, Veterinary Sciences or Agricultural Sciences from a Greek University or an equivalent degree from abroad. In the latter case, confirmation of degree equivalence by the Hellenic Academic Recognition Information Center (NARIC, ΔΟΑΤΑΠ) is required. Students, a maximum of 26 per academic year, are selected according to their graduation degree, undergraduate thesis, equivalence of specialization courses (Pharmacognosy, Specialization in Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Organic Chemistry) and an interview hosted by members of the steering committee (additional criteria, such as practical internship, participation in Erasmus or other exchange programs relevant to the field, existence of additional degrees, peer reviewed publications or presentations at conferences, recommendation letters, are taken into account). Greek students must confirm adequate knowledge of English language (at least B2 level). Foreign students must confirm adequate knowledge of both Greek and English languages (C1 and at least B2 level, respectively).


1st semester (30 ECTS):
Chemistry of Natural Products 
Analysis of Natural Products I
Spectroscopy I
Marine Pharmacognosy and Synthesis of Natural Products
Botany, Biodiversity and Chemical Ecology
Bioactivity Evaluation Assays – Biotechnology
Introduction to Safe Laboratory Practices & Procedures

2nd semester (30 ECTS):
Bioactive Natural Products
Spectroscopy II
Analysis of Natural Products II
Applications in Cosmeceuticals and Dietary Supplements & Regulatory Affairs
Entrepreneurship in Pharmacy
Bibliographic Search on Specialized Topics
Introduction to Safe Laboratory Practices & Procedures

3rd semester (30 ECTS):
MSc Dissertation

4th semester (30 ECTS):
MSc Dissertation


A total of 3,000 € tuition fees for the entire program is paid in three installments, i.e. 1,000 € per semester for the first three semesters. Terms and conditions for potential waiving of tuition fees and for potential subsidy of tuition fees are stated in the program regulations.

Further information is provided here (in Greek)