Program of Studies

According to Laws 3374/2005 and 3685/2008, as well as Ministerial Order F5/89656/B3 referring to the system of accumulation and transfer of ECTS points, which cannot be less than 120 in total, the General Assembly of Special Composition of the Department of Accounting and Finance is responsible for determining the following issues: the number of minimum class hours per semester, the necessary number of ECTS points, the modes of recovery, the schedule and duration of examination periods, the detailed timetable, and the academic calendar that includes: the semester start and end dates, the start date of each course and respective exams, as well as the deadlines for fee settlement.
The number of entrants to the Program per year is set at a maximum of sixty (60) post-graduate students for each type of program. In addition, Law 3685/2008 (Article 4) provides for accepting scholarship recipients, whose selection will be conducted according to the criteria provided by the Regulations of Studies of Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (T.E.I.) and its special appendix referring to this Post-graduate Program.
The minimum period of full-time studies for the Diploma award is set at 24 months (four academic semesters), including the completion of the post-graduate dissertation or other equivalent project (during the fourth semester). In the case of part-time studies, the duration of the post-graduate program ranges from five (5) to a maximum of eight (8) semesters; the last two (seventh and eighth) are devoted to the seminar of the post-graduate dissertation or an equivalent project. Upon recommendation of the Coordinating Committee and decision of the General Assembly of Special Composition, the Post-graduate Program may organize intensive summer courses in order to respond to students’ needs.
The total number of courses amounts to twelve (12): ten (10) compulsory and two (2) elective. Each course corresponds to 7.5 ECTS, and their total number at the end of the Program amounts to 120. Students may recognize similar courses they have already completed successfully in other post-graduate programs, up to 25 percent of the total number of courses required in order to obtain the post-graduate diploma. Attendance is compulsory and absences, if any, will be evaluated by instructors with regard to their impact on students’ performance.
Within the framework of their studies, students participate in scheduled visits to selected organizations. The theoretical part of the courses is best comprehended through relevant laboratory applications in the labs of the Dept. of Accounting and Finance, under the supervision of the course instructor and in collaboration with the Department’s laboratory staff.
The duration of exams is up to two (2) weeks and their exact timetable is issued by the Director of the Post-graduate Program.
Students’ educational and research cycle of studies is completed with the post-graduate dissertation, which can be replaced by another equivalent research project. The dissertation is examined by a three-member committee set up by the Director of the post-graduate program and presided over by the student’s supervisor.
After the successful completion of studies, the Post-graduate Diploma in Public Economics & Policy is granted. The Diploma is awarded after the swearing-in ceremony, which takes place within the semester following the results of students’ final exams, at the latest.
Fees are paid in equal instalments, with the students’ enrollment by the beginning of each semester. Students are also encumbered with the cost of the necessary textbooks. The Library of Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (T.E.I.) possesses at least five (5) copies of the textbooks taught in compulsory or elective courses of the post-graduate program. Additionally, the post-graduate program has its own specialized library.
The financial administration and accounting control of the post-graduate program is conducted by the Special Accounts of Funds and Research (‘ELKE’) of Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (T.E.I.). ‘ELKE’ has introduced a special bank account for receiving fees and other payments. Returns are distributed as follows: 65% for payments – compensation of teaching, technical, and administrative staff for work exceeding their legal obligations, as well as for scholarships offered to post-graduate students; 25% for overheads of Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (T.E.I.) regarding the post-graduate program; 10% deduction on behalf of ‘ELKE’.