The MA in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies Programme is being offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University. The programme is based on an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the history and culture of the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean region, offering two specialisation streams: The Archaeology stream and the Modern History & Politics stream. The study and interpretation of the historical and cultural data of these regions, areas of great geopolitical and economic importance, will provide the student with an outstanding opportunity to specialize in a research domain of such significance in our times. The courses are taught exclusively in English. The academics teaching on the programme come from universities both abroad and in Greece.

The Black Sea region and the Eastern Mediterranean basin with their special geophysical and cultural characteristics, are gaining significance as a geopolitical link between Europe and Asia. The important natural resources and the crucial position of these regions at the hub of international routes have aroused the interest of many nations over the ages, leading to numerous events of great cultural and historical significance.

The Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean constitute two great international gateways, of considerable importance for Europe as well as for Asia and the East. Over the last few decades, research institutions and university departments all over the world have promoted research programmes concentrating on these regions with such rich scientific material.

With its two streams on Archaeology and on Modern History & Politics, the MA in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies provides specialised education in diverse areas of interest such as Archaeology, Ethnography, Historical Geography, Art, Religion, Mythology, History, International Relations, Politics and Diplomacy. The Master’s Programme ‘MA in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies’ promotes learning and teaching characterized by a diversity of teaching methods.

The MA in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies accepts, after a careful selection process, graduates of History, Archaeology, Social Sciences, Humanities, Political Sciences, Geography, International Relations, Theology, Journalism, Balkan, Mediterranean or Oriental Studies and other related subject areas, from Greek universities or equivalent institutions from abroad and from Technological Educational Institutions of related subject areas according to Law 4485/2017 and 4610/2019, as applicable.

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Key facts

Start date: October 2022

Application deadline: 30 September 2022 extended until 16 October 2022 or until places are filled

Campus: Thermi, Thessaloniki

Duration/Mode: 3 semesters (full time) or 6 semesters (part time) / weekdays

Taught language: English

Entry requirements: An undergraduate degree from a recognised University

Language requirements:IELTS (academic 6.5 and above), TOEFL (IBT, 95 and above) or TOEIC (745 and above) score, or a recognised by the Greek State certificate of proficiency in English of C1 level

Fees: 2,500€ (total)

How to apply:
Programme announcement (en+gr)

Kamile Sulcaite
MA in Black Sea Cultural studies
It was one of the bests experience in my life. Before studies in this University I could not believe that it is possible to learn so many interesting and difficult things in one year.

Who can apply

To be considered for the programme, candidates are required to have:

  • an undergraduate degree from a recognised University
  • proof of English competence [a recognised 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]

Course content

First Semester

The core courses

Second Term

-Archaeology Stream

Stream Elective Courses (4 out of 6)

 Modern History & Politics Stream

Third Semester

The Dissertation

As a part of the MA programme, students work on a subject relating to their academic interests and stream specialisation. The Master’s dissertation provides a good opportunity to apply theory and concepts learned in different courses to a Black Sea related issue or challenge. The Master’s dissertation tests students’ ability both to apply a certain methodology and approach in the analysis of a given problem and to demonstrate reasonably original research or fieldwork.

A member of the academic faculty supervises students throughout their projects. The supervision is delivered through face-to-face meetings at the University and through the e-learning platform of the University.

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The MA in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies is a 3-semester full-time programme of study. It is taught mainly on weekdays over three-hour teaching periods. The first two semesters cover the core courses of the programme. Each teaching term has 13 teaching weeks followed by a 10-day exam period. The third period is taken up with work on the Master’s dissertation. The programme is also available in part-time mode.

The Academic Faculty

Manolis Manoledakis Professor of Classical Archaeology / International Hellenic University Dean of the School of Humanities, Social Studies and Economics

Director of the MA in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies

+30 230807537


Stefanos Kordosis Assistant Professor in History of Central Eurasia from the Black Sea to China / International Hellenic University +30 2310807570


Eleni Mentesidou Academic Scholar / International Hellenic University
+30 2310807508


Nikos Giannakopoulos Associate Professor of Ancient History / National and Kapodistrian University of Athens +30 210 727 7448
Nikos Michailidis Adjunct Lecturer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Modern Greek Culture, University of Missouri–St. Louis nmichailidis76@gmail.com
René Wildangel Adjunct Lecturer (previous posts held: Fellow at European Council on Foreign Relations – https://ecfr.eu/profile/rene_wildangel/ – Senior Advisor in the Bundestag) rwildangel@ihu.edu.gr
Georgia Aristodimou Adjunct Lecturer g.aristodemou@ihu.edu.gr
Flora Karagianni Adjunct Lecturer flkaragianni@gmail.com
Theodosis Kyriakidis Adjunct Lecturer, Research Fellow (Pontic Studies) +30 2310 997214


Fees & Financing


The programme fees for the MA in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies is 2500€. The amount is payable in two instalments for the full time mode or in four instalments for the part time mode at the beginning of each semester. The fees are also eligible for financing through LAEK – OAED programme.


If you have been accepted to a postgraduate programme, you will need to make a payment of the deposit of 500 Euros to secure your place. This amount will count towards the first instalment 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 offers a number of scholarships for the programmes 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.
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Programme announcement – Admissions

Next MA in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies class starts in October 2022. Interested parties are invited to submit their application by 30 September 2022 16 October 2022 or until places are filled, by following instructions at the applicatios page.

Ideal career path

The MA programme offers a critical and multifarious study of the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean region, from ancient history and archaeology to art, politics, international relations and modern diplomacy. The graduates develop the competences and the ability to comprehend and discuss works of ancient to comprehend international relations, political, economic and historical data. The skills obtained allow them to work in Educational Institutions and Academies concentrating on Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean region, Archaeological Departments and Research Institutes, Museums as well as the Diplomatic Corps or other state services, corporations or NGOs, which have interests in the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.


The MA in Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Studies takes place in the facilities of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University in Thermi-Thessaloniki.


Postal address:
School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics
Department of School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics
University Center of International Programmes of Studies
14th km Thessaloniki – Nea Moudania 570 01 Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece

Tel: +30 2310 807 526/523/530

Εmail: infoshsse@ihu.edu.gr