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Courses and Credits

Students have to successfully complete 50 courses in order to graduate. In addition, they should complete 2 Seminars, reasonably related to their selected Specialization (Κ1ΣΕΜ, Κ2ΣΕΜ, Κ3ΣΕΜ, Κ4ΣΕΜ) and a Thesis (ΠΕ), which bring the total to 52 courses and a Thesis. Each class is associated with a certain number of credit units (ECTS). The average number of credits to be earned is equal to 30 per semester or 60 per year. As a result, within the course of five years, students have to accumulate a total of 300 credits. It should be clarified, though, that the accumulation of enough credits is not enough to grant graduation. Instead, students should follow the designed curriculum, and successfully complete the required number of courses from all 4 modules as dictated by the study regulations of the Department.


Courses can be divided as follows:

  • 23 Core Required Courses (ΥΚ). These courses are common to all students. 3 of those courses run across 2 semesters, but are considered to be single courses. Single semester core required courses are worth 5 ECTS, and double semester ones 7 ECTS.

  • 15 Specialization Required Courses. These courses justify the specialization. They are usually offered by the associated Sector. Each of those courses is associated with 5 ECTS.

  • 12 Elective Courses. These can be selected from all courses offered by the Department, whether associated with the specialization or not, subject to certain restrictions, discussed below. Each of those courses is worth 5 ECTS.

  • 2 Seminars (related to the selected specialization), and a Thesis. Each of the 2 Seminars is worth 7 ECTS and the Thesis 30 ECTS.

  • Students of the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Specialization can register for 2 Seminars at any point between their 2nd and 4th year of their studies.

  • Students of the 2nd Specialization should register for 1 Seminar during their 4th and another during their 5th year of studies. One should be research based and the second writing based.


Elective Courses

Electives (EE) are offered by the Department of Music Studies and other departments in the School of Philosophy. As a rule, they are not addressed in a specific year of study. Students can choose any elective courses they are interested in.

  • In general, students are expected to undertake elective courses relevant to the specialization they have chosen. Nevertheless, they can also choose elective courses from other specializations to broaden their horizon.

  • Students can also register for Required courses of other specializations. In such cases, these courses count as Electives.

  • It should be also noted that students who wish to focus on music pedagogy can follow relevant Seminars in the curriculum. Nevertheless, even though these courses follow the format of seminars and are graded based on a written essay work, they cannot be counted towards the 2 obligatory Seminar classes students must take, because the Department cannot offer a music-education Specialization. Instead these courses count as Electives.

  • Finally, students can choose up to four (4) Elective courses from other departments in the School of Philosophy or the University of Athens, in general.

  • Note: Students following the 1st Specialization (Historical and Systematic Musicology), can take up to 8 Electives from other Specializations (including the possible 4 Electives from other Departments in the University of Athens). The remaining 4 courses must be Electives of the particular Specialization (that is Κ1ΕΠΙ).

Unsuccessfully completed Electives can be replaced with others. It should be noted, however, that the Music Acoustics and Sound Technology Specialization has certain course requirements for advanced courses (announced separately), which must be followed. It is impossible for students to register for these advanced courses, unless they have successfully completed all requirements.



All students are required to write a Thesis during the final year of their studies.

  • Student progress is supervised in colloquia (thesis seminars) by all faculty associated with the selected specialization. The colloquia are not considered official courses. They are not graded or associated with any credit units. They are an important part of the of the dissertation writing process, through which students present the progress in their work.

  • For a student to be assigned a Thesis, they must have completed the 4th year of their studies, and all Core and Specialization Required Courses.

  • Thesis topics are selected from the eligible lists created by the faculty. In exceptional cases, it is possible for a student to propose a thesis topic. This can only be accepted if it fulfills the predetermined eligibility requirements.

  • Sectors can assign the supervision of Theses to faculty members based on their specialties and the students’ needs.

  • Students must prepare their Thesis alone under the advisement of their supervisor.

  • Theses should be between 15000 and 25000 words (approximately 50 to 80 pages). This limit can be adjusted within reason on a case by case basis, based on the assigned topics with the agreement of the assigned faculty supervisor.

  • The minimum completion time for a dissertation is one semester and the maximum one year. If a student exceeds this time limit, they may request an extension of a semester. This request must be justified and submitted in writing to the corresponding Sector. The Sector must them make a recommendation for approval to the Department’s General Assembly. If the extension expires the student must re-enroll with a new Thesis topic.

  • Students must complete all their coursework prior to defending their dissertation.

  • All Theses are evaluated and graded by 2 professors, of whom at least one is a member of the Sector supervising this dissertation. Each committee member offers a separate assessment and grade of the Thesis. The final grade is calculated as the rounded average of the two grades.

  • If the two grades differ by more than 3 points from one another, or are on either side of 5, the Sector appoints a third assessor, who assigns the final grade.

  • The following 3 deadlines have been set for the submission of a Thesis. July 1st, October 1st, and January 10th.


Requirements to obtain a degree

In order to obtain a degree in Music Studies, all students must successfully complete the following courses (according to the terms and conditions discussed above):

  • 23 Core Required Courses

  • 15 Specialization Required Courses

  • 2 Seminars

  • 12 Elective Courses

(a total of 52 courses) and a Thesis.

Students with a degree grade higher or equal to 8.5 (Excellent) are exempted from the requirement to complete a Master’s program before registering for a PhD degree. This rule applies only for cases when the doctoral research is in Musicology with a focus relevant to the subject of their Thesis.


ECTS Table

Course Type Number of Courses ECTS Total
Core Requirements 20 5 100

Core Requirements

(2 semesters)

3 7 21
Specialization Requirements 15 5 75
Electives 12 5 60
Seminar 2 7 14
Thesis 1 30 30



Course Enrolment and Studies

  • Students enrol in the 1st semester of their studies after successful completion of the Greek National examination.

  • At the beginning of each semester, following the announcements of the Secretariat, students must register for the courses they wish to follow.

  • Course registration is completed electronically on dates specified and communicated in due time by the Secretariat. Students are kindly requested follow such deadlines closely, as no extensions can be granted.

  • Following University regulations, students are not allowed to register for more than n + 3 courses each semester, where n equals to the minimum number of courses students are required to register for by each Department. For the Department of Music Studies, this number is four (n = 4). Hence, students of the Department of Musical Studies must register for a minimum of four (n = 4) and a maximum of seven (n + 3 = 7) courses each semester.

  • Special provisions are made for students who have completed the 10 mandatory semesters of their studies, but have not met all requirements to graduate, yet. Such students can register for up to 14 courses per semester, starting at the 11th semester of their studies.

  • The Suggested Curriculum can be followed as is, but be also altered to fit the needs and interests of each student. In any case, students should register for the courses they have selected to follow, at the beginning of each semester.

  • The exam period for fall-semester courses is on February, and for spring-semester courses in June. Students who have failed to obtain a passing grade for courses during either of those periods can be re-examined during the September exam period.

  • Normally, Seminar grades are based on written essays to be submitted at the end of the given exam period, or at the September exam period. If neither of these deadlines is met then the seminar is considered failed, and students should re-register for it (if available), or select a different one.

  • Students with failing grades in any of the Core or Specialization Required Courses, must re-register for them in different semesters and be re-examined until a passing grade be obtained. Failed Elective Courses or Seminars can be replaced with others.

  • Students in the 11th semester of their studies and beyond can be examined in all classes they have registered for in any of the 3 aforementioned exam periods. Examination of courses not offered in a current semester can be arranged after consultation with the corresponding instructors.

  • Important note: Students, regardless of semester of study, cannot be graded in any courses they have not registered for at the beginning of the semester.


Remarks and Special Arrangements

  • Seminars are available to students in their 3rd semester of study or higher. It is not possible to register for more than one (1) seminar per semester.

  • Students are highly advised to consult with the Seminar Instructor prior to registration. Attendance is often limited and several Seminars have prerequisites.

  • Some Required Core Courses (namely: Theory and Practice of Tonic Music (Harmony) 1-2, Theory and Practice of Renaissance Music (Counterpoint) 1-2, and Morphology of European Music 1-2) last for two (2) instead of a single semester. Students should register for those courses in both semesters of the academic year, but will only be graded once, at the spring semester exam period. Students who fail to obtain a passing grade in any such course, must re-register for it across both semesters at a later year in their studies.

  • Hence, these double-semester courses are presented in the students’ schedule across both semesters (fall and spring). Students are expected to attend classes during both semesters, but will be graded once at the end of the spring semester.

  • Students must register for the double-semester courses at pre-determined semesters. More specifically, they are expected to register for “Harmony” during the first year of their studies (semesters 1 and 2) and for “Counterpoint” and “Morphology” during the second (semesters 3 and 4).

  • Students who fail to obtain a passing grade for a double-semester course can re-register for it at a later year in their studies.

  • It should be noted that it is not mandatory to successfully complete a double-semester course in order to register for the next one.

  • Music Education I and II are also double-semester courses but are considered as Electives (EE), and are required only for students wishing to acquire Pedagogical Adequacy (see below). Students are encouraged to register for those courses during their 4th and 5th year of their studies.

  • Regarding Electives: Students can register for more than the twelve (12) electives necessary to graduate. In this case, the 12 electives with the highest grades count towards their final score. This policy applies to a maximum of 3 additional Electives. It should be noted, however, that such leeway is not provided in classes of other course categories.

  • Certain Electives and Seminars may not be offered in every academic year. In such cases, students who have failed to obtain a passing grade can substitute such courses with others from the same course category.

  • Elective courses are taught only when there is a minimum of seven (7) registered students.


Notes on Pedagogical Adequacy

Starting with the academic year 2013-2014 all students who wish to work in education must certify their Pedagogical Adequacy. The issue of Pedagogical Adequacy is really important and the Department has made several arrangements in its curriculum in order to assure that students get proper pedagogical training. This was achieved by offering a set of education-related courses relevant to all Specializations, such as:

  • Music Education courses of all types.

  • Courses and Seminars pertinent to all specializations

  • New courses

  • Courses from other Departments in the University of Athens.

  • Pedagogical Adequacy is obligatory only for students who wish to work in education in Greece.

  • In order to obtain Pedagogical Adequacy, students have to successfully complete 8 courses, as shown in the table below. Some of these are Core or Specialization Course requirements, and others are just mandatory for the Pedagogical Adequacy. Finally, there is a number of Electives from the Department of Music Studies and the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, which students can register for to accumulate the 8 required courses.

More specifically:

Pedagogical Adequacy is awarded after the successful completion of eight (8) courses, divided into 3 thematic axes:

1. Educational issues

2. Learning and teaching topics

3. Special teaching and practical training.

The Curriculum of the Department of Music Studies already contains several such Courses. Students can also register for additional courses from other Departments in the Faculty of Philosophy.


  Διδάσκων Μαθημα Κωδικός (ΝΠ) Είδος (ΝΠ)

Χαρακτηρισμός για την

Παιδαγωγική Επάρκεια

1 Αντωνίου

Παιδαγωγική Ψυχολογία


Νέος κωδικός ΥΚ Υποχρεωτικό (από το Τμήμα ΦΠΨ)
2 Χρυσοστόμου Μουσική Παιδαγωγία και Διδακτική Ι ΜΣ79 ΥΚ Υποχρεωτικό
3 Χρυσοστόμου Μουσική Παιδαγωγία και Διδακτική ΙΙ ΜΟ60 ΕΕ Υποχρεωτικό
4 Χρυσοστόμου Η Διαθεματική Προσέγγιση στη Διδασκαλία της Μουσικής ΜΟ83 ΕΕ Υποχρεωτικό
5 Χρυσοστόμου

Πρακτική Διδασκαλία Ι

και ΙΙ (δισεξαμηνιαίο)

ΜΣ 206 ΕΕ Υποχρεωτικό
Νέος κωδικός ΕΕ Υποχρεωτικό
6 Σπυρίδης Ηχοληψία για σχολικές μονάδες ΜΜ 118 ΥΚ Υποχρεωτικό

The remaining of the 8 courses can be selected from the following:

Διδάσκων Μάθημα Κωδικός (ΝΠ) Είδος (ΝΠ) Κατεύθυνση ΤΜΣ ή άλλο Τμήμα Φιλοσοφικής
Σεργίου Διεύθυνση Χορωδίας Ι ΜΜ 107 Κ1ΥΠΟ

Κατεύθυνση 1 (Ιστορική και Συστηματική Μουσικολογία)

Φούλιας Εξάσκηση ακουστικών ικανοτήτων ΜΜ 103 Κ1ΥΠΟ
Παπαπαύλου Εθνομουσικολογία και μουσική εκπαίδευση ΜΜ 46 Κ2ΥΠΟ Κατεύθυνση 2 (Εθνομουσικολογία και Πολιτισμική ανθρωπολογία
Αναγνωστοπούλου Μουσική και γνωσιακές επιστήμες ΜΜ 43 Κ3ΥΠΟ, Κ2ΥΠΟ Κατεύθυνση 3 (Μουσική Ακουστική και Τεχνολογία του Ήχου)
Αναγνωστοπούλου Εισαγωγή στη Μουσική Ψυχολογία ΜΜ 37 Κ3ΥΠΟ, Κ2ΥΠΟ
Χαλδαιάκης Προθεωρία της Ψαλτικής Τέχνης Ι ΜΜ 105 Κ4ΥΠΟ

Κατεύθυνση 4 (Βυζαντινή Μουσικολογία)

Αποστολόπουλος Θεωρία και πράξη της ψαλτικής τέχνης Ι ΜΜ 66 Κ4ΥΠΟ
Χρ. Νόβα

Κοινωνιολογία της Εκπαίδευσης


ΕΕ ΦΠΨ – Τομέας Παιδαγωγικής
Χρ. Παρθένης

Θεωρία και Πράξη της Διαπολιτισμικής Εκπαίδευσης

ΠΔ 212

ΕΕ ΦΠΨ – Τομέας Παιδαγωγικής

Φ. Αντωνίου


Παιδαγωγικές παρεμβάσεις στις μαθησιακές δυσκολίες

ΠΔ 213

ΕΕ ΦΠΨ – Τομέας Παιδαγωγικής