Director: Georgoulas Stratos

Deputy Director: Giavrimis Panagiotis



The thematic area of the unidepartmental Program of Postgraduate Studies of the Department of Sociology is the education of scholars, researchers and development managers of the social economy sector in the methodology of a high degree research and its application to the planning and development of local and regional policies that promote social cohesion.

The academic goals of the Postgraduate program can be best described as follows:

  1. The acquisition of skills to conduct methodological planning and applied social research. The educational process to achieve these consists of the formulation of research – related questions and hypotheses, the selection of research plans and techniques, sampling, data collection procedures, their qualitative and quantitative process, and finally, writing reports about the findings.

  2. The promotion of research approaches that bridge theory with empirical research aiming at the creation of social cohesion and development policies.

  3. Training in specialized techniques of quantitative and qualitative data analysis focusing on secondary data analysis, the biographical method and action research.

  4. The application of the above skills to the planning, organization and management of programs of social development but also to the formation of new regional and local governance policies.

  5. Working out plans and proposals of alternative models of social development based on local and regional peculiarities aiming at the improvement of the quality of life in urban and rural environment, the socially vulnerable groups and the reduction of social marginalization risks.


Postgraduate Degrees

The postgraduate degrees awarded are:

(a) Postgraduate Diploma of Specialization “Applied research on the development of innovative local and regional policies an social cohesion”,

(b) Ph. D in the discipline of Sociology.


Program of Courses

The courses, time spent on teaching and research, fieldwork and every other type of academic activities relevant to the program and which lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma of Training (PDT) as of article 3 are defined as following:

(a) The Program is divided into two (2) semesters. Each semester consists of at least 13 full weeks of teaching. The two semesters consist of 6 courses each,

(b) Each course corresponds to three hours of teaching and three units/credits. The postgraduate thesis/dissertation corresponds to fifteen (15) units/courses.

For the award of he PDT the successful completion of five (5) units/credits are required along with the student’s participation in every academic and research activities pertaining to the program as these are defined in the set of rules of postgraduate studies (Act 2083/1992, article 12, par. 4). Units transferred from other post graduate programs of either the University of the Aegean or other affiliated and accredited universities may be accepted by the Provisional General Assembly of the Department.

Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Semester 1 [Winter Semester]


Sociology: Concepts, Theories and Orientations / Code: 183-01-17

Category: Mandatory / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 5 / Lecturer: Markantonatou Maria & Xypolytas Nikos / Course Outline


Qualitative Research Design in Social Sciences / Code: 183-02-17

Category: Mandatory / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 5 / Lecturer: Savvakis ManosCourse Outline


Social Approaches to Crime and Criminal Policy / Code: 183-03-13

Category: Mandatory / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 5 / Lecturer: Georgoulas Stratos & Kouroutzas ChristosCourse Outline


Social Sector: Organizations and Services / Code: 183-04-17

Category: Mandatory / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 5 / Lecturer: Nagopoulos Nikolaos & Paraskevopoulos DimitriosCourse Outline


Social Cohesion: Migration and Education / Code: 183-05-13

Category: Mandatory / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 5 / Lecturer: Giavrimis Panagiotis Course Outline


Social Exclusion, Marginalization and Vulnerable Social Groups / Code: 183-06-13

Category: Mandatory / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 5 / Lecturer: Poulimas Michalis & Psimitis MichalisCourse Outline


Semester 2 [Spring Semester]


Research on Μigration and Εducation / Code: 183-07-13

Category: Compulsory Elective / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 10 / Lecturer: Giavrimis Panagiotis & Xypolytas NikosCourse Outline


Research on Criminality and Criminal Policy / Code: 183-08-13

Category: Compulsory Elective / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 10 / Lecturer: Georgoulas Stratos & Kouroutzas Christos / Course Outline


Research on Organizations and Services in the Social Sector / Code: 183-09-17

Category: Compulsory Elective / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 10 / Lecturer: Nagopoulos Nikolaos & Paraskevopoulos Dimitrios / Course Outline


Research on Social Exclusion, Marginalization and Vulnerable Social Groups / Code: 183-10-13

Category: Compulsory Elective / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 10 / Lecturer: Poulimas Michalis & Psimitis Michalis / Course Outline


Qualitative Research: Applications and Case Studies / Code: 183-11-17

Category: Mandatory / Teaching Credits: 3 / ECTS: 10 / Lecturer: Savvakis Manos / Course Outline


Semester 3


M.A. Thesis

Teaching Credits: 15 / ECTS: 30


The program of Postgraduate Training Program may be modified after a proposal by relevant bodies or the Minister’s of Culture and Religious Issues decision.

To award a doctorate the department requires: a Postgraduate Training Diploma (PTD) from the Department of Sociology or from any other accredited institution in Greece or abroad that grants like Diplomas. In certain exceptional cases the Provisional General Assembly of the Department may rule as defined by article 4, that the PTD or other postgraduate degrees are not necessary to study for a Ph. D.

Categories of Graduates

For the PTD the Postgraduate Program of studies accepts after an interview and evaluation of formal and other qualifications according to Act 2083/1992 university graduates of the Humanities and Social Sciences Studies, Business Administration and Economic Studies, Law and Medical Schools, Computer and Information Studies in Greece or accredited universities abroad as well as Military Academics if the degrees they award are equivalent to the above mentioned academic institutions. Also, graduates of Technological Educational Institutes (TEI) may be accepted according to conditions set by article 5, par. 12, division) c of Act 2916/2001. In cases of categories of graduates whose former programs of studies do not full correspond with the Postgraduate Program of Study’s thematic area, the Provisional General Assembly decides on the attendance in courses and methods of examination that students falling in this category have to follow either at the undergraduate department of Sociology or at another department of the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Aegean.

For the program leading to Ph. D degree students are accepted after an interview and according to criteria set by Act 2083/1992 pertaining to postgraduate studies, graduates of Postgraduate Programs of Study in Applied Social Research from greek or foreign institutions. In exceptional cases after the approval of the Coordination Committee of the Postgraduate Studies and a final division made by the Provisional General Assembly (P.G.A), the program may accept students holding different postgraduate diplomas or without one at all, as set by article 4, as the P.G.A. may decide that for academic work leading to a Ph. D. degree no postgraduate degree is required.

Length of studies’ framework:

The time needed for obtaining the Postgraduate Diploma of Training (PTD) is set at 12 months of full – time attendance, with the last 3 months spent on writing the postgraduate thesis and for the Ph. D. six additional semesters of full study.


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