Rules and regulations

Registration

Registration of those admitted to the Department takes place at the Registrar's Office, shortly after the official announcement of their success in the National Examinations. Admission through special examinations is also possible for a number of other candidates, namely Greek citizens from abroad, Cypriots, foreigners, emigrants, persons with special needs and certain categories of athletes. Students retain their academic status until they have obtained their degree, unless they apply for a temporary interruption of studies or are subject to a disciplinary suspension.

Upon registration, students receive a students' identity card, a students' pass and a University Health Care Insurance (optional). Students are not required to renew annually their registration but, in the beginning of each semester, they have the obligation to enroll for the courses they intend to follow.

Course Attendance
The academic year begins on the 1st of September and ends on the 31st of August.

The educational activity is organized in two semesters (Fall and Spring), each comprising at least 13 weeks of teaching followed by a 2-3 weeks examination period. The Fall Semester starts in the mid of September and the Spring Semester ends in the second half of June. The exact dates are determined by the University Senate or in particular cases by the Ministry of Education, so as to adhere to the required number of teaching weeks.

Students are obliged to participate in the educational process, as defined by the law and the regulations of the official bodies of the University and the Department.

In 1998-99, the idea of Studies' Consultants has been introduced in order to provide students with information and advice concerning the Program of Studies.

Program of Studies ( generalities)

Since its establishment in 1971, the Department of Physics has succeeded in applying and updating a flexible Undergraduate Studies Program (USP). The current USP includes a branch of obligatory courses, aiming to provide a general and solid knowledge on basic principles, mathematical tools and methodology of Physics, and a range of elective courses, covering current knowledge on specific scientific fields and applications.
The present USP was developed so as:

  • To preserve the main scientific features of the Department and at the same time to expand towards modern multidisciplinary fields, including edge technology areas. Basic and solid knowledge on Physics, its computational tools and methodology should therefore be provided, especially during the first years of studies.
  • To provide senior students with a choice from a range of courses covering different areas of Physics and various topics of relevant technological fields. These options are expected to enhance the scientific integrity of students and help them in their career plans.

Along these lines, the General Assembly (GA) of our Department has adopted:

  1. an increase in the total number of courses required for graduation, aiming to satisfy current educational needs without suppressing basic courses nor increasing teaching hours,
  2. a reformation of the syllabus and length of basic courses, so as to avoid overlapping,
  3. the introduction of various elective courses, which are organized in thematic groups covering different areas of Physics and various subjects of relevant technological fields,
  4. the incorporation of novel teaching and examination procedures, based on computers and multimedia.

A short description of the mandatory and elective courses included in the new USP is given in a following section. A total of 28 mandatory courses are provided, while 66 elective ones, organized in 5 thematic groups, are also available. Students have to enroll in at least 12 elective courses, belonging to at least 2 different thematic groups, according to the following scheme: one elective course during the 5th semester, two during the 6th, four during the 7th and five during the 8th semester. Certain courses that cover areas from other disciplines (i.e. Mathematics, Chemistry, Medicine or Primary Education) are assigned to the teaching staff of the corresponding academic Departments.

To obtain the Physics degree, students must succeed in at least 40 (28+12) courses and collect at least 171 credits in a minimum period of eight semesters. Students are also allowed to carry out one period of their studies abroad, in the framework of EU projects.

Enrollment to Courses

In the beginning of the Fall and Spring semester (on September and February, respectively), the students must enroll for the courses they intend to follow during the current semester.

The maximum number of courses per semester that a student is allowed to follow and be examined for, is "ν" for the 1st and 2nd semester and "ν+3" for the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th semester ("ν" stands for the total number of courses provided in each semester). There is no limit in the number of courses one can enroll during the 7th and 8th semester.

In case a student fails or misses the examinations on some of the mandatory courses he has undertaken, he is obliged to repeat these courses during the corresponding semester of the following year. Consequently, he must include the above courses in his new enrollement, still complying with the maximum number of courses he is allowed for. Upon failure in an elective course, the student may either repeat or substitute this course by another elective one.

Examinations and Grading

In the end of each semester, students take examinations on the courses they have attended. An additional examination period is offered in September, during which students may take exams they have failed or missed. Each examination period normally lasts for 3 weeks. Scores are determined by the teacher, who is obliged to carry out written or oral examinations or even provide scores on the basis of homework or laboratory practice. The scores are expressed in a scale from 0 to 10 with a minimum passing score of 5.

The examinations' schedule is arranged by a special committee and is announced at least one month before the beginning of exams.

Grade of Diploma

The grade of diploma is calculated as follows: each score is multiplied by a weighting factor assigned to the corresponding course and the sum of all weighted scores is divided by the sum of all weighting factors. Courses of 3 or 4 credits are assigned a weighting factor of 1.5, while those of more than 4 credits a weighting factor of 2. The credit value corresponds to the teaching hours per week of each course.

A student that has succeeded in more than the minimum required courses may choose to exclude the scores he received in the extra courses when calculating his final grade. In that case, upon completion of his studies and once all his scores have been announced, he is required to notify accordingly the Department's Secretariat. All courses, whether included in calculating the final grade or not, are listed in the student's certificate of studies.

Foreign Languages

To obtain a Physics degree, knowing a foreign language, namely English, French or German, is mandatory. The required level of knowledge is determined by the ability to translate a text in Greek, so as to prove familiarity with the structure of the foreign language and with the basic terminology of Physics. Such a level may be reached through a teaching program of four hours weekly, for a total of four semesters.

Upon registration, the students must select a foreign language of their preference. Depending on the level of previous knowledge, they may follow foreign language courses or even directly take examinations, which are carried out twice a year (in May and December).

Seminars

Seminars are organized on a regular basis and cover subjects of current research activity in Physics. Presentations are given by members of the academic staff of our Department, as well as by invited scientists from national and foreign Research Centers and Universities. Their aim is to keep our Department informed and provide new ideas and motivation for research.