MA in Black Sea Studies at International Hellenic University, Greece

Publish Date: Jul 30, 2015

The Course

The Programme is based on an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the history and culture of the Black Sea region. The study and interpretation of the historical and cultural data of this region, an area of increasing 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 Black Sea region, with its special geophysical and cultural characteristics, is regaining significance as a geopolitical region between Europe and Asia. The important natural resources and the crucial position of the region at the hub of international routes has aroused the interest of many nations over the ages, leading to numerous events of great cultural and historical significance.

The Black Sea region continues to be one of the great international gateways, of considerable importance for Europe as well as for Asia and the East. Over the last decades, research institutions and university departments all over the world have promoted research programmes concentrating on this region of such rich scientific material.

The MA in Black Sea Studies provides specialised education in diverse areas of interest such as Archaeology, History, Ethnography, Historical Geography, Art, Religion, Mythology, Politics, Diplomacy and Economy. The Master's Programme 'MA in Black Sea Studies' promotes learning and teaching characterized by a diversity of teaching methods.


The MA in Black Sea Studies is a 14-month full-time programme of study comprised of three parts over three semesters. It is taught mainly on weekdays over three-hour teaching periods. The first two semesters cover the core and elective modules 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.

Target audience

The MA is addressed to graduates in Humanities, especially History, Archaeology, Art history, Ethnography and Social Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, International Relations.

Ideal career path

The MA programme offers a critical and multifarious study of the Black Sea region, from ancient history and archaeology to contemporary art and modern economy. The graduates develop competences and ability to understand and appreciate works of ancient and modern art, to offer consultancy in the organisation of art exhibitions, to comprehend international relations, political, economic and historical data. Their acquired skills allow them to work in Educational Institutions and Academies concentrating on Black Sea studies, Archaeological Departments and Research Institutes, Museums and Galleries of ancient and modern Art, and the Diplomatic Corps or other state services, companies, banks and corporations which operate or have interests in the Black Sea region.

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Entry requirements

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

  • a good university degree (original transcripts) from a recognised University
  • proof of English competence (Proficiency, recently acquired IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Two academic references
  • a personal interview may be required

When to apply

The IHU operates on a rolling admissions basis. This means that candidates apply for and are admitted to our programmes all year round. We suggest, however, that you apply as early as possible to ensure a quick response and place availability. Please ensure that you complete the application form fully, as described below, and submit all your supporting documents for us to make an informed decision.

Required Documents

To apply for a master's programme at the IHU, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • a completed application form, including personal statement (500 words). Click here to select the application form for the programme you wish to apply to.
  • All candidates should have a good university degree in a relevant subject from a recognised University. In evidence of this, candidates should provide the following:
    • For graduates of Greek Universities, a clearly legible photocopy or scanned copy of your degree certificate and transcripts, detailing the courses studied and grades attained (under Law 4250/14 certificates and documents of all Greek public entities submitted to other Greek public entities are not required to be originals or certified copies).
    • For graduates of non-Greek institutions, certified copies of your degree certificate and transcripts are required, detailing the courses studied and grades attained.
  • two academic references
  • proof of competence in English
  • two recent passport-size photographs
  • a copy of your CV


Applying by post

Please download the forms below and return them together with your documents to the following address:

International Hellenic University
School of Humanities Admissions Office
14 km Thessaloniki-Moudania
57001 Thermi

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