Postgraduate course “Geology and Geo-environment”
During the Academic year 2002-03 the Kapodistrian and National University of Athens, Department of Geology & Geoenvironment initiated the postgraduate course “Applied Environmental Geology.

This M.Sc. aims on providing students with skills appropriate to find solutions to geo-environmental problems, in the frame of the sustainability.



The Scientific understanding of the environmental risk, the assessment of the contamination in soil, water and atmosphere, due to natural processes and/or human activities.
Management of energy, primary raw material and wastes, surface and subsurface waters.
To provide training in the modern field and laboratory environmental methods for environmental assessment, protection and remediation.
To provide knowledge of the National and European legal on environmental liability in relation to the prevention, remediation and ensure even of potential pollutants..



First year

1st semester

Mandatory courses

  1. Environmental geology (10 ECTS): General overview of environmental problems, geodynamic significance for evolution of the natural environment, environmental mineralogy and bio-mineralogy. Fieldwork and Laboratory practice
  2. Environmental geochemistry (10 ETS): Geochemical pollution of soil, water and atmosphere, kinetics of geochemical processes, the role of isotopes in geochemical processes, water chemistry, environmental implication of geochemical anomalies of elements, biogeochemistry, acid mine drainage and remediation technologies. Fieldwork and Laboratory practice.
  3. Environmental hydrology-water sources management (10 ECTS): Reserves, management and exploration of underground water, simulation techniques. Fieldwork practice.

 Optional courses (two courses are required)

  1. Technical works & environment (5 ECTS): Seismic activity and technical works planning, planning of technical works, foundation of technical works, dams, slope stabilization.
  2. Environmental Economics and Environmental law (5 ECTS): The course aims on providing an introduction to the theory of environmental economics,  applications and case studies, and Environmental law - environmental authorizations. European Directive on Environmental liability in relation to the prevention and remediation of environmental damage.
  3. Management in energy and Environment (5 ECTS): Energy raw materials, Exploitation techniques of fly ash, Sequestration of CO2 emissions  from the lignite-fired power plants, Geothermal and hydroelectric works, Geothermal energy and its environment impact, Aeolian and solar energy. Energy policy.
  4. Changes in sea level and global climate – Coast management (5 ECTS): Environmental problems of coasts, hydrodynamic analysis of costal areas and sea level changes. Atmospheric pollutants and their impacts on air quality and climate changes. Models for predicting future climate change. Global changes and ecosystems.


2nd semester

Mandatory courses

  1. Management of primary raw materials (10 ECTS): Geology of mineral deposits and geoenviromental models, wastes from mining activity, pilot plants and metallurgical processes, remediation techniques,
  2. GIS-Geostatistics, 10 ECTS: Geographic information systems for geoscientists, modelling with GIS. Evaluation of land and water monitoring using remote sensing and GIS techniques. Advanced Geostatistics, Simulations and Environmental Applications.
  3. Methods of environmental research and Environmental Reports (10 ECTS): Field and laboratory methods of environmental studies. Application of geophysical techniques to environmental problems. Remediation technologies with special emphasis to the bio-remediation.

 Optional courses (two courses are required)

  1. Waste management (5 ECTS): Landfill selection criteria for the waste management, modern technologies, recycling.
  2. Conservation and restoration of monuments and archeological sites (5 ECTS): Identification of building stones-location of ancient quarries used for the exploitation of the building materials in order to use them for the monuments restoration. Conservation techniques
  3. Aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems (5 ECTS): Ecosystems, inshore and sea ecosystems. Pollution and remediation techniques
  4. Urban and emergency planning-Environmental impact studies (5 ECTS): The role of civil protection, civil protection authorities at national, regional and local level. Organization and promotion of volunteer organizations. Elaboration of the available scientific information for the mobilization of resources in case of emergencies.




Second year

3th semester

Mapping of areas with environmental interest (10 ECTS): Using of Remote Sensing and GIS techniques. Seminars and Invited talks


4st semester

Master’ s Thesis (30 ECTS): Preparation, presentation and examination.