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Operating Regulations of the Interdepartmental Master Program: “MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY: DRUG DISCOVERY AND DESIGN”

MASTER STUDIES

1.The Interdepartmental Master Program in Medicinal Chemistry: “Medicinal Chemistry: drug discovery and design” of the departments of Chemistry, Medicine and Pharmacy leads to the acquisition of a Master Diploma (MD). The time duration is three (3) teaching semesters (90 ECTS).

SELECTION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS

1.In the Master Program, graduates of the departments of Chemistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Biology, Science of Materials, Chemical Engineers and other departments related with the program’s concept (Medicinal Chemistry) as well as graduates of the department of Chemical Applications of the Technological School or related departments, from Greek or Foreign Universities, are accepted. Graduates from abroad should definitely have recognition of their qualifications from the Greek authorities (DOATAP). Undergraduate students are allowed to submit an application in condition that when selected in the Master Program they will deposit a certified copy of their degree or recognition of their qualification at the Secretariat of the department.

2.The selection of the Graduate Students (GS) takes place after decision of the Interdepartmental Committee (IC), after a suggestion of the Selection Committee defined by the IC, which takes into account data resulting from the submitted documents and the candidate’s interviews. The time and place of the candidates’ interview is defined by the IC and announced by the Secretariat of the Chemistry department that has the administrative support.

3.Candidate selection criteria: the selection takes place after taking into account the following data: a) the bachelor degree grade, b) the grades scored in modules related to the Master Program concept, c) the performance in their bachelor diploma thesis if found necessary from the graduate’s department for the acquisition of an undergraduate qualification and the relevance with this Master Program, d) possible research activity, e) participation in conferences, f) the candidate’s presence during the interview, g) knowledge of foreign languages (preferably English) as well as computer skills, h) the submission of at least two (2) recommendation letters from professors of the department of graduation, i) the candidates curriculum vitae.

Admission Requirements (Euromaster, ECTN association)

1.Students with a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Biology or other disciplines closely related to “Medicinal Chemistry” can apply to the “Medicinal Chemistry: Drug Discovery and Design” Master Degree studies. A Bachelor Degree with chemistry (60 ECTS points in the following areas: Analytical chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Physical chemistry, Biological Chemistry (Biochemistry), Physics, Mathematics. ) as major subject (Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacy), is the basic requirement to start the “Medicinal Chemistry: Drug Discovery and Design” Master Degree studies.

2.Applicants from other Departments (Department of Biology, Medicine or others related) require, if needed, “bridging courses”, mainly in Chemistry in undergraduate level in order to complete 60 ECTS points in Chemistry field, in case they don’t have in the undergraduate level.

3.The knowledge of the English language at B2 level (high level) is a basic requirement for an applicant to entry to the Master program. The knowledge of the English language is confirmed by relevant examination certificate within the University or at recognised examination centres; further major language knowledge is considered as an additional qualification. The knowledge of the English language is required in advance for acceptance to the program.

The excellent knowledge of the English Language (Level C2) is proved by the following certificates:

1.Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) of Cambridge University
2.Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Michigan University
3.Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) of Central Lancashire University
4.Certificate in Proficient Communication of Edexcel International London Examinations
5.International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) – The British Council – IDP Education Australia IELTS Australia
6.National Certificate in English, Level C2

The very good knowledge of the English Language (Level B2) is proved by the following certificates:

1.Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) of Cambridge University
2.Advanced Level Certificate in English (AlCE) of the Hellenic American Union
3.Certificate in English (Council of Europe Level C1) Level 3 – Proficient User, of Central Lancashire University
4.Certificate in Advanced Communication of Edexcel International London Examinations
5.Test of English for International Communication (Toeic) of Educational Testing Service/Chauncey, Usa
6.International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) – The British Council – IDP Education Australia IELTS Australia
7.Business English Certificate – Higher (BEC Higher) of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES)
8.Integrated Skills in English Level 3 of Trinity College London (Trinity ISE III)
9.National Certificate In English (Level B2)
10.Interview
11.Optional, previous research experience in the field as indicated by the participation of the applicant in related conferences with an oral or a poster presentation.
12.The highest marks in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology in the undergraduate level are taken into account for the final acceptance ranking of the applicants.

Relation between Greek grading scale and ECTS Grade is shown below:
Greek grading scale: 1 to 10. Minimum passing grade: 5.
Grades £3 correspond to ECTS grade F.
Grade 4 corresponds to ECTS grade FX.
For the passing grades the following correspondence normally holds:
5 « E, 6 « D, 7 « C, 8 « B and ³9 « A

SUPERVISOR DEFINITION-EXAMINATION COMMITTEE

1.For every GS who is a part of the Master Program, the IC defines a scientific supervisor. The supervisor is responsible for monitoring and observing the GS progress. For the examination of the Master Diploma, a three member committee is defined by the IC, one of which is the supervisor. The members of the committee can have the same or relative scientific specialty with the Program concept (Medicinal Chemistry).

MODULES

1.The IC decides for the graduate level module acknowledgement which the GS has taken successfully in a recognized MSP of a different department of the same or other University or research institute.
2.The three member committee can demand from the GS the successful examination of undergraduate modules of familiar departments, as well as his obligations to the Master Program “Medicinal Chemistry” in which he will be enrolled. The grade scored in those modules will not be taken into account in the final grade of the MD as well as in the calculation of the ranking for scholarship awards.
3.The modules (6) that MD candidate are obliged to take and be successfully examined are distributed as follows: a) Organic Synthesis of Drugs-5U, b) Peptide and Combinational Chemistry-4U, c) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Molecular Design-4U, d) Analysis of Biomolecules-4U, e) Pharmaceutical Products of Natural and Synthetic Sources-4U, f) Molecular Pharmacology-4U, g) Molecular and Cell Immunology-4U, h)Molecular Medicine-4U, i)Toxicology-4U. Choosing six out of nine of the above modules give a total of 24U. j) Research Methodology-6U. Total U 30. Laboratories required- research is considered as follows: a) Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory-10U, b) Reference data collection and Presentation of the recapitulation thesis of the research field of the Diploma Thesis-5U and c) Master Diploma Thesis (Research Commencement) -15U. Total 30U. Necessary preparation of MD-30U.
4.The exam time period is defined by decision of the IC in March-April and lasts three weeks. The Medicinal Chemistry laboratory takes place every year in May-June.
5.The GS candidates have the right in case of failing their IMSP exams in March-April, to be re-examined in September, during the iterative exam period. In cases of non-participation in exam periods will be examined per case by the IC, who will also decide about the GS candidates’ academic course.
6.The GS candidates are obliged to take part in seminars such as those defined by the IC, and in which distinguished researchers participate, in subjects related to the field of Medicinal Chemistry.

RATING

1.The MD attendance is considered complete when the research thesis is presented in public, the submission of the final research grade and the diploma thesis submission at the Secretariat of the department. The public presentation takes place is the presence of the three member committee as defined from the University’s internal regulation.
2.The MD grade is calculated from the total of credits and research units (30).

FUNDING

The total amount of money credited to the department for the MSP function either in the form of Regular Budget, or in the form of scholarships, donations ext will be divided to the TRP members that are part of the MSP by decision of the IC, as well as the maintenance of instruments of high technology the MSP has in its possession.

OTHER

1.The IC consists of nine (9) TRP members. Four (4) members from the department of Chemistry, three (3) from the department of Medicine and two (2) from the department of Pharmacy defined from the respective departments every academic year and two (2) representatives GS of the Master Program.
2.The Director is defined after election, for a two year service with a renewal possibility and can do his duties with partial exemption from his teaching obligations.  The Director is either a Professor or an Associate Professor and should belong in the same or related field with the Medicinal Chemistry concept. The Director’s election will take place by the end of the former Director’s two year service. The candidates submit their candidacy on the day the IC elects Director. The election takes place by secret voting on a common ballot. The IMSP Director Convenes the IC meeting regularly and suggests every matter concerning the effective IMSP application.
3.Certificates are given by the department’s Secretariat that has the administrative support.