International Hellenic University MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability

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The Course

The International Hellenic University (IHU) MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability programme is designed to offer a thorough understanding of environmental and sustainability issues that can be applied in a policy or management context. In today's highly competitive market, sustainability can become a critical profit centre for any organization through energy-saving processes, reduction of fuels consumption, optimisation of raw materials and other uses of resources, minimisation of waste management and air pollution abatement costs, to name a few.
The programme provides graduates with the real-world knowledge to stand out from the crowd and to achieve success in their chosen career.

There is an ever-growing demand for highly specialized and effectively educated scientists to simultaneously tackle significant economic, environmental and social issues in the industry, the public sector and the society.

After completing the MSc, a great selection of career options is available as there is a growing demand for sustainability professionals in a range of sectors.

Environment and sustainability professionals may work in "green" industries (e.g. in the energy, technology, food, or construction sector), the public sector, certification bodies and/or NGOs. Highly qualified and trained individuals are (replace with: will be) motivated to reshape traditional strategies and policies within their organisations. They also, very often, found their own innovative start-ups or become social entrepreneurs.

Environmental Management is a new way of doing business!

Specialisation Streams:

  • Environmental Management Stream
  • Sustainable Tourism Management Stream



Aims and objectives

  • A deep understanding of the current status and future trends in sustainable development and social corporate responsibility.
  • Application of environmental tools and techniques to integrate sustainable practices (economical, environmental and social concerns).
  • Adaptation to continuously increasing strictness of environmental legislation.
  • Understand the economic and social justifications for various environmental policy approaches made at different levels.
  • Innovative pollution control practices.
  • Adaptation of strategic environmental assessment approaches in different contexts and different levels of decision making.
  • Evaluation of environmental policies in a cost benefit analysis concept.
  • An appreciation of contemporary, sustainable tourism industry issues and challenges.


The Consulting Project

During the second or third quarter, students participate in a consulting project relevant to the Stream they have joined. In groups, students study an actual environmental problem of a particular firm or organisation. Following analysis of the problem, the students prepare and present concrete and practical solution(s).

Become yourself environmentally creative!

The Dissertation

The dissertation is an individual 10,000- word paper of original scientific work, which upon completion is submitted for examination and approval by a three-member committee chaired by the student’s supervisor.
The topic is chosen by the student with input and advice from a faculty member, who acts as supervisor, working closely with the student.


Duration of the programme: 1 year full-time (FT) or 2 years part-time (PT)

Teaching takes place once (PT) or twice (FT) a month except of August and September.

The programme operates on the following schedule:
Saturday 9.30 - 16.30
Sunday 9.30 -15:45

Examinations take place on Friday afternoons before the teaching weekends.


The Academic Faculty


  • Franz Josef Radermacher, Professor, University of Ulm, IHU Honorary Doctorate
  • Anastasios Xepapadeas, Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Eftychios Sartzetakis (MSc Director), Professor, University of Macedonia (Environmental Assessment, CBA)
  • Iosif Botetsagias, Assistant Professor, University of Aegean
  • Effrosyni Diamantoudi, Associate Professor, Concordia University
  • Constantinos Evagellinos, Assistant Professor, University of Aegean
  • Christos Konstantatos, Professor, University of Macedonia
  • Jürgen Schmude, Professor, Chair for "Economic Geography and Tourism Research" Department for Geography, Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU), Munich
  • Marianna Sigala, Associate Professor, University of Aegean
  • Marcus Wagner, Professor, University of Augsburg, Chair for Management
  • Dr Estelle Lucienne Anna Herlyn, FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economy and Management
  • Dr Veniamin Karatzoglou, University of Macedonia
  • Dr Kalliope Pediaditi, Freelance Environmental Sustainability Consultant & Researcher
  • Dr Christos Vlachokostas, Laboratory and Teaching Staff, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Dr Georgios Banias, PhD in Environmental and Waste Management Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering


Student Activities

Students for Sustainability

The students and the alumni of the of the MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability organised, with great success, their first annual international conference, on Saturday 16 May 2015.
International Conference Students for Sustainability

  On field student visit at TITAN




What is Sustainability?

The definition of "Sustainable Development"

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

  • the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
  • the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs."

Source: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future


Nevertheless, if you are not sure enough what sustainability means take a look at the following videos and help society endure!



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Interview by Dr Peter Johnston, President of the International Advisory Council of the Club of Rome and Founding Vice-President of Club of Romeʼs Brussels-EU Chapter



Event: Dealing with the Limits to Growth at Times of Crisis

Prof. F. J. Radermacher - Sustainability, Green Growth and Economic Potentials


Dr Peter Johnston - Sustainable Development: Experiences and Perspectives


Dimitrios Theologitis, European Commission: Ports as regional growth lever




Antora-Fani Dima


icon-text-blockquote Studying at the International Hellenic University (IHU) was a very valuable experience. I was part of the beginning for the M.Sc. in Environmental Management & Sustainability, with enthusiastic professors and students from around the world. IHU is a university with a multidisciplinary approach and an international mindset. It not only powered me with knowledge but also prepared me to later compete in an international environment, with classes and deliverables in English. This stimulating academic environment and the invaluable support and guidance of Dr. Iosif Botetzagias formed a productive setting for preparing my thesis. The goal was to further our understanding of recycling in Greece and make an original scientific contribution to the subject, coupled with practical recommendations. Very happy to see the effort rewarded and our paper receiving the "2017 Award for Most Cited Paper" from the Resources, Conservation and Recycling (RCR) journal [Botetzagias, I., Dima, A. F., & Malesios, C. (2015). Extending the theory of planned behavior in the context of recycling: The role of moral norms and of demographic predictors. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 95, 58-67]. blockquote_right
Antora-Fani Dima



Steffani Agte


icon-text-blockquote The International Hellenic University offers foreigners a truly unique academic experience, hosting a rich array of topics, including areas such as sustainable management. Small student groups and an international teaching staff combine to form perfect conditions that encourage a student's critical thinking, while favouring discussions with subject matter experts from a variety of disciplines.blockquote_right
Steffani Agte


Lazaros Rizopoulos
icon-text-blockquote The Sustainable Development Master Programme has given me the opportunity to fully experience and immerse myself in this cutting-edge field, just as I hoped. I was able to see the bigger picture and develop my knowledge of the field, in terms of practical aspects and tools as well as in academic achievement. Τhe timetable of the programme as designed in executive mode gives a great opportunity to working students to attend.blockquote_right
Lazaros Rizopoulos


Haralambos Naziridis icon-text-blockquote The International Hellenic University presents an exceptional educational environment in which students have the opportunity to adopt the professionalism offered by the University’s professors, who are equipped with both real-world and academic, experience and knowledge.

The MSc in Sustainable Development is a unique graduate degree due to the progressive topic that it considers. Every course within the classrooms of the IHU was a rewarding challenge, laying the proper foundations for a successful career blockquote_right

Haralambos Naziridis




International Hellenic University MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability

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