Academic Rules & Regulations

Definition of Grades

 The grading scheme used for all types of assignments/projects, the dissertation and the final degree is as follows:


Letter Grade

Mark in %



A / A –

90% and over


high level of command of all aspects – no or only a few minor weaknesses

B+ / B


very good

high level of command on most aspects – only minor weaknesses

B – / C+



good command – some weaknesses

C / C –



some command – some major weaknesses

D / D+



the minimum requirements for acceptance


up to 49%


does not meet the minimum requirements


Definition of final grade

The MA degree’s final grade is calculated as follows:



The MA degree is awarded with distinction (cum laude) when a student achieves a grade ‘Excellent’ in all courses as well as in the dissertation.



Failing a course


Students failing a course are allowed either:
(a) to resit the examination and/or resubmit their assigments (project/essay etc) at the end of the following semester.
(b) Or, to take another extra course, in order to make up for the required number of ECTS. This option is available only for optional courses and not for the core course of the chosen pathway.


In the event of a second Fail in the same course, the graduate program is considered incomplete and the student must apply for re-registration that entails the repeat of the said course, and the payment of a full semester’s fees.



Correction of Grades


Α grade once reported to the Registrar may not be changed except by request of the faculty member to the Program Governing Committee on a Correction of Grade form. Changes should be requested only on the basis of an actual error in assigning the original grade, not on the basis of a request by the student or special consideration for an individual student.



Disputing a Grade


The instructor’s evaluation of the performance of each individual student is the basis for assigning grades. Should a student feel that any of his grades has suffered as a result of prejudiced or capricious evaluation s/he can appeal to the Program Governing Committee, which will proceed to ask a second, blind evaluation from an another, appropriately chosen instructor. The latter’s grade is considered final and incontestable.



Students are not allowed to submit coursework after the semester has ended. Granting an extension for the submission of coursework is decided by the individual instructors, but it can not exceed the completion date (i.e. the end of the 15th week) of each semester.


Extension beyond the end of the semester can only be granted for the completion and/or submission of the end of the year dissertation. Students may address their written request for an extension up to the duration of a full semester, to the Program Governing Committee, at least two weeks before the end of the summer semester. Any further extension can only be considered on the grounds of serious extenuating circumstances (which must be properly documented, eg. Doctor’s certificate etc) and is accompanied by the payment of a full semester’s fees.


Academic Dishonesty Sanctions


Students found responsible for violating the Plagiarism Guidelines or for otherwise cheating at the exams or tests, or for fabricating information/sources/research results or documents, are liable to disciplinary sactions. Instructors/supervisors/examiners are obliged to inform the Program Governing Committee about any such violation. After reviewing the nature, scale and gravity of the violation, the Program Governing Committee decides on the proper disciplinary sanction, which is posted on the students’ academic records. Disciplinary sanctions include:
(a) Student receives F (=fail) grade in the course or dissertation involved
(b) Student is suspended for a full semester
(c) Student is expelled from the University