Master in "Soft Matter Science and Engineering"


Soft Matter Science is a highly interdisciplinary field comprising fundamental Physics, challenging Chemistry and a wide range of applications related with Materials and Chemical Engineering as well as Biology and Bioengineering.

The aim of the Soft Matter Science & Engineering Postgraduate Program is to provide students with the needed skills to pursue successful careers or further advanced studies in the highly interdisciplinary field of soft materials. The educational and research activities of the program provide an integrated approach and in-depth training, with emphasis on conducting innovative research in a variety of soft matter fields, including (but not limited to) synthesis and characterization, polymers, colloids, composites, interfacial properties, materials for energy, biomimetic materials, responsive networks, materials for biological or biomedical applications, eco-friendly and sustainable materials, recycling, rheology and processing.

The Postgraduate Program is organized and hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Crete. It is based in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.


Univ. of Crete, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Univ. of Crete, Department of Applied Mathematics
Univ. of Crete, Department of Chemistry
FORTH, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser
National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering
University of Athens, Dept. of Chemistry
University of Ioannina, Dept. of Physics
National Hellenic Research Foundation
Univ. of Patras, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Univ. of Cyprus, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
Indian Institute of Technology, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Univ. of Napoli Federico II, Dept. of Chemical, Material and Production Eng.


COURSE IDCOURSE TITLEHours per weekCompulsory/
Year 1 – 1st SEMESTER
SM 1Applied mathematics and methods of analysis 3C5
SM 2Thermodynamics and transport processes for soft materials 3C5
SM 3Synthetic methodologies and characterization of Soft Matter 3C5
SM 4Soft matter characterization 3C5
SM 5Soft matter seminar 3C5
SM11Advanced synthesis of soft materials 3E5
SM13Soft materials for energy and the environment 3E
SM16Advanced topics II (examples: new modeling/simulation methods, AI) 3E5
SM17Advanced topics III (examples: active matter, vitrimers, cell mechanics, new instrumentation)3E5
Year 1 – 2nd SEMESTER
SM 6Introduction to biophysics and biopolymers 3C5
SM 7Interfacial phenomena in soft matter 3C5
SM 8Polymer and colloid physics 3C5
SM 9Mechanics of soft materials: rheology, processing and mechanical properties 3C5
SM10Soft matter seminar 3C5
SM12Computational methods in soft matter 3E5
SM14Soft biomaterials for biomedical applications 3E5
SM15Advanced topics I (examples: responsive materials, mechanochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, sustainable polymers)3E5
SM18Course from other Departments3E5
ECTS of Courses: 60
Year 2
SM_RTResearch ThesisC60
Graduation with 120 ECTS


Graduates of the first cycle of studies of any Institution have the right to apply for the program. International students should have a degree equivalent.

Eligible candidates should hold a degree in Sciences or Engineering. Good knowledge of English (B2 level and above) is required. Candidates who have not graduated during the application period will be considered, but possible eventual enrollment is subject to receiving their first degree until the end of October of the enrollment year.

The academic criteria that are taken into account for the selection, as defined in the Postgraduate Studies Regulations, include the undergraduate degree, recommendation letters, grades in courses relevant to the program, the senior thesis (if applicable), as well as the applicant’s relevant research or professional activity (if applicable).

Details of the Postgraduate Program

Successful completion of the Program leads to a Postgraduate Diploma (MSc) after 4 semesters of study that include mandatory attendance of courses (2 semesters) and submission and oral defense of a Master's Thesis (2 semesters). Internships will be offered in the summer period between the first and second year. The program is in English and requires full-time participation. As part of their training, postgraduate students assist in the instruction of undergraduate courses.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees are 3500€ for the entire program. Scholarships may be available.


Winter Semester


How to Apply

Please gather the following documents:

  • Application.
  • Detailed CV.
  • Report of interests.
  • Diploma supplement.
  • Up to three (3) letters of recommendation. They should be sent directly from the authors to the postgraduate secretariat.
  • Certificate of good knowledge of the English language (B2 level and above).
  • Any other document the applicant considers to be evidence of scientific excellence and quality.

The application must include an e-mail account, from which the applicant will be informed about the progress of his/her application.

Applications and supporting documents are submitted exclusively online to the postgraduate secretariat before the deadline.

For more information, please contact the Secretariat of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Mr. Ch. Stratigis (tel. +30 2810-394272, or the Director of Postgraduate Program on Soft Matter Science & Engineering, Prof. D. Vlassopoulos (

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Call for applications


Semester start


The Program in a nutshell

24 Months, full time
October each year

Director: Prof. D. Vlassopoulos