Life in Athens

The programme is ideally located in the Athenian suburb of Elefsina, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. The centre of Athens is only 30km away so you have close access to historical sites including the Parthenon, Ancient Corinth, Nemea and Thebes.

All new students receive a student handbook containing everything you need to know about the programme, study centre and local area. Read it carefully and use it as a reference throughout your studies to make the most of your time with us.

Map of Eleusis

Studying in Athens

The MA in Heritage Management gives you the opportunity to combine tuition by renowned international academics with practical experience in the management and planning of an archaeological site.


Teaching is through lectures and small group seminars. Most classes take place either at the archaeological site, or in purpose-built classrooms in Elefsina or central Athens. These are provided by the Initiative for Heritage Conservancy and the Municipality.

As part of the instruction is on-site, you gain hands-on experience and understand the issues involved in heritage management. During the second half of the programme, you work on live project sites.

You will be taught by full-time tenured professors from the two collaborating universities, as well as other distinguished professors and senior research staff. The main faculty comprises:  

  • Dr. Evangelos Kyriakidis, University of Kent, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, Director of MA
  • Dr. Alexander Papalexandris, AUEB, Lecturer in Strategy
  • Dr. Dimitris Psychoyios, PAPI, Lecturer in Finance
  • Dr. Paulina Papastathopoulou, AUEB, Assistant Professor of Tourism Marketing
  • Dr. Georgia Zouni, Papi, Museums Marketing
  • Dr. Mike Corbishley, University of Kent, former Director of Education, English Heritage
  • Prof. Vasilis Ganiatsas, National Technical University of Athens, Professor and head of department of Architecture
  • Dr. Repousis, AUEB, Assistant Professor, Operations Research and Project Management
  • Dr. Leda Panayotopoulou, AUEB, Assistant Professor HR management

Resources and facilities

The office in Elefsina is staffed from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. All students have their own key to the office, giving you 24-hour access, seven days days a week.

You also have unlimited access to the following major library resources:

  • the British School at Athens, which is located in the centre of Athens, and which holds a large collection of archaeological books, rare archive materials and collections. The registration fee is included in the MA fees
  • the library of the Athens University of Economics and Business, also located in the centre of Athens
  • the small library of the IHC in Eleusis is equipped with the most relevant materials for ourcourses
  • the electronic library of the University of Kent is free and accessible online
  • the electronic library of AUEB is free and accessible online.

Student support

We encourage you to be as independent as possible in finding your own solutions to problems or queries. However, you can feel confident that you have a team of experienced professionals ready and willing to help you.

The programme and its staff are larger than they first appear when you arrive at the postgraduate office in Elefsina. We offer a range of support spanning from Elefsina to Athens to Canterbury.


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Last Updated: 22/01/2018