Call for Applications

Call for Applications for the Joint MA Program “Identity, Education and Competences for Democratic Culture”: A partnership between the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and the European Wergeland Centre (EWC) 

The first Joint MA Program of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the EWC is carried out fully online offering a distinct English-speaking and Greek-speaking Curriculum. Duration of studies: 1 full year (12 months, 75 ECTS) 

The Joint MA Program “Identity, Education and Competences for Democratic Culture” is organized by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) through:  

  • the Department of Theology (coordinating Department),  
  • the Department of Educational Studies and  
  • the Faculty of Philology  

alongside with the European Wergeland Centre.  

The Master Program is following on the footsteps of the KA2 Erasmus+ Project, titled “Student Teachers Practices for Democratic Culture” (STEP UP DC) and carried out by the Department of Theology (NKUA) as the coordinating Department in cooperation with the EWC. The project was set on training teachers of all educational specialties in Competences for Democratic Culture based on the RFCDC by the Council of Europe (2018) and led to the creation of a successful training course and open educational resources ( 

The Joint MA Programme “Identity, Education and Competences for Democratic Culture” is an important venture as it is the first Master Program specifically focused on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Competences for Democratic Culture, a rapidly growing field in Europe, offered online in both English and Greek.  The MA sheds light on the educational process on the basis of Human Rights, as well as the processes involved in the formation of people’s identity.  

Aims and specializations

The MA Program’s fundamental aim is to:  

  • provide (future) educators specializing in various fields and levels of education with expertise in Democratic Culture and its versatile uses in Education, 
  • contribute to the dissemination of democracy in every educational aspect and level, the Curriculum, the teaching methodology, educational activities that happen in the classrooms and the school, with an emphasis on experiential learning and a whole-school approach, in order to affect the students’ everyday lives by empowering them to become active citizens. 

To achieve this effect as fully as possible and to provide teachers of all specialties involved in formal and non-formal Education with training opportunities, the MA Program is carefully designed to incorporate 3 specializations: 

  1. Religion, Education and Competences for Democratic Culture 
  1. Language, History, and Literature in Education and Competences for Democratic Culture 
  1. Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC)-Human Rights Education (HRE) and Competences for Democratic Culture 


Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in a summer school (in-person, optional) organized by the MA Program during the summer semester in order to further support the writing of their Master Thesis. 

There is a tuition fee of 3.400 euros in total. However, students are given opportunities for an exemption from tuition fees based on social and financial criteria, as well as scholarships based on their performance in the MA Program.  

The Joint MA will be welcoming its first students on September 2024 and has already issued a Call for Applications in the collaborating Departments’ websites. The applicants may fill out the application online and choose the language of teaching (English or Greek), as well as the specialization they wish to pursue.  

For further information concerning the Curriculum visit the MA’s webpage:  

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