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MA in Art, Law and Economy

Course Description

"Aims at exploring and highlighting the functional interdependence between art, law and the economy"

Athanassios Kaissis, Professor of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
Member of the governing board, International Hellenic University is responsible for the overall supervision of the MA in Art, Law & Economy.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Art, Law and Economy aims at exploring and highlighting the functional interdependence between art, law and the economy. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the legal, financial and political considerations and the corresponding regulatory approaches implemented in Europe and elsewhere concerning the creation of works of art, the art trade, the operation of the markets concerned, the function of intellectual property law at the EU and international level, the protection of cultural heritage and protection against unlawfully acquired works of art.

The programme adopts a multi-disciplinary approach and is addressed to graduates of various academic backgrounds, including law, economics, political science, history of art, philosophy, etc., who wish to specialize in the interrelation between art, law and the economy.

We aim at providing candidates with:

- the specialized legal, financial and cultural background to pursue a successful career in academia and research, private organisations that commercialise works of art, museums, art collections, law firms practicing in the field or public sector organizations involved in the management, legal protection, re-claiming and supporting works of art;
- legal and financial expertise on the operation and management of art markets (including sales of works of art, art portfolio management, art auctions etc.);
- in-depth knowledge on the national and international legal framework on national heritage, monument preservation, art loans or archaeology laws;
- intellectual property law expertise within a globalized art market;
- insights on those fields of law (constitutional, civil, penal etc.) affecting the legal protection of works of art.


In the third semester, students choose a dissertation topic relevant to the courses of the MA in Art, Law and Economy programme. The topic is chosen by the student with input and advice from a faculty member, who acts as the supervisor, working closely with the student. 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 Timetable

The duration of the programme is three semesters; the first two are taught and the third is dedicated to the Master’s dissertation.

Courses are taught over a long weekend twice a month except April, August and December. Classes start on Friday at 12 midday and finish on Sunday at 4 pm. The same programme may be offered in a six-semester part-time study mode.

In order to be awarded the MA degree, students must complete a total of 90 credits.

This involves taking:

First semester:
Three core (24 credits) and
one elective (6 credits) modules.

Second semester:
Three core (24 credits) and
one elective (6 credits) modules.

Third semester:
Master's Dissertation (30 credits)


Applications from candidates holding a university degree in law, economics, political science, history of art, philosophy or a related field will be considered. A personal interview may be required. All successful applicants will be required to take introductory consolidation courses, depending on their academic backgrounds, during the first weeks of the programme.

While admission to the IHU is competitive, our admissions policy vigorously supports equality of opportunity. We are focused on building a student community which includes men and women from different backgrounds, abilities, economic circumstances, perspectives, races, religions and national origin.

When to Apply

The IHU operates on a rolling admissions basis. This means that candidates apply for and are admitted to our programmes all year round.

We suggest, however, that you apply as early as possible to ensure a quick response and place availability. We aim to provide decisions within ten working days of receiving your complete application. Please ensure that you complete the application form fully and submit all your supporting documents for us to make an informed decision.

Scholarships -

The International Hellenic University offers a number of scholarships for the postgraduate programmes, covering a significant portion of the programme fees. Scholarships are given to top students of proven academic record.

Entry Requirements

• A good university degree from a recognised university• A good IELTS or TOEFL score or Cambridge Certificate for graduates from non-English speaking universities• Two academic references (both referees should have direct knowledge of your suitability for the specific Master’s programme)A personal interview may be required

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