Students

The Biology Faculty provides a graduate program towards Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The program is for students who have already obtained their undergraduate or M.Sc. degree in life sciences, or in other sciences or engineering in which case some additional courses may be required. The central component of the M.Sc. or Ph.D. program is scientific research, during which the student approaches scientific questions, masters a number of experimental techniques and learns to analyze the results and interpret their meaning.  The emphasis is on independent thought and analysis, reading the current literature and knowledge of state-of-the-art biological research in a wider context.

 

The research being undertaken in the Faculty encompass a wide scope of fields for example:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cancer
  • Cell Biology
  • Computational Biology
  • Develompnet
  • Drug Discovery
  • Ecology
  • Endocrinology
  • Epigenetics
  • Evolution
  • Gene Regulation
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Virology
  • Zoology

 

Study towards Master of Science in Biology (M.Sc.)

Conditions of acceptance to the program:

  1. Graduate of an undergraduate program with average of at least 80.
  2. Acceptance by one of the Faculty’s academic staff as supervisor (before registering to the program).
  3. Successful interview by the Faculty committee.

 

The committee will test the following:

  • General knowledge relating to the subject to be researched, and ability of the student to discuss scientific questions of interest to him/her.
  • The ability of the student to discuss a scientific paper in the field that the lab researches (the student should bring the paper to the secretary’s office at least one week before meeting the committee).
  • In the case of a student who has carried out research in the lab, for example in a research project or as student assistant, the ability of the student to discuss the research project.

 

The academic requirements are described on the website of the Graduate School, for the studies towards a research degree, as follows:

http://www.graduate.technion.ac.il/Heb/Current_students/Magister_degree.asp

 

During the program, the student will be required to carry out research and submit a thesis.

 

In addition, the Faculty of Biology requires the following:

A student who has completed a 3 y undergraduate program, will be required to study courses amounting to 30 points: at least 20 of these points from advanced courses, including two compulsory subjects from a list of three courses, each of which is worth 5 points; and two courses entitled “Research Work” each worth 2.5 points. The rest of the points can come from the list of advanced courses, following authorization of the supervisor, but not more than 10 points can come from advanced undergraduate courses.

 

Students who have completed a 4 y undergraduate program, will be required to study courses amounting to 21 points, from the list of advanced courses, of which 15 points must come from the compulsory courses, as outlined above, together with another 6 points from courses of choice.

 

  • Every M.Sc. student will be required to participate in at least half of the formal faculty guest seminars, for each semester.

Please note:

  • The student must complete at least 75% of his course work within the first two semesters of starting the program.
  • The “Research Plan for M.Sc. project” must be submitted during the first two semesters.

 

The above comprise some of the conditions of receiving a scholarship, as detailed on the website of the Graduate School, as follows:

http://www.graduate.technion.ac.il/Heb/Scholarships_and_housing/Scholarships/Conditions_for_scholarship.asp

 

 

Conversion to Direct Ph.D. track

It may be possible to convert to a direct track to Ph.D. program, one semester after submitting theResearch Plan for M.Sc. project. The conditions are set out on the website of the Graduate School:

http://www.graduate.technion.ac.il/Heb/Current_students/Direct_to_phd.asp

 

In addition, the student will be required to pass an interview by the Faculty committee, during which he/she will be asked to make a short (15 min) presentation to the committee, which will include the following:

  • Background related to the research project
  • Aims and significance of the research
  • Preliminary findings
  • Future plans and explanation as to why the project is suited for expansion towards the PhD degree.

 

 

Study towards Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Conditions of acceptance to the program:

  1. Holder of M.Sc. degree with average of at least 88. The name of two people should be supplied for recommendations.
  2. Acceptance by one of the Faculty’s academic staff as supervisor (before registering to the program).

 

The academic requirements are described on the website of the Graduate School:http://www.graduate.technion.ac.il/Heb/Current_students/Doctor_degree.asp

 

The following will be required of the student:

  • To carry out original research emphasizing the analytical scientific approach. The candidate must prove his ability to perform extensive and important original research.
  • In addition, he must demonstrate the initiative, creativity, depth of thought, critical ability and perseverance required of an independent scientific researcher. Research will be considered important if it is at a level worthy of publication in world-class journal and if it makes considerable contribution to the knowledge and understanding in the particular field of research.
  • 6 points from advanced courses.
  • To pass the candidate exam. A research proposal must be submitted within 11 months from the start of the program. The research proposal will form the basis of the candidacy exam. The Technion and Faculty requirements for the candidacy exam are summarized on a form found at the following link:

http://biology.faculty-ms.technion.ac.il/phd-research-proposal/

 

In addition, the Biology Faculty requires the following:

  • Participation in at least half of the Faculty’s formal guest seminars, during each semester.

 

Please note:

You are required to start taking courses before the candidacy exam.

 

 

Scholarships

M.Sc. and Ph.D. students will be awarded scholarships (giving exemption from tuition fees). Eligibility, length of scholarship and conditions are according to the regulation of the Technion Graduate School*. The level of the basic scholarship is standard, while outstanding students may be eligible for bonuses during their candidature.  

*For further information on scholarships: http://www.graduate.technion.ac.il/eng/

 

Additional Information

The faculty secretary for advanced studies:

Shani Shnitzer

Email: sshnitzer@technion.ac.il

Tel:  04-8294255