MSc Courses & Rotations Requirements

Physical Sciences

Credit points

  • Students must accumulate 36 credit points points (CPs)
  • At least 24 in the first year, and the balance in the second year.

 

Obligatory orientation courses (0 CPs)
All FGS students must take the following orientation courses during the first semester of their studies:

  • Safety
  • Ethics
  • Prevention of sexual harassment

 

Obligatory Courses


Physics track (18 CPs)

  • Quantum Mechanics I (6 CPs)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (6 CPs)
  • Statistical Physics (6 CPs)
  • Experimental projects - must be taken in the first year (0 CPs)
  • Student Seminar - must be taken in the second year (0 CPs)


Applied Physics track (12 CPs)

  • Quantum Mechanics I (6 CPs)
  • Statistical Physics (6 CPs)
  • Experimental projects - must be taken in the first year (0 CPs)
  • Student Seminar - must be taken in the second year (0 CPs)


Biological Physics track (18 CPs)

  • Quantum Mechanics I - must be taken in the first year (6 CPs)
  • Statistical Physics - must be taken in the first year (6 CPs)
  • Introductory course in Biology (2 CPs)
  • Solid State I (4 CPs), or, Soft Condensed Matter I (4 CPs)
  • Experimental projects - must be taken in the first year (0 CPs)
  • Student Seminar - must be taken in the second year (0 CPs)

 

Elective Courses


Physics track (18 CPs)

  • Elective credit points must be accumulated from courses offered by the Board of Studies in Physical Sciences.
  • Students may take a course offered by another Board of Studies (e.g. Math & CS) subject to prior approval by the Board of Studies in Physical Sciences.

 
Applied Physics track (24 CPs)

  • Elective credit points must be accumulated from courses offered by the Board of Studies in Physical Sciences.
  • Students may take a course offered by another Board of Studies (e.g. Math & CS) subject to prior approval by the Board of Studies.


Biological Physics track (18 CPs)

  • Elective credit points must be accumulated according to the following scheme:
  • From at least two additional courses in Physics
  • From at least three additional courses in Biology (students must consult with the of the Board of Studies).
  • From another course (to be determined after consulting the Chair of the Board of Studies)

 

Rotations

Physics
None.


Applied Physics
None.


Biological Physics
Two rotations in any research groups at the WIS in the first year (0 CPs)

 

Chemical Sciences

Credit points

  • Students must accumulate 24 credit points (CPs)
  • At least 16 in the first year, and the balance in the second year.


Obligatory orientation courses (0 CPs)
All FGS students must take the following orientation courses during the first semester of their studies:

  • Safety
  • Ethics
  • Prevention of sexual harassment


Rotations (0 CPs)

  • Students must do three rotations in three different Research Groups.
  • Up to two rotations are allowed in the same department.
  • Each Research Group may host up to three rotation students per year and only one student per rotation.
  • Exemptions must be approved by the Board of Studies.



Obligatory Courses / presentations (1 CPs)

  • Research Presentations - must be taken by first year MSc students (0.5 CPs).
  • Public Presentation of the thesis - Second year MSc students must present their thesis in front of an audience, either immediately before or after their MSc defense exam ( 0.5 CPs).


Core Courses (9 CPs)

  • The Board of Studies in Chemical Sciences offers every year several core courses.
  • MSc students must take at least three core courses (within the four semesters of their studies).
  • Students should consult the online course schedule about core courses that are offered by their Board of Studies, including the availability of these courses.


Elective Courses (14 CPs)
Elective credit points must be accumulated from courses offered by the Board of Studies in Chemical Sciences and courses offered by other Boards of Studies - provided they have a prior approval by the Board of Studies in Chemical Sciences.

 

Materials Science

Credit points

  • Students must accumulate 24 credit points (CPs)
  • At least 16 in the first year, and the balance in the second year.


Obligatory orientation courses (0 CPs)
All FGS students must take the following orientation courses during the first semester of their studies:

  • Safety
  • Ethics
  • Prevention of sexual harassment


Rotations (0 CPs)

  • Students must do three rotations in three different research groups related to Materials Science.
  • Up to two rotations are allowed in the same department. One rotation in other groups is allowed, upon approval by the Board of Studies.
  • Each Research Group may host up to three rotation students per year and only one student per rotation.
  • Exemptions must be approved by the Board of Studies.



Obligatory Courses / presentations (1 CPs)

  • Research Presentations - must be taken by first year MSc students (0.5 CPs).
  • Public Presentation of the thesis - Second year MSc students must present their thesis in front of an audience, either immediately before or after their MSc defense exam ( 0.5 CPs).


Core Courses (9 CPs)

  • The Board of Studies in Chemical Sciences offers every year several core courses.
  • MSc students must take at least three core courses (within the four semesters of their studies).
  • Students should consult the online course schedule about core courses that are offered for this track by the Board of Studies, including the availability of these courses.


Elective Courses (14 CPs)
Elective credit points must be accumulated from courses designated as elective for Matrerials Science.

 

Life Sciences: Biology

Credit points
Students must accumulate 24 credit points (CPs)
At least 16 (but no more than 20), in the first year, and the balance in the second year.


Obligatory orientation courses (0 CPs)
All FGS students must take the following orientation courses during the first semester of their studies:

  • Safety
  • Ethics
  • Prevention of sexual harassment


Rotations (0 CPs)

  • Students must do three rotations in three different Research Groups
  • Up to two rotations are allowed in the same department.
  • Previous work or summer programs are not considered to be rotations.
  • Each Research Group may host up to three rotation students per year and only one student per rotation.
  • A list of Research Groups that are affiliated with this track will be sent to all first-year MSc students prior to the beginning of the first semester.


Obligatory courses (3 CPs)

  • Introduction to Statistics - must be taken in the first year (3 CPs)
  • Scientific Writing - For second-year students. Note: Students who wish to switch semesters must find peers to switch with and notify the FGS (0 CPs).
  • Students should consult the online course schedule about obligatory courses relevant to this track (within the Life Sciences program full information), including their availability in the current academic year.


Core courses (12.5 CPs)

  • Students must take five core courses
  • Three in the first year and two in the second year.
  • Some core courses are offered once every two years.
  • If a core course carries more than 2.5 CPs, the balance is counted toward elective CPs.
  • Students should consult the online course schedule about core courses that are offered by their Board of Studies, including the availability of these courses.


Elective courses (8.5 CPs)

  • Most elective courses are offered Board of Studies once every two years.
  • Students may select elective courses from all courses offered within the Life Sciences program, or other courses approved by the Board of Studies in Life Sciences.
  • Students should mind the following restrictions:  Up to 5 CPs from approved external courses. Up to 3 CPs from laboratory courses; Up to 4 CPs from seminars; Up to 0.5 CPs from a lecture or a presentation given in conferences.


Approved external courses (as elective courses)
Certain courses that are offered by the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat and ertain courses that are offered at the Faculty of Agriculture.


Important!
Any deviation from the guidelines outlined above must be approved by the Board of Studies in Life Sciences. Requests may be submitted through the FGS Courses and Exams Coordinator.

 

Life Sciences: Brain Sciences - Systems, Computational & Cognitive Neuroscience

Credit points

  • Students must accumulate 24 credit points (CPs)
  • At least 16 (but no more than 20), in the first year, and the balance in the second year.


Obligatory orientation courses (0 CPs)
All FGS students must take the following orientation courses during the first semester of their studies:

  • Safety
  • Ethics
  • Prevention of sexual harassment


Rotations (0 CPs)

  • Students must do three rotations in three different Research Groups
  • Previous work or summer programs are not considered to be rotations.
  • Each Research Group may host up to three rotation students per year and only one student per rotation.
  • A list of Research Groups that are affiliated with this track will be sent to all first-year MSc students prior to the beginning of the first semester.


Obligatory courses (5 CPs)

  • Introduction to Statistics. This course must be taken in the first year (3 CPs)
  • Scientific Writing. - For second-year students. Note: Students who wish to switch semesters must find peers to switch with and notify the FGS(0 CPs).
  • Methods in Neuroscience (2 CPs)
  • Students should consult the online course schedule about core courses that are offered by their Board of Studies (for this track), including the availability of these courses.


Core courses (12.5 CPs)

  • Students must take five core courses
  • Three in the first year and two in the second year.
  • Some core courses are offered once every two years.
  • If a core course carries more than 2.5 CPs, the balance is counted elective CPs.
  • Students should consult the online course schedule about core courses relevant to this track (within the Life Sciences program full information), including their availability in the current academic year.


Core courses required for this track
Students in this field of study must take at least three of the following core courses (they are offered every other year):

  • Introduction to Neuroscience: Cellular and Synaptic Physiology
  • Introduction to Neuroscience: Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Neuroscience: Molecular Neuroscience - Genes to Behavior
  • Introduction to Neuroscience: Systems Neuroscience


The remaining two core courses may be taken from:

  • Core courses offered in the other Life Sciences tracks 
  • Statistical Physics
  • Theoretical Neuroscience
  • Additional courses from Physics/Math/CS (an updated list will be provided each year).


Complementary courses
Beyond the above-mentioned courses, each student is required for complementary courses from the list below. The complementary courses are determined by the director of the track for each student according to his/her specific background (e.g., students with no background in Biology are required to take the course "An overview of molecular biology"; students with no background in Math will either take the "Mathematics for biologists" or the "Differential equations for Chemists").  Complementary courses are regarded as elective courses (see below).

  • Introduction to MATLAB and data analysis
  • Mathematics for biologists or Differential equations for Chemists
  • An overview of molecular biology - adapted for young in biology
  • Neuroanatomy and Neuroanatomy lab

 

Elective courses (6.5 CPs)

  • Most elective courses are offered by the Board of Studies once every two years.
  • Students may select elective courses from all courses offered within the Life Sciences program, or other courses approved by the Board of Studies in Life Sciences.
  • Students should mind the following restrictions:  Up to 5 CPs from approved external courses. Up to 3 CPs from laboratory courses; Up to 4 CPs from seminars; Up to 0.5 CPs from a lecture or a presentation given in conferences.


Important!
Any deviation from the guidelines outlined above must be approved by the Board of Studies in Life Sciences. Requests may be submitted through the FGS Courses and Exams Coordinator.

 

Life Sciences: Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience

Credit Points
Students must accumulate 24 credit points (CPs)
At least 16 (but no more than 20), in the first year, and the balance in the second year.


Obligatory orientation courses (0 CPs)
All FGS students must take the following orientation courses during the first semester of their studies:

  • Safety
  • Ethics
  • Prevention of sexual harassment


Rotations (0 CPs)

  • Students must do three rotations in three different Research Groups
  • Up to two rotations are allowed in the same department.
  • Previous work or summer programs are not considered to be rotations.
  • Each Research Group may host up to three rotation students per year and only one student per rotation.


Obligatory courses (4 CPs)

  • Introduction to Statistics. This course must be taken in the first year (3 CPs)
  • Scientific Writing - For second-year students . Note: Students who wish to switch semesters must find peers to switch with and notify the FGS0 CPs).
  • Students should consult the online course schedule about core courses that are offered by their Board of Studies (for this track), including the availability of these courses.


Core courses (12.5 CPs)

  • Students must take five core courses
  • Three in the first year and two in the second year.
  • Some core courses are offered once every two years.
  • If a core course carries more than 2.5 CPs, the balance is counted elective CPs.
  • Students should consult the online course schedule about core courses relevant to this track (within the Life Sciences program full information), including their availability in the current academic year.


Core courses required for this track
Students must take at least three of the following core courses:

  • Introduction to Neuroscience: Developmental Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Neuroscience: Cellular and Synaptic Physiology
  • Introduction to Neuroscience: Cell Biology and Pathology of the Neuron
  • Introduction to Neuroscience: Neurogenetics (form genes to behavior)


The remaining two core courses may be taken from core courses offered in the other Life Sciences tracks

Elective courses (8.5 CPs)
Most elective courses are offered Board of Studies once every two years.
Students may select elective courses from all courses offered within the Life Sciences program, or other courses approved by the Board of Studies in Life Sciences.
Students should mind the following restrictions:  Up to 5 CPs from approved external courses. Up to 3 CPs from laboratory courses; Up to 4 CPs from seminars; Up to 0.5 CPs from a lecture or a presentation given in conferences.

Important!
Any deviation from the guidelines outlined above must be approved by the Board of Studies in Life Sciences. Requests may be submitted through the FGS Courses and Exams Coordinator.

 

Mathematics and Computer Science

Credit points

  • Students must accumulate 30 credit points (CPs)
  • At least 18 in the first year, and the balance in the second year.


Obligatory orientation courses (0 CPs)
All FGS students must take the following orientation courses during the first semester of their studies:

  • Safety
  • Ethics
  • Prevention of sexual harassment


Obligatory Courses (0 CPs)

  • First year students' seminar (0 CPs)


Mathematical and Computational Projects (0-4 CPs)

  • First-year students may obtain up to 4 CPs for projects.
  • Each project must involve eight hours per week for fifteen weeks
  • Each project may carry a maximum of 2 CPs.
  • A student may do one project per semester.
  • A student may not do two projects under the supervision of the same scientist.
  • All projects must be approved in advance by the Board of Studies.


Enrichment Courses (0-4 CPs)

  • Students may obtain up to four credit points for participation in the enrichment courses.
  • Awarding the credit points is subject to the recommendation of course instructors and approval by the Board of Studies.
  • Each enrichment course may carry up to two credit points.


Elective Course (22-30 CPs)

  • Students should accumulate the rest of the credit points from courses offered by the Board of Studies in Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Any deviation must be approved in advance by the Board of Studies.


Rotations
None.

 

Mathematics and Computer Science: Systems Biology

Credit points

  • Students must accumulate 26 credit points (CPs)
  • At least 16 in the first year, and the balance in the second year.


Obligatory orientation courses (0 CPs)
All FGS students must take the following orientation courses during the first semester of their studies:

  • Safety
  • Ethics
  • Prevention of sexual harassment


Obligatory Courses (0 CPs)

  • First year students' seminar (0 CPs)


Core Courses (7.5-9 CPs)
Students must take at least 3 of the courses listed below:

  • Host-microorganism interactions in physiology and disease
  • Contemporary Systems Biology
  • Cell Biology by the Numbers
  • Introduction to statistical inference and learning
  • Convex Optimization
  • Basic Topics 1
  • Introduction to Statistical Learning Theory
  • Topics in Machine Learning
  • The RNA world
  • Random walks and algorithms
  • Protein Structure and Function 1
  • Transcriptional Control of Gene Expression


Elective Course (17-18.5 CPs)

  • Students should accumulate the rest of the credit points from courses offered by the Board of Studies in Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Any deviation must be approved in advance by the Board of Studies.


Rotations

  • Students must do 3 rortaions in three different research groups at the Institute.
  • No more than two rotations in the same department.

 

Archaeological Science

Important note
Students in this track are not awarded a degree in Archeological Science, but rather a Master's degree either in Chemical Sciences or in Life Sciences.  Therefore, as far as obligatory and core courses are concerned, students must pay attention to the notes herein and be consistent in following the requirements corresponding to either Chemical Sciences or Life Sciences.


Credit points
Students must accumulate 24 credit points (CPs)
At least 16 in the first year, and the balance in the second year.

Obligatory orientation courses (0 CPs)
All FGS students must take the following orientation courses during the first semester of their studies:

  • Safety
  • Ethics
  • Prevention of sexual harassment


Rotations (0 CPs)

  • Students must do three rotations in three different Research Groups in the first year.
  • Up to two rotations are allowed in the same department.
  • One of the rotations can be substituted by a 2-week participation in an archeological excavation.


Obligatory Courses / presentations (3-5 CPs)

  • Field school in micro-archaeology (2 CPs)
  • Either all the obligatory courses required by the Board of Studies in Chemistry (1 CPs); or, all the obligatory courses required by the Board of Studies in Life Sciences (3 CPs).


Core Courses (9-7.5 CPs)
Students should take at least three core courses during their two-year studies. All three courses must be offered either by the Board of Studies in Chemical Sciences or by the Board of Studies of the Life Sciences. Students should consult the online course schedule about core courses that are offered by the relevant Board of Studies, including the availability of these courses.


Prescribed Courses (0-12.5)
The Board of Studies is likely to prescribe to students (on an individual basis) basic courses in either basic sciences or archeology/anthropology (the number of credit points for each such course will be determined in advance by the Board of Studies).
 

Elective Courses (0-12.5 CPs)

  • Guided reading in archeological science (2 CPs)
  • Weekly archeological seminar (1 CPs)
  • Methodology courses - e.g. electron microscopy (1 CPs)
  • Archeological Excavation - In addition to substituting a rotation with a participation in an archeological excavation, student may participate in another 2 or 3-week excavation and submit a 5-page report on the findings (2 CPs).
  • Conference Presentations (0.5 CPs).
  • Other elective courses offered by the Boards of Studies in Chemical Sciences, or the Board of Studies in the Life Sciences.

 

Science Teaching

Credit points

  • Students must accumulate 26 credit points (CPs)
  • At least 16 in the first year, and the balance in the second year.


Obligatory orientation courses (0 CPs)
All FGS students must take the following orientation courses during the first semester of their studies:

  • Safety
  • Ethics
  • Prevention of sexual harassment


Obligatory Courses (10 CPs)

  • Introduction to Science Education (or Introduction to Mathematics Education); (2 CPs)
  • Introduction to the Methodology of Science Education Research (2 CPs)
  • An advanced course in either quantitative or qualitative research methods (2 CPs)
  • Cognition, Learning and Instruction (2 CPs)
  • Thesis Seminar and Departmental Seminar (2 CPs)


Elective Course (16 CPs)

  • Each student should construct an individual list of courses in consultation with the advisor and the Chair of the Board of Studies
  • 6 CPs must be accumulated from elective courses in Science Teaching.
  • Ten CPs must be accumulated from elective courses in Science (that are offered by the other Boards of Studies).
  • Elective Courses in Science Teaching


The courses listed below are offered every year.

  • Cognition, Learning, and Instruction (Advanced course)
  • Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
  • A Workshop in Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
  • Issues in Qualitative Research Methods
  • A Workshop in Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Issues in Curriculum Research: Theory, Practice and Relevance to Current Trends
  • Change in Science Education

Courses & Exams