PhD Study Requirements

Physical Sciences

Required Credit Points

If you started your studies before October 1, 2012, then you need to accumulate: In the regular PhD Track: 3 courses by Final Report (2 of them by the Interim Report). In the direct PhD Track: 3 courses in addition to the MSc courses (i.e. 14 courses altogether).

If you started your studies after September 30, 2012, then you need to accumulate:

In the regular PhD Track: 12 credit points by the Final Report (6 of them by the Interim Report)

In the direct PhD Track: 12 credit points by the Final Report in addition to the MSc credit points (i.e. 48 altogether).

 

Chemical Sciences

Required Credit Points

As a PhD student in the Chemical Sciences, you are required to accumulate the following credit points:

In the regular PhD Track: 12 credit points by the Final Report (6 of them by the Interim Report) In the direct PhD Track:

30 credit points by the Final Report including the MSc credit points.

Life Sciences

General Comments

Uniformity
Distinct from the MSc track, the PhD track in Life Sciences does not comprise specialized programs such as Biology, Brain Sciences or Systems Biology.

Acceptance
As part of the admissions process, you will be interviewed by a committee of three Weizmann Institute scientists from the Life Sciences or other scientific disciplines. You are not required to select a mentor for PhD studies prior to registration or to this interview. Finding a potential mentor and working in his or her lab does not guarantee acceptance to the PhD studies program.

Transition
Transition from MSc to PhD studies at the FGS will require the approval of the Board of Studies in Life Sciences and will be based on course grades and the recommendation of the MSc thesis defense committee.


Required Credit Points
As a PhD student in the Life Sciences, you are required to accumulate the following credit points:

In the regular PhD Track
12 credit points by the Final Report (6 of them by the Interim Report)

In the direct PhD Track
30 credit points by the Final Report - including the MSc credit points accumulated


Required Courses

Introduction to Statistics for Life Sciences
Applicable to students who started their studies in October 2015 and onward. Exempted from taking this course are only those students who took it during their MSc studies at the FGS.

Safety
You are required to take an obligatory workshop on safety, unless you already took this course as an MSc student at the Weizmann Institute (0 credits).

Ethics
You are required to take an obligatory workshop on ethics, unless you already took it as an MSc student at the Weizmann Institute (0 credits).


Additional courses
The Board of Studies may assess some students admitted to the PhD track for the Life Sciences as lacking certain areas of knowledge; they may, therefore, be instructed to take specific courses. The Board of Studies for the Life Sciences shall decide, at its discretion, whether such courses are to be included in the standard requirement of credit points for the PhD degree or supplementary to it.


Registration, attendance and dropping out of a course
Our PhD program in the Life Sciences offers three types of courses: lecture courses, seminar courses and laboratory courses. All courses require pre-registration online.

Lecture Courses
Attendance obligation for each course is stated as part of the course details online.

Seminars and Lab courses
Attendance in all classes of a seminar or a laboratory course is obligatory. You are not allowed to withdraw from a seminar or laboratory course after it has started. However, before a course starts, you may cancel your registration, provided you notify the Feinberg Graduate School of your decision in writing. This not only allows another student, on the waiting list, to attend the course, but also ensures the participation of the minimal number of students required for the course to open.


Transferring surplus credit points from MSc studies to PhD studies
If you completed your MSc studies at the Feinberg Graduate School and accumulated extra credit points, you are entitled to transfer up to 2 such credit points from your MSc to your PhD studies. This applies only if you continued directly to PhD studies, or took a break of no more than one year between your MSc and PhD studies. If you are in the Direct PhD Track, all of your MSc points are recognized.


Credit Points for External Courses (including Coursera courses)
If you are interested in taking external courses offered by other research universities in Israel (including the Interuniversity Center in Eilat), or by Coursera, and your interest is endorsed by your thesis advisor, then the procedure outlined below must be followed. Please note that for each external course you will gain 1.5 credit points only, regardless of the course requirements and contact hours. You may accumulate up to 3.0 credit points, maximum, from external courses. Furthermore, you may gain credit points from one Coursera course only.

Step 1: Application (the thesis advisor)
Ask your thesis advisor to write a short email of approval to the FGS Coordinator of Courses including an Approval Form prior to your registering for the course.

Step 2: Registration (the student)
Register for the course. If it is offered by an Israeli research university (except for the Faculty of Agriculture), you will need a special letter from the FGS Coordinator of Courses to waive the course fees (this benefit is allowed for one course per one university in the duration of your PhD studies).  If the course is offered by Coursera, you will have to purchase the right to receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Step 3: Completion (the student)
Upon successful completion of the course, please email the FGS Coordinator of Courses a transcript listing the course. If it is a Coursera course, you must attach the course certificate and a receipt to the email. The FGS will update your records with the newly gained credit points.

In the case of a Coursera course, the FGS will also reimburse you for partial cost of the certificate.

Before registering, please double check with the FGS Course Coordinator about the current FGS reimbursement amount.

Any application for reimbursement must include a copy of the official Coursera certificate indicating a successful completion of the course and a copy of the receipt.

Information about couses offered by the interuniversity institute in Eilat.

List of approved courses 2017.

Credit points from FGS courses
As a PhD student, you may take any course offered by the other Boards of Studies at the Feinberg Graduate School (except for courses in the Science Teaching track and in the Teaching Certification Program). You will be awarded the same credit points pending approval of the Board of Studies in Life Sciences.


Departmental Seminars and External Lectures
Credit points gained from departmental seminars and external lectures are NOT counted as part of the 3 credit points constraint for external courses mentioned above.

As a student in the Life Sciences, you are expected to give at least one departmental seminar during your PhD studies. Departmental seminar presentations award a 0.5 credit point each, at the discretion of the Board of Studies. During your PhD studies, you are entitled to accumulate up to a maximum of one (1) credit point from departmental seminars and external lectures, including presentation at conferences.

If you present your research orally at a scientific conference, you may ask the Board to consider awarding you a 0.5 credit point for your oral presentation. You can contact the Board by sending an email to the FGS Faculty Coordinator. The following are pre-conditions for approval of credit points in this category:

  • You must give an oral lecture, not a poster presentation.
  • It must be presented at a conference that is open to all; it cannot be a closed consortium.
  • It must be given within twelve months of submitting your request to the Board.
  • The meeting can take place in Israel or abroad.
  • You must provide either a letter of invitation to speak or a copy of the program with the lecture listed in it.
  • You must submit your request after the event has taken place.

 

Mathematics and Computer Science

Required Credit Points

As a PhD student in Mathematics & Computer Science, you are required to accumulate the following credit points:

In the regular PhD Track: 12 credit points by the Final Report (6 of them by the Interim Report)

In the direct PhD Track: 12 credit points by the Final Report - in addition to the MSc credit points (i.e. 48 altogether).


At least half of your points should be Mathematics & Computer Science courses. Your choice of courses should be guided by the principles of academic excellence. They should be relevant to your work, yet broad and diverse with respect to subjects and instructors. You are welcome to discuss your choices with your advisors, with the advisory committee or with the members of the Board of Studies. Special requests should be sent by email to Chair of the Board of Studies.

Enrichment Courses

You may obtain credit points for participation in the enrichment courses program. Subject to the recommendation of course instructors AND approval by the Chair of the Board of Studies, you may obtain 2 credit points for each enrichment course, but not more than 4 credit points for courses in that category

 

Science Teaching

Students WITH an MSc in Science Teaching are required to accumulate the following credit points:

In the regular PhD Track:
14 credit points by the Final Report (7 of them by the Interim Report)

In the direct PhD Track:
36 credit points by the Final Report - including the MSc credit points

By the Final Report, students must have completed, during their MSc or PhD studies, the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Introduction to Science Education or Introduction to Mathematics Education
  • Introduction to the Methodology of Science Education Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Cognition, Learning and Instruction
  • Thesis Seminar and Departmental Seminar


Credit points must be accumulated from courses prescribed by the Board of Studies. Any change needs to be approved ahead of time by the Chair of the Board of Studies.

 

Students WITHOUT an MSc in Science Teaching but with an MSc in a science discipline are required to accumulate 18 credit points:

12 credit points from the following required courses (2 credit points each):

  • Introduction to Science Education or Introduction to Mathematics Education
  • Introduction to the Methodology of Science Education Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Cognition, Learning and Instruction
  • Thesis Seminar and Departmental Seminar

6 credit points from which at least 4 will be elective courses in Science Teaching

FGS Coordinators

Course & Exams
Ruth Kamensky
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Physics
Michal Kiri
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Chemistry
Michal Kiri
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Life Sciences
Dalia Greenberg
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Math & CS
Adi Shimron
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Science Teaching
Adi Shimron
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+972-8-934-4553