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Program in Life Sciences

Biology

General
Biology, the study of life and living organisms, is a broad and rapidly-evolving topic. Studies in recent years have given us the ability to understand the very basic processes that underlie life from the levels of the intact organism, through cells and down to the molecular and sub-molecular levels. Understanding these processes requires knowledge, tools and skills from the various fields of biology, medicine, pharmacology, bioinformatics, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and related fields. The Weizmann Institute of Science has several dozen research groups that utilize these and other approaches to understand the basis of life as we know it, combining diverse and inter-disciplinary research with the excellent infrastructure available in our campus.


Minimum academic requirements
We welcome outstanding BSc graduates who hold a BSc degree in Life Sciences from an accredited local or foreign institution of higher learning, or other certificate deemed equivalent by the Board of Studies in your field, with a GPA of 85 (or the equivalent). Candidates from non-Israeli universities or institutions of higher learning are required to take external evaluation examinations, at the discretion of the Board of Studies, including: GRE: Both general tests and tests in the subject you would like to study. The FGS code for GREs is 3398, and scores must be sent directly from the GRE testing center. TOEFL or IELTS: Only for candidates whose mother tongue is not English. Please note that if you are asked to indicate an institution as a score recipient, the Weizmann Institute of Science TOFEL code number is C087.


Application Process
A selected number of candidates will be invited to an interview based on academic achievements and recommendation letters. Previous research experience is an advantage but not mandatory. Since applicants to the program are expected to come from a highly diverse set of backgrounds, the interview committee is comprised of three to four faculty members from different fields in brain research. The program is highly selective and is limited to a small number of students.


Application deadline
Application forms can be submitted between October 1st and March 31st. Late applications (i.e. after the above-mentioned deadlines), are considered in special cases only. Applications by international students received by December 31st will be considered during January, and interviews will be held during early February. Final decisions will be provided by February 28th.


How to apply
Please fill out an online general application form. After submitting your application, you will receive an email indicating that the application was received. Within a couple of days, you will receive a second email with a UserID and a password, that gives you access to an online monitoring service where you can check the status of your application.


Curriculum
Please consult the MSc Courses/Rotations Requirments page under Academics.

 

Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience

Neuroscience and brain research
The study of Neuroscience is viewed by many as the ultimate frontier of science. It comprises of a diverse set of approaches, from the study of genes, to the study of neurons, synapses, circuits, behavior and cognition. Neuroscience in the Weizmann Institute embraces research in all of these aspects. The Institute has a large and vibrant community of Neuroscientists, and it is one of the leading centers of Neural and Brain Research worldwide. Using an extensive range of models and state-of-the-art techniques, Neuroscientists at Weizmann strive to understand neuronal function in health and disease.

The Weizmann Institute offers this competitive Integrated MSc/PhD program (Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience) - an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary training and education for the next generation of Neuroscientists.

The degree is awarded in the Life Sciences.


About this track
The nervous system underlies everything that is human, including sensation, movement, emotion, memory, and consciousness. The molecular and cellular processes that govern the formation of the nervous system, those that are essential for its normal function, as well as the processes that promote its breakdown and degeneration in disease are at the frontier of neuroscience. The Weizmann Institute of Science has a large community of Molecular & Cellular Neuroscientists whose work focuses on precisely these topics. We welcome outstanding students from various disciplines including Life Sciences and Exact Sciences (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer science), to apply to this track. The program offers a wide selection of courses in the Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience, covering all aspects– from cellular processes, neurodevelopment to neurodegeneration.


Minimum academic requirements
We welcome outstanding BSc graduates from various disciplines to apply to our cutting-edge direct PhD track in Neural and Brain Sciences. Applicants must hold a BSc degree from an accredited local or foreign institution of higher learning, or other certificate deemed equivalent by the Board of Studies in your field, with a GPA of 85 (or the equivalent). Candidates from non-Israeli universities or institutions of higher learning are required to take external evaluation examinations, at the discretion of the Board of Studies, including: GRE: Both general tests and tests in the subject you would like to study. The FGS code for GREs is 3398, and scores must be sent directly from the GRE testing center. TOEFL or IELTS: Only for candidates whose mother tongue is not English. Please note that if you are asked to indicate an institution as a score recipient, the Weizmann Institute of Science TOFEL code number is C087.


Application Process
A selected number of candidates will be invited to an interview based on academic achievements and recommendation letters. Previous research experience is an advantage but not mandatory. Since applicants to the program are expected to come from a highly diverse set of backgrounds, the interview committee is comprised of three to four faculty members from different fields in brain research. The program is highly selective and is limited to a small number of students.


Application deadline
Application forms can be submitted between October 1st and March 31st. Late applications (i.e. after the above-mentioned deadlines), are considered in special cases only. Applications by international students received by December 31st will be considered during January, and interviews will be held during early February. Final decisions will be provided by February 28th.


How to apply
Please fill out an online gen eral application form. Please note that due to some technical constraints, the form is identical to our regular MSc application form. So, please don’t be alarmed and proceed. For the main field of study, please select Life Sciences. For the field of study, please select Brain Sciences. After submitting your application, you will receive an email indicating that the application was received. Within a couple of days, you will receive a second email with a UserID and a password, that gives you access to an online monitoring service where you can check the status of your application.


Curriculum
Please consult the MSc Courses/Rotations Requirments page under Academics.

 

Brain Sciences: Systems, Computational & Cognitive Neuroscience

Neuroscience and brain research
The study of Neuroscience is viewed by many as the ultimate frontier of science. It comprises of a diverse set of approaches, from the study of genes, to the study of neurons, synapses, circuits, behavior and cognition. Neuroscience in the Weizmann Institute embraces research in all of these aspects. The Institute has a large and vibrant community of Neuroscientists, and it is one of the leading centers of Neural and Brain Research worldwide. Using an extensive range of models and state-of-the-art techniques, Neuroscientists at Weizmann strive to understand neuronal function in health and disease.

The Weizmann Institute offers this competitive Integrated MSc/PhD track (Brain Sciences: Systems, Computational & Cognitive Neuroscience) - an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary training and education for the next generation of Neuroscientists. Students registered in the program are eligible to transfer to a master’s program in coordination with the BOS and the student’s advisor, and obtain a MSc degree having completed all academic requirements.


The degree is awarded in Life Sciences.


The track is open for students from various backgrounds
The brain is the most complex known entity in the universe. It underlies everything that is human, including sensations, movements, emotions, memories, learning, language, planning, imagination and consciousness. As such, brain research involves a uniquely diverse set of disciplines, including Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology, Engineering, and Biology. We welcome outstanding students from any of the above academic backgrounds to apply to this track. The track offers a wide selection of courses in the Brain Sciences, covering all aspects of brain research – from systems, behavioral and theoretical neuroscience.


Minimum academic requirements
We welcome outstanding BSc graduates from various disciplines to apply to our cutting-edge direct PhD track in Neural and Brain Sciences. Applicants must hold a BSc degree from an accredited local or foreign institution of higher learning, or other certificate deemed equivalent by the Board of Studies in your field, with a GPA of 85 (or the equivalent). Candidates from non-Israeli universities or institutions of higher learning are required to take external evaluation examinations, at the discretion of the Board of Studies, including: GRE: Both general tests and tests in the subject you would like to study. The FGS code for GREs is 3398, and scores must be sent directly from the GRE testing center. TOEFL or IELTS: Only for candidates whose mother tongue is not English. Please note that if you are asked to indicate an institution as a score recipient, the Weizmann Institute of Science TOFEL code number is C087.


Application Process
A selected number of candidates will be invited to an interview based on academic achievements and recommendation letters. Previous research experience is an advantage but not mandatory. Since applicants to the program are expected to come from a highly diverse set of backgrounds, the interview committee is comprised of three to four faculty members from different fields in brain research. The program is highly selective and is limited to a small number of students.


Application deadline
Application forms can be submitted between October 1st and March 31st. Late applications (i.e. after the above-mentioned deadlines), are considered in special cases only. Applications by international students received by December 31st will be considered during January, and interviews will be held during early February. Final decisions will be provided by February 28th.


How to apply
Please fill out an online general application form. Please note that due to some technical constraints, the form is identical to our regular MSc application form. So, please don’t be alarmed and proceed. For the main field of study, please select Life Sciences. For the field of study, please select Brain Sciences. After submitting your application, you will receive an email indicating that the application was received. Within a couple of days, you will receive a second email with a UserID and a password, that gives you access to an online monitoring service where you can check the status of your application.


Curriculum
Please consult the MSc Courses/Rotations Requirments page under Academics.

 

Computational and Systems Biology

General
Biological research is becoming increasingly dependent on computational approaches, including systems biology, genomics, big data analysis, protein design and other fields. The M.Sc. track in Computational and Systems Biology within our MSc program in the Life Sciences, offers a multidisciplinary training program for the next generation of computational biologists. The initiative is aimed at students with a background in the Life science that are interested in acquiring or expanding their computational skills and applying them to biological research, either alone or in combination with experimental approaches. Prior computational knowledge is NOT required.  Students with computational background (e.g. computer science, mathematics or physics) will also be considered.

The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the leading centers of Computational and Systems biology worldwide, with a large and vibrant community of labs that study diverse biological areas, such as network analyses, cancer, infectious diseases, development and protein engineering. The program puts a strong emphasis on learning the principles of programming and computational data analysis, and hands on experience in applying these to the biological areas of interest of each student. We therefore welcome outstanding students from any academic background to apply to this cutting-edge training program.

This platform combines advanced and rich coursework in computational analyses, three rotations including two in computational laboratories, and thesis research that may be conducted in any computational-related laboratory at the Weizmann Institute.

For more information
Please contact
Ms. Dalia Greenberg
+972-8-934-3843