Program in Life Sciences

Registration information for all our Life Sciences programs

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 on 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 at least 85 (or the equivalent). Alternatively, candidates should demonstrate that they were in the top 25% of their class average.

Our Brain Sciences program is open to outstanding students from diverse backgrounds, including Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Psychology and Life Sciences.

Note: Applicants with a lower grade average than required that believe that their grade average does not represent their capabilities should add to the application a one-page (maximum) statement explaining their capacity to succeed in the MSc track.

Please note that to register you can be in your last year of studies and do not have to hold the degree yet.

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 as seen by your C.V (please see attached a sample C.V. for your convenience) and recommendation letters. Letters of recommendation/reference are an extremely important and valuable tool for the committees to decide on the capacity of the applicant to succeed in our MSc program. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you supply at least 1 and up to 3 letters of reference from teachers or PIs that have a close knowledge of your scientific capacity to study and perform research (hence know you from your BSc and not from before).

Previous research experience is an advantage but not mandatory. Since applicants to the programs are expected to come from a highly diverse set of backgrounds, the interview committee is comprised of up to three faculty members from different fields. Each of the programs is highly selective and is limited to a small number of students.


Application timeline for all Life Sciences programs (2021)
Application forms can be submitted between November 3rd and February 28th. Late applications (i.e. after the above-mentioned deadlines), are considered in special cases only.

Interview dates (2021)
Invitations for interviews will be sent out in the first two weeks of March 2021. All interviews will take place between the March 16-25, 2021. Please make sure to keep these dates free as we cannot promise to interview you on other dates and this may harm your chances of acceptance

Notification of acceptance (2021)
All candidates will be notified of their acceptance status until April 6t, 2021.  Please do not email with questions regarding acceptance before this date.

Open day (2021)
An open day to introduce you to the campus and our programs will take place on Friday May 7, 2021 from 09:00 until 15:00 (please save the date). 

Open days for rotation interviews (2021)
For candidates accepted to the various Life Sciences programs there will be two additional open days to visit the Life Sciences labs and interview for rotations: will occur on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 09:00 to 17:00; and on Friday, May 21, 2021 from 09:00:15:00. All candidates accepted to the program will receive a formal letter of invitation.


Entrance prizes
The top ten candidates that start their MSc in any of the programs of the Life Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science each year will be awarded our Excellence in Life Sciences Prize to the sum of NIS 15,000.


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. During the application process you will be requested to choose the track to which you wish to apply.


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

ExCLS (Excellence Clusters in Life Sciences)

This new program enables each student to select a cluster of courses of their choice based on scientific fields of interest. Choice of cluster will only be required following admission and will not affect the laboratories that you may rotate or perform your MSc research in. Five clusters of courses are included in this program:

Structural and synthetic Biology

Proteomics | Biochemistry | Structural Biology | Protein design | Synthetic Biology | Lipid Biology | Lipidomics | Glyco Biology | Glycomics | Metabolites | Metabolomics | Biophysics


Cell Biology

Epigenetic regulation of gene expression | RNA Biology | Transcriptomics and epigenomics | Translation | DNA replication and repair | Post translational modifications | Cell cycle | Senescence and cell death | Organelle Biology | Trafficking/ Cellular communication | Protein degradation | Metabolism | Signaling | Microbiology | Virology | Parasitology


Immunity, Infection and Immunotherapy

Immunology | Infectious diseases | Host-pathogen interactions | Microbiome | Cancer Immunology


Development, regeneration and disease

Developmental Biology | Stem Cells and organoids | Regeneration | Physiology | Endocrinology | Cancer and tumor Biology | Genetic diseases | Aging | Gene therapy | Translational science


Plant, Environment and Ecosystems

Marine sciences | Plant Sciences | Environmental microbiology | Ecology/ Evolution | Biodiversity and conservation | Biogeochemistry | Global change

 

The degree is awarded in the Life Sciences.

Brain Sciences and Neurobiology

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.

List of all Neuro related labs

The Weizmann Institute offers two competitive Integrated MSc/PhD tracks for a limited number of excellent students who aim to study Neuroscience. The programs provide inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary training and education for the next generation of Neuroscientists:
 

Brain Sciences track: Systems, Computational & Cognitive Neuroscience

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.

About the Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience track
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 Life Sciences with strong background or interest in neuroscience 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.


The degree is awarded in the Life Sciences.

Computational and Systems Biology

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.

More information on Computational and Systems Biology Research Groups is available here.


The degree is awarded in the Life Sciences.

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