Ph.D. Program – Frequently Asked Questions
How does the school admit Ph.D. students?
Each applicant must select a Ph.D. advisor. Read more about selecting an advisor.
Personal interview – please coordinate an interview by email or by calling the office of the School of Graduate Studies at ++972-3-6497320.
Admission decisions will be sent by regular mail.
For funding/scholarship decisions, please call the School’s Scholarships Coordinator at ++972-3-6407226.
What are the admissions requirements?
The minimum grade average required is 85 or higher on all coursework, and a grade of 85 or higher in the M.Sc. thesis.
For the Direct Ph.D. track, a grade average of 90 or higher in baccalaureate coursework, or a grade average of 90 or higher in at least 18 credits for the M.Sc. degree is required. Requests to transfer from the M.Sc. program to the direct Ph.D. track must be submitted at the end of the second or third semester, subject to completion of 18 credits at a grade average of 90 or higher. Requests submitted at the end of the second semester are conditional upon submission of a research proposal. Requests submitted at the end of the third semester are conditional upon approval of the research proposal.
Non-thesis applicants (status “60”) must have an M.Sc. grade average of 85 or higher.
How do I find a Ph.D. advisor?
Consult the list of faculty advisors in the Sackler Faculty of Medicine website.
How do I register?
Applicants must request registration forms from the office of the School of Graduate Studies.
Do I need to find an advisor before registering?
Yes. To be invited for an admission interview, you must return the application forms to the office of the graduate school, complete with the approval and signature of your chosen advisor.
What scholarships does the school offer?
Review the scholarship information.
How long is the program?
The program takes four years to complete, with an option for a one-year extension.
How should I prepare for the admission interview?
Please prepare an abstract of your proposed research or a summary of the research plan you have discussed with your intended advisor. The abstract must explain the research topic, the goals of the research (half a page), and your proposed contribution as a student. You must show an adequate understanding of the topic, as well as proficiency in genetics, cellular and molecular biology, and biochemistry.
How do I register for courses?
Course registration is done through the university’s bidding system (Hebrew link).
You may also register at the office of the School of Graduate Studies.
When do I submit my research proposal?
You must submit your research proposal by the end of the first year, after completing 4 credits with a grade average of 80 or higher.
When do I submit progress reports?
Progress reports are submitted at the end of the second year, or as decided by your thesis committee. A final report must be submitted before you submit your dissertation.
When do I submit my dissertation?
The dissertation must be submitted by the end of the fourth year. If you do not complete your dissertation by the end of the fourth year, you must request an extension from your advisor.
How does the Ph.D. program at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine differ from the Ph.D. program at the Faculty of Life Sciences?
The Ph.D. program at the Faculty of Medicine combines basic research on the genetic and molecular foundation of pathologies with applied pharmacological and clinical research in order to improve the expectancy and quality of human life.