Neuroscience (0316)

Track Coordinator: Prof. Eran Perlson





This program is offered in English.


The master's program in neuroscience prepares students for advanced study in the physiological and pharmacological properties of the nervous system at the molecular level, cellular level, and at the level of neuron networks and system functioning.




Please note that the student's curriculum must be approved by his advisor and the program coordinator. The curriculum consists of 24 graduate semester hours divided as follows:


Required Courses

  • All students are required to take departmental courses in Biostatistics, Lab Safety, Research Ethics, and Scientific Writing. These courses should be completed in the first year.
  • For students who work with laboratory animals, an additional course is required in the Ethical Conduct and Care of Research Animals.
  • All students in this track are required to take an 8-hour course in Neurobiology in the department.
  • For students basing their thesis in research from observational or interventional studies, the following courses are required: Introduction to Epidemiology, Survey and Research Methods in Epidemiology, and Biostatistics II.

Elective Courses

  • Students must take 7 hours of elective courses in the department. Additionally they should take 7 hours of elective courses offered by other departments of the School of Graduate Studies.


1. Required courses (6-9 points)


  • Basic Neuroscience, Nathan Dascal (3 hours in Hebrew, or 2 hours in English).  If the student took a similar course in their undergraduate studies, exemption will be given provided that the extent of the course and the grade are sufficient. * 
  • Neurobiology: molecules, brain, and behavior, Dr. Yoni Haitin (3 hours) – given bi-yearly
  • New Aspects in Molecular Neurology and Neurophysiology, Prof. Inna Slutsky (3 hours)


2. Elective courses in neuroscience from our department or other departments (8-12 points)


The current (2020) list of elective courses in English in the Department:


  • Ion Channels: Classical and Molecular Biophysics, Prof. Nathan Dascal (2 hours) – given bi-yearly
  • Molecular Communication in Nerve Cells, Prof. Eran Perlson (2 hours)
  • Sleep and Consciousness: Form Neurological Foundations to Cognitive Processes, Prof. Yuval Nir (3 hours)
  • Open questions on the function of nerve cells in gait and vestibular function, Dr. Meir Plotnik.
  • Advances in brain tumor treatment and MRI, Dr. Yael Mardor – given in the Summer



3. Elective courses from graduate school (in neuroscience or other med/science topics)


  • Basic Neuroscience course is currently given only Hebrew. If there are new MSc students that are interested in this course in English, they’ll notify the graduate school and it’ll be checked if possible (will not be given in 2020-2021).




Students must attend at least 25 seminars, of which 40% must be within the Department. The student will keep a record of the lectures and submit a signed form to the Secretariat confirming participation. This form is a requirement for graduation.


If a student attends a scientific conference, it is equivalent to two seminars. Please note that a student will not get approval for more than two conferences. 




Students must submit a research proposal for their thesis by the end of the second semester. The thesis will be submitted by the end of the fourth semester. Students must present their thesis topic within the Department or at a scientific conference. Their advisor must approve their thesis as a condition for completion of the master's degree.



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