Anatomy & Physical Anthropology (0113)

Track coordinator: Rachel Oz



The master's program in Anatomy & Physical Anthropology will train researches to undertake advanced research and study in the fields of: 

  1. Physical anthropology
  2. Anatomy and skeletal anataomy
  3. Neuro-anatomy




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


Required (compulsory) Courses

  • All students are required to take Faculty courses in Biostatistics, Lab Safety, Research Ethics, and Scientific Writing. These courses should be completed in the first year.
  • All students in this track are required to take 6 hours of compulsory courses from the Anatomy & Anthropology cirriculum.
  • Those who previously studied Anatomy at the level of Meshulevet course or higher can get an exemption. Otherwise students must take one of the compulsory courses.  

Compulsory courses in English include: 

  •  0113.5552.01 Bone structure and function (2 hours) - Prof. Yankel Gabet (every other year, places in 2020- 2021).
  •  Microcomputer tomography: use and experimental applications (2 hours) - Prof. Yankel Gabet (every other year, takes place in 2020- 2021).
  • 0455.3505.01 Brain mapping and imaging (2 hours) - Dr. Ido Tavor
  • Students who are exempt from these compulsory courses will have to replace the hours with elective courses of the Graduate School. 
  • For students who work with laboratory animals, an additional courses is required in the Ethical Conduct and Care of Research Animals. 
  • 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 7-9  hours of elective courses in the department. All the compulsory courses may count for the elective courses from the Department after the student completes 6 hours of compulsory courses. They can also take up to 8-9 hours of elective courses offered by other departments in the School of Graduate Studies.

Elective courses for international Students:

  • 0491.3251.01 Advanced topics in Neuroimaging
  • Dental anthropology - Dr Rachel Sarig
  • Introduction to Physical Anthropology – the hidden story in bones - Dr Hila May
  • Evolution (will start in 2020-2021) - Dr Hila May


  • Upcoming additional courses:
    • “Histological processing of hard tissues” – Prof Yankel Gabet & ???
    • “Fossils preservation and restoration” – Prof. Israel Hershkovitz
    • “Geometric morphometrics” – Dr Hila May
    • “Retrieval and analysis of ancient DNA” – Dr Viviane Slon


Additionally, the courses in Neuro are also open for students in this track:

  • Neurobiology: molecules, brain, and behavior (Dr. Haitin) 3 hours
  • New Aspects in Molecular Neurology and Neurophysiology (Prof. Slutsky) 3 hours
  • Molecular Communication in Nerve Cells (Prof. Perlson) 2 hours
  • Sleep and Consciousness: Form Neurological Foundations to Cognitive Processes (Prof. Nir) 3 hours




Students must attend at least 25 seminars, of which 40% must be within the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology. 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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