M.Sc. Program

The purpose of this program is to enable outstanding graduates of Biology, Medical Science and other areas in Life Sciences or Psychology to acquire deeper theoretical, integrative knowledge together with intensive practical training in research in Neurobiology. Emphasis is placed on the study of behavior as reflecting structural and functional principles of the nervous system and its units (down to the sub-cellular level), under the assumption that the characteristics of the nervous system are expressed in a variety of behaviors. The program incorporates novel research methods that are at the forefront of science, ranging from advanced molecular methods and genetic engineering, through the registration of electrical signals of the brain to the use of brain scans. Interdisciplinary research is employed with the aim of examining the contribution of neural organization levels and different environmental behavior of animals and humans.

The program is designed for those interested in the study of brain, behavior, learning and memory, and psychiatric disorders. Graduates of the program can pursue careers in advanced research in academia (Ph.D.), Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and in a variety of research and development organizations in the field of neurobiology and of biology.

The members of the Doctorate committee: Dr. Lior Cohen (Chairperson), Prof. Shlomo Wagner, Prof. Mouna Maroun, Dr. Avi Mendelsohn.

Requirements for enrollment:

  1. Candidate must be graduates of a Bachelor degree program in biology, medical sciences, psychology or related fields in the life sciences from an accredited institution of higher education in the country or abroad.
  2. Grade point average of at least 80 in each of the undergraduate subjects studied.
  3. A personal interview with the departmental admissions committee. The committee may, at its discretion, change the above admission requirements.
  4. If necessary, the admissions committee will determine an auxiliary curriculum program for each student depending on his or her academic background. Completion of the program with an 80 average grade is a prerequisite for further studies in the department.
  5. A candidate with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in which the language of instruction is not Hebrew, must meet a required level of knowledge of Hebrew required by the University as a condition for acceptance for studies.

Duration of studies:

The duration of studies, including the submission of a thesis, is two years. The program is intensive and requires investment of time and intense intellectual effort. Students of the department are required to find a thesis advisor and complete their thesis proposal by the end of second semester first year of study.


School program for M.Sc. in the Joseph Sagol Department of Neurobiology, are on a single possible track, which includes experimental research work and thesis submission.

Program curriculum includes:

-        Mandatory courses totaling 18 weekly lecture hours

-        Active participation in the departmental seminar, including auditing and lecturing on a seminarial assignment.

-        Elective courses totaling 18 weekly lecture hours, and auxiliary courses without credit (see below).

Writing a research proposal and approval

Until the end of the first year, students must submit a research proposal in English for review. The research proposal will contain the following elements: title page, abstract (approximately 1/3 page), Introduction, hypothesis and objectives, methods and materials, timetable, preliminary results (if any) and an organized and uniform bibliography.

The scope of the proposal should not exceed 10 pages and must be edited in a strictly scientific language.


Thesis writing and approval

After receiving approval for the submission of the thesis supervisor , the student must submit to the university authority for advanced studies a printed copy (not bound) of the theses for a regulation inspection of the work.

After receiving approval from the Authority for Advanced Studies, the student must submit three copies signed by the advisor.

The program curriculum includes:

◙ Mandatory courses common to all students in the program consisting of 18 weekly lecture hours.

◙ Active participation in the departmental seminar including auditing and lecture on the seminar assignment consisting of two weekly lecture hours.

◙ Elective courses totaling 18 weekly lecture hours in which each student will participate in consultation with his thesis advisor.

◙ Handing in the thesis as a document and lecture.

◙ Mandatory auxiliary study - "Laboratory Safety" - The course will be given during the first semester of school without Credit.


The following table summarizes the structure of the curriculum:


Mandatory courses

(Weekly Hours)

Optional courses

(Weekly Hours)


18 + Departmental seminar

At least 4


Departmental seminar





Course descriptions for Master students:

Course name





Design of experiments and Analysis of Scientific results

4 Weekly hours


Introduction to Cellular and molecular Neurobiology

4 Weekly hours


Introduction to Systematic Neurobiology

4 Weekly hours


Neuro Physiology of cells and nerve nets

4 Weekly hours


Departmental Seminar (Mandatory)


Advanced methods in Neurobiology

2 Weekly hours


Neurobiology Seminar


18 Weekly hours


Total mandatory hours

18 Weekly hours



Elective courses

Each students will design a schedule of at least 14 weekly semester hours of courses provided by the Department. Up to four additional weekly semester hours can be elected from a variety of courses available at the university. The curriculum will be determined with consultation and with the approval of thesis advisor. Total volume of elective courses is of 18 weekly semester hours.

Some of the courses are elective courses of other graduate programs, and students will be able to enroll in them conditional on approval by departmental M.Sc committee and with consent teachers of the courses and the head of the relevant department.

Course Name


Seminar in molecular topics of learning and memory

2 Weekly hours

Learning and Memory - Psychological models

2 Weekly hours

Neurobiology of brain disorders

4 Weekly hours

Seminar in Electrophysiological studies

2 Weekly hours

Introduction to use of Matlab in neuroscience

3 Weekly hours

Nerve representation in the brain systems

2 Weekly hours


2 Weekly hours

Introduction to Computational Neurobiology

3 Weekly hours

Developmental Neurobiology

2 Weekly hours

Plasticity in the nervous system

2 Weekly hours

Introduction to Ethonology

4 Weekly hours

Advanced methods of Neurobiology

2 Weekly hours

Scientific writing and formulation

2 Weekly hours