The purpose of graduate studies in physics is to shape outstanding students into independent researchers, ready to take leadership roles in academia and industry. In this, the graduate program is significantly and essentially different from undergraduate studies, which are designed to give a solid basis for success in future scientific endeavors. Graduate school builds on this, first with advanced coursework, and then, most critically, with research directed by a faculty member in one of the active research frontiers of physical science. It is our mission and desire to convey the excitement and beauty of world-class creative research to our graduate students, and it is our goal that many will find their way into academia or become visionary leaders of industry.

The graduate school experience at the Technion Physics Department is unique. The department is well known not only for its academic achievements and international collaborations, but also for its friendly and open atmosphere. The rich intellectual environment is augmented by frequent visits by well-known scientists from all over the world, many of whom give distinguished lecture series, in all branches of physics. This international exposure, as well as travel to conferences abroad, provides students with an opportunity to expand their intellectual horizons, and helps them to create an essential network of international connections.

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We offer two graduate degrees:

MSc (masters) Degree

Students studying for an MSc (masters) degree must complete a series of required courses and perform original research culminating in a written thesis. The first two semesters are usually dedicated to coursework, during which time the student finds a research advisor and devises a thesis plan. The second year is dedicated to research, under close supervision and mentoring by the faculty advisor.

With the concurrence of a faculty advisor and the approval of the graduate studies committee, an excellent student can, in some cases, bypass the requirement of a written masters thesis and continue directly to his or her PhD studies.

PhD (doctoral) Degree

Following successful completion of the MSc degree, a student may apply to be accepted to the PhD (doctoral) degree program. This is an intensive program in which the student performs and publishes original scientific research in the research group of a physics professor, with an eye toward becoming established as an independent creative researcher. During the PhD program, doctoral students become experts in their chosen fields and gain advanced knowledge and tools crucial to their development as independent researchers. A small amount of additional coursework is typically required for the PhD degree, as is a written thesis.

 

General Requirement:

MSc Degree

Candidates for a Master's degree who have completed a three-year undergraduate program are required to complete 30 credits of course work. Other candidates (such as those who have graduated from a four-year program) will be required to take courses according to their background.

PhD Degree

Candidates holding a Master's degree who have been admitted to the doctoral program are required to complete 8 credits of course work, work with a supervisor, and undergo an examination on the subject of their thesis, in accordance with the Graduate School regulations.