Exact Sciences - Graduate programs

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences

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This page is up to date 13.12.21

The Porter School for the Environment and Earth Sciences

 

Geophysics (0341)

The department offers courses on Earth Sciences, focusing on the various physical phenomena and their mathematical description. These include courses on the dynamics of the solid Earth, the oceans and the atmosphere, as well as some courses on our solar system. Special attention is given on understanding the mechanisms of earthquakes and the upper layer of the solid Earth, as well as on the atmospheric and oceanic processes shaping our weather and climate.

The degree is a research degree – M.Sc. and it requires submitting a written thesis, which will be prepared under the supervision of a faculty member. The student has to contact a supervisor before starting the program. The courses attended by the students are aimed at allowing them to perform the research.

If needed, the program may be taught in English.

 

Admission Requirements

The M.Sc. program accepts applications from those holding a B.Sc. in atmospheric sciences, earth sciences, applied mathematics, physics or related fields with a minimum grade of 80.

 

In certain cases, the admission committee may require that the applicants will take supplementary courses.

 

Geography and the Human Environment (0349)

Graduate studies offer advanced specialization studies with both theoretical and practical aspects, focusing on the integration of the physical, human, and social aspects of the environment. Students are prepared for research or work in relevant fields, while benefiting from the multi-disciplinary nature of Geography studies. The department offers the opportunity to specialize in a number of sub-fields in Geography which are at the forefront of international research, including: Environment, Society and Planning, Urban and Regional Planning and Design (in collaboration with the School of Architecture); the Physical Environment (climate and water); and Geo-Informatics. Students may combine any of these sub-fields in their studies and research. Candidates may apply to the Environment, Society and Planning, Urban and Regional Planning and Design or Geo-Informatics programs, which will be recognized in the degree's diploma.

The department offers both a research track with a thesis requirement, and a theoretical track with a final exam requirement (28 hours in total for the research track; 36 for the theoretical track).

 

Admissions

Admission is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a recognized institution with a minimum final grade average of 85 as well as a minimum grade of 85 in all seminars. Candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than geography will be required to successfully complete a cluster of supplementary courses, which will depend on the specific program they apply to. The lessons are taught in Hebrew. Therefore, a certain level of proficiency in the Hebrew language is a requirement for admission.

For more details please visit the department's Hebrew website or contact the Department's students' secretary

Mrs. Ben-Keren Zion 03-6409896,  

 

The Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences (PSEES) offers a range of graduate environmental studies programs in our Department of Environmental Studies. All of our degree programs are based on an interdisciplinary approach, and maintain close cooperation with relevant faculties at Tel Aviv University, based on the premise that addressing environmental challenges requires a broad outlook and the integration of varied fields of research.

 

Environmental Studies , Thesis Track – M.A. or M.Sc. (0910)

This program is up to date 13.12.21.

 

The program is intended for graduates of undergraduate degrees in any field.

 

About the Program

The Thesis Track Master's Program is an interdisciplinary degree, offering both MSc and MA tracks, personally adapted to each student. 

Students carry out a research project on a chosen topic, under the guidance of two supervisors* from two different fields of expertise, in order to support an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies.

 

The program is suitable for graduates of undergraduate degrees in different disciplines who are interested in obtaining a multi-disciplinary environmental education, developing a career in a vital and developing field, and influencing the future of our environment. 

The Thesis Track program provides comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the environmental field including: relationships between humans and the environment; environmental processes at the local, national and global level; technological and innovative approaches; and advanced research methods. This broad knowledge and research experience enables candidates to steer different professional careers to include an environmental emphasis, among them research careers, nano-technology, epidemiology, industrial ecology, plant science, education, planning and consultancy, arhcitecture and more.

 

Program Structure

The program is comprised of 28 semester hours (and an additional 8 semester hours of supplementary courses).  The program includes 12 semester hours of core courses taken by all students in the program, and 16 semester hours of in-depth courses that are chosen according to the student’s research topic (including research methods). Students are required to select their interdisciplinary environmental research topic and find two supervisors* by the start of the academic year. The research track (MA or MSc), research topic, supervisors and student background will be submitted to the School Teaching Committee for approval. 

*In some circumstances it is possible to work with one supervisor. Details can be found on the department website. 

 

The degree program is taught in Hebrew.

 

For advice and further details, contact:

Head of the Program: Dr. Uri Obolski

Office hours, by appointment: uriobols@tauex.tau.ac.il

Environmental Studies building, room 202

 

Student secretary: Elia Yair

eliay@tauex.tau.ac.il

Environmental Studies building, room 304

03-6405154

 

Admission Requirements

MA track:

  • Eligible candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from an academic institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education, in any field, with a final grade of 80 or above.
  • Candidates with  a bachelor’s degree from an academic institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education with a final grade under 80 but no lower than 75 may also apply. Their candidacy will be considered by the admissions committee of the school.
  • Admission is conditional on finding at least one supervisor who is a faculty member of Tel Aviv University. Admission is also conditional on the supervisor/s’ agreement, on approval of an abbreviated research proposal and the approval of the School Teaching Committee.

MSc track:

  • Eligible candidates for the MSc track must hold a BSc in any field from an academic institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education, with a final grade of 80 or above.
  • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree from an academic institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education with a final grade under 80 but no lower than 75 may also apply. Their candidacy will be considered by the admissions committee of the school.
  • Admission is conditional on finding at least one supervisor who is a faculty member of Tel Aviv University, from one of the following faculties: Exact Sciences (excluding the Department of Geography), Engineering, Life Sciences, Medicine. Admission is also conditional on the supervisor/s’ agreement, on approval of an abbreviated research proposal and the approval of the School Teaching Committee.

 

Please note! Following the initial evaluation and screening round, some candidates will be invited for an interview. The interview will assess the knowledge acquired by the candidates in their previous studies, and their ability to handle questions requiring creative and analytical thought and a basic understanding of the principles of research methods.

 

Due to the requirement for interdisciplinary research, we recommend you make contact as early as possible with relevant supervisors, and develop the research topic together with them. Contacting supervisors later on will reduce the chances of finding suitable supervision as they may have already committed to other students.

 

Candidates who apply late will have their applications assessed on the basis of places available, and thus the chances of being accepted to the program may be reduced.

 

Further details related to registration, admission and teaching can be obtained via the departmental secretary (with advance appointment), room 304, the Environmental Studies building. Contact us via the department website or by email.

 

Scholarships

  • The department awards scholarships and academic prizes (according to the department scholarship regulations)

 

Environmental Studies, Non-thesis Track  (0910)  

This program is up to date 13.12.21.

 

The non-thesis Track combines a broad global view on the environment with local and regional references. The program emphasizes the significance of multi-disciplinary knowledge for tackling environmental problems. The non-thesis track program includes studies in a range of topics such as the climate crisis, environmental policy, alternative energy sources, environmental ethics and justice, plant sciences, water and education. Study of these topics and others will contribute to your ability to promote environmental approaches and policy in your area of work.

 

The program is suited to professionals with an academic degree working in different organizations including government departments, public and private companies, environmental organizations and others, who wish to expand their knowledge and acquire a master’s degree in environmental studies; and to all graduates with an undergraduate degree in different fields who are interested in the environment and wish to develop a career in that area.

 

In recent years, awareness of environmental challenges is growing and with it, the demand for outstanding professionals in this complex and vital field. The non-thesis track in environmental studies provides students with a wide range of knowledge and tools that are an asset in the environmental job market. In addition, the program enables students to specialize in specific aspects of the environment – science, law, management, arts, education, etc. - and to use this to advance environmental policy in their areas of work.

 

For advice and further details, contact:

Head of the Program: Prof. Alex Golberg

Office hours, by appointment: agolberg@tauex.tau.ac.ilEnvironmental Studies building, room 205

03-6407182

 

Student secretary: Dorit Landman

dorlan@tauex.tau.ac.il

Environmental Studies building, room 305

03-6408116

 

This degree program is taught in Hebrew and English. 

 

Admission Requirements

  • Eligible candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from an academic institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education, in any field, with a final grade of 80 or above.
  • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree from an academic institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education with a final grade under 80 but no lower than 75 may also apply. Their candidacy will be considered by the admissions committee of the school.

 

Application Guidelines

Candidates should apply online and attach the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae including details of experience in the environmental field, if any.
  • Two references, including at least one from a referee in academia.
  • Document attesting to candidate's class rank at the end of the bachelor's degree. 

 

Please note! Following the initial evaluation and screening round, some candidates will be invited for an interview. The interview will assess the knowledge acquired by the candidates in their previous studies, and their ability to handle questions requiring creative and analytical thought.

 

Further details related to registration, admission and teaching can be obtained via the departmental secretary (with advance appointment), room 305, the Environmental Studies building. Tel: 03-6408116, and on the department website.

 

Program Structure and Requirements

The standard duration of the degree is two years (4 semesters). It is possible to take some courses required for the degree in advance, in the ‘cumulative track’, before entering the regular course of studies.

Students will be required to take up to 10 semester hours of supplementary undergraduate courses. 

Each student must take at least 2 seminar courses (including submission of a seminar paper) with a total of at least 8 academic credits.

The program is comprised of 36 semester hours. The program includes core courses taken by all students on the program, elective courses and seminars. In addition students are required to submit a final project.  

 

 International Program in Environmental Studies (0344)

This program is up to date 13.12.21.

 

The International MA Program in Environmental Studies provides candidates with an intensive multidisciplinary insight into environmental studies with an emphasis on Israel's unique geographic and geopolitical setting. It takes place over one year (3 semesters), is full-time and is taught entirely in English.

 

The International Program is an interdisciplinary environmental studies program leading to an M.A. degree. A thesis-track option is available for outstanding students who would like to pursue an academic career and in-depth research.

 

Academic responsibility for the program lies with its Academic Committee made up of representatives of the different faculties. The program is comprised of 38 semester hours and a final project. In addition, students will be required to take up to 4 semester hours of supplementary undergraduate courses (not included in the number of hours for the degree).  Based on the crucial understanding that the future of the environmental profession is both international and interdisciplinary, the curriculum has been designed to equip its participants with the broad knowledge and perspectives they need to meet the complex challenges that lie ahead. Therefore, the courses cover basic scientific content necessary for understanding wide-ranging environmental problems, as well as general content related to the legal, ethical, physical and health issues related to the environmental world. Students on the program will get to pursue a wide variety of unique environmental topics such as marine conservation, environmental policy, sustainable development and more. This innovative program also provides some real, hands-on experience, with local environmentally related field trips and a unique professional internship that focuses on environmental advocacy and environmental planning.

The international program is open to students of all backgrounds.  A degree in environmental studies is not a requirement for admission to the program.

 

Candidates with a final grade of at least 80 on the Israeli grading scale (or its equivalent), from a university or similar accredited institute of higher education, are eligible for candidacy. Applicants with a final grade between 75 and 80 should still apply; the Admissions Committee takes candidates' full applications into consideration.

 

Applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree outside of Israel, at a university where the primary language of teaching and examination is not English, must provide proof of English proficiency, in one of the following ways: By submitting an official and original test scores for IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge exams. The English proficiency tests scores must show that the applicant is at the B2 level on the CEFR.

TOEFL (paper): 550 */ TOELF iBT (internet and home edition): 79**, all test components need to be in the B2 range. IELTS Academic: 6.5, all test components need to be in the B2 range. Cambridge B2 First / C1 Advanced/ C2 Proficiency - Passing grade (A, B or C).. Israeli applicants can provide “AMIR” test scores.

 

International candidates interested in applying to the International Program should apply via the TAU International website. Israeli candidates are required to register through the Israeli registration portal. A full list of instructions is available at this link.

 

For advice and further details, contact:

Head of the Program: Prof. Alex Golberg

Office hours, by appointment: agolberg@tauex.tau.ac.il

Environmental Studies building, room 205, 03-6407182

Student secretary: Lee Mori

Leemori4@tauex.tau.ac.il

Environmental Studies building, room 306, 03-6406616
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