The graduate program at the department of Chemistry comprises a two year M.Sc. program and a four year PhD program. Students with outstanding academic achievements can complete the PhD program directly in about 4 – 5 years.
Objectives of the graduate studies at the Department of Chemistry
The objectives of the graduate program are: to train the student in modern research methods and techniques; to develop the skills needed for independent, critical and creative research; and – finally – to establish teaching skills. Each student, therefore, carries out an original research program, chosen from among the various fields of research within the department under the supervision of one of the faculty members. In addition and in parallel to the research, the students are offered a wide variety of advanced courses, including courses from related fields given at other departments. In most cases graduate students assume teaching assistant assignments and work several hours a week in undergraduate class recitations or laboratories.
Our department includes 26 faculty members, who are active in numerous different fields of research, among them:
Synthesis and reaction mechanisms in organic and inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, coordination chemistry, natural products, stereochemistry, photochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, anti-cancer agents, enzymatic synthesis, antibody catalysis, development of methods and equipment in analytical environmental chemistry with emphasis on remote sensing in real time, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography, structure determination of biological macro-molecules, solid state chemistry and spectroscopy, theory of phase transitions, chemical kinetics and molecular dynamics, quantum chemistry, computational chemistry and molecular simulation, resonance state, dynamic symmetries, surface and thin layer chemistry and spectroscopy, molecular beams, surface scattering of molecules and ions, diamond layer growth, molecular spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance in liquid and solid state, electron paramagnetic resonance, non-linear optics, photo-physics and laser spectroscopy, quantum optics, molecular electro-optics, nanochemistry, nanoparticles and biomolecule-based nanoelectronics, ultrafast surface dynamics, friction mechanisms on nanometric scale, total synthesis, asymmetric catalysis.
Graduate students towards a M.Sc. degree or a PhD choose their research topic from these areas with the approval and assistance of their advisor.
Candidates are requested to find an advisor among the faculty members before they can be accepted to the program. For details, please turn to the graduate student secretary in the department.
The program for a M.Sc. degree in chemistry
Terms of admission:
Applicants must have a GPA of at least 80 from their bachelor degree and need to undergo an interview.
Graduates of a three year bachelor program are required to accumulate 30 credit points. Graduates of a four year bachelor program need to accumulate at least 16 credit points from advanced courses. The curriculum is chosen from a list of elective courses that may be spread over two academic years. At the end of their second year, after completing both the course requirements and the research work, the students present the results of their research at the departmental seminar, submit a Masters thesis and are examined on it.
Outstanding students can transfer to the direct track towards a PhD during their studies.
The program for a PhD in chemistry
Terms of admission:
Candidates for a PhD program must have a GPA of at least 85 from their Masters degree, and need to undergo an interview with the teaching commission.
Candidates who obtained their bachelor outside of Israel will be evaluated according to their GRE exam results. In exceptional cases, a personal interview with members of the teaching commission can replace the exam.
Candidates that have been accepted are required to take advanced courses of 6 to 10 credit points (according to the decision of the teaching commission). In addition, students are required to attend seminars related to their field, and departmental colloquia. They are also required to take an oral candidacy examination on their research topic in accordance with regulations of the Graduate School. In order to complete the degree, the students need to give a presentation on their research, in which they demonstrate a deep understanding of their research topic as well as the methods they used to obtain their results. The thesis can be defended either in Hebrew or in English. Graduates of other science or engineering departments can join the program as well, since every graduate is assigned his own personal curriculum.