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The Process of Msc. Studies

As a natural continuation of the undergraduate studies, students who meet the requirements can continue and expand  their studies to get a Masters degree. The School of Computer Science and Engineering offers the following M.Sc. programs:

Further information, including admission requirements and detailed description of the study programs, can be found in the description in the catalog.

M.Sc. in Computer Science

M.Sc - Regular program

The field of computer science is evolving at an extremely rapid rate, and is currently touching upon almost every subject at the scientific and technological front, both in the industry and in the academia. The M.Sc. studies in computer science offers the student an opportunity to deepen his knowledge in this important field beyond the basic knowledge one gets in the B.Sc. studies, and to get a taste of original scientific research at the forefront of today's science, in one of dozens of fascinating academic directions.

The program is designed for two years of study. The school's M.Sc. program combines (especially in the first year) a variety of courses that thoroughly prepares the student for research or study of a certain subject in depth. The student acquires new thinking and analytical tools, and panoramic knowledge of the fundamental conceptual notions of computer science, through a variety of course, from which he or she should take a total of 30 units. In the second year, in addition to completing the courses, the student's efforts shift focus mainly to research, under the supervision of an M.Sc. advisor. The purpose of the research is to give the student an opportunity to specialize in a specific field, and possibly make an original scientific contribution. At the end of his or her studies, the student is required to submit a final thesis, summarizing his or her research. The course load is not light, and often is not compatible with a time consuming job outside of the studies. In order to encourage the M.Sc. students to invest most of their time to their studies, the school of computer science and engineering offers fellowships to excelling students.

To see what fields of research are available in the computer science department, and to see projects and final theses of alumnae, click here.

Further information, including admission requirements and detailed description of the study programs, can be found in the description in the catalog.

For information on the M.Sc. exam, and for the exam syllabus, click here.

MSc students in the regular (thesis) program who participate in research are generally supported by their advisor. The school will offer several support packages for students with outstanding achievements before they start working with an advisor. This package consists of a part-time teaching assistance position (exercise grading) and a scholarship, and is meant to encourage students to focus on their studies and continue their excellence. This package is intended for first-year MSc students registered to the regular (thesis) program, taking at least 20 credit points during this year, and do not work elsewhere. Please look at the announcement for more details.

At the beginning of the first semester of the M.Sc. studies there will be an orientation meeting, where all new M.Sc. students will receive general information regarding the overall program, the process of choosing an advisor, preparation for the M.Sc. exam, how to choose courses, etc. Details regarding the time and place of the meeting will be announced by email, and on the bulletin boards on campus. In addition, at the beginning of the first semester, every M.Sc. student is required to meet the M.Sc. council to approve his or her list of courses. It is recommended to take advantage of this meeting to ask any remaining questions and clarify missing information about these issues.

M.Sc - non-Thesis program

It is possible to get an M.Sc. in computer science without a research thesis. The non-thesis program focuses on expanding the students knowledge in the different fields within computer science, without majoring in a specific field. The requirements for this program are 45 units of courses, which include the mandatory courses, and more choice courses than in the regular M.Sc program. In the non-thesis program, the student must pass a final exam, but is not required to submit a dissertation. A student choosing this program cannot continue to the Ph.D. Program. This program is generally intended for students with experience in the High-Tech industry, and for those uninterested in academic research, but only in expanding their education.

Switching between the Regular and the non-thesis programs

It is possible to switch between the thesis and non-thesis programs. This requires the approval of the M.Sc. advisor, and pending completion of the necessary study requirements.

M.S. in computer science and computational biology

Scientific breakthroughs and technological revolutions in the fields of life sciences and medicine have accelerated the processes of biological data collection, starting from the mapping of entire genomes, through tracking the activity in the human brain, to finding the spatial structure of proteins. It is clear today, that in order to derive biological and medical insight from these data bases, there must be significant incorporation of computational tools and methods into the bio-medical research. Computational biology is a new scientific field, which follows these challenges, and develops new techniques in computer science, in order to help solve problems in the life sciences and in medicine. The Hebrew University had recognized that these scientific breakthroughs define the forefront of bio-medical research, and has developed a new study program to match this immense scientific challenge.

This field is tangent to many practical areas, such as: The development of medicines, bio-technological industry, and medical research. Graduates of this program will be able to become part of both the industry, in the bio-technology and bio-information fields, as well as in the academic world, in a variety of different fields, such as: neural computation, computer science, life sciences and bio-medical engineering.

Further information, including admission requirements and detailed description of the study programs, can be found in the description in the catalog.

M.Sc. in Applied Physics

The program of M.Sc. in Applied Physics is designed for students with the capability of combining first class scientific research with technological development. The programs graduates form today the backbone of Israel's High-Tech industry, in the fields of optoelectronics and microelectronics. In addition, the M.Sc. studies form a springboard for the Ph.D. Programs in Physics or Applied Physics.

The Applied Physics program usually accepts students whose undergraduate degree is in physics or electric engineering, whose studies included a major in Physics. A student who minored in Physics or Electrical Engineering will be accepted to the program, based on a special decision of the Applied Physics department, and will be required to complete additional courses from the studies in the major in Physics.

The studies include courses, labs, the submission of a final dissertation and an M.Sc. exam. The program is designed to allow the student to expand and deepen his or her scientific knowledge in his or her field of expertise, to gain experience in the basic technologies in that field, and to gain basic knowledge in other branches of science and engineering relevant to his or her chosen field of expertise. The program can be taken in one of two majors: Optoelectronics and Microelectronics.

Further information, including admission requirements and detailed description of the study programs, can be found in the description in the catalog.

Further information on the fields of research can be found in the Applied Physics website: http://aph.huji.ac.il.