Master of Science in Marine Geosciences

Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences and Faculty of Natural Sciences

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Program description

With the eastern Mediterranean as our natural marine laboratory, the International M.Sc. Program in Marine Geosciences provides students with a unique opportunity to develop practical scientific experience at sea alongside a rigorous academic curriculum.

Established in 2007 as part of the multidisciplinary Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, the Department of Marine Geosciences combines research and graduate studies of the marine environment in the following main disciplines: exploration geophysics, seafloor mapping, remote sensing, geodynamics, tectonics, marine and coastal sedimentology, geochemistry, chemical and physical oceanography.

The two-year MSc program will begin in October.

 

 

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What you will study

Topics to be covered include: the structure of the seafloor; the Earth’s crust below it and the search for energy sources (oil, gas, hydrates); the dynamics of the water body above it; sea level variations and their relation to tectonic and climate changes; coastline developments in present and past times; and, finally, present and past influences on human evolution. Students will have the opportunity to interact with central research institutions in Israel including the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute, the Geological Survey of Israel, the Geophysical Institute of Israel and other industrial institutes.

Taught in English, the program can be completed in two years and begins every October. Coursework, field trips and an educational cruise are held during the first two semesters, the summer semester is dedicated to establishing a research proposal, while the second year is dedicated to conducting research. Students will be required to submit a research thesis at the end of the second year of the program. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Science in Marine Geosciences.

For a full and detailed list of the program curriculum, please visit here.

Full Scholarships for outstanding students from China and India!

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Requirements

  • Accredited B.Sc. degree from a recognized academic institution in geology, geophysics, marine science, engineering or other related sciences (complementary studies may be required), with a minimum grade of 80 or equivalent. 
  • Department pre-requisites are a basic knowledge of science in the following areas: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Atmosphere, English and Computers.
  • TOEFL scores (if native language is not English or candidates have not previously studied in an institution of higher education where the language of instruction is English) of at least 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (internet-based test). Applicants that have obtained an official exemption from English during undergraduate studies or on Psychometric Entrance Test, will be exempt from taking the TOEFL (the official exemption should be submitted).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research statement – goals and aims of the planned research (500-750 words)
  • Official diploma and grade transcripts
  • Suitable applicants will be interviewed.

Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other subjects may be accepted for graduate studies in the department according to the decision of the Departmental Committee of Master's Degree Studies.

The committee will adjust a personal complementary study program according to the student's academic background and research subject requirements. Finishing the complementary studies with a minimal grade of 85 is a condition for continuing the graduate studies program in the department.

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Careers

Graduates of the program will be well-placed to pursue careers within government research agencies, onshore and offshore site investigation contractors or consultancy companies, and various branches of higher education and research.

 

Cost

For international students tuition and fees for the full academic year is $US 10,000*. The fee breakdown appears below: 
 
Tuition  $9,100
Service Fees (Security, Library, Health Insurance, etc.)  $900
TOTAL (in US Dollars) $10,000
  

Tuition for Israeli students is 27,430 NIS* that can be paid in eight installments using the University of Haifa's payment vouchers. 

There is a non-refundable $100 application fee per academic year for the program.

Dormitories are available for $450 per month.

* Final tuition for the next academic year is updated each August. For more information on the cost of our programs, dormitories, etc. and payment instructions please click here. For financial aid information visit the "Scholarships" tab on this page. 

Field Work

Students will gain practical experience in marine geophysical survey work through hands-on field activities. The program includes educational research cruises to the deep sea, coastal and underwater field excursions, as well as geological field trips to marine structures currently exposed onshore. The research and educational cruises are carried out in water bodies in and surrounding Israel – the Mediterranean, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea and the Sea of Galilee.

Courses

Core Courses

  • Geophysical Investigation of the Marine Environment
  • Signals Analysis - Fundamentals and Application
  • Geology of Marine Sediments
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Geochemical Oceanography
  • Hydrography
  • Educational Cruise
  • Scientific Writing and Research Presentation
  • Interdisciplinary School Seminar
  • DMG Colloguium

Elective Courses

  • Intoduction to Geology
  • Introduction to Geophysics
  • Seismic Processing and Imaging
  • Processes in Marine Geology
  • Numerical Methods in Physics of Continuum
  • Processesing and Analysis of Seismic Data: Workshops
  • Seismic Data Interpretation
  • Two-Phase Flow
  • Tectonics of the Oceans
  • Geology of the Eastern Meditteranean
  • Seafloor Morphology
  • Topics in Coastal Geomorphology
  • New Frontiers in Marine Research
  • Miscropaleontolgy
  • Paleoceanography
  • Natural Energy
  • Underwater Geoarchaeology in Caesarea
  • Paleolimnology of the Dead Sea Region: Field Trip
  • Marine Geology of Mt. Carmel, Exploring the Cretaceous Seafloor: Field Trip
  • Coastal Geomorphology: Field Trip

For more information on the course curriculum and course description please click here.

Faculty

Currently, the Department of Marine Geosciences faculty includes seven senior members and six adjunct faculty members. The department is currently under the leadership of Professor Uri S. Ten Brink whose fields include marine geophysics, tectonics, earthquakes, landslides and tsunami hazards.

For a full list of faculty staff and their specialisations please visit here.

Scholarships

This program is eligible for MASA scholarship.
A number of full-tuition scholarships for outstanding students from China and India are available.
Further information on scholarships and financial aid can be found here.

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