Marine Biology (MSc) - Program Description

Program Description

For years, the sea has been a source of food and transport of commerce, but also a source of mystery about the processes that take place in it. The vast majority of the seas have not been studied – from the coastline to the abyssal depths, from the molecular mechanisms of life within the cell to the myriad, complex and dynamic marine ecosystems.

The Eastern Mediterranean is a unique part of the global ocean. The City of Haifa as a harbor city nestled at the edge of this inland sea has become a center for researchers to live laboratory and a source of knowledge

The International MSc. program in Marine Biology at the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, encompasses studies of marine life at multiple scales, from top predators to the genes and molecules underlying life in the oceans. The mission of the study program of the Department of Marine Biology is to provide students with the knowledge, conceptual and experimental skills, and experience to enable them to be productive marine scientists.

Graduate studies in the department include a research period (thesis) under the supervision of one of the department's researchers. Students combine research on a wide variety of marine organisms and questions with a wide range of obligatory and optional courses, educational cruises, research dives and lab work.

The program taught in English over two academic years and is a thesis track only. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Science in Marine Biology. 

What you will study

The program is an experimental marine biology studies that aim to help students to become a productive marine scientists and give them the skills that can be used in a variety of subsequent careers, including:

  • Advanced research (in academia or industry)
  • Management or consultation in the field of marine biology, providing science-based guidance to decision makers.
  • Teaching and outreach in marine sciences to a variety of audiences.

Success in such careers requires a broad knowledge of the marine ecosystem and the dominant physical and chemical drivers of these systems, in-depth knowledge in their select research field, and extensive research experience through their thesis research as well as through dedicated laboratory and field courses. The program goal is to provide all of our graduates with a strong background in all aspects of the bio-marine sciences.


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