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MSc Marine Biology


Since the dawn of history, the seashore and ocean depths, their molecular life mechanisms and dynamic marine ecosystems, have always been a mystery to us. Nestled at the edge of the Eastern Mediterranean, our international MSc in Marine Biology has been addressing this mystery by leveraging our natural surroundings into an innovative global learning hub for researchers and students worldwide.

Under the auspices of the University of Haifa’s globally renowned Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, our world class researchers provide students with the necessary knowledge, tools, skills, and experiential learning to become groundbreaking marine scientists.

  • A challenging academic opportunity to study fascinating biological and ecological marine system processes on many scales.
  • Incorporating hands-on research of the Mediterranean Sea to understand and address major marine environmental challenges.
  • A diverse course offering, including educational cruises, research dives, and lab work.
  • Explore marine life at multiple levels, from top predators to genes and molecules underlying life in the oceans.
  • Acquiring in-depth knowledge of topics and processes in marine biology and oceanography, from genes through organisms to ecosystems.
  • Developing skills to plan, perform, and analyze complex experiments in the lab and at sea, using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment.
  • Experience in writing and presenting scientific data, for both academic and non-academic purposes.
  • Attractive scholarships and living stipends for eligible students.
 English-taught thesis track:

This international thesis-track program is taught in English over two academic years beginning in October, awarding a Master of Science (MSc) in Marine Biology from the University of Haifa.

The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences
Highlighted Courses

Biochemical Oceanography

Marine Microbiology

Climate Change Biology

How Does the Eastern Mediterranean Work?

Biology of Corals

* The curriculum is subject to change without notice

Admission Requirements
  • BSc degree in Biology, Marine Science or other related science disciplines with a minimum of 3.4 GPA, 85% (B+) (Israeli system), or equivalent in all undergraduate courses.
  • Department pre-requisites are graduate degree in biology in the following areas: bio-chemistry, physiology, ecology, molecular biology, English, computers
  • Good command of the English language
  • Please note that during your application process, you need to contact one or more of the department researchers (by email), apply directly to their labs, and interview with them. Only once you have been accepted to a host laboratory, and the MSc thesis advisor has written to us to formally accept you, can your application to the department be finalized. A full list of the research laboratories in the department can be found on the department website (
Application documents
  • Copy of undergraduate diploma and official transcript of BA degree showing full list of courses, date of graduation, and conferred degree.
  • Two recommendations letters
  • TOEFL – score 89 or alternative acceptable English language examination score
  • Personal Statement (500 words).
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resumé.
  • Medical forms (international students only).
  • Copy of valid passport.
Scholarships & Aid

The program offers scholarships that cover up to 75% of tuition fee and a living stipend to eligible students.

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