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MSc Marine Geosciences


Recent offshore deep sea gas findings in Israel, have prompted unprecedented development and world-renowned scientific and environmental challenges. These have paved the way for our unique international program which offers students the opportunity to foster a career in Marine Geosciences. Leveraging the Mediterranean Sea as a natural marine laboratory, the international MSc program for Marine Geosciences offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to obtain theoretical knowledge together with hands-on experience at sea.

This international Master’s program is part of the University of Haifa’s Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences. Globally renowned for its high professional standards,  the Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences is the largest academic center of marine sciences in Israel, and the only one to be included in the prestigious 2023 Shanghai Academic Ranking. It ranks among the top 200 globally in Oceanography, and in the top 30 for Sustainable Development goal 14 “Life below the water”, in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022. Our world class researchers provide students with the necessary knowledge, tools, skills, and experiential learning to become groundbreaking marine scientists.

The State of Israel has chosen the school to lead MERCI -the Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel, consisting of seven universities, two colleges, and two government research institutes. With research labs and teaching facilities on our Mount Carmel campus, the Mediterranean as our research lab, and 3 coastal research centers, the school is constantly conducting groundbreaking research on the Mediterranean on scientific, tech and environmental levels.

  • A challenging academic opportunity incorporating classroom study with hands-on real-time scientific exploration at sea and on shore, laboratory research in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Mastering geological and geophysical survey planning, data collection processes and seismic data interpretation using the best-practice geophysical software for today’s competitive global arena.
  • An opportunity to develop unique expertise in a specialized geoscience field, expand knowledge of interacting earth systems, develop teamwork, leadership skills, and original problem solving.
  • 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 Geosciences from the University of Haifa.

Hybrid Study Option

This program offers a hybrid study option, allowing students to attend lectures via Zoom from abroad

Highlighted Courses
  • Geophysical Investigation of the Marine Environment
  • Seismic Data Interpretation
  • Geology of Marine Sediments
  • Tectonics of Oceans
  • Geochemical Oceanography

* The curriculum is subject to change without notice

Admissions Requirements
  • BSc degree in in Geology, Geophysics, Marine Science, Engineering, or other related sciences with a minimum of 3.0 GPA, 80% (B) (Israeli system), or equivalent in all undergraduate courses.
  • Department pre-requisites are a basic knowledge of science in the following areas: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Atmosphere, English, and Computers.
  • Good command of the English language.
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)
  • Research statement – goals and aims of the planned research (500-750 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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