The University of Haifa is home to the foremost, and only sea-going marine research department in Israel. Established in 2007 as part of the multidisciplinary Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, the Department of Marine Geosciences (DMG) combines research and graduate studies of the marine environment.
The Academic Program
Using the Eastern Mediterranean as a natural marine laboratory, the International M.Sc. Program in Marine Geosciences provides students with a unique opportunity to develop practical scientific experience at sea, together with a rigorous academic curriculum.
Students will study a range of topics. These topics include the structure of the seafloor; the Earth's crust below it and the search for energy sources (oil, gas, hydrates); 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 present and past influences on human evolution.
Taught in English, the program can be completed in two years. Coursework, field trips and an educational cruise are held during the first two semesters. The summer semester is dedicated to establishing a research proposal, and 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 degree in Marine Geosciences.
- To provide students with practical knowledge and experience in geological and geophysical survey planning and data collection;
- To offer students the opportunity to process and interpret seismic data using the advanced software;
- To offer a challenging program that combines classroom study with scientific exploration at sea and on shore;
- To develop teamwork, leadership skills, and original thinking.
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.
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
Candidates must have completed an undergraduate science degree (B.Sc.) in geology, geophysics, marine science or other related sciences with a minimum GPA of 3.0 of the equivalent.
Candidates, who have not graduated from an academic institution where the language of instruction is English, or who are not native English speakers, must submit official TOEFL scores of at least 550 (in a written test), 213 (in a computerized test) or 80 (in an internet test) to be considered for admission.
Students who do not have basic knowledge of science in mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, atmosphere and computing will be required to successfully complete courses in these areas before being accepted into the program.
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Last updated February 12, 2018