Master of Science in Physics


Program Description

Why Study Physics?

Physics is the most fundamental science and the backbone of most exact sciences. It encompasses phenomena ranging from the scale of galaxies down to that of the smallest particles. It unravels the basic laws governing our reality but at the same time explores complex structures as those emerging in biology and condensed matter. 

Physics has led to great discoveries such as relativity, transistors, LEDs, and lasers. The diverse set of tools physicists learn, enables them to tackle a large scope of problems in topics including health, finance, renewable energy, and artificial intelligence. Thus beyond being the first step in a potential academic career, the set of skills physicist acquires are well sought after in the industry. 


Why study at HUJI?

The Hebrew University is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world and often ranked as the best university in Israel. It has the largest number of physics faculty members in Israel which contributes to the diversity and quality of topics being taught. The combination of world-renowned researchers, excellent students, and a unique intellectual atmosphere on campus makes it an obvious top choice for those seeking a degree in fundamental physics.

Each year, about 30 Master students begin their studies in the M.Sc program at the Racah Institute. The purpose of the master's program is to further develop knowledge and skills in physics and to prepare students for a professional career or doctoral studies. The program spans two years during which students take various advanced courses and carry out forefront research in the departments of Physics and Applied Physics.

Program Structure

  • Duration. The expected schedule for the Master’s program is two years.
  • Courses. The program requires completion of 35 points of course credits (8 mandatory credits, 17 mandatory-elective credits, 10 elective credits). This amounts to roughly a semester and a half dedicated to courses. Students have the freedom to spread their course load as they find it convenient.
  • Advisor and Thesis. Beginning with the second semester of the first year, students should find an advisor and begin a research project under her/his supervision. This includes writing a thesis. Outstanding researchers are invited to join the direct-track Ph.D. program during the second year of their degree.
  • Final oral exam. After completing their thesis and courses, students undertake a 90min oral exam during which they present their thesis and answer the referee’s questions on both the thesis and physics in general. 
  • Variants. The program can be integrated with a specialization in Nanoscience or in Quantum Technology and Information. These programs require an additional process of acceptance. More details can be found at the department of Physics secretariat.


Prerequisites. Bachelor's degree in physics with an average of 85 and above.  

The registration process for the M.Sc. studies (including for a teaching position in the department):

  1. Registration to the Hebrew University.
  2. Registration on the Faculty's website by creating an account in the registration system.
  3. Submit accompanying material, detailed below, to the following e-mail address ( The title should indicate "registration to the M.Sc. program in Physics":
  • Resume.
  • Courses and grades of your B.Sc. (for students who studied outside the Hebrew University).
  • A page describing a subject in physics that interests you in particular or a research project in which you were involved.
  • Letters of recommendation.

Scholarship, Salary, and Teaching

All students accepted into the MSc program are entitled to a scholarship and a teaching salary. The income of at least 6,000 NIS per month is guaranteed for two years and tuition is exempt. Additional benefits: study fund and pension insurance. The top quarter (according to Bachelor's degree final grades) will be guaranteed an income of at least 7,000 NIS.

The teaching obligations in the Physics Department as part of the program include a position for 3 semesters by the appointment of the department options, about 4 hours of classroom TA teaching, about 6 hours of training in the student labs, or about 12 hours of exercise grading.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is consistently ranked as the top university in Israel and among the top 100, worldwide. In addition, The University was ranked the top Israeli university and 201-20 ... Read More

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is consistently ranked as the top university in Israel and among the top 100, worldwide. In addition, The University was ranked the top Israeli university and 201-205 best out of the top 800 institutions in the 2016-17 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published by the British magazine Times Higher Education. HUJI was the only Israeli university to place in the world’s top 200 universities in the rankings. Read less