This innovative, multidisciplinary program in Desert Studies is structured to provide an integrated approach, offering students exceptional opportunities to pursue a combination of basic and applied research. Students are exposed to a wide range of disciplines complementary to their track of study.
The program offers the following tracks of study:
✔ Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands
✔ Irrigation and Plant Environment
✔ Ecology of Drylands (Relevant to students who have started their MSc studies before October 2016)
✔ Solar Energy and the Environmental Physics
✔ Environmental and Aquatic Microbiology
✔ Environmental Studies
Students are required to complete 42 credits including 12 Research Project credits.
The courses in the program are taught in English.
The Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies (AKIS) was established in 1999 as part of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR).
AKIS is located on the Sede Boqer Campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The campus is situated within the picturesque Negev Highlands region, some 50 km south of the city of Beer Sheva.
AKIS offers programs for students from all over the world. International students, as well as Israeli students, experience at AKIS a special and unique educational atmosphere.
If you are looking for a unique graduate program in which to study the compelling features of the desert, you have come to the right place!
Visit the MA in Desert Studies page on the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev website for more details!
About the School
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is one of Israel’s leading research universities and among the world leaders in many fields.