Graduate Programs

Requirements for a Master of Science Degree (M.Sc.)

1. Admission

The Graduate School requires candidates for a M.Sc. degree in Materials Engineering to have achieved a high grade point average in their undergraduate studies. The Departmental Committee for Graduate Studies also takes into consideration the applicant’s academic background, professional experience, and letters of recommendation. Before submitting an application the candidate must find a Faculty Member who will agree to be his advisor. An advisor will be appointed upon the recommendation of the Departmental Committee, with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School. When necessary, the Committee will recommend the appointment of a co-advisor or a research consultant.

2. Course Requirements

The Graduate School requires all students to take a number of courses to obtain the required number of credits, conduct a research project, and attend foreign language classes.

Candidates who have completed the Technion’s four-year undergraduate program in Materials Engineering are required to obtain a minimum of 16 credits.

Students are required to take at least one course from each of the following two groups:

Group A:

318525 – Transmission electron microscopy

318526 – X-ray diffraction

318529 – Analytical electron microscopy

Group B:

318321 – Advanced topics in thermodynamics

318336 – Phase transitions in metals and solid alloys

318337 – Diffusion and mass transfer in solids

Candidates who have completed their undergraduate studies in any other program may be asked to fulfill the following requirements in addition to the 16 credits mentioned above:

  • Graduates of any other four-year program may be required to take up to 6 additional credits.
  • Graduates of a three-year program will be required to take at least 30 additional credits (see list below).
  • When deemed necessary, a student may be required to take introductory courses in materials engineering.

The following is a list of some of the additional required courses for graduates of a three-year program:

  • 314010 – “Structure & properties of engineered materials” – 4.0 credits.
  • 315005 – “Characterization of materials structure & composition” – 4.0 credits.
  • 315003 – “Materials thermodynamics” – 4.0 credits.
  • 315051 – “Diffusion in solids” – 2.5 credits.
  • 315052 – “The kinetics of transformations in materials” – 2.5 credits.
  • 315008 – “Mechanical behavior of materials” – 2.5 credits.

The duration of the M.Sc. program is up to 4 years.

A student may submit a thesis in English, subject to the approvals of the student’s advisor and of the Dean of the Graduate School. Students are required to present a seminar on their research work during the last semester of their studies, before submitting a written thesis.

3. Study program

Each semester, every graduate student must submit a study program, approved by the student’s advisor and by the Head of the Graduate Studies Committee, to the Secretary of the Department’s Graduate Studies Program.

4. Research thesis or a project

The subject for a research thesis or a project towards an M.Sc. degree will be jointly chosen by the student and his advisor, and is subject to the approvals of the Departmental Committee and of the Dean of the Graduate School. The research topic should be chosen by the end of the candidate’s first semester.

5. Progress reports

The advisor evaluates the student’s progress on the research/project at the end of each semester based on the student’s reports and on the actual progress of the research. The advisor’s evaluation (in the form of a research grade) is forwarded to the Graduate School.

6. Direct transfer from the M.Sc. program to the Ph.D. program

A graduate candidate for a M.Sc. degree may transfer directly to the Ph.D. program if in the course of his graduate studies the student has shown excellence (skills and results) and justifies such a transfer. A detailed description of the conditions and requirements for a direct transfer can be found in the Graduate School Regulations.

Summary of the Requirements for a Master of Science Degree

  • Fulfill all the prerequisites and complete the required credits in graduate courses, according to the recommendations of the Committee for Graduate Studies.
  • Comply with the foreign language requirements.
  • Complete a research thesis (or project, in special cases).
  • Present a seminar at the Department.
  • Write a thesis and pass an oral thesis defense.

Requirements for a Master of Engineering Degree (M.E.)

1. Admission

The Graduate School requires candidates for the M.E. degree in Materials Engineering to have achieved a high grade point average in their undergraduate studies. The Departmental Committee for Graduate Studies also takes into consideration the applicant’s academic background, professional experience, and letters of recommendation.

2. Requirements

All students must take a number of courses to reach the required number of credits (at least 40 including the Advanced Seminar course) and fulfill the foreign languages requirement.

The Materials Science & Engineering courses should include at least one course from each of the following groups:

Group A:

  • 318525 – Transmission electron microscopy
  • 318526 – X-ray diffraction
  • 318529 – Analytical electron microscopy

Group B:

  • 318321 – Advanced topics in thermodynamics
  • 318336 – Phase transitions in metals and solid alloys
  • 318337 – Diffusion and mass transfer in solids

Courses in Management, Economics, and Reliability and Quality Assurance (up to 12 credits) (Course list in Hebrew)

Advanced Seminar course (6 credits) – Conducting a project under the supervision of a Faculty Member.

  • Graduates of any other four-year program may be required to take up to 6 additional credits.
  • Graduates of a three-year program will be required to take at least 30 additional credits.
  • When deemed necessary, a student may be required to take introductory courses in materials engineering.

A person holding an M.E. degree in Materials Engineering can apply for studies towards a Ph.D. degree only if the student completes a research thesis and if all the requirements of the Graduate School are met.

Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) 

1. The degree awarded

The degree that will be conferred is Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

2. Admission

Studies towards a Ph.D. are meant for exceptional students who are eager to do research in the area of materials science and engineering. A candidate who applies to the Ph.D. program must have a M.Sc. (see paragraph 4 regarding direct transfer to the Ph.D. program) and above average achievements in both studies and research.

Before submitting an application the candidate must find a Faculty Member who will agree to be his advisor.

The decision of the Departmental Committee for Graduate Studies to accept a candidate will be based on the candidate’s degrees, curriculum vitae, professional achievements, letters of recommendation, and the recommendation of an Admissions Committee that will interview the candidate.

The appointment of an advisor and the selection of the research topic are subject to the approvals of the Departmental Committee for Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School, taking into consideration the student’s area of interest and the requirements of the Department of Materials Engineering.

3. Requirements for a Ph.D. degree

Candidates for a Ph.D. are required:

  • To attend graduate courses that will enhance the candidate’s ability to conduct the research. A minimum of 8 credits is required, subject to the recommendations of the Departmental Committee for Graduate Studies and the Admissions Committee.
  • To write a research proposal that will make an original contribution to the field and pass a oral qualifying examination based upon the proposal.
  • To conduct the proposed research work.
  • To present the results of the research in a Departmental seminar.
  • To submit a thesis in accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School and pass a oral defense examination based upon the thesis.
  •  To comply with the foreign language requirements of the Graduate School.

4. Direct transfer from the M.Sc. program to the Ph.D. program

A student who, in the course of his M.Sc. studies, would like to transfer directly to the Ph.D. program, will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee. If accepted, the candidate must pass an oral qualifying examination on an original research proposal, as described above. A student who does not comply with either of the above requirements must complete his  M.Sc. prior to applying to the Ph.D. program.

5. External students

External “part-time” students will be admitted to the Ph.D. program under exceptional circumstances. An external student will be expected to spend one day a week at the Technion during the entire period of his Ph.D. studies.

6. Course of studies

The normal duration of Ph.D. studies for any student who is supported by a full scholarship is up to four years. The research proposal must be submitted within 11 months. The advisor evaluates the progress of the research and submits a research grade to the Graduate School at the end of each semester.

Students are required to present a seminar on their research during the last semester of their studies, before submitting a written thesis.

A candidate may submit a thesis in English, subject to the approvals of the advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Summary of the Requirements for a Ph.D.

To receive a Ph.D. degree, a doctoral student must:

  • Complete the credits in graduate courses required by the Graduate Committee.
  • Fulfill the foreign languages study requirement.
  • Write a research proposal and pass an oral qualifying examination based on the proposal.
  • Present a departmental seminar on the research.
  • Write a thesis and pass an oral thesis defense examination.