Brain & Behavioral Sciences (576) - Master's Degree            


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Scope The Brain & Behavioral Sciences (576) teaching program deals with functions of the nervous system from the molecular and cellular levels, through neural systems and the brain as an integrated whole, to perception, cognition and behavior.  Research methods include molecular biology, genetics, anatomy, electrophysiology, computational techniques, psychophysics  and behavioral analysis.


Admission requirements: Holders of a BSc degree from HUJI or any other recognized institution of higher learning in Israel with a minimum grade average of 85 is eligible for admission to the MSc program in Brain and Behavioral Sciences hug.  Grades of applicants from academic institutions outside of Israel are evaluated for equivalency by a dedicated HUJI process  . Exceptions to this standard may be made in special cases, such as holders of a BSc degree without a significant biology component, or degrees other than BSc. In such cases a program of supplemental courses may be required as a condition for admittance to the hug.  In all cases, even when formal standards are met, final admission is subject to the discretion of the hug director (“rosh hug”).

All applicants must find a principal investigator (PI, faculty mentor, supervisor) who is willing to accept them as research trainees (apprentices) in their laboratory until the completion of the MSc degree.  PIs whose research touches on the subject of Brain & Behavioral Sciences, who direct  laboratories on the Givat Ram campus of the University, and who are qualified to serve as mentors, are listed here .  This list may change from time to time. In cases of uncertainty contact the rosh hug.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange appropriate mentorship. The name of the mentor must be declared at the time of application.  Applicants are advised to “do their homework” before interviewing with a potential mentor. Use resources such as PubMed, Google, the mentor’s website and his/her department website   to determine if this is the right lab for you  and to help convince the prospective mentor that he/she would do well to offer you a position.  

Scope of studies: for the MSc degree is 30 credit points (“nazim”). Except for the required MSc seminar course (course #78844, 2 nazim) the remainder of the course curriculum is chosen by the student, from a very large pool of elective courses, with the advice of the mentor. The proposed course list is subject to approval by the rosh hug.  All MSc level courses may be taken in English. The most important component of studies is the MSc research project.  This is designed by the student and mentor, and culminates in formal submission of the MSc thesis in written form (English or Hebrew).  The duration of studies is 2 years with extensions granted on a case-by-case basis

Financial support: The hug per se does not provide financial support for tuition, other study costs or living stipend. However, most MSc students in the hug do obtain at least partial support through one or more of the following modalities: support offered by the mentor, usually from a research grant (at the sole discretion of the mentor), position as teaching assistant, special HUJI
.prizes for outstanding students, or grants and stipends obtained by competitive application to appropriate funding bodies

Conditions for graduation: The students’ final grade for the MSc. degree is based on: 1) the overall weighted grade in the courses approved (40%), the final thesis grade (30%) and the grade on the MSc oral exam (30%).  Faculty-wide guidelines for examinations and assessment of the student’s achievements are described here . The structure of the MSc exam as implemented by the Brain and Behavioral Sciences hug is described here .  

M.Sc final exam (thesis & oral exam) - the attached document describes the procedure and the guidelines.

Direct track to PhD: The hug allows outstanding students to transfer to the direct PhD track. Students who transfer to this track do not submit an MSc thesis and may apply research results obtained during MSc studies towards their PhD degree.Transfer is subject to a  screening process and approval by the supervisor(s) and the rosh hug. .

Contact names:
Hug secretariat (Silberman Institute of Life Sciences):
Sharon Berger     (02) 658-5337
Keren Daniel    
Faculty curriculum office (Levy Building): 
Shuli Cohen (02) 658-6722
Rosh hug:

Dr. Michael London
Office: Goodman Building 2103A
Tel: 02-6586337


Master’s courses in the faculty are given in Hebrew unless a foreign student who does not speak Hebrew is taking the course. In such a case the course will be given in English.

Department Officials

Compulsory in the teaching programElective in the teaching programTotal for the degree (minimum)
Brain and Behavioral Sciences – Research Master's track
(track 4044)
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