Graduate Studies at the University Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Medical Sciences


Course of study


  1. At the end of the first academic year, students submit a proposal for the doctoral dissertation that includes preliminary results obtained during the year, which support work hypotheses stated in the research proposal. Students participate in an oral discussion of their proposal and of the relevant research areas before a two-member monitoring committee, appointed by the faculty committee for research students. After approval by the monitoring committee, the proposal is submitted for approval of the university committee for research students.
  2. The monitoring committee oversees the students’ progress over the period of their doctoral studies. Once a year, students must submit a report approved by the adviser. The monitoring committee summons students in order to determine their rate of progress.
  3. Upon completion of their research, students submit a summary report to the monitoring committee. After approval by the committee, the students can begin writing their doctoral dissertation.


Instructions for PhD research proposal 



Students are required to take 8 credits per year.

Courses are spread over four academic years.

Elective courses for doctoral students are selected with the guidance of advisers in the students’ areas of specialization in their research work, from the list of post-graduate courses.

Four seminar papers must be submitted, each worth 0.5 credit (for the total of 2 credits out of 8).

The courses include two mandatory courses:

Course No. 81-900 – "New horizons in molecular and cellular biology" – 1 credit.

Course No. 81-901– "Research methods and principles of the use of scientific equipment and technology" – 3 credits.

Students are also required to attend the “faculty colloquium" (lectures on research), course No. 81-898.

Students working with laboratory animals are required to take a crash course, "Using animals in experiments," before starting their work in the laboratory: course No. 81-899.

In addition, students who have not previously studied at Bar-Ilan University must take basic courses in the amount of 4 credits.

2023-2024 schedule


Students will receive a living stipend, exemption from tuition, and a housing grant for living in the Galilee.