Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program is a 4 year degree (sometimes extended to 5) in which students master a sub-field of mathematics, and perform supervised, and sometimes independent, research in it.

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Admissions

Admission is through the Authority for Research Students . In general, students should have completed an M.Sc. Degree from the Hebrew university or comparable institution with a grade of at least 85 (applicants with lower grades will be considered on a case-to-case basis). Prior to admission, applicants must find a an advisor from among the department faculty.

An option exists to transfer to Ph.D. studies during a research-oriented M.Sc. degree .

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Program structure

Coursework. A small number of credits is required for the degree. Courses can be chosen from a changing list of graduate course offerings.

  • Research. Most of the student’s time is devoted to research, the results of which will form the basis for the student’s thesis.
  • Thesis. Towards the end of the degree students will write a thesis summarizing their research (it may be a single document or, in some cases, a collection of published articles). The thesis is evaluated by the student’s advisor and external experts.
  • Formal stages of the degree. There are several formal stages to the degree, the main one being the submission of a detailed research proposal within the first 18 months of study, and its approval by an expert panel
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Financial support

The department provides Ph.D. students with scholarships and stipends, contingent on academic performance. Students also typically receive a salary for part time academic employment involving teaching of recitation classes for B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses. Terms of employment conform to the work agreements with the Teachers and Researchers Organization.

After graduating

Graduates of our Ph.D. program typically continue in academia or transition to careers in technology, finance or higher education.

For those wishing to pursue an academic career, the next step after Ph.D. is to apply for “postdoc” positions in foreign (or, occasionally, other Israeli) institutions. Applications are usually made in the fall of the final year of Ph.D. studies. These positions are academic “internships”, in the course of which young researchers are expected to continue their professional development and conduct independent research. Ph.D. graduates may spend anywhere from two to six years (and sometimes more) in postdoc positions before seeking a permanent academic appointment.

It is important to remember that a Ph.D. degree does not guarantee an academic career. That said, our graduates have an excellent record in finding academic employment in the best universities.

Outside of academia, our graduates are in demand in technology, finance and economics. Some also choose careers in math education.

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