The Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences

Ph.D Program

Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) studies in this Department aim to instruct the student how to conduct independent interdisciplinary research in various fields, mainly in Gerontology. The studies enable the students to deepen their knowledge in their specific area of chosen research, to improve their research skills and to teach them how to conduct independent original empirical studies. The studies usually extend over four years and graduate students receive a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

Admission Requirements

1. M.A. Degree from recognized academic institutions from the following areas: Gerontology; psychology; behavioral sciences; criminology; sociology and anthropologyy; social work; political science; economyics; business administration; education; nursing; pharmacy, public health, physiotherapy.

2. M.A. graduates without thesis are required to write a work which is the equivalent of an M.A. thesis, that can be the first chapter of the doctoral dissertation. Within a year from the time of registration, a minimum grade of 85 is required. The grade is given after an oral examination, conducted by the doctoral supervisor, the head of the department and an internal examiner.

3. M.A. graduates with thesis are required to complete their M.A. studies with a minimum final grade of 85 in both courses and in their thesis.

4. The topic of the doctoral research should be relevant to one of the research areas of the department's faculty, as appearing on the department's website (the list of faculty members who are eligible to supervise Ph.D. thesis also appears on the website).

Admission of students is in accordance with the statute of the School of Graduate Studies. First, the candidates will apply to the Committee for Graduate Studies of the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, in order to evaluate their suitability, and afterwards they will submit their application to the School of Graduate Studies.

The Committee of the School of Graduate Studies does not guarantee that any of the applicants will be accepted even if the applicants meet the minimum requirements.

The Course of Studies

1. Six hours per year (12 credits) that includes three courses (two required and one elective) and three seminars. The department's committee will decide upon the final number of hours that the student will be required to complete, in accordance with the planned study program of the student.    

2.  A student who is writing a quantitative/empirical study is required to take an advanced course in quantitative research methods and an advanced course in statistics.

3.  A student who is writing a qualitative/theoretical study is required to take an advanced course in qualitative research methods and another required advanced course, which is vital for the writing of the dissertation; based on the recommendation of his/her supervisor and on the confirmation of the Departmental Committee.

4. The student must complete all courses by complying with the requirements of the courses and with a minimum grade of pass.

5. Seminars will include: an advanced seminar according to the decision of the supervisor. In addition, the student will participate in the department's seminar and in the Ph.D. student seminar (starting from October 2019). The participation in seminars requires the active presence of the student and an oral presentation of the student's work (the oral presentation will be given in the Ph.D. students seminar).

6. If the student encounters difficulties in finding an appropriate advanced seminar, he or she can subsitute an advanced seminar with an advanced course.

7. The requirements for English competency and for Judaic/general studies are part of the requirements, which appear on the website of the School of Graduate Studies.

8. Submission of Ph.D. thesis will be permitted only after the student has completed all course requirements.

The Process of Application

Applications should be submitted to the committee for graduate studies of the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, according to the details which appear on the department's website. Candidacy can be submitted during the full duration of the academic year.

For further details

Please connect with Chen Avraham, coordinator for graduate studies