M.Sc. in Ecology and Conservation

Essential course lists (for full details, please refer to the full version)

Specialization tracks

Students will pursue one of the following tracks: 

- Evolutionary Ecology (E

- Nature Conservation (C)


All students are required to complete the following:

A.  Mandatory program courses 

30 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
B.  Mandatory track courses 
C.  Limited choice – program courses
D.  Limited choice – track courses
E.  Elective courses within the program
F.  Elective courses outside the program
Thesis Writing12


A. Mandatory Program Courses

Departmental Seminar (every semester) 0
Workshop in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Semester A)0.5
Workshop in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Semester B)0.5
Advanced Topics in Ecology1
Methods in Ecology3
Ecology of Populations (prerequisite: Ecology B)3


B. Mandatory Track Courses

Evolutionary Ecology Track
Evolution of Life Histories3


Nature Conservation Track
Conservation Ecology (prerequisite:  Ecology B)4
Conservation Biology: Philosophy and Ethics2

Limited-Choice courses

All Students are required to complete at least 2 courses from list C and a total of 4 courses from lists C and D.


C. Limited Choice – Program Courses

Community Ecology (prerequisite:  Ecology B)3
Evolutionary Ecology (prerequisites: Ecology B and Evolution)3
Evolution of Life Histories3
Spatial Ecology3

D. Limited Choice – Track Courses (by Track)

Evolutionary Ecology Track
Evolutionary Ecology of Phenotypic Plasticity3
The Ecology of Plant-Animal Interactions3
Topics in Behavioral Ecology2
Ecology and Evolution of Dispersal3
Mathematical Models for the Study of Animal Behavior3
Camp Evolution2
Microbial Ecology3
Evolutionary Ecology of Parasitism 3


Nature Conservation Track
The Ecology of Plant-Animal Interactions3
Conservation Genetics 3
Ecology and Evolution of Dispersal3
Evolutionary Ecology of Parasitism 3
Arthropod Behavior and Agroecology2
Animal Behavior in Conservation Biology3
Microbial Ecology2


E. Elective Courses within the Program

Echolocation and Bat-Insect Interactions in Desert Habitats3
Biophysical Ecology in the Namib Desert4
Agroecology 3
Vegetation Ecology 3
Biogeography 2
Topics in Ecology2
The Ecology of Arachnids3
Personal Projects in Evolutionary Ecology3
Guided Reading on the Ecology of Parasites and Parasitism2
Self-Study in Ecology (upon approval of student project)2
Guided Reading on Molecular Ecology2
Behavioral Ecology of Equids3
Ecological Methodology Exemplified Through Reptile Studies3.5
Mathematical Models of the Study of Animal Behavior3
Introduction to Molecular Ecology2
Contemporary Topics in Israeli Nature Conservation –Workshop3
Animal Cognition and Conservation Biology3
Guided Reading in Microbial Ecology2
Insect Ecology3
Solving Problems with R2

F.  Elective Courses Outside the Program

Scientific Presentation2
Writing a Scientific Paper or Summarizing, Writing and Presenting Scientific Data2
Pattern Formation and Spatial Ecology3
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Rangelands, and Forestry (no prerequisites required)3
Soil Physics3
Introduction to Statistics and Probability 3
Practical Bioinformatics for Environmental Studies3
Statistical Methods3
Hands-on Introduction to R: Programming, Graphing and Statistical Exploration 2
Theory and Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3

Courses from the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences at Eilat (IUI)


(Courses are in Hebrew except international courses).