• Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established in 1969 with the aim to bring development to the Negev, a desert area comprising more than sixty percent of the country. The University was inspired by the vision of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of the country lay in this region.

    Today an internationally-recognized leader in innovative technologies and cutting-edge academic investigation, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is a major Israeli center for teaching and research, with campuses in Beer-Sheva, including the Marcus Family Campus, as well as in Eilat and Sde Boker. More than 19,000 students are currently enrolled in the different faculties of the university.
  • The Faculty of Natural Sciences offers thesis programs leading to Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. degrees. The Faculty encourages the enrollment of students from outside Israel. B.Sc. graduates are invited to apply for M.Sc. studies in the relevant department and experience research work as a part of the degree requirements. Ph.D. candidates should contact potential advisors directly.

    Ph.D. and M.Sc. candidates are given the opportunity to work under the supervision of top-flight scientists using advanced laboratory equipment. As part of the degree requirements, candidates can perform various types of research, asking theoretical or empirical questions to answer pure or applied scientific problems.

    The M.Sc. degree requires two years of full-time study, and Ph.D. degree requires four years.  Outstanding students may join the combined M.Sc.-Ph.D. track during the 2nd year of the M.Sc. studies. Students in this track join the Ph.D. program without submitting M.Sc. thesis. They will submit a single thesis, and will be awarded both

    M.Sc. and Ph.D. Students devote their time to research and advanced courses, which are all offered in English. They are also invited to participate in seminars in the departments of the Faculty. Towards the end of their studies, the student is required to submit a final thesis and orally defend their research findings. Scholarships are available for excellent students.