PhD – Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering

The Faculty of Biomedical Engineering offers doctoral degree programs for students who wish to integrate research methods and engineering design and development in all areas of medicine.

The degree of “Doctor of Philosophy” (PhD) in the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering is designed for outstanding students who wish to conduct research in the field of biomedical engineering.

The programs are geared for graduates of engineering, exact sciences, life sciences, and medicine who have strong academic and research records.

The Faculty offers three doctoral tracks:

  1. Regular Track
  2. Special Track
  3. Direct Track

The candidate must have earned a grade point average of 85 or above in his/her master’s studies and a thesis score of above 85.

Candidates without an engineering background, as well as candidates with a doctorate in medicine, will be required to complete 15 credits in science and biomedical engineering, some at the undergraduate level. Supplementary subjects will be determined according to the student’s academic record.

The PhD candidate must find a supervisor and submit a research proposal before enrolling. The student will submit a research proposal, to be reviewed and approved by the Graduate Committee.

In addition, the decision of the Faculty Graduate Committee will be based on certificates, CV, professional achievements, professional letters of recommendation and the recommendation of the interviewing committee.

The Special Track of PhD  studies is geared for students with an engineering or scientific bachelor’s degree who have completed their bachelor’s studies with honors (grade point average of at least 90) or who have been on the Dean’s List in the past 4 semesters.

The Direct Track of PhD studies is geared for MSc students who have a strong academic and research record. Students who meet the conditions set by the Graduate School will be able to switch to a PhD Direct Track.

  • Accumulation of 9 credits and submission of a research paper
  • Submission of a concise essay within 11 months of commencing the program. A PhD student will submit a concise description of the research proposal, which will be submitted to the faculty committee and will serve as the basis for the candidacy exam. A Direct-Track PhD student will submit a concise research proposal description within 5 months of transfer to the Direct Track program.
  • PhD students are required to complete an online course (218000) on “Research Ethics” as a condition for submitting their research topic or concise description.

List of courses offered by the Faculty

Supplementary studies are intended to provide students with the specific engineering background necessary for their specialization and research implementation.

Students with “Qualifying” status must obtain a grade point average of above 80 in the supplementary subjects, and a grade of at least 65 in each subject (Except subjects in the Supplementary Subjects table, that require a grade of at least 75).

Previous Academic Background Number of Supplementary Credits Comments
MSc in Engineering or Exact Sciences 10 Courses from the Supplementary Subjects table
MSc, MD in Medical Sciences of Life Sciences 10 Courses offered by the Faculty in the following levels:
334XXX, 335XXX, 336XXX, by supervisor’s decision

 

The supplementary subjects in biomedical engineering will be selected from the theoretical subjects offered by the Faculty as part of its undergraduate studies program, except for laboratories, projects and seminary subjects. The supplementary subjects will be selected by the supervisor and approved by the Faculty Graduate Committee. Supplementary studies include subjects in biomedical engineering, in accordance with the information provided in the table below.

Supplementary Subjects

337004 Introduction to Macroscopic and Microscopic Anatomy 1.0 credit
337003 From Cells to Tissues 2.5 credits
337001 Biophysics and Neurophysiology for Engineers 3.0 cedits
337002 Body Systems Physiology 3.5 credits

 

Note:

Since the Faculty maintains interdisciplinary research, an individual supplementary program may be presented for each student, in accordance with his/her background and research specialization. A student may be exempted from a life science course if s/he has studied an equivalent or similar course.

The student’s supplementary program must be approved by the Graduate Committee.

The Faculty’s policy for granting scholarships to students is in accordance with the policy of the Graduate School. We aim to award the PhD student 5 scholarship portions at the beginning of the program, and 6 scholarship portions after the candidacy exam (exact allotments will depend upon Faculty budgets).

Number of scholarship months

Regular PhD Track – up to 42 months.

Special PhD Track – up to 48 months.

Direct PhD Track – up to 60 months.

 

Exemption from Tuition for Scholarship Recipients

Each scholarship portion grants a tuition exemption of 25%.

Recipients of three scholarship portions will receive a 75% exemption. 

Recipients of four scholarship portions will receive a full exemption.

Exemption from tuition fees for students who do not receive a scholarship is granted only to mandatory service soldiers who meet the academic requirements for a scholarship.

Scholarship Recipient Obligations

  • Focus on research and be present in the Faculty
  • Attend Faculty seminars
  • Take part in the academic activities of the Faculty

Presence at Technion and Work

  • A recipient of four scholarship portions and above has to be present on the Technion campus five days a week. The student may not work at any position other than be employed by the Office for Academic Staff at Technion as a teaching assistant for up to 1,100 employment units (International students are not allowed to work).
  • A recipient of three scholarship portions has to be present on the Technion campus four days a week. The student may be employed by the Office for Academic Staff at Technion as a teaching assistant for up to 1,400 employment units, or be employed elsewhere for up to one day a week, at most (International students are not allowed to work).
  • A recipient of two scholarship portions has to be present on the Technion campus three days a week. The student may be employed by the Office for Academic Staff at Technion as a teaching assistant for up to 1,400 employment units, or be employed elsewhere for up to two working days a week, at most (International students are not allowed to work).
  • A recipient of one scholarship portion has to be present on the Technion campus two days a week. The student may be employed by the Office for Academic Staff at Technion as a teaching assistant for up to 1,400 employment units, or be employed elsewhere for up to three working days a week, at most (International students are not allowed to work).

More details about scholarships

Prof. Yael Yaniv, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies

Tel. 077-8874124

Email: yaely@bm.technion.ac.il

Silver Building, Room 231

 

Neta Rotem Yamnicky, Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Tel. 077-8874130

Email: gradchair@bm.technion.ac.il

Silver Building, Room 351