Direct Doctoral Studies Program

Direct Doctoral Studies Program

The objective of the Direct Doctorate (M.A. + Ph.D.) study track in the Department of Maritime Civilizations is to provide excellent students with an opportunity to get involved in scientific research.


Admission Requirements

The Direct Doctoral Studies program in the Department of Maritime Civilizations is intended for students holding a  B.A. degree cum laude or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Israel or abroad.

A student who wishes to enroll as a Direct Ph.D. candidate must complete the following requirements in order to be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program:

  • Possess a B.A. or equivalent degree and have attained a weighted grade of at least 90 ("excellent")

  • Submit a declaration of intent with regard to the topic of the proposed research .

  • Since the official language of teaching in University of Haifa is Hebrew, mastery of Hebrew language is required. Overseas students are required to undertake a Hebrew knowledge exam.

For more details on application and academic standards, please refer to the Graduate Studies Authority.


Program Requirements

Students in the Direct Doctorate track are expected to complete their coursework within two years, and to submit the Research Proposal at the beginning of the fourth semester of studies.

Upon the approval of the Research Proposal, students are expected to conduct research and to submit a Ph.D. dissertation within two years.

The approval of the Research Proposal and successful completion of coursework and theoretical studies grants the students in the Direct Doctorate track an M.A. degree .

The overall duration of Direct Doctorate studies in the Department of Maritime Civilizations is four years.



Direct Doctorate students are expected to complete introductory courses in physical, chemical, geological, biological, and ecological oceanography, as well as introductory courses in marine heritage (marine history and archaeology), depending on their background. This initial instruction provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the sea. Elective courses are more specifically focused, and depend on the discipline and the selected research subject. In addition, students in the Direct Doctorate are expected to participate in two seminar courses.


Research Areas

The Department of Maritime Civilizations carries out research in a broad range of topics, although with an emphasis on problems involving interactions between humankind and the sea. Special privileges are available for projects of field-based research. We organize our research into four topics:

  • Coastal and Underwater Archaeology

  • Maritime History

  • Coastal and Marine Geomorphology

  • Marine Biology and Sea Resources

Doctorate students in the Department of Maritime Civilizations are expected to conduct an interdisciplinary research project, involving at least two of the fields mentioned above. This implies that the research is supervised by at least two scientific advisors, at least one of whom must be a member of the Department of Maritime Civilizations.



The research is presented as a formally bound dissertation during the fourth year of studies. The Ph.D. dissertation must be written according to the structure and terminology customary in professional literature.

For more details on the academic standards with regard to writing the dissertation, please refer to the Graduate Studies Authority.


Guidelines for the Thesis and Research Proposal Structure (Hebrew)

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