The Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences

Marine Geosciences

Recent deep-sea gas discoveries offshore Israel pose world-class scientific, technical and environmental challenges. These significant developments provide students with career opportunities in disciplines such as exploration geophysics and environmental geology.

Using the eastern Mediterranean as a natural marine laboratory, the Department provides students with a unique opportunity to develop practical scientific experience at sea together with a rigorous academic curriculum. Study programs combine coursework with deep sea, coastal and underwater field excursions, as well as geological field trips to coastal marine structures.

The Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences (DMG) is a leading edge, sea-going facility, established in 2007. DMG combines research and graduate studies of the marine environment in the following main disciplines: observational geophysics, mapping and remote sensing, geodynamics, tectonics, marine and coastal sedimentology, geochemistry, and chemical and physical oceanography. DMG comprises one of the center-poles in the multidisciplinary framework of the Charney School of Marine Sciences (CSMS), the only sea-going academic facility in Israel.

Studies conducted in the Department of Marine Geosciences utilize advanced methods of data acquisition, processing and analysis to decipher phenomena that occur in the marine geosphere. Over the last decade, the growing concern regarding global change, the search for new energy sources and the emergence of unprecedented developments that offer new avenues of research have created global interest in geo-marine studies. Research topics in this field are numerous, encompassing various disciplines that interact in a way that demands a holistic research approach: from the structure of the seafloor, the Earth’s crust underneath it, and the search for energy sources (oil, gas, hydrates), to the dynamics of the water body above it, sea level changes and their relation to tectonic and climate changes, coastline developments in present and past times (e.g., collapse of cliffs) and, finally, present and past influences on human evolution.

M.Sc. Program

Duration of studies: Two years.


Ph.D. Program

Candidates interested in doctoral studies may apply to the head of department or the relevant faculty member. Department pre-requisites are similar to the MSc program. Formal application will be submitted to the Graduate Studies Authority.


Direct Doctoral Studies Program

Direct Doctoral Studies Program


Departmental Seminars

Seminars are held on Monday at 13:00, Main Building, room 606

Seminars are broadcast online


International Program

Using the Eastern Mediterranean as a natural marine laboratory the program provides students with a unique opportunity to develop practical scientific experience at sea, together with a rigorous academic curriculum.

Further deatils


Contact us:

International School Graduate Programs
University of Haifa
199 Abba Hushi Ave., Mount Carmel
Haifa, 3498838

Phone:   +972-4-824-0766
Fax:   +972-4-824-0391
Mobile:   Skype: haifainternationalschool


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