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Maritime Civilizations (Ph.D.)

PhD (ISCED 2011 level 8)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost from $10,690 per year

The objective of studies towards the Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in the Department of Maritime Civilizations is to design and implement an original study and to make a substantive contribution to advancing knowledge in a particular research area.

Admission Requirements

Ph.D. studies in the Department of Maritime Civilizations are intended for students with an M.A. or an equivalent degree in one of the following areas: Life Sciences, Earth Sciences or Humanities.

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

  • Possess a Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Israel or abroad with a weighted grade of at least 80 percent ("good").

  • Have an M.A. thesis or have conducted an equivalent study that received a grade of at least 86 percent ("very good"). In special cases, the Dean of Graduate Studies can approve a deviation from these minimum grades in light of a candidate's special study and research achievements.

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

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

Language of Instruction

The official language of instruction at the University of Haifa is Hebrew. Although mastery of Hebrew is not required for Doctorate students, it would be of great advantage.

Within the framework of the Doctoral studies, a wide range of courses in English is offered at the University of Haifa, as well as at other universities in Israel.

Program Requirements


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.

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 the 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

Doctoral students in the Department of Maritime Civilizations are expected to conduct an interdisciplinary research project, concerning 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 third or the fourth year of studies. The Ph.D. dissertation must be written according to the structure and terminology customary in the professional literature.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Ocean Literacy
Marine archaeology
Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography