MSc Program – Materials Science and Engineering

2017-18 academic year MSc program

 

Regulations for an MSc at the Faculty of Engineering

The program's regulations comply with the regulations for an MSc at the Faculty of Engineering, shown here [1].

 

Name of degree

Master of Science (MSc) in Materials Science and Engineering

 

Target population

The program targets students with a BSc and/or MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, other disciplines of Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or Biology, from recognized academic institutions in Israel and worldwide.

 

Admission requirements

The mandatory version of Registration and Admission Requirements, supplementary to the university's general requirements is applicable. Up-to-date information may be found on the university's registration website.

  • The candidate's weighted grade average in the BSc degree must be 80 or more. In addition, the candidate must present documentation with regard to his final relative ranking in the BSc class. In exceptional cases the Head of the Department is authorized to approve the admission of a student whose achievements are below the official standard, but not below 75, to the MSc program in a provisional status, for a maximum period of one year. In such cases the Head of the Department will take into consideration factors like substantial professional experience in the field of materials, ranking, warm recommendations from professional experts (from academia and/or industry), etc.
  • Candidates with a BSc in Materials Engineering from recognized universities are admitted in either a 'Regular' or 'Accumulative Studies' status. Graduates from other disciplines are admitted to a Supplementary program, based on the admission cross-section??, and will only be admitted to the MSc program after meeting the supplementary requirements.
  • Outstanding graduates of BSc programs in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering at TAU may continue their studies in a direct track to the MSc, completing both the BSc and MSc in five years.

 

Academic coordinator of the MSc program

An academic coordinator has been appointed for the MSc program in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. All questions concerning academic contents, admission requirements, required supplementary studies, approval of supervisors and examiners for theses and final projects etc. should be addressed to the academic coordinator. In some cases the approval of the Head of the Department is also required.

 

Stages of the MSc program

  • Following the successful completion of the supplementary requirements, or if no supplements are needed, the MSc program at the Faculty of Engineering includes two stages: First – Accumulative Studies, and second – Regular Studies. In the first stage students accumulate credit points for the MSc degree, and their annual curriculum is approved by a temporary supervisor. They must take a minimum of three Engineering courses every year and pass at least two of them, completing the whole Accumulative stage in three years at the most. In addition, Accumulative stage students must pass all of the Department's mandatory courses (including repetition following failure, if needed) no later than the end of their fourth semester of studies. Therefore students are advised to take all mandatory courses in the first year of studies, to allow for repetition, if needed, before the end of the second year.
  • In the second stage students completes their MSc requirements, including courses plus a thesis or final project. Fulltime students are admitted to the Regular Studies stage right from the beginning. Prerequisites for advancing to the Regular Stage in the Research Track: 1) Acquiring a permanent supervisor, and 2) 18 credit points in Engineering courses. Accumulated courses must be completed with a minimum average grade of 80 for Fulltime students, and 70 for everyone else. Students must also pass all mandatory departmental courses. A student advancing from Accumulative Studies to Fulltime Studies gains the Regular status.  In every track at least 25% of the curriculum must comprise Engineering courses taken in the Regular status. Students in the Regular stage must complete all requirements for the MSc degree in the chosen track within a maximum of two years.
  • All students are required to participate in departmental seminars (see section 1.8), and take the mathematics course and two additional courses from the list (total of 8 credit points, 9 semester hours). Students must choose elective courses for a minimum of 12 credit points in the thesis track, and 22 credit points in the final project track. Elective courses from BSc programs, defined as 'equivalent level' courses, are approved for graduate studies only if the student did not take a similar or identical course in his BSc studies. Students in both tracks may take up to 2 equivalent level courses, for a total of 6 credit points. In addition to the interdisciplinary nature of the program and the list of instructors, and in order to enable students to expand their knowledge in areas that are important to their theses/projects in industry, courses outside the Department may also be taken if approved by the permanent supervisor – for up to 4 credit points in the thesis track and 6 in the project track. Alternatively, a student may complete the credit points required for the degree by taking more courses from the offered list. MSc students in both tracks must complete all courses with a minimum average grade of 75.

 

Structure of MSc requirements

 

Thesis

Project

Credit points from courses, minimum

24 credits

36 credits

Weight of thesis/project

12 semester hrs.*

3 credits**

Supplementary courses (if needed)

No credits

No credits

Departmental seminars

No credits

No credits

Mandatory courses, minimum

8 credits

8 credits

Elective courses, minimum

12 credits

22 credits

Other courses approved by permanent supervisor, maximum

4 credits

  1. credits
 

* Thesis supervision (for determining tuition fee)

** Without semester hours (for determining tuition fee)

      

Thesis or Final Project

  • A thesis and a final project differ mainly in their scope. In both a scientific/technological problem is defined, followed by a survey of current literature, and a work plan for attaining the preset goals. After the study has been completed, its results are presented, discussed and analyzed, leading to conclusions, in compliance with the scientific standards relevant to the field of research. As a rule of thumb, a thesis takes nine full months (100%) to complete, while a project takes about 25% of the time. The thesis or project is submitted in Hebrew or English, as agreed with the supervisor. The final project track is intended for external students only (mainly students who work in industry while they study).
  • The purpose of an MSc thesis is training the student in methods of research, including: a critical survey of literature, conducting research of the scope customary at the Faculty, and at an appropriate academic level, and submitting an essay on the relevant topic to the Departmental Committee. The study can be either theoretical or experimental, on basic science or application-oriented, and must emphasize the analytic scientific approach and the contribution to furthering scientific understanding and/or updating existing scientific knowledge. It can also be interdisciplinary, involving collaboration between research groups from different faculties.
  • When a student is admitted to the program, he is matched with an appointed temporary supervisor. When he advances to the Regular stage, he must find a permanent supervisor. A Fulltime student, who is in the Regular status right from the start, must apply for a permanent thesis supervisor as early as possible, and no later than the end of his first semester of studies.
  • Work for the thesis is conducted under the permanent supervisor, for a total of 12 credit points. The supervisor is a faculty member who instructs the student throughout his research and studies, serving as the link between the student, the program's academic Coordinator, the Head of the Department, the Faculty Committees and other Faculty institutions – in all issues related to the MSc program. In the case of interdisciplinary research, a supervisor from each discipline is not required automatically, but in some cases the Head of the Department and/or Academic Coordinator do set such a requirement. The permanent thesis supervisor is a faculty member chosen from these lists [2], who has agreed to the student's request to serve as his permanent supervisor, and received the approval of the program's Academic Coordinator, as well as the Faculty's MSc Committee - all this under the provisions of TAU's General MSc Committee. The student must submit his application for approving a permanent supervisor, signed by the intended supervisor, to the Academic Coordinator. The application must include a brief description (up to one page) of the topic of the thesis.
  • A student writing a thesis must submit a progress report, approved by his supervisor, to the program's office, at the end of every semester. The report should include the title of the thesis, a brief description of its topic, a description of the work carried out in the past semester, and a work plan for the coming semester.
  • In special cases a secondary supervisor may be appointed for an MSc thesis. The secondary supervisor must have a PhD degree, and must receive the approval of the University's MSc Committee, based on a recommendation from the Faculty Committee.  He may come from either academia or industry.
  • A student who wishes to change the subject of his research, but remain under the supervision of the same supervisor, must submit a request, including a well-outlined explanation and the supervisor's recommendation, to the Program Coordinator. A student wishes to change the subject and also transfer to a new supervisor, must submit a request that includes a well-outlined explanation together with recommendations from both supervisors.
  • The purpose of a final project (for 3 credit points) is training the student in methods of engineering design and/or research, including: a critical survey of literature of the scope customary at the Faculty, and at an appropriate academic level, and an essay on the relevant topic submitted to the project's supervisor. The project can be either theoretical or experimental, with a focus on either engineering design or investigation of a hypothesis, and must emphasize the analytic scientific approach and the contribution to furthering scientific understanding and/or updating existing scientific knowledge. Supervision is on a personal basis. A graduate with an MSc in the project track from the Faculty of Engineering, who wishes to go on to the PhD program, is required to meet the requirements set by the University for students with an MSc from other universities, without a final project. In particular, such a student is required to complete an MSc thesis, as customary at the Faculty.
  • A project supervisor may be a senior faculty member from an Israeli institution of higher education, or a suitable person from industry, who is an engineer with an MSc degree. The appointment must be approved by the Academic Coordinator. When the project supervisor is not a faculty member at the Faculty of Engineering, an additional accompanying supervisor must also be appointed.
  • A student may request permission to transfer from the project track to the thesis track, or vice versa, under the same supervisor. The request must be approved by the supervisor, the Academic Coordinator, and the Faculty's MSc Committee. Also, a supervisor may ask the Departmental Committee, after informing the student, to reduce the scope of the work from a thesis to a final project, if the student has not shown sufficient initiative, progress or innovation in his research. When the scope is reduced to a final project, the student must complete the quota of credit points, as required in the final project track. A student in the thesis track who was admitted directly to the Regular Stage, but has not presented an approval from a permanent supervisor and a description of the topic of his thesis by the end of the first semester, will be transferred to a track without a thesis.

 

Mandatory participation in seminars

Students are required to participate in seminars on Materials Science and Engineering organized by the Department or by other academic units at Tel Aviv University. During their MSc studies, students in the final project track must take part in 8 seminars, and students in the thesis track must participate in 14 seminars. Students are required to fill a seminar participation form (download here ([3], and ask the Academic Coordinator or another faculty member present at the seminar, to sign it at the end of the seminar. Participation, as a lecturer or poster presenter, in a Materials conference of at least one day, is equal to 4 seminar hours. This credit is given only once during the student's MSc studies. To receive it the student must submit an application to the Department's Seminar Coordinator, together with his permanent supervisor's recommendation, the program of the conference indicating the student's presentation, and proof of participation in the conference. A student who has completed the requirement for seminar participation will submit the record to the Students' Office, where it will be added to his personal file, as a fulfilled requirement for the degree.

MSc Program – Materials Science and Engineering

Academic Coordinator – Dr. Ariel Ismach

 

Mandatory courses

All students must take 3 of the following courses (totaling 8 credits, 9 semester hours) and participate in departmental seminars as specified.

Course No.

Course name

Credit pts.

Hrs.

Prerequisites

Semester

Mandatory

0581.5002

Seminar4

-

1

 

1,2

0581.5131

X-Ray Crystallography5

3

3

 

2

One of the following:

0510.5001

Differential and Integral Equations

3

3

 

1,2**

0510.5002

Functional Analysis

3

3

 

2

0540.5001

Mathematical Methods in Engineering

3

3

Complex Functions

1

One of the following [5]:

0581.5121

Introduction to surfaces5

3

3

 

7*

0581.5312

Smart Materials 5,7

3

3

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering; Physics 2

*

 

 

Elective courses

Students must choose at least 12 credit points in the thesis track and 22 credit points in the project track.

Course No.

Course name

Credit pts.

Hrs.

Prerequisites

Semester

Surface Science and Computer Applications:

0581.5221

Atomistic Simulation of Materials5

3

3

 

2

0581.5222

Phenomena in Single-Crystal Surfaces5

3

3

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

*

Materials Engineering:

0540.6201

Theory of Composite Materials

3

3

Introduction to Theory of Elasticity

2

0581.5211

Optical Materials

3

3

 

2

0581.5212

Composite Structures and Functions

3

3

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering; Composite Materials

1

0581.5313

Materials for High Temperatures

3

3

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Behavior of Materials

*

0581.5381

Investigating Structural Failures

3

3

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanics of Solids

 

*

Material Characterization

0351.4611

Advanced Methods in Optical Microscopy

2

2

 

*

0510.7705

Nanometric Characterization of Electronic Materials and Devices

2

2

 

*

0581.4231

Transmission Electron Microscopy in Materials Science

3

3

 

18

0581.4321

Magnetic Materials 5,7,8

3

3

Physics 2; Physics of Materials

1

0581.5232

Laboratory in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) 9

1

1

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

*

0581.5233

Analytic Transmission Electron Microscopy for Material Characterization 5

2

2

 

*

0581.5234

Laboratory in Analytic Transmission Electron Microscopy for Material Characterization

1

1

Analytic Transmission Electron Microscopy for Material Characterization

*

0581.5235

Auger Electron Microscopy (AES) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) 5

2

2

 

2

0581.5236

Laboratory in Auger Electron Microscopy (AES) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) 9

1

1

Auger Electron Microscopy (AES) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)

2

0581.5332

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) 5,7

2

2

 

*

Processes and Devices

0510.6610

Photonic Devices: Principles and Applications

3

3

Classical Optics

2

0510.6701

Advanced Semiconductor Physics

3

3

Electronic Devices

1

0512.4700

Microelectronics 8

3

3

Electronic Devices (recommended)

1

0512.4702

Introduction to Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems

3

4

Introduction to Semiconductor Physics

2

0512.4704

Solid State Devices

3

4

Electronic Devices

2

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

0321.4813

Mesoscopic Physics and Nanoelectronics

3

3

 

2

0351.4034

Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

3

3

 

*

0510.7703

Nanometric Devices – Properties and Applications 5

2

2

 

*

0581.5251

Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Low-Dimensional Materials 5

3

3

 

1

0581.5255

Motion at the Nanoscale: Principles, Materials and Devices 5

2

2

Introduction to Material Science and Technology

*

Materials in Biology and Medicine

0321.4824

Physics of Bio-Polymers

3

3

 

*

0453.4105

Physical Methods in Biology: Principles and Applications

3

3

 

2

0553.5332

Medication Releasing Biomedical Devices

3

3

Biomaterials or Introduction to Material Science and Technology

*

0553.5335

Natural-Based Polymers for Biomedical Applications

3

3

Biomaterials or Introduction to Material Science and Technology

2

0581.5361

Biomaterials 5,7

3

3

Introduction to Material Science and Technology

*

Materials in Energy Systems

0510.7701

Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion

2

2

Advanced Semiconductor Physics

2

0581.4371

Materials for Energy Systems 8,10

3

3

 

1

 

 10 Students who have taken courses 0351.3311 or 0581.5271 may not register for this course.

 

Supplementary studies

  • BSc graduates from university Engineering Faculties who are changing their field of study, BSc graduates from university Faculties of Exact Sciences and Life Science, and graduates of 4-year Engineering Colleges are required to complete a supplementary studies program as a prerequisite for admission to the MSc program in Materials Science and Engineering (both the Accumulation and Regular stages).
  • These courses do not grant credit points. The program's Academic Coordinator requires each student to take 4 of the courses listed in the table below, taking into consideration the area in which the student attained his BSc, and the potential contribution of the supplementary courses to the student's research or workplace.
  • The Academic Coordinator is authorized to reduce the number of required courses for outstanding students, graduates of prestigious programs (e.g. Talpiot), or in other special circumstances.
  • Students must complete the supplementary courses with a minimum grade of 70 per course, and a minimum weighted average of 80 (the course with the lowest grade is weighted at half its weight in the catalogue). Final failure in a supplementary course in two consecutive registrations leads to termination of studies.
  • If a candidate has not successfully completed his supplementary studies within a period of two years, or has failed twice (final failure) in at least one of the supplementary courses – his studies at the Faculty are terminated. A candidate who has successfully completed his supplementary program may apply for admission to the Faculty.    

 

List of optional supplementary courses

Course No.

Course Name

Hrs.

Semester

0351.2202

Thermodynamics

6

1

0351.2809

Biochemistry for Chemistry Students

5

2

0351.3104

Crystallographic Introduction to Structural Chemistry

3

2

0509.1815

Basic Chemistry for Engineering

3

1

0555.2407

Mechanics of Solids

4

2

0581.2111

 

 

 

0581.1111

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (for Materials)

or

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

4

 

 

4

1

 

 

2

0581.2191

Introduction to Waves

4

1

0581.3121

Physics of Materials

4

1

0581.3181

Mechanical Behavior of Materials

4

2

0581.4121

Momentum, Heat, and Mass Transfer (for Materials Engineers)

4

1

 

http://www.eng.tau.ac.il/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=83&Itemid=92&language=he-IL

3 Members of the core faculty may supervise research on any topic. Members with secondary affiliation may supervise research on any topic from their own fields of activity with a distinct connection to Materials, without explicit approval beyond the authorization required by this clause. Other faculty members may supervise research on any topic from their fields of activity with a distinct connection to Materials, but must first consult with the program's Academic Coordinator.

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* Not offered in the 2017-18 academic year.

** In Semester 1 the course will be given in English

The course will be given in English, unless the lecturer decides to give it in Hebrew.

A student may take both courses, the second in place of an elective course.

In the 2017-18 academic year students may take course 0581.5212 (Composite Structures and Functions) as a mandatory course.

 MSc course open to BSc students

 'Equivalent level' course – also open to graduate students. A student may take an 'equivalent level' course only if he did not take this or a similar course during his BSc studies. 'Equivalent level' courses are recognized for a maximum of 6 credit points in the thesis track and 9 credit points in the final project track.

The theoretical course is a prerequisite for the lab. The number of participants is limited, and participation must be approved by the lecturer based on considerations such as the student's study program, whether he is a fulltime student, how essential the equipment is for his thesis (based on a statement from the permanent supervisor), the number of vacancies in the lab, etc.

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