The Interdisciplinary Energy Graduate Study Program

The following Technion academic units participate in this interdisciplinary program: Aerospace Engineering ; Architecture and Town Planning; Biology; Bio-Medical Engineering; Biotechnology and Food Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Physics.

The Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP) was set up to focus multidisciplinary expertise, research and teaching on the science needed to turn the current global energy crisis into an opportunity for progress. The unique graduate program supports a variety of research activities on campus, including alternative fuels; energy storage devices; renewable energy technologies and energy conservation.

GTEP provides a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary research, which is already attracting increasing numbers of top faculty and students. It is an expanding center of brainpower focused to recreate the power of the future.

In order to train the next generation of energy researchers and engineers, Technion has established its interdisciplinary graduate study program, under the auspices of GTEP.

The aim of the Energy Graduate Study Program is to give research structures through infrastructure and organization in order to attract and support highly motivated students from around the world who are eager to develop expertise in Energy.

Future energy researchers and engineers will need a broad and in-depth understanding in wide subjects, considered “classical” science & engineering, as well as knowledge in economics and policy. Thus, the proposed Energy study program will produce scientists, engineers and researchers with a broad view in any given energy related subject, and with a deep understanding of energy-related issues.

MSc Studies

The Interdisciplinary Energy Graduate Study Program offers the following degrees:

Master of Science in Energy Engineering – 18 credit points must be acquired and a research project completed. Additional credit points may be required, according to the background of the applicant.

  • Master of Science in Energy – 30 credit points must be acquired and a research project completed. Additional credit points may be required, according to the background of the applicant.
  • Master in Energy Engineering (ME) – Expertise in Natural Gas & Petroleum Engineering . 40 credit points must be acquired. Additional credit points may be required, according to the background of the applicant.

Acceptance Criteria

Candidates must hold Engineering or an Exact Sciences undergraduate diploma from an accredited university and have completed their undergraduate studies with  a GPA equal to Israeli GPA of 82 can be accepted under the approval of the program’s acceptance committee.

In special cases, candidates with a GPA between 80 and 81.99, who possess relevant industrial background or work experience, will be considered for admission upon approval by the Interdisciplinary Energy Graduate Study Program Committee.

Candidates are required to allocate a research advisor prior to their admission to the program, and submit a short research proposal which will include scientific and engineering aspects in energy. All students must submit two recommendations from professors and undergo personal interviews.

Candidate with relevant working experience (at least 5 years), will be able to apply and will have to submit CV and two recommendations from the work place. Once the interdisciplinary energy graduate study program committee finds the candidate’s experience and academic achievements sufficient, the candidate will be able to be accepted to the program.

MSc Study Requirements

Affiliation Courses will focus on science, engineering and technology fields. Graduate courses will be from science and engineering fields as well as technology. Students must complete the program’s compulsory courses (4 points), a quantitative Research Methods course (3 points) and a GTEP one of six unique elective courses (2 points).

The reminder points can be chosen from existing courses given by participating faculties. Students of the “Masters of Science in Energy” track must complete at least four courses from the relevant courses list provided by the energy studies program secretary. Students holding a three year BSc and are required with affiliation courses: Up to10 points from the affiliation courses from undergraduate studies will be included at the 30 academic points requirement.

Registration to all courses should be approved by the research advisor and the interdisciplinary energy graduate study program committee’s head. The research will take place at one of the academic participate faculties. The research topic will include aspects of energy science and engineering as well, under the approval of the interdisciplinary energy graduate study program committee.

Undergraduate StudiesAcademic PointsRemarks Affiliation Courses
Graduate of Engineering18Submission of a thesisAccording to need
Graduate of Engineering 26Submission of a final project According to need
Graduate of Exact Sciences30Submission of a thesisAccording to need
Graduate of Exact Sciences38Submission of a final projectAccording to need

GTEP Courses

Required Courses

Course numberNamePoints
518001Technologies for Clean Energy2 points
518002Global and National Energy Challenges2 points

Elective Courses

Course numberNamePoints
518003Economy and Management of Energy Systems2 points
518004Advanced Heterogeneous Catalysis 2 points
518005Solar and Photovoltaic Energy2 points
518006Bio-Mass Energy2 points
518007Advanced Energy Transportation2 points
518008Energy Innovation2 points

PhD studies

Studies for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are designed for students holding an MSc degree in Engineering or Exact Sciences with excellent achievements. Candidates’ evaluation is based on Technion Graduate School regulations. In addition to academic accomplishments, the candidate has to prove capabilities in conducting independent research.

Acceptance Criteria

A PhD candidate is required to allocate a research advisor prior to admission. Assistance from the Committee Director is available for foreign students to find an advisor. Candidates should also submit recommendations from two professors and undergo three personal interviews.

The Interdisciplinary Energy Committee will evaluate the candidate’s resume, accomplishments, a written proposal of his/her proposed research, and will interview him/her.

PhD Study Requirements

  • Study of at least 8 credit points.
  • Submission of a research proposal; defending it in front of a 5-member Referee Tribunal.
  • Delivery of a seminar lecture before submission. The date and topic of the presentation will be published on-line in the Technion bulletin.
  • Submission of a research thesis; defending it in front of a 3-member Referee Tribunal.
  • Any other special requirements of the Energy interdisciplinary Committee.

Direct PhD

Students with excellent achievements in their MSc studies are encouraged to pursue a direct PhD track. Approval is subject to the Interdisciplinary Energy Committee. The student will be required to study – in addition to MSc courses – at least eight more credit points.

Special PhD Program

This program is designated for students holding a summa cum laude undergraduate degree. Admission terms are specified on the Technion Graduate School website.

Natural Gas & Petroleum Engineering (NG&PE) Graduate Study Program

Master in Energy Engineering (ME)

The Natural Gas and Petroleum Engineering Graduate Study Program was set up in response to the immediate need to establish a foundation to ensure the correct utilization of national resources over a long term. The objective of the studies toward the degree of Master in Energy Engineering (ME without thesis), in the Natural Gas and Petroleum Engineering Graduate Study Program, is to train a professional workforce for the various areas of natural gas and petroleum engineering. This track recognizes the national importance in developing research infrastructures in this field as well.

The program is designed for graduates who have a BSc in Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Students who graduated with honor can apply for the program. Preference will be given to those with occupational experience in the field of energy, gas and petroleum. Registration forms are available at the Technion’s Graduate School website. Candidates must submit the registration form, grade sheet, and two recommendations as well as meet the prerequisites, before being accepted.

Studies take place over a period of 20 months (including a final project). They are organized in a Mini-semester format; each semester is seven to nine weeks long. The study program awards 40 academic credit points, 5 of which for the final project. Most courses are compulsory courses and represent the core of the program. Changes from the recommended courses will be approved only by the academic director of the program. Some of the classes will be given in English. Language requirements are according to Graduate School regulations.

Required Courses

Course numberNamePoints
516101Introduction to Geology2 points
516102Introduction to Applied Geophysics2 points
516103NG &P Geology2 points
516104Materials & Standards in Natural Gas and Petroleum Engineering2 points
516105Chemical Thermodynamics & Kinetics2.5 points
516106Production, Storage, Transmission and Safety2.5 points
516107Two-Phase Flow2 points
516108Development of Offshore Gas Fields2.5 points
516109Drilling Operations I2.5 points
516110Deep Water Drilling and Production2 points
516111Flow in Porous Media2 points
516112Gas Production Engineering2 points
516113Subsurface & Subsea Production2 points
516114Conditioning & Processing of NG2 points
516115Reservoir Engineering I2 points
516116Project in Natural Gas and Petroleum Engineering2 points

Elective Courses

Course numberNamePoints
518117 Law & Economics of NG&P2 points
518118 Advanced Gas Reservoir Engineering2 points
518119 Seismic interpretation2.5 points
518120 Environmental Control in natural Gas and Petroleum Engineering2 points
518121 Management and Leadership in NG&PE2 points

More information

The Interdisciplinary Energy Graduate Study Program: +972-77- 8871933
Natural Gas & Petroleum Engineering Graduate Study Program: +972-4-8293422

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