Graduate Studies

The Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering offers several master’s and doctoral degree programs. These programs are open to BSc engineering graduates and graduates from science faculties (such as chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, agriculture) from a recognized academic institute, as detailed later (*).

Research and teaching activities in the Faculty cover a wide range of biotechnology and food engineering topics: biotechnology, microbiology and molecular biology, food engineering and technology, biochemistry and molecular nutrition, packaging, tissue engineering, molecular enzymology, nano-biotechnology, nano-encapsulation and micro-encapsulation, biopolymers, protein engineering, and nanoscience applications in food.

*  A special graduate program is offered for a master’s degree in biotechnology and food engineering intended for graduates of a three-year science program.

 Master’s Degree Studies

The Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering offers several study tracks for a master’s degree that grant the following degrees:

“Master’s in Science in Biotechnology and Food Engineering”

Admission criteria
A bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and food engineering with adequate grades, or another bachelor’s degree in engineering for which supplementary courses will need to be taken, as will be determined by the Faculty’s Graduate Studies Admissions Committee. Graduate studies prepare the student for scientific work aimed at research and development.

Study Requirements
 – Course studies for 17 credits and research work for 20 credits (total of 37 credits)
 – An external student can convert the research work to a final project for 12 credits, with       the completion of 28 course credits
– A special graduate studies program prior to studies towards a master’s degree adapted for graduates of three-year science faculties such as chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, agriculture, etc. These students will be required, in addition to graduate courses, to supplement in general about 30 credits of undergraduate courses to complete the knowledge they are lacking in technology, engineering and science courses. Students successfully completing the supplementary program can join the regular master’s degree program framework. The list of courses will be determined for each student separately based on his previous study background.

“Master’s in Science in Biotechnology and Food Engineering (ME without a thesis)”

The program is based on course study only.
Admission criteria
Graduates of a four-year study program having an average grade of at least 80.
Graduates of a three-year study program will be required to complete an additional 30 credits approximately. 

Study Requirements
Course study only, 40 credits, including the course “Advanced Food Engineering Seminar” for 5 credits.

The Degree
Receiving the master’s degree is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements of and compliance with regulations of the Graduate School. For example, a student whose studies exceed six years will be required to study one additional course during every additional semester of his studies (see Section 25.03 of the Graduate School regulations providing full details of this requirement).

Research Topics
In order to integrate into research from the variety of research topics proposed by the faculty members, students must approach researchers directly according to their areas of interest.

For additional information, contact the Graduate Studies secretary, Mrs. Anat Eshel-Gur, tel.: 04-8293068/9, email:

Graduate courses

Fellowships and awards

Useful links
Graduate School
Graduates Students Organization
Technion Students Organization
Dean of Students
Academic Calendar
Moodle – Technion’s course website

Doctoral Degree Studies

Studies towards a Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) degree is intended for candidates having a master’s degree from a recognized academic institute whose previous academic and research achievements are excellent, and they will be examined on an individual basis.

Direct Doctoral Degree Study Track from a Bachelor’s Degree

Candidates for this study track must have a four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Technion or a similar degree from another recognized academic institute, and have excellent grades. Generally, students who completed their bachelor’s degree summa cum laude will be accepted. Every candidate will be examined according to his achievements and study background. Admission criteria and detailed study procedure are provided in the Graduate School catalog (Sections 32.05 and 34.02 in the regulations).

Direct Doctoral Degree Study Track

Students having exceptionally high grades who commenced their studies towards a master’s degree (MSc) and who excel in their studies and research, can move to a direct doctoral degree track according to a recommendation by the Faculty’s Graduate Studies Committee. In this case, no supplementation of any requirements for a master’s degree will be required.

Admission is contingent upon finding a supervisor and defining a research area. A candidate for a doctoral degree will need to “find” a supervisor for himself from the Faculty’s faculty members prior to submitting a request for acceptance to this study track. In special cases (for example, when a candidate will be coming from outside Israel), the coordinator of the Faculty’s Graduate Studies Committee will provide assistance in finding a supervisor. In any case, not finding a supervisor will prevent the admissions process.

Admissions Criteria

In addition to adequate academic achievements (over 90 in undergraduate degree studies), the candidate must exhibit proven abilities in carrying out independent research. The Faculty’s Admissions Committee will examine a candidate’s achievements and decide if he must take an admissions exam. Based on the results of the exam, the Committee will decide if the candidate will be accepted and under what conditions.

Study Requirements

  • Compliance with special conditions imposed by the Admissions Committee (if any).
  • Study of at least 8 credits of graduate courses.
  • Presentation of a research proposal prior to the examination of the candidates and defending it in front of the Examining Committee.
  • Giving a seminar lecture, the date of which will be publicized in the Technion newsletter.
  • Presenting a paper on the research and defending it in front of the Examining Committee.
  • Compliance with language requirements according to Graduate School regulations.

For additional information, contact the Graduate Studies secretary, Mrs. Anat Eshel-Gur, tel.: 04-8293068/9, e-mail: