Unraveling the mysteries of the mind and the brain is one of the most fascinating endeavors of the 21st century. At ELSC, we believe that the key to solving this mystery lies in interdisciplinary research, and must therefore combine theoretical, biological and cognitive approaches in neuroscience.

A global leader in computational neuroscience, the Center boasts one of the widest, most diverse academic programs in the field. Our five-year Ph.D. program provides the most promising graduate students with the theoretical and experimental tools required to achieve true interdisciplinary research capabilities. This wide, solid base will allow them to understand how the nervous system efficiently performs a wide variety of functions, including perception and action, learning and memory, thought and creativity. 

Our intensive program is anchored in computational neuroscience and includes advanced courses that provide a comprehensive background. These courses include physiology of the nervous system, theoretical neural and cognitive sciences, cognitive psychology, machine learning and information processing, and advanced research methods.  Experiencing the various disciplines and gaining access to some of the world’s leading brain researchers and their work, allows students to build their future-facing research paths. Indeed, over the years, a third of our graduates have become independent researchers in the various fields of neuroscience, at leading Israeli and global universities.

As an international PhD program, all classes and scientific activities are conducted in English. Following the first three semesters, during which the program is comprised of core courses, students join research labs and engage in thesis research, alongside a personalized program of required and elective courses, that allows them to meet the necessary doctorate requirements. Throughout their studies, students enjoy generous scholarships and travel fellowships, and are encouraged to participate in international conferences and visit relevant research centers around the world. 


Course of Study

First Year
Semester A  -> Supplementary courses – according to individual background 
Semester B  -> Required courses

Second Year
Semester A  -> Completion of all required courses
Semester B -> Finding a lab; MSc Seminar

Third Year
Semester A  -> Qualification exam and registration as a doctoral student (Stage A)

Forth Year
Completion of 50 credit points
Submission of full research proposal (Stage B)

Fifth Year
Submission of thesis