MA and PhD: Research Proposals, Theses and Dissertations

BA Regulations: 

MA Regulations:    MA Proposal     Defending the Thesis    MA Final exam  LOA  MA Forms

PhD Regulations:   PhD Proposal      PhD Dissertation    PhD Final Steps   PhD Forms

 

BA

 

 

MA

Proposal regulations and forms:

1. Each proposal must be read by one reviewer. The reviewer can be within the Department.

2. If the reviewer does not teach at an Israeli university (i.e. either at an Israeli academic college or an institution abroad), the suggested reviewer must send a recent CV with indication of current academic rank.

3.The advisor(s) and student must complete and sign the following form.

4.The Advisor should send directly to the reviewer the following form. The form must be completed and signed.

5. If the reviewer makes comments for revision, the student must complete the following form, which needs to be signed by both the advisor(s) and the student.

6. After the reviewer sends back the form please send to chelsea.mosery-birnbaum@biu.ac.il the following forms and information:

a. The Proposal

b. The  forms. please make sure they are signed.

c. The reviewers full name, name of university where he teaches, and rank of the reviewer.

here are the instruction of how to submit the proposal: https://graduate-school.biu.ac.il/node/1585

 

Defending the Thesis

Please schedule a defense only after checking the students file including grades with the office.Thank you!

The defense committee must include at least three members.Faculty judges may be serving at the rank of lecturer or above (i.e. "Marze", "Martze Bachir” or “Professor")

Please fill in the following forms and send them in, signed by everyone:

1. The Judges form -form number 1

2. The Advisors forms-form number 2 

3. The Chair of the committee's forms-form number 3 andnumber 4 - all three: judge advisor and chair have to sign       this form

4. The student submits the thesis to tamar.vakil@biu.ac.il from the Main Library. Before doing so, be sure to follow the following steps:

      a. Send an electronic copy of your thesis to Smadar Wisper, our Librarian, for approval at: smadar-dvora.wisper@biu.ac.il

      b. Once Smadar sends you her approval that the thesis is ready, email Chelsea at: chelsea.mosery-birnbaum@biu.ac.il. She will then send you a letter from the department. Send this letter to Tamar, along with:

      c.  This form.

5. Submitting a Hard Copy of the Thesis: Print out a hard copy of your paper once it has been approved by the library staff. Bound the paper according to regulations, and place it in the Book Return box at the entrance to the Central Library. In the case of a Corona Lockdown, the printed thesis can be submitted once restrictions have been lifted..

 

Leave of Absence

If for some reason you cannot continue your studies please email  Mrs. Michal Giladi  michal.giladi@biu.ac.il  your full name and id number, and the reason why you cannot continue. Once your are ready to rturn, fill in a request via inbar.

MA Students forms

https://graduate-school.biu.ac.il/en/node/1383

 

Thesis Equivalent Work Submission

To see the Graduate School's guidelines for writing and submitting the research proposal, click here or read on. 

 

 

Instructions for thesis-equivalent work submission

A thesis-equivalent assignment is the outcome of original research summarized as a detailed scientific work. The work must reflect knowledge and comprehension in the selected area of research, use of appropriate scientific tools, analytical abilities, original thinking and ability to express oneself well in writing.

  1. Students submitting thesis-equivalent work must be registered at Bar-Ilan University in the year of submission.
  2. Students whose graduation is set for a particular academic year must complete all degree requirements by the final day of that academic year, including coursework, their thesis-equivalent assignment and corresponding exam and submission of requested revisions.  Students who do not meet these requirements will be charged an additional year of tuition, per tuition policy.
  3. To avoid incurring an additional year of tuition, the thesis-equivalent assignment should be submitted for approval to the departmental committee about three months before the start of the next academic year, to leave sufficient time for revisions as needed.
  4. The department must ascertain that the thesis review and final exam be completed within 60 days of the date of thesis submission to the department.
      

Final exam

The exam is an oral one, before an examining committee appointed by the departmental committee. Students are to present their research outcome and demonstrate proficiency in topics related to their research and in supplementary material as determined by the departmental committee. The departmental committee may choose to hold a written exam on the supplementary material.

Eligibility to take the exam is contingent upon completion of all requirements, including availability of all final grades for all coursework specified as required upon admission, and registration for the academic year in which the exam is held. It is the responsibility of the departments to ascertain that students do not take their final exam before completing all their requirements. 


Writing the thesis-equivalent work in English

Students who wish to write their thesis-equivalent work in English must submit a letter clearly explaining why to the departmental committee, and include a recommendation by their advisor. Students whose request has been approved by the departmental committee chair must include an abstract in Hebrew and in English in their work.

Regulations for thesis-equivalent work submission in format of an academic article

The research proposal is submitted and reviewed as accepted in the department.

The thesis-equivalent work includes one academic article submitted for publication in a journal at a level of B or Q2 or above (a letter from the journal confirming submission is to be included).The article must include the student’s academic affiliation with the relevant department and to Bar-Ilan University.

The length of the academic article should be as accepted in journals within the particular discipline.

The student must be a central participant in the research conducted and in the writing of the academic article. A letter by the advisor attesting to the student’s contribution to each phase of the article-writing process is to be attached to the thesis-equivalent work.

The limited word count of an academic article does not always allow for the necessary elaboration; the thesis-equivalent work should thus include additional sections conveying all aspects of the research topic:

  • Expanded bibliographic survey as accepted in a thesis, with corresponding bibliography list. (This is not necessary if the academic article itself includes a broad survey).
  • If the article does not provide a broad, detailed presentation of methodology, this should be included as part of the thesis-equivalent work.
  • Where necessary, an expanded summary may be included, with possible consequences of the study, future directions, etc.

The thesis-equivalent work is to be reviewed in the same way that standard theses are reviewed in the department.

Publication of research

Students may not publish their research work or a portion of it without advisor approval.

Students who publish their research work or a portion of it, must indicate the department name, the advisor’s name and that the research was conducted at Bar-Ilan University, as part of background completion work toward doctoral studies.

Instructions for writing a thesis-equivalent work

1.    The thesis-equivalent work is to be printed on quarto paper or on A4 paper with line spacing of 1.5 and wide margins (2-3 cm on each side). The bibliography, footnotes and references may be single-spaced.

       Font size for the bibliography should be the same as in the remainder of the work. Footnotes may be printed using a smaller font size.

       Printing may be double-sided, so long as it is clear and legible.

2.    The work should not exceed 150 printed pages (or 75 double-sided pages). We recommended binding it only after it has been approved by the departmental examining committee.

3.    A cover page in Hebrew and in English should appear on the cardboard binding of the thesis.

4.    Following the exterior cover pages on the binding should be two interior cover pages identical to the exterior ones (as shown in the example below).

 5.    The page following the interior cover page must include the name of the advisor(s) in the following format: (Note: Content which must be presented in Hebrew is shown below with the English translation in square brackets for your convenience.)


       עבודה זו נעשתה בהדרכתו/ם של פרופ' / ד"ר ______________________ [This work was carried out under the supervision of Prof. / Dr. __]

       מהמחלקה / פקולטה / בית הספר / יחידה ל [from the Faculty / Department / School of / Interdisciplinary Unit]... (יש לבחור במתאים) ________________________ של                       אוניברסיטת בר-אילן. [(choose the most appropriate), Bar-Ilan University] 
 

       The page following the interior English cover page must include the name of the advisor in English in the following format:
 

This work was carried out under the supervision of Prof. / Dr. _______________ Faculty / Department / School / Interdisciplinary Unit of (choose the most appropriate)______________, Bar-Ilan University
 

6.    This should be followed by a table of contents, listing the chapters and appendices (if any). The table of content should also list the Hebrew and the English abstracts.

7.    An abstract, introduction, summary and bibliography in Hebrew is mandatory, as well as an English abstract (see examples below).

8.    The work should be written in keeping with accepted standards in the discipline, and should be properly edited. Special attention should be paid to references, quotations, footnotes and bibliography, to be formatted in keeping with professional publications in the area of research. In all cases, author names, publication name (article name, journal name, number of first page of the article, book title, etc.) and year of publication must be included.

9.    These regulations indicate minimum requirements; specific requirements in the particular discipline must also be adhered to.

10.   A thesis-equivalent work must include a Hebrew and an English abstract.
(Or, if the work has been written in a language which is neither Hebrew nor English, an abstract in the language of the assignment is to be included instead of the English one). Each abstract should be 3-5 pages long.

11.   Deviation from this regulation requires prior approval by the School of Graduate Studies; such approval will be granted in exceptional cases only, by considering well-justified recommendations by the advisor and by the departmental committee before submission of the final work for review.

 

Policy for submitting copies of the final thesis-equivalent work to the central library:

To deposit the thesis-equivalent work at the central library: an appointment must be made through the library services website.

Make sure you receive an email confirmation for your appointment. Be sure to be there on time.

 

Bring the following with you to the central library:

1.  One printed copy of your work

An exception to this rule: Department of Information Science – the printed copy must be hard bound, with a laminated cover page glued onto the front binding.

2. One digital copy (on a flash drive, which will be returned to you). The digital copy must be a single file in pdf format, identical to the printed copy and arranged in reading order.

3. Departmental approval signed by the advisor, indicating that the assignment has been written per instructions and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

 

After depositing the assignment in accordance with regulations, a confirmation of the deposit is sent by the central library to the student. The confirmation should be forwarded to the department. The department shall file the confirmation in the student’s digital file.

The student shall sign the form permitting use of their work (a printed copy and an electronic copy).

 

Sample layout of thesis-equivalent work

Suggested layout 1    

Page number

1.

Hebrew cover page (on cardboard binding)

unnumbered

2.

Hebrew cover page (interior, identical to the one on the binding)

unnumbered

3.

Advisor(s) name

unnumbered

4.

Acknowledgments (optional)

unnumbered

 5.

Table of contents

unnumbered

6.

List of acronyms and abbreviations

unnumbered

7.

List of figures, tables, maps (if present); indicate

page numbers on which they appear

unnumbered

8.

Hebrew abstract

in Hebrew letters (א, ב, ג...)

9.

Introduction

numbered

10.

Thesis body (by chapter)

numbered

11.

Discussion and conclusions

numbered

12.

Bibliography

numbered

13.

Appendices (if any)

numbered

14.

English abstract

in Roman numerals (i., ii., iii...)

15.

Advisor’s name in English

unnumbered

16.

English cover page (interior, identical to the one on the binding)

unnumbered

17.

English cover page (on the cardboard binding)

unnumbered

 

 

 

Suggested layout 2

Page number

1.

Hebrew cover page (on cardboard binding)

unnumbered

2.

Hebrew cover page (interior, identical to the one on the binding)

unnumbered

3.

Advisor(s) name                                     

unnumbered

4.

Acknowledgments (optional)

unnumbered

 5.

Table of contents

unnumbered

6.

Hebrew abstract

in Hebrew letters (א, ב, ג...)

7.

Introduction

numbered

8.

Theoretical framework

numbered

9.

Research, experiment(s) and outcomes

numbered

10.

Discussion, conclusions and recommendations

numbered

11.

Bibliography

numbered

12.

Appendices (if any)

numbered

13.

English abstract

in Roman numerals (i., ii., iii...)

14.

Advisor’s name in English

unnumbered

15.

English cover page (interior, identical to the one on the binding)

unnumbered

16.

English cover page (on the cardboard binding)

unnumbered

 

Be sure to correctly specify department, faculty, school or unit (as indicated on the Bar-Ilan website)

on the cover pages and on the pages indicating advisor’s name in both languages.

 

Sample front cover page of assignment (Hebrew)

אוניברסיטת בר-אילן [Bar-Ilan University]

Title of work

שם הסטודנט [Student name]

(First name followed by last name)

 

עבודה שוות ערך לתזה מוגשת כחלק מדרישות קבלה ללימודים לתואר שלישי [Thesis-equivalent work submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for admission to doctoral study]

מהמחלקה / פקולטה / בית הספר / יחידה ל... [from the Department / Faculty / School / Interdisciplinary Unit of ...] של אוניברסיטת בר-אילן [Bar Ilan University]

 

רמת גן                                                                   שנה עברית [Ramat Gan            Hebrew year]

 

 

 

Sample back cover page for thesis-equivalent work (English)

BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY

Title of work

 

Student name

(First name followed by last name)

 

A master’s thesis-equivalent work, submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the completion program for Ph.D. of the Department/ Faculty/ School/ Interdisciplinary Studies Unit of.........., Bar-Ilan University

 

                          Ramat-Gan, Israel                                                              Year

 

 

PhD

Research Proposals

To see the Graduate School's guidelines for writing and submitting the research proposal, click here or read on. 

The instructions are as follows:

 

The research proposal must include, among other things, a cover page specifying the name of the proposal in Hebrew and in English, a survey of the literature addressed by the research including current knowledge on the subject, sections that specify the significance of the study and its objectives, a description of the research methods, the planned research process, a table of contents, and a full bibliography.

The research proposal not including bibliography and cover page should be no more than 30 pages. Departments are entitled to require a shorter research proposal than that specified above.
In the combined track, research proposals may exceed 30 pages.

The double-spaced research proposal shall be submitted with the number of copies as required by the department. A copy of the research proposal shall also be submitted on a flash drive or sent via email.

Every copy of the proposal shall be accompanied by the “Proposal for PhD research work plan” form, signed by the student, the advisor(s) and the departmental committee chair. 

All copies must be clear and legible.

If the research topic requires approval of an ethics committee, such approval must be obtained from the department or the faculty before submitting the research proposal for review.

The proposal shall be submitted by the student to the departmental committee after it has been signed by the advisor(s); the department shall then send it for review as specified above.

The research proposal and the research plan approved by the School of Graduate Studies is binding upon the student.

Any change to the research topic after the proposal has been approved, such as broadening or narrowing its scope, requires approval by the School of Graduate Studies. Such a request must be submitted using the miscellaneous requests form, signed by the advisor and the department.

Research proposal for dissertation as a collection of articles

Students who plan to submit their dissertation as a collection of articles must indicate that in their research proposal, if possible, at the time of writing. Following the cover page, the theme common to all the articles is to be stated in detail (3-4 pages). The research proposal shall include before each article, in addition to discussion of the general topic under study, the topic of the planned articles, their objectives, theoretical or experimental background, hypotheses, their central claim that the article intends to  develop, and the new knowledge it is expected to introduce. If the decision on dissertation as monograph or as a collection of articles is still open, the research proposal shall specify so; in that case, the research proposal shall be written assuming dissertation as monograph.

This does not preclude the option of dissertation as a collection of articles, even if the research proposal referred to the standard dissertation as monograph format, or conversely.

The request to change dissertation format, including submission as a collection of articles when at the time of submission of the research proposal a decision on format had not yet been made, shall specify the reasons for the request in detail, and must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies together with a recommendation by the departmental committee, as soon as possible following the decision to change the dissertation format.  Submission of such request should not be delayed to the final stages of research and summary.

 

 

Cover Page Format:

Sample research proposal cover page (Hebrew required; English translation shown in square brackets for your convenience):

 

אוניברסיטת בר-אילן [Bar-Ilan University]

 

המחלקה/הפקולטה/היחידה ל - ________________ [Department/Faculty of _]

 

הצעת מחקר לתואר שלישי [PhD research proposal]

הנושא [Topic]:

(In Hebrew)

_______________________________________________________                 

 

_______________________________________________________                

 

(In English)

  __________________________________________________

 

_______________________________________________________

 

                             שם המנחה _________________________ [Advisor’s name _]

                             שם המנחה הנוסף (אם יש)_______________ [Additional advisor’s name (if there is one)_]

 

שם הסטודנט/ית ______________________ [Student name _]              מס' ת.ז.  _______________ [ID number   _]

 

About the process: 

1. Each proposal must be read by two reviewers, one from within the university and one from outside the university. The list of suggested reviewers should be sent to the departmental office before the reviewers receive the proposal.

2. If the reviewer does not teach at an Israeli university (i.e. either at an Israeli academic college or an institution abroad), the suggested reviewer must send a recent CV with indication of current academic rank.

3. Advisors-form for advisors 

4. Reviewers- form for reviewers

5. Correction form (once the student has made corrections to the proposal)- form for advisors

The member of the committee are: Prof. Sharon Armon Lotem, Dr. Lior Laks and Dr. Natalia Meir for Linguitics and Prof. William Kolbrener, Prof. Jeffery Perl and Prof. Kramer for Literature.

Dissertations

Dissertations together with other forms are submitted directly to the PhD Committee to: aviya.segal@biu.ac.il

Proposing judges: Please submit form #2 (below) with a list of proposed faculty judges serving at the rank of senior lecturer or above (i.e. "Martze Bachir” or “Professor", not “Martze”).  Propose three judges from Bar-Ilan, either from the department or other departments, and three judges from outside Bar-Ilan, either in Israel or abroad. If any of your proposed judges is not a university faculty member in Israel (for example, a foreign scholar or a faculty member at a teaching college in Israel), the proposed judge’s CV and current academic rank must be provided. In the event that you cannot list three judges from the department faculty with the relevant expertise you must name five other judges accompanied by an explanation justifying your request.

Please submit the following;

1. Digital copy of the full dissertation

2. Cover pages in English

3. Cover pages in Hebrew

4. Form number 1 for the advisor 

5. form number 2 for advisor

6. Form including guidelines for the students

 

PhD Final Steps

After you fulfill the following requirements and you have received the Graduate School's approval, your name will be included in the list of degree recipients. Graduation date details will be sent to you at a later date.

Should you wish to publish your dissertation, please note the following requirements that can be found in the research student terms of study, chapter 13, clause 6:

“Any research student who publishes his/her research or any part thereof, in print or any other public media, via the university or other publisher, or in a scientific journal, shall add to the body of the text a statement that the research was carried out in partial fulfillment of the doctoral degree at Bar-Ilan University, with an acknowledgment of the advisor, department, and date of dissertation approval.”

Final Steps Before Conferment of Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Click this link to fill out the eligibility form required to complete your degree. Your request will be sent to the Tuition Division who will confirm that you have no unpaid invoices, and to the Central Library to make sure all books have been returned and that you have submitted your dissertation.

Please submit your dissertation to the library within two weeks of receipt of this letter (if June, immediately).

After the confirmation from the Tuition Division and the library, the School of Graduate Studies will approve the request and prepare the eligibility documentation.

Below are detailed Central Library guidelines for the submission of your dissertation (to be completed in addition to the other “Final Steps”):

  1. Give your advisor/s a final printed copy of your dissertation.
  2. Give the Central Library (circulation, on ground floor) a final printed copy of your dissertation.
  3. Bring the Central Library a copy of the signed dissertation submission form (this is the form that accompanied your dissertation submission, signed by your advisor and you).
  4. Before you submit your dissertation to the library, make sure it has been written according to the guidelines as detailed by the School of Graduate Studies.
  5. Dissertations are to be submitted to the Central Library dissertation processing unit on the main floor. You must schedule an appointment online via the library website, and make sure you receive a confirmation.
  6. Please submit one printed copy to the Central Library as well as a PDF version on a flash drive/disc-on-key (to be returned to you).
  7. The Central Library will send a digital copy to the National Library in Jerusalem (according to the law).
  8. Make sure all books on loan, including inter-library, have been returned.
  9. The PhD Section of the School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to request additional copies of student dissertations.

Generally, a number of documents are required in order to receive a certificate of eligibility for the PhD degree. This includes a confirmation that you submitted your dissertation to the library and a confirmation from the library that you do not owe any fees.

Currently, due to the restrictions associated with the Coronavirus outbreak, in order to receive an eligibility document you are kindly requested to email the following forms to thesesbiu@gmail.com:

  • Digital form of your dissertation
  • Library Statement using this form

In addition, please send an email to The School of Graduate Studies confirm that you have submitted your dissertation to the library and that you have paid/have no library fees using the form above.

The School of Graduate Studies will issue your certificate of eligibility for the degree even without depositing a printed copy of the dissertation in the library, and in the absence of approval of the absence of loan debts, yet only after submitting the electronic copy of the work.

Upon the return to regular work (post-Corona), you will be required to submit a printed copy of your dissertation in the library within two weeks.


The awarding of the PhD certificate and participation in the ceremony will be conditional on the submission of the dissertation to the library and confirmation from the library of the absence of fees.

Forms

Student Form in cases such as: extending the date of submission of the proposal or the thesis, extending the date of finishing the prerequisites. you can also use the student form in English

Progress Report Form