Course of Studies

The studies of a doctoral student consist of two stages:

Stage A

  1. Begin preparation of a dissertation proposal and submit it to the Authority for Doctoral Students within two years of the date of registration.
  2. The Authority for Doctoral Students selects and approves a Faculty member qualified in the field of the doctoral dissertation to supervise the student’s effort. If the subject requires two supervisors, the Authority must approve and authorize equal standing. The Authority may, in exceptional cases where the nature of the subject requires a third, approve an additional supervisor.
  3. An Advisory Committee for Stage A will be set up. 
  4. A Stage-A doctoral student, who completes preparation of his dissertation proposal and receives the approval of the supervisor, must present it for approval by the Advisory Committee.
  5. The Advisory Committee will meet with the student to discuss the doctoral program and assess the student's ability to carry out independent research. The Committee will decide the merits of the proposal and make a decision. The Advisory Committee will, in addition, determine the student's knowledge of the field. When the student is deemed qualified, the Committee will approve the proposal for the doctoral dissertation.
  6. The examination phase of students with Master of Arts degrees covers subjects related to the proposal and evaluates the student's readiness to embark on independent research. Students on the direct track or students who change fields of concentration will be extensively examined to determine knowledge in new concentration.
  7. Inclusion of a Master's thesis in the doctoral dissertation.
    a. A student, who received a Master of Arts Degree with a thesis, may request to expand the thesis for the doctoral dissertation, or to include the thesis in the doctoral dissertation.
    b. The student must specify this intention when presenting the proposal for the doctoral dissertation program, and he must submit the Master's thesis to the Advisory Committee.
    c. The Advisory Committee shall consider the student's request in the framework of its consideration of approval of the doctoral program and the progression of the student to Stage B, and it shall make a recommendation to the Chairman of the Authority for Doctoral Students on this matter. The Advisory Committee must specify in its recommendation that the doctoral dissertation contains a significant contribution over and above the Master's thesis.
    d. When the doctoral dissertation is submitted for evaluation, the part based on the Master's thesis shall be evaluated as an integral part of the doctoral dissertation.
  8. Confidential material: A doctoral program/thesis of a classified subject or a program based on confidential sources will not be approved.
  9. Supplementary studies: As a rule, a doctoral student will be required to complete supplementary studies of 12 credit points, primarily in seminars, laboratories, the study of methodology and techniques, and if needed, language(s). Supplementary study requirements will be determined by the supervisor and the Advisory Committee based on examination results and the subject of the doctoral dissertation.
    The Advisory Committee may authorize supplementary studies at another academic institution, but must, as a rule, not exceed 4 credit points.
    The student may, with the approval of the supervisor, commence his supplementary studies prior to establishing an Advisory Committee.
    A student who is required to participate in a course must satisfy all requirements. Participation in a seminar requires active participation.
    Supplementary studies must be completed within two years from the date of approval of the doctoral program by the Authority for Doctoral Students (date of acceptance to Stage B).
    In an exceptional case, should the Advisory Committee find the candidate possesses the qualifications to begin doctoral work, it can recommend an exemption from supplementary studies, either in whole or in part.
  10. 10. Languages: Every doctoral student will be required to be sufficiently fluent in English or French (passive and active knowledge) to undertake the academic work. The Advisory Committee may, upon the recommendation of the supervisor, require the student to study any additional language necessary for research. If the student is not a native speaker of the language, within two years of admission to Stage B, he/she will be required to pass a test in this additional language.
    A doctoral student may be required to show proficiency in other languages deemed necessary for his/her program.
    The Authority for Doctoral Students, upon the recommendation of the Advisory Committee, may exempt a student from the tests in English or other languages.

After receiving approval for the doctoral program, the student will be admitted to Stage B.

Stage B

  1. Faculty members ranked as lecturer or above, in the regular academic track, are eligible to serve as supervisors for doctoral dissertations. In some doctoral programs, a teacher at the rank of lecturer may only supervise jointly with another faculty member having the rank of senior lecturer. Teachers from other recognized universities in Israel and abroad must supervise with teachers from the University of the Holy Land entitled to supervise.
  2. A teacher who retired from the University may supervise doctoral students.
  3. A faculty member may not supervise his child, his parent or his spouse, common-law spouse, relatives to the third degree (such as uncle, nephew), people who serve as the teacher's employer outside the University, or others with whom the teacher's relationship creates the possibility of conflict of interest. In the event of a possible conflict of interest, the Chairman of the Authority for Doctoral Students shall decide eligibility.
  4. Sabbatical or extended vacation does not release the supervisor or Advisory Committee from their obligations. Before leaving for vacation or sabbatical, they must arrange to continue supervision and follow-up or find an appropriate replacement.

Doctoral Research Work outside the University

The Authority for Doctoral Students prefers all research be conducted at UHL; but may permit the doctoral student to carry out research in a recognized university abroad or in another academic institution in Israel, on condition that the University of the Holy Land approves the course and/or research facility. When a request is submitted to carry out doctoral research in an institution which is not recognized by the University, the Authority for Doctoral Students will determine, according to the circumstances, whether to allow the research. All decisions by the Authority require the approval of the President.

In cases in which the doctoral research is carried out at another institution, the Authority for Doctoral Students will appoint a supervisor from among the teachers of the other institution in addition to the UHL supervisor.

Period of Study

A doctoral student must be registered and pay tuition for a minimum period of three consecutive years.

The Authority for Doctoral Students may consider the time devoted to preparation of the research, while in contact with a teacher who is eligible to supervise, as part of the required period of studies.

A doctoral student must renew registration annually until the submittal for evaluation of the doctoral dissertation.

A doctoral student is entitled to interrupt their studies for a specific period. The student must request permission from the Authority for Doctoral Students for a leave of absence. The ADS may cancel the student’s standing should they interrupt their studies without having been granted leave, or should they not return to their studies at the end of the approved leave.

The period of studies of a doctoral student (Stages A and B) will not exceed six consecutive years (including leave). In exceptional cases, the Authority for Doctoral Students may extend the period of studies for one additional year.