Life Sciences, M.Sc. | An-Najah National University | Nablus, Palestinian Territory, Occupied
24 months
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Two options are available to complete the requirements of the Life Sciences program of the An-Najah National University: a ‎thesis option and a non-thesis option.‎


The thesis option is designed for individuals planning careers as ‎experimental biologists, including those who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. ‎This option is available on a competitive basis. Students choosing the ‎thesis option must complete 36 credit hours with grade point average of ‎not less than 2.5 (75%). Students must also prepare a written thesis ‎based on research carried out by the student and under the supervision ‎of at least one supervisor.

The non-thesis option is intended as a degree to meet the needs of ‎teachers, science administrators, policy makers in the biology, and ‎others. Students who elect the non-thesis option must complete at least a ‎total 36 credit hours with grade point average of not less than 2.5 (75%). ‎In addition, the students must pass the written M.S. comprehensive ‎examination in biostatistics, biochemistry,   microbiology, molecular ‎genetics, animal physiology, ecology, research methodology, and cell ‎biology.

Teaching and Learning

The following methods of teaching and learning are applied in the ‎Life Sciences program of the An-Najah National University:‎

  • Lectures: all of the lectures are presented by at least Ph.D. ‎professionals in their specialization fields. Most of the lectures are ‎presented by powerpoint software.
  • Preparing for teaching:  In order to evaluate understanding of ‎the studied subject and ability to teach the subject, each student is ‎asked to make a presentation in the field of the course before the ‎teaching doctor and his colleagues.‎
  • Moodel  software: some of the courses of the master of biology are also presented in the moodel software of the ‎university.
  • Assigning homework (e.g., low stakes responses to the readings ‎turned in on notecards or electronically).
  • Giving quizzes covering major points in the reading that could ‎be turned in before class.

Career Opportunities

Although there are common career opportunities for all ‎graduates with master of biology, the career opportunities ‎also depend on the thesis of the master and associated learned ‎skills. In addition, career opportunities are also influenced by ‎the undergraduate specialization, which will be developed by ‎attending master of biology program. Examples of the career ‎opportunities of master of biology:

  • Teaching: Many persons that attended the program of ‎master of biology are now teaching in schools. In addition, ‎graduate can also teach in universities. The higher level of ‎education of graduates of master of biology makes them ‎candidates to become supervisors of school educations.
  • Laboratory technician: the background of graduates of ‎master of biology makes them able to perform wide varieties ‎of laboratory works.  For example, graduate can work as ‎laboratory technician and prepare for laboratory sessions in the ‎university laboratories.
  • Research assistants: The graduate can work in research ‎centers in universities or other centers. This is especially true for ‎students that attend the thesis type of the master.
  • Food factories: graduates can also work in food factories as ‎laboratory technicians.
  • Pharmaceutical industry: graduates are  capable of working as ‎either laboratory technicians or marketing personnel.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Animal & human health
  • Biostatistics
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Animal Physiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Prospective applicant should have a Bachelor degree from An-Najah National University or its equivalent from a Faculty or university credited by An-Najah National University.
  • A Placement Test for the major he/she is applying to.
  • Prospective applicant should be willing to meet with the Supervising Committee for a personal interview if the Specialised Department Council recommends that.
  • Earning a competitive GPA, is a matter usually determined and computed by the Specialized Department by the following formula: An applicant’s Bachelor’s GPA counts 70% and the applicant’s results on the Skills / Placement Exam and personal interview counts 30%.
  • An original or official transcript or copy of certified from both the university from which the applicant graduated and the Palestinian ministry of higher learning.
  • A certificate of work experience, if available.
  • Two recommendation Letters from faculty members or professionals.
  • Personal photo.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Nablus

1790 - 2357 ILS /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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