Survey

General
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  • 2009-06-25
  • Israel
  • Bar Ilan University
  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Miriam Shlesinger
  • Professor, senior lecturer in the department
Structure
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree (any area. The degree does not specify TS)
  • 4 years (that's the official limit, but many exceed it)
  • What are joint degrees?
Admission
  • Must have an MA (which would be 6 years, usually), with a thesis
  • Yes, a student can come from any field but must complete 8 hours of theoretical courses in the department ( or more, if need be)
  • The applicant is interviewed by the head of department and by a prospective doctoral advisor to see whether there is a good match. If so, s/he eventually submits a proposal (This usually takes about a year) to the PhD Committee. The proposal is sent out to several readers , who may require amendments. The PhD committee (which is in charge of PhDs for the whole university) is officially in charge of then deciding if proposal is accepted. Students are free to choose their topics, but of course they can only choose a topic for which they can find an advisor, and one that the advisor considers suitable for a dissertation.
  • The fee is the equivalent of about $ 2500 per year. There are scholarships available, but not to everyone. Each year, the university awards about 150 full scholarships (this includes full tuition plus a stipend of about $ 1,000 a month. The student is not allowed to work more than 25% and is expected to devote all of his/her time to the dissertation.
Programme
  • Courses are taken from the list of theoretical courses offered in the Translation Department plus courses from other departments, if relevant to the particular topic. A total o 2-3 seminar courses and 4 other courses. This adds up to 8 hours x 30 weeks . The student can decide whether to take the courses in his/her first, second, third or fourth year(s).
  • Yes they are required. Either before or during. We generally recommend taking them in the first two years (out of four).
  • Depends. Each case is different.
  • Length: about 200 pages.
    Must be in Hebrew with an English abstract, but in some cases, students are allowed to write in English.
    An article-based thesis is a possibility. The student must first present two submitted articles. The committee then decides whether to permit him/her to proceed with an article-based PhD (which means a total of 5 articles to refereed journals).
  • No.
Supervision
  • Only professors (Associate Professor or Full Professor). There may be a co-supervisor from a different university (or even, theoretically, a different country) but this is the rare exception. I don't think their role is clearly defined, but I'm not sure.
  • I don't know of a formal limited, but of the 262 dissertations submitted this year in the entire university, fewer than 10% had two supervisors, and none of them had more than two.
  • This - the nature and frequency of the interaction - varies enormously, depending on the department, the supervisor and the supervisee.
    The PhD committee requires an annual progress report.

    As a supervisor, I keep in very close contact with the doctoral candidate, and make a point of meeting with them quite frequently. Of course, e-mail contact is very frequent.
Assessment
  • One referee from within the department, one referee from the university (a different department) and one from outside the university (possibly from abroad). There is (unfortunately) no public defense or examination. There is no grade but there is the possibility of "with distinction".
  • There ae no publication requirements.
Other
  • Our department only launched a PhD option five years ago, and our first two doctoral students received their degree this week. In other words, we are very young.

    Employability is a problem of the system, but not of the doctoral program as such. There are very few academic openings for those who complete their doctorate, but we try to find them a few hours of teaching nevertheless.