Rules and Regulations for the Thesis Track

All regulations are according to the Hebrew MA in archaeology at Tel Aviv University. 



The students are required to take:

  •  2 seminar courses– 8 credit
  • Research workshop
  • Modern language course (if relevant)*
  • Electives (if relevant)*

* Course grade not calculated in the final average grade of the degree.


Seminars (8 credit points)

  • Students will write two extensive seminar papers.
  • Submitting date for seminar courses held in the 1st Semester is May 1st, 2016.
  • Submitting date for seminar courses held in the 2nd Semester is October 27th, 2016.
  • Seminars submitted to the program administrator’s office.


Research workshop

  • Student will participate in a research workshop course.
  • Course grade composed out of participation and homework submission.

Thesis paper

  • Students will find a thesis advisor by the beginning of the academic year (Mid-October).
  • Student will submit their thesis by October 27th, 2016 to the administrator office in printed copes (no. of copies will be decided by the administrator).
  • Students who will not submit their thesis by October 27th, 2016 will write a letter to the teaching committee of the faculty explaining the delay, with an attached letter from their advisor supporting their reasons.
  • If the teaching committee approves the extension, the student will be able to continue for an additional semester/ year. The new date will be decided according to the academic calendar.
  • Students in their additional year will be liable to financial obligations (deferral fine)to the university of 775 USD per semester (as specified in the TAU International Letter of Agreement (clause no. 2.5.1)

Language courses

  • Student will be required to participate in a modern language course at “beginners” level.
  • Students with background in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Dutch can take an exemption exam.

The final grade for the additional academic year: such:

  • Thesis grade (50%)
  • Grades of the two 2nd year seminars (30%)
  • Grades of all the courses + final assignment of the first year (20%)

Extensions, postponement and appeals:

Course papers and seminar extensions: 

  • Extensions requests for seminar papers will only be considered in cases of severe illness, mourning, or military reserve service.
  • Extension requests will not be accepted after the original date of submission.
  • Students must file an extension form (in the administrative office). State the reasons and the new submission date they are requesting.
    • Course papers: Not submitting course papers by the original or extended deadline will affect the course grade: There will be a 5 points reduction for every two weeks delay up to a month from the original deadline.
    • Course papers submission over a month delay is not permitted. This will result in a comment on the transcript that the student did not finish his academic duties. According to this, the student will not be eligible for a Master degree from TAU.
    • Seminar papers: The teaching committee of the faculty reviews seminar extension requests. The program’s administrative staff or academic head does not have the authority to approve extension requests. Students will NOT approach their instructors directly with extension requests.
    • Students can ask up to two weeks extension on seminar papers.
    • Students who will ask for more than two weeks will be liable to  financial obligations (deferral fine), as specified in the TAU International Letter of Agreement (clause no. 8).
    • Students without an approved extension will not be allowed to submit their papers late, and will therefore not receive credit for the seminar. This penalty also applies to students who have an approved extension but turn their papers in after the specified extension date.

Extending the Degree:

All students (non-thesis and thesis track) have until October 27, 2016 to complete their degree requirements. Extending the degree beyond this date will result in additional financial obligations, as specified in the TAU International Letter of Agreement (clause no. 8).


Attendance and tardiness:

  • All courses have an attendance requirement.
  • Students allowed up to three absences per semester without it affecting their grade.
  • Students that had absences due to medical circumstances will produce a letter from their doctor, for it not to harm their grade.
  • Final grades affected by repeated absence or tardiness.