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Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Biochemistry - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis

General Description
The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Ege in Turkey was first founded in 1978 as “Biochemistry and Biochemical Engineering Department” under the constitution of Faculty of Chemistry. In 1982, the biochemistry education was originated as a division of Science Faculty Chemistry Department. At last, the unique department of Biochemistry in Turkey was established in 1996-1997, and is one of the basic science departments in the Science Faculty of Ege University with teaching responsibilities and has a proud tradition of excellence in research. Department offers programs leading to BSc., MSc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Biochemistry. Biochemistry has been defined as “The study of the organization and function of biological systems at the molecular and atomic levels”. Biochemistry has always been a subject of central importance in science, due to its position as a link between chemistry and biology, medical sciences and biotechnology. Biochemistry therefore has close links to many other sciences and has given rise to the new disciplines which has brought about many of the exciting, rapid advances in the biological and medical sciences, and has enabled the development of biotechnological industries that are playing an increasingly important role in the global economy. This biochemistry master of science (MSc) program provides advanced education and research training for a career in academia, industry or the public sector and emphasizes development of research skills in combination with relevant course work. The program is of interest to those wishing to use cutting edge laboratory and/or computational approaches to address research problems in biology, biochemistry or biomedical disciplines. Specialized research areas are; Biosensors, Biotechnology, Protein / Enzymology, Protein Engineering, Computational Biochemistry and Polymer / nanotechnology.
Qualification Awarded
The Master''s of Science Degree in Biochemistry (second cycle in Biochemistry) is awarded to graduates who have successfully fulfilled the programme requirements.
Level of Qualification
Second Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Bachelor's Degree and willing to enroll in the Master's programme may apply to the Directorate of the Graduate School with the documents: 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Profiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department, or at least 50 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 50. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 25% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 50 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 60 at least are accepted into the Master's programme. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree programme in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Master's Programme at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The programme consists of a minimum of seven courses delivered within the graduate programme of the department and in related fields, one seminar course, and thesis, with a minimum of 21 local credits. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The duration of the programme is four semesters. The maximum period to complete course work in a masters program with thesis is 4 semesters. However, with the approval of their advisors, students can in subsequent semesters take additional departmental courses with or without credits. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 120 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Master's course load and credits. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The Master's thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 3 to 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to one may be selected from another Department or another University. In case the jury consists of 3 members, the co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". The Department Chairperson will inform the Director of the Graduate School, in writing, of the jury's decision within 3 days. To correct or change a thesis found incomplete and/or inadequate by the jury, the jury must specify in its report that such corrections are necessary. A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to three months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
In a wider context, the mission of the Biochemistry program is to prepare professionals that will practice their profession with the firm purpose to advance basic and applied knowledge in the field of Biochemistry, through their professional and scholarly activities contributing in solving the daily health related problems of our society which results in human benefit. It is expected that the biochemistry graduate practice their profession with the highest ethical principles, proper of the discipline they have chosen and that they set a solemn example for the future generations. In the biochemistry degree programs, we aim to provide teaching in the subject area that is broad based, intellectually coherent and multidisciplinary; that builds on skills and knowledge acquired previously within the program and is informed by a research base of international standard. We intend to produce graduates who are good scientists and who have the intellectual and technical skills necessary to enter careers as biochemists. We also aim to meet the needs of students with different levels of ability and sometimes changing interests. Students will also develop the skills, self-confidence, knowledge and ability that are needed to innovate and will be encouraged to develop an appreciation of the value of different perspectives and approaches, including some which derive from disciplines other than biochemistry. The Master of Science (MSc) is a two-year degree which encompasses both coursework and research. The first year involves mainly coursework and preliminary research preparation. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields of research, or to begin to develop new areas. These research-intensive programs are complemented by courses on selective topics in Biochemistry. The courses for all levels are taught by department teaching staff and a few outside lecturers from other departments.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Biochemists are in demand in a wide range of areas and the employment rate for new graduates is excellent. Graduates of Biochemistry may apply to the following main fields of work or employment; Research; Biochemists might join a research team in a university, research institute or pharmaceutical company, using their scientific skills and practical ability, besides some councils such as agricultural, medical and natural environmental and etc. Industry: Another largest area of employment for biochemists offers a wide variety of work from laboratory based research for those with intellectual and practical scientific talents, to sales, marketing, purchasing and production for those who have a commercial and managerial affair. About half of the biochemistry graduates who work for industry go into laboratory based jobs. The possible industries are; pharmaceutical, food, and brewing. Besides those, there are jobs in the laboratories and in other functions which appeal to biochemists in other industries. Examples of these include; Hospitals; Biochemists can work in a clinical laboratory, providing a diagnostic service in a hospital; National Health Service Laboratories and in university departments of Clinical Biochemistry as scientists and technicians, Education; this is a major area of employment again covering the spectrum of academic ability. A biochemistry degree provides an ideal basis for entering the teaching profession. In terms of numbers, most biochemists that follow an educational career enter secondary school teaching, for which the best route is via a degree course and post-graduate certificate in education. However, the requirements are dependent and changeable according to the government policy of Turkish Ministry of Education. On the other hand, at the upper end of the academic spectrum, there are positions in Universities as lecturers.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who successfully completed the Master's Degree may apply to doctorate (third cycle) programmes in the same or in related disciplines.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Students are required to take a mid-term examination and/or complete other assigned projects/homework during the semester and, additionally, are required to take a final examination and/or complete a final project for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade, the final examination grade and/or evaluation of final project, with the contributions of 40% and 60%, respectively. To pass any course, a Master's student must receive at least 70 out of 100. Students must repeat courses they have failed or may substitute courses the Department accepts as equivalent. The assessment for each course is described in detail in “Individual Course Description”.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements are explained in the section “Qualification Requirements and Regulations” .
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Head of Department: Sinan AKGOL, Prof. Dr. Tel : +90 232 3111711 e-mail: ECTS Coordinator; Suna TIMUR, Prof. Dr. Tel : +90 232 3111773 e-mail: Address: Ege Üniversitesi, Fen Fakültesi, Biyokimya Bölümü, 35100 Bornova-IZMIR/TURKEY Tel/Fax: +90 232 3438624 e- mail:
The Biochemistry Department has been located under Faculty of Science buildings. The facilities consist of undergraduate student Laboratory, cold room and 6 research Laboratories (Biosensor, Biotechnology, Protein / Enzymology, Protein Engineering and Polymer / nanotechnology). The students are being instructed by the staff of 7 full time Professors, 3 Associate Professors, 1 Assistant Professors and 8 Research Assistants, Due to its interdisciplinary structure, instructions at all levels are supported by lecturers from different related Faculties.

Key Learning Outcomes
1Be skilled in integrating knowledge of Biochemistry to specific research areas as well as improving it
2Be able to uncover problems in biochemistry related fields, hypothesize about solutions, prove hypotheses through computational and experimental methods
3Improve the integration of biochemical data to scientific research areas in health, environment and food from a global and social framework
4Be able to read, understand and evaluate scientific papers
5Be able to gain enough experience and discipline with issues related to the field
6Be able to design research project, carry out experiments, interpret data, evaluate results through becoming specialized in certain areas of biochemistry
7Be skilled in using, developing modern techniques and computational tools necessary for applications of biochemistry and related fields
8Collaborate effectively as a teamworker in disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields
9Be able to follow up the recent problems in national and international fields

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
TYYÇKey Learning Outcomes
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9101035011998 Advanced Biochemistry Compulsory 3 0 0 6
2 BIK-SG-YL-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 24
3 9101035432018 Ethical Approaches at Biological Sciences Compulsory 3 0 0 6
Total 6 0 0 36
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 BİK-SG-YL-B ELECTIVE COURSES 2 Elective - - - 24
2 FENYLSEM Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
Total 0 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ591 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9101035031998 Protein Purification and Characterization Elective 3 0 3 8
2 9101035052005 Methods of Enzymatic Analysis Elective 3 0 0 8
3 9101035071998 Metalloproteins Elective 2 0 0 8
4 9101035091998 Molecular Evolution Elective 2 0 0 8
5 9101035111998 Selected Topics in Biotechnology Elective 2 0 2 8
6 9101035132009 Analysis of Lipids Elective 4 0 2 8
7 9101035172015 Biochemical Approach to Industry Elective 3 0 0 8
8 9101035192002 Introduction to Free Radicals Elective 2 0 0 8
9 9101035212004 Biosensors: General Principles and Applications Elective 2 0 3 8
10 9101035252008 Molecular Modelling in Biological Systems Elective 3 0 0 8
11 9101035272009 Green Chemistry and Biocatalysis Elective 4 0 0 8
12 9101035292010 Applications of Directed Evolution in Protein Engineering Elective 2 0 0 8
13 9101035312010 Artificial Organs Elective 3 0 0 8
14 9101035332011 Catalytic Nucleic Acids Elective 3 0 0 8
15 9101035352012 Cancer Biochemistry Elective 3 0 0 8
16 9101035392013 Applications of Nanomaterials in Bioanalytical Systems Elective 3 0 0 8
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9101035022005 Neurobiochemistry Elective 2 0 0 8
2 9101035041998 Enzymes in Food Analysis and Technology Elective 2 0 3 8
3 9101035062005 Enzyme Kinetics Elective 3 0 0 8
4 9101035122003 Secondary Metabolites and Productions Elective 2 0 4 8
5 9101035141998 Fermentation Modelling Elective 1 0 2 8
6 9101035162005 The Biochemistry of the Gene Elective 3 0 0 8
7 9101035182004 Miniaturized Bioanalytical Systems Elective 2 2 0 8
8 9101035202003 Bioinformatics Elective 2 2 0 8
9 9101035222003 Affinity Interactions Based Novel Bioseparations Elective 3 0 0 8
10 9101035242004 Cell-based Biosensor Systems Elective 2 2 0 8
11 9101035262008 Textile Biotechnology Elective 3 0 0 8
12 9101035322011 Metal in Biological Systems Elective 3 0 0 8
13 9101035342013 Bioconjugate Preparation Techniques Elective 3 0 0 8
14 9101035382013 Therapeutic Biomolecules and Their Applications in Diagnosis Elective 3 0 0 8
15 9101035402017 Molecularly Imprinted Polymers and Applications Elective 3 0 3 8
16 9101035422016 Antimicrobiyal Peptids: Biotechnological Production and Applications Elective 3 3 0 8
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