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Graduate School of Health Sciences - Pharmaceutical Microbiology - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis

General Description
The Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology is one of the basic pharmaceutical sciences departments in the Ege University Faculty of Pharmacy that was established in 1975. Pharmaceutical Microbiology Master Degree Program began in 1985.
Qualification Awarded
The Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Microbiology awarded to the graduates who have successfully full filled all 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
Aim of Pharmaceutical Microbiology Master’s degree program is to enrich the basic microbiology knowledge, to increase students' work experience in microbiology laboratory, to teach to do scientific research and to prepare them to both academic life and private sector. In parallel to the development of molecular methods, molecular studies and thesis have gained intensity at our department in recent years.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Students who graduate from master’s degree program, become ready to PhD education. In addition, students who have completed Master’s degree program, may have employment opportunities in free pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and various fields of the pharmaceutical industry. Some of our students may have employment opportunities in the biology-related public and private sectors.
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
The evaluation method of each course is defined in detail in ‘’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
Prof. Dr. Şafak ERMERTCAN -, tel: 232-3111356 Ege University Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Izmir, Turkey.
Five lecturers, three research assistants and a technician have been working in our department and there have been suitable substructure for the studies in the field of basic microbiology and molecular microbiology in the department. Master’s degree program in Pharmaceutical Microbiology is suitable for intelligent, motivated students who wish to receive high quality education in microbiology

Key Learning Outcomes
1Be able to define the basic features of micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause infections in humans
2Be able to explain the main mechanisms of constituting infection by micro-organisms
3Being capable of evaluating the transmission routes of the main micro-organisms that are important for human health and prevention methods of their infections
4Being capable of matching diseases and causative micro-organisms that are important for human health
5Be able to list the general characteristics of microbiological media and prepare basic media in a laboratory
6Be able to perform antibiotic susseptibility tests, basic staining methods and biochemical tests that are used for identification of micro-organisms and evaluate their results
7Be able to comprehend the basic mechanisms of action of antimicrobials and resistance mechanisms developed against them
8Be able to explaine the basic genetic properties of bacteria and evaluate the effects of this properties to disease formation
9Be able to explaine the basic features of elements and functioning of the immune system and evaluate the role of this system in diseases
10Be able to list the basic application areas of micro-organisms in various industrial branches and main micro-organisms used in these areas
11Be able to work in accordance with safety rules in a microbiology laboratory
12Be able to comprehend the basic requirements of a scientific study
13Be able to follow up the current scientific developments related to microbiology

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 930310SEÇ.YL1 ELECTIVE COURSES Elective - - - 17
2 9303105012009 General Microbiology Compulsory 2 2 0 7
3 SBEYLSEM500 Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
Total 2 2 0 30
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 930310SEÇ.YL2 ELECTIVE COURSES Elective - - - 21
2 BAT102 Fundamentals of Scientific Research Compulsory 2 0 0 3
3 9303105042016 Introduction to Microbial Genetic Compulsory 2 0 0 6
Total 4 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 SBEYLUAD501 Specialization Field Course Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 SBEYLTEZ501 Thesis 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 SBEYLUAD502 Specialization Field Course Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 SBEYLTEZ502 Thesis Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
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