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

General Description
Main Branch of Science of “Biotechnology” in Ege University, which is under the Interdisciplinary Sciences was established in 08/19/1981. The department that took the first students of master science in 1992-1993 accepted the first students of doctor of philosophy in 1995-1996. The first graduations of master sciences and doctor of philosophy realized in 1993-1994 and 1999-2000, respectively.
Qualification Awarded
The Master's Degree in ‘Biotechnology’ is awarded to the graduates who have successfully fulfilled all programme requirements.
Second Cycle
Level of Qualification
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
Main Branch of Science of “Biotechnology” has a multidisciplinary programme. The programme consists of agriculture, enviroment, health, energy, engineering, biology, microbiology and biochemistry fields. The aim of the programme is comprising scientific and technological background that is necessary for different industrial applications. The programme contains optional and compulsory lectures
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Graduates are able to work in broad industrial fields and public corporations also they can use domestic and international academic career opportunities.
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
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Programme Director Prof. Dr.Bahattin TANYOLAÇ, Ege University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, 35100,Bornova, İzmir Tel: +90232 3115825, Fax:+90 232 311 5880, ECTS/DS Coordinator Prof.Dr. Aynur GÜREL Ege University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, 35100, Bornova, İzmir Tel: +90 232 3115825 Fax: +90 232 311 5880
The teaching staffs who have been tasked in Faculty of Engineering, Agriculture, Pharmaceutical and Science support the program by consulting in interest area.

Key Learning Outcomes
1 Having interdisciplinary communication and professional skills to use in solving problems
2 Becoming individuals who are sensitive to universal and social values, who observe the country’s benefits, investigate, produce and have ethical responsibility in applications in the areas of biotechnology
3 Gaining qualification about the issues such as the design of research projects, thesis preparation, and the evaluation of the results by specializing in certain areas of biotechnology
4 Being able to read, understand and evaluate scientific articles
5 Gaining enough experience and discipline about his/her area either in a laboratory or field
6 Being able to adapt biotechnological technologies to industry, agriculture, health and environmental problems

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 BYT-2014-SG-1 Elective - - - 20
2 9105015012014 Basic Principles of Biotechnological Processes Compulsory 3 0 0 10
3 9105015332018 Scientific Research and Publication Ethics in Biotechnologhy Compulsory 2 0 0 6
Total 5 0 0 36
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 BYT-2014-DSG-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 9105015032014 Introduction to Biochemistry Elective 2 0 0 8
2 9105015052014 Introduction to Cell Biology Elective 2 0 0 8
3 9105015112014 Microbiology and Microbial Genetic Elective 2 0 0 8
4 9105015132014 Biotechnological Applications in Stockbreeding I Elective 3 0 0 9
5 9105015152014 Microbial Biotechnology Elective 3 0 0 9
6 9105015172014 Electrochemical DNA Biosensors Elective 3 0 0 9
7 9105015192014 General Perspectives on Biotechnology Elective 3 0 0 9
8 9105015232014 Molecular Biology Elective 3 0 0 9
9 9105015252014 Receptor proteins, signal transduction mechanism and the related to diseases Elective 3 0 0 9
10 9105015272014 Immunobiotechnology Elective 2 2 0 10
11 9105015292014 In Vivo Experimental Animal Models Elective 2 2 0 10
12 9105015312014 Basic Operations in Biotechnological Processes Elective 2 0 0 8
13 9105015352016 Hurdle Technologies in Food Preservation Elective 2 0 0 8
14 9105015372019 Molecular Plant Virology Elective 3 0 0 0
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9105015022009 Biochemical Reactions and Production Elective 2 0 0 8
2 9105015062003 Introduction to Metabolism Elective 2 0 0 8
3 9105015082015 Using Information Technologies while Writinh and Thesis Elective 1 2 0 6
4 9105015121998 Biotechnological Applications in Stockbreeding II Elective 2 0 0 8
5 9105015142014 Fungal Biotechnology Elective 3 0 0 9
6 9105015162014 Recombinant DNA Methods and Application Fields Elective 3 2 0 9
7 9105015202003 Fundamentals of Enzymology Elective 2 0 0 8
8 9105015222014 Genome Elective 3 2 0 10
9 9105015242014 Recent Advances in Plant Cell and Tissue Cultures Elective 3 0 0 9
10 9105015262013 Autoinflammatory Pathways and Importance of Cell Life Elective 3 0 0 8
11 9105015322016 Evaluation of Microbiological Quality of Food Elective 2 0 0 8
12 9105015342017 Seperation and Purification Techniques in Biotechnology Elective 2 0 0 8
13 9105015362019 Plant Virus Biotechnology Elective 3 0 0 0
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