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Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Biochemistry - Third Cycle Programme

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 Doctor of Phylosophy(PhD) 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 Doctor of Philosophy(PhD) Degree in Biochemistry is awarded to students who have successfully completed the courses in the curriculum and thesis that has passed the jury assessment.
Third Cycle
Level of Qualification
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Master's Degree and willing to enroll in the Doctorate programme may apply to the Directorate of 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 55 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 55. The candidates holding Bachelor's or Master's Degree taught totally in English are exempted from English proficiency requirement. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 15% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) 10 % of academic success in the master's programme and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 60 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 65 at least are accepted into the Doctorate 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 Doctorate 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 Doctorate 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 doctorate programme consists of a minimum of seven courses, with a minimum of 21 national credits, a qualifying examination, a dissertation proposal, and a dissertation. The period allotted for the completion of the Doctorate programmes is normally eight semesters (four years). However, while it is possible to graduate in a shorter time, it is also possible to have an extension subject to the approval of the graduate school. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 240 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 Doctorate course load and credits. The PhD students are required to take the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, after having successfully completed taught courses. The examination consists of written and oral parts. The Doctoral Qualifying Committee determines by absolute majority whether a candidate has passed or failed the examination. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination may retake the examination the following semester. Students failing the Examination a second time are dismissed from the program. 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 dissertation supervisor who must hold the minimum rank of assistant professor is appointed for each PhD student. When the nature of the dissertation topic requires more than one supervisor, a joint-supervisor may be appointed. A joint-supervisor must hold a doctoral degree. Periodic monitoring of research work by a thesis monitoring committee is required to be awarded the Doctoral degree. 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 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 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to two may be selected from another Department or another University. The co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. Thesis defense by the candidate is open to all audience and a jury decides to grant/deny the Doctoral degree. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to six 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 Doctor of Phylosophy (PhD) is a four-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 succesfully completed doctorate degree may apply to both in the same or related disciplines in higher education institutions at home or abroad to get a position in academic staff or to governmental R&D centres to get expert position.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Student assessment methods are separately proposed detailly in “indivudual course description” for each course, being based on regular midterm exams, reports and performance in laboratory work and final examinations.
Graduation Requirements
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, 5 Associate Professors, 1 Assistant Professors and 6 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
3To improve 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
8To collaborate effectively as a teamworker in disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields
9Be able to follow up the recent problems in national and international fields
10Be able to carry out original research contributing to scientific innovation, developing, enhancing or implementing a new scientific method
11Be able to present to national or international audiences and prepare manuscripts
12Become specialized in a certain area of biochemistry

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 Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 BİK-SG-DOK-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 30
2 9101036452018 Turkish Ethical Approaches at Biological Sciences Compulsory 2 0 0 6
Total 2 0 0 36
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9101036162011 Turkish Comparative Biochemistry Compulsory 4 0 0 8
2 BİK-SG-DOK-B ELECTIVE COURSES 2 Elective - - - 16
3 FENDRSEM1 English SEMINAR I Compulsory 1 0 0 6
Total 5 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 FENDRYET790 Turkish Qualifying Exam Compulsory 0 0 0 9
2 DRUAD691 Turkish Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
3 FENDRTEZONE Thesis Proposal Defense Compulsory 0 0 0 16
Total 0 0 0 30
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 EBB6852017 Turkish Development and Learning Compulsory 3 0 0 4
2 EBB6832017 Turkish Planning and Assesment in Education Compulsory 3 2 0 6
3 DRUAD691 Turkish Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
4 DRTEZ693 Turkish Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 15
Total 6 2 0 30
5. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 FENDRSEM2 English Seminar II Compulsory 1 0 0 6
2 DRUAD691 Turkish Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
3 DRTEZ694 Turkish Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 19
Total 1 0 0 30
6. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Turkish Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Turkish Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
7. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Turkish Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Turkish Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
8. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Turkish Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Turkish Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9101036012005 Turkish Structure and Function of Biological Membranes Elective 2 0 0 7
2 9101036031998 Turkish Membrane Proteins Elective 2 0 0 7
3 9101036052003 Turkish Immobilized Biocatalysts Elective 4 3 0 8
4 9101036071998 Turkish Environmental Biochemistry and Biotechnology Elective 4 2 0 8
5 9101036152003 Turkish Metabolic Regulation Systems Elective 3 0 0 7
6 9101036172003 Turkish Biopolymers and Biomaterials Elective 3 0 0 8
7 9101036191998 Turkish Gene Engineering Elective 3 0 0 8
8 9101036212010 Turkish Biochemical View of Metal Toxicology Elective 3 0 0 8
9 9101036232007 Turkish Biomolecular Films on Biosensors: Desing,Techniques and Application Elective 2 0 0 7
10 9101036272010 Turkish Stem Cell Biology and Clinical Applications Elective 3 0 0 7
11 9101036412011 Turkish Biocatalysis-Multiscale Quantum Models Elective 3 0 0 7
12 9101036432016 in vivo Biosensor Technologies Elective 2 0 0 8
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9101036022011 Turkish Biotransformations Elective 4 3 0 8
2 9101036041998 Turkish Recent Advances in Biochemistry Elective 2 0 0 8
3 9101036082003 Turkish Biochemistry of Free Radicals Elective 2 0 0 8
4 9101036102002 Turkish Lipid Biotransformation Elective 2 0 0 8
5 9101036122002 Turkish Bioelectrochemistry Elective 2 0 0 8
6 9101036181998 Turkish Recombinant DNA Enzymology Elective 3 0 0 8
7 9101036202003 Turkish Biodegradation Elective 3 0 0 8
8 9101036222018 Protein-Protein Interactions Elective 3 0 0 8
9 9101036242012 Turkish Advanced Biochemical Techniques Elective 2 0 0 8
10 9101036281998 Turkish Mechanism of Enzyme Catalysis Elective 2 0 0 8
11 9101036322005 Turkish Affinity Biosensors Elective 2 0 0 8
12 9101036342008 Turkish Computer Based Methods in Protein Structure and Dynamics Elective 3 0 0 8
13 9101036362010 Turkish Tissue Engineering and Nanotechnology Elective 3 0 0 8
14 9101036382010 Turkish Usage of the Polymers in Medicine Elective 3 0 0 8
15 9101036402010 Turkish Recombinant Protein Expression Systems Elective 2 0 0 8
16 9101036422011 Turkish Protein Folding Elective 3 0 0 8
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