At the beginning of the 21st century, novel technologies are allowing us to make exciting new discoveries and obtain detailed knowledge of how molecules, cells, tissues, and organisms operate. Furthermore, these advances are changing the way in which we diagnose and treat human disease. In light of these developments, it is crucial that we educate today’s students about biology at the molecular level. Koç University’s Molecular Biology and Genetics Masters Program succeeds in providing broad and deep education in the biological sciences. The Molecular Biology and Genetics Masters Program offers advanced cell and molecular biology and genetics courses as well as electives in areas, such as cancer biology, neuroscience, and bioinformatics. Students in the Molecular Biology and Genetics program will engage in experimental research by working with faculty members in their cutting-edge research programs. The program will prepare students for careers in areas including: academia, pharmaceutical discovery and development, biotechnology, environmental sciences, food quality control, and forensics.

Degree Requirements
Students can apply to the Ph.D. programs with a B.S. or M.S. degree. The Ph.D. degree requires successful completion of 14 courses within 3 years and take the Qualifying Examination within 7th semester at latest beyond the B.S. degree and 7 courses within 2 years and take the Qualifying Examination within 5th semester at latest beyond the M.S. degree. In addition to the credit courses, students must complete the non-credit courses; MBGE 590 Seminar, ENGL 500 Graduate Writing and TEAC 500 Teaching Experience.


Required core course(s):

  • MBGE 501 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology

Elective courses:

  • MBGE 502 Communications in Biology
  • MBGE 503 Bioenergetics
  • MBGE 504 Immunology
  • MBGE 505 Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulation
  • MBGE 507 Parasitology
  • MBGE 508 Proteomics and Protein Chemistry
  • MBGE 510 Advanced Studies in Cellular Signalling
  • MBGE 512 The Biology of Cancer
  • MBGE 518 Advanced Developmental Biology
  • MBGE 520 Principles of Neuroscience
  • MBGE 523 Cell and Molecular Biology of the Cytoskeleton
  • MBGE 530 Cancer Therapeutics
  • MBGE 532  Stem Cell Biology
  • MBGE 533 Microbial Pathogenesis
  • MBGE 534 Functional Genomics
  • MBGE 540 Organelle Biogenesis
  • CHBI 506 Bioinformatics
  • CHBI 510  Industrial Microbiology
  • CHBI 516 Biotechnology
  • CHBI 517 Drug Design
  • CHBI 584 Tissue Engineering
  • CMSE 520 Biomolecular Structure, Function and Dynamics
  • MASE 542 Biomaterials
  • OEPE  523 Optical Imaging Methods for Biological Systems
  • GSHS 501 Research Ethics/Medical and Bioethics