Molecular Biology and Genetics


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

Applicants can apply to our PhD programs with a BS or MS degree.  PhD students admitted with a BS degree must be completed at least 14 courses and 42 credits, as well as the seminar course, by the end of the sixth semester and take the qualifying exam no later than the seventh semester.  PhD students admitted with a MS degree must be completed at least 7 courses and 21 credits, as well as the seminar course, by the end of the fourth semester and take the qualifying exam no later than the fifth semester.  

In addition to the credit courses, students must complete the non-credit courses; MBGE 695 – PhD Thesis, MBGE 590 Seminar, ETHR 500 –  Scientific Research Methods and Research and Publication Ethics, ENGL 500 – Academic Writing, TEAC 500 – Teaching Experience, KOLT 500 -Teaching in Higher Education and LIBR 500 – Library Researcher Development.


  • MBGE 501 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
  • 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 509 Synthetic Biological Systems
  • MBGE 510 Advanced Studies in Cellular Signalling
  • MBGE 511 Genome Analysis & Bioinformatics
  • MBGE 512 The Biology of Cancer
  • MBGE 515 Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • MBGE 518 Advanced Developmental Biology
  • MBGE 519 Cell Cycle
  • 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
  • MBGE 543 Population and Evolutionary Genomics
  • MBGE 545 Molecular Regulation of Cell Metabolism
  • MBGE 546 Fundamentals of Evolutionary Biology
  • 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
  • GSHS 501 Research Ethics/Medical and Bioethics