PHARMACEUTICAL TOXICOLOGY MASTER PROGRAM (WITH THESIS)
Pharmaceutical Toxicology Master Program (With Thesis) was approved by the decision taken at the Higher Education Council meeting dated 19.01.2019, and was opened within the body of Lokman Hekim University Health Sciences Institute. The program is run by expert faculty members. In addition, people who are still working in the pharmaceutical industry and public sector and who are experts in their fields are assigned as visiting lecturers at Lokman Hekim University and receive support. The language of instruction is Turkish.
Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Toxicology
Acceptance and Enrolment Conditions
Student applications, acceptances, and final registrations to the Pharmaceutical Toxicology Master Program (With Thesis) are made in accordance with Lokman Hekim University Health Sciences University Regulation on Graduate Education and Training. In addition, the special conditions required for the students who apply with the recommendation of the Department and the decision of the Institute Administrative Board before each application period, the entrance exam place and date are determined and announced before the application.
Graduates of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Biology and Chemistry Departments and those approved by the Academic Board of the Department of Undergraduate / Master’s Degree can apply to the Pharmaceutical Toxicology Master Program.
Turkish or foreign students who have completed their undergraduate program in foreign countries must have the equivalence or recognition document they will receive from the Higher Education Council (YÖK).
In the applications to the program, it is required to have Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam (ALES) (Mathematics – Science / Turkish – Mathematics) score determined by the Institute Board, provided that it is not less than 55.
Students who meet the application requirements are taken to the scientific evaluation exam (written and / or interview).
The calculation of the general success grade is made by considering the Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam (ALES) score, the undergraduate graduation grade average and the results of the Scientific evaluation exam. According to the general success grade ranking, within the specified quota, the student is entitled to final registration.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Successful students who have studied at least one term in the graduate programs of the university or other higher education institutions can apply to transfer to another graduate program at the university. In order for the applications to be accepted, the student must have quotas for undergraduate transfer students, the student must meet the student admission requirements of the graduate program to which they want to transfer, and must be successful in each of the courses taken by studying at least one term of graduate education.
Acceptance and adjustment of students applying for undergraduate transfer is carried out in accordance with the relevant articles of Lokman Hekim University Regulation on Graduate Education and Training.
Qualification Conditions and Rules
In order to graduate from the Pharmaceutical Toxicology Master Program (With Thesis), the student must complete at least 21 credits and 120 ECTS (at least seven courses, seminar course and thesis study). The seminar course and thesis work are non-credit and are evaluated as successful / unsuccessful. Even if the student has credit transfer courses, the student must receive at least half of the total credit required by the program to which he / she is affiliated, from his / her own program. If the advisor deems appropriate and necessary, courses from other programs can also be selected. ‘Lokman Hekim University Regulation on Graduate Education and Training’ is taken as a basis in the assessment of students’ course success.
Aim of Program
The purpose of the Pharmaceutical Toxicology Master Program is to train scientists:
- who can evaluate the harmful effects of chemical substances, physical and biological factors on living systems qualitatively and quantitatively and
- who can use toxicological information to evaluate the safety of chemical substances.
Program Qualifications (Outcomes)
- Graduates are knowledgeable about the unwanted effects of chemical, biological and physical factors on living things and the environment, the conditions of occurrence of these effects, and protection and prevention from these effects.
- Graduates have knowledge about the fate of toxic agents in the organism and the environment, predicting possible toxic effects and risk assessment, determination of short and long-term toxic effects in target systems, toxic effect mechanisms, toxicity measurement methods, diagnosis and treatment of poisoning.
- Graduates have knowledge about the allowable levels of nutrients, natural ingredients and additives in foods, and the undesirable effects of environmental pollutants and toxic substances.
- Graduates have knowledge of important and special issues of toxicology such as safe use of drugs and chemicals, risk assessment of toxic factors exposed in the workplace environment, disaster toxicology.
- Graduates can identify the factors causing toxicity, including drugs, and toxic effects on the organism using different information technologies, field-specific devices and research methods.
- Graduates are knowledgeable about safe drug use in risky groups.
- Graduates interpret current knowledge in toxicology by integrating information from different disciplines.
- Graduates gain the ability to conduct independent research using the knowledge of different sub-branches of toxicology.
- Graduates carry out their work in accordance with all ethical principles and rules and support the development of ethical values.
- Pharmaceutical industry especially Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory Affairs and R&D units
- Ministry of Health Medicines and Medical Devices different units located mainly within Turkey Pharmacovigilance Center Authority
- Drug and Poison Information Centres
- Forensic toxicology laboratories
- Reference laboratories and risk assessment units of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
- Pharmaceutical Toxicology Departments in Faculty of Pharmacy
Transition to Higher Degree Programs
Students who graduate from the Pharmaceutical Toxicology Master Program (With Thesis) can apply to doctoral programs when they meet the other required conditions.
Assessment and Evaluation
Course success grade is given to students for each course at the end of the term they are enrolled. Course success grade is obtained by evaluating the success of the student during the term (midterm examinations, homework, applied studies, projects, laboratory, and similar studies) and the general examination. Program courses must be successfully completed in two years at most, with a minimum GPA of 2.50.
In order for a student enrolled in the graduate program to graduate from the program, it must meet the conditions specified in the Lokman Hekim University Regulation on Graduate Education and Training.
Education type is full-time. When necessary, courses and examinations can be held after the end of working hours on weekdays and/or on Saturdays and Sundays or online distance learning.