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Medical Biochemistry Doctorate Program

Eklenme Tarihi: 9 September 2020

Medical Biochemistry Doctorate Program

General Information

Medical Biochemistry Doctorate Program of Lokman Hekim University was opened by the resolution of Executive Committee of Higher Education dated 02.09.2020.

The biochemistry is a discipline that investigates the chemical substances found in any organism as well as the chemical processes carried out throughout the life of an organism. The biochemistry carries out the structural and quantitative analysis of organic compounds such as proteins, carbo hydrates, and lipids, which are fundamental components of a cell, and of DNA, nucleic acids, vitamins and hormones that play the largest role in chemical reactions which are vitally important. The biochemistry also examines the mechanisms of metabolic pathways at tissue and cell level in physiological and pathological cases. Investigation of life processes such as protein compounds in organisms, conversion of food into energy, and transition of hereditary characteristics through chemical mechanisms are also the interest of biochemistry.

A good knowledge and application of biochemistry is required to understand, treat and monitor the diseases. This doctorate program is intended to educate competent research scientists who are able to access, evaluate, question and interpret the information on any cellular functions of organism, to do research, hypothesise, and develop models, who are also able to put into practice what is learnt and competent in biochemistry. Therefore, biochemistry is a dynamic science not only for those receiving medical education but also for any person working in health sector.

Acquired Degree

Doctoral Degree on Biochemistry

Education Level

Doctorate Level

Enrolment and Acceptance Conditions

Students are accepted to doctorate program through written and/or oral exam. The number of students accepted to program and qualifications required from the applicants are notified prior to start of each half term. The notice contains the application conditions, deadline for application, and date and place where the candidates take the exam.

Students graduated from the Medical Faculty, Veterinary Faculty, Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Dentistry may directly apply to doctorate program with a bachelor’s degree. In addition, those students graduated from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Science / Faculty of Science and Letters, Chemistry and Biology Department, Molecular Biology and Genetics Department who have a master’s degree on Biochemistry may apply with a postgraduate diploma. Turkish or foreign students who have completed an undergraduate program or a master’s degree program in foreign countries must have a certificate of equivalence or certificate of recognition issued by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK).

The applicants of doctorate program are required to have ALES scores not less than 55 in the score type of the applied program as determined by the relevant Committee of Institute, and to have minimum base point of foreign language on the Central Foreign Language exams, or on the international foreign language exams as deemed equivalent by ÖSYM. The base point is determined by the Head of Department and approved by the Senate.

Acquired Degree Requirements and Rules

The doctorate program consists of a total of 21 national credits and one academic year consists of minimum 240 ETC credits including minimum 7 courses, one seminar and thesis study provided that it is not less than 60 ECTS credits. 240 ECTS credits are divided into two groups: 120 ECTS credits covering courses, seminar and Preparation for Doctorate Qualification Exam and 120 ECTS credits covering thesis study. Duration of doctorate program is eight half terms (excluding the period of scientific preparation) starting from the term when courses of enrolled program are delivered whether or not they enrol in each term. The program must be completed in maximum twelve half terms. Seminar course and thesis study do not require any credits and will be considered failed or pass. One ETCS equals to a workload of 30 hours.

Even if the student has courses with credit transfer, they must take minimum half of the total credit required by their program from their own program. If the counselor deems appropriate and necessary, they may chose courses from other programs.

The students are required to write their thesis study in accordance with ‘Thesis Writing Guide of Institution of Medical Sciences. The Postgraduate Education and Exam Regulation of Lokman Hekim University shall apply to assessment of student course success.

Recognition of Previous Studies

Recognition of previous studies is subject to Postgraduate Education Regulation of Lokman Hekim University.

Objectives of Program

This program aims to educate scientists who have completed undergraduate/ graduate study and extended and detailed fundamental knowledge of biochemistry, who have effective and current information, who are able to prepare research protocols, who are able to do research independently, who interpret the research results, who are aware of and use modern techniques, who has scientific honesty, and who can find answers to significant problems to contribute to human life, and fundamental and applied sciences.

It is intended to educate qualified scientists who are able to investigate the biochemical mechanisms in healthy individuals and patients in order to select tests for diagnosis, differential diagnosis and prognosis, to select and evaluate laboratory equipment, install, interpret and maintain quality control programs, interpret laboratory results and associate them with clinical practice.

It is aimed at educating competent and experienced individuals who will work as a researcher in legal and private entities such as universities and biotechnology research centres, and work many laboratories of health industry.

Fundamental Acquirements from the Program

  1. They systematically generalize the nature of scientific processes at molecular level and assess with the findings of other scientific disciplines.
  2. They carry out critical discussions and find original problems, and solve the problems through appropriate experimental and theoretical biochemical approaches.
  3. They read and interpret any literature of each sub-branch of biochemistry, and establish communication both in Turkish and English.
  4. They prepare oral and written reports in Turkish/English.
  5. They define and explain matters that are related to biochemistry in various aspects.
  6. They apply the most recent ideas and approaches to problems and take lifelong learning as a goal.
  7. They produce and interpret data either individually or as a team member, and present it to national and international communities.
  8. They follow and defend scientific ethical rules during their career and professional activities.
  9. They publish articles and scientific works in Turkish and English on the journals with higher effect factor.

Employment Opportunities

Students who successfully graduate from the Biochemistry Doctorate Program academically follow the professional principles in the country and in foreign countries in the most accurate manner so that they can be more successful in the public and private sector. They may maintain their life as an academician, or work in the R&D departments of public agencies and companies.

Transfer to Upper Programs

The candidates who get a doctoral degree may apply for readership in Biochemistry if they complete the required academic studies.

Assessment and Evaluation

The Postgraduate Education Regulation of Lokman Hekim University shall apply to any educational study of students and giving marks to tests.

Graduation Conditions

The doctorate program consists of a total of 21 national credits and one academic year consists of minimum 240 ETC credits including minimum 7 courses, one seminar and thesis study provided that it is not less than 60 ECTS credits. 240 ECTS credits are divided into two groups: 120 ECTS credits covering courses, seminar and Preparation for Doctorate Qualification Exam and 120 ECTS credits covering thesis study. Duration of doctorate program is eight half terms (excluding the period of scientific preparation) starting from the term when courses of enrolled program are delivered whether or not they enrol in each term. The program must be completed in maximum twelve half terms. Seminar course and thesis study do not require any credits and will be considered failed or pass. One ETCS equals to a workload of 30 hours.

Even if the student has courses with credit transfer, they must take minimum half of the total credit required by their program from their own program. If the counselor deems appropriate and necessary, they may chose courses from other programs.

The students are required to write their thesis study in accordance with ‘Thesis Writing Guide of Institution of Medical Sciences. The Postgraduate Education and Exam Regulation of Lokman Hekim University shall apply to assessment of student course success.

If the students pass the thesis exam and meet the other conditions for graduation as determined by the Senate, they will be required to deliver minimum five bound copies of doctorate thesis to the relevant institute within one month of thesis exam date. The students whose thesis is formally approved will receive a doctorate diploma.

Study Type

Study type is full-time. When necessary, courses and exams may be taken after the end of working hours during the week and/or on the Saturday and Sunday.

Program Supervisor and Contact Details

Prof Dr Metin Yıldırımkaya

Head of Medical Biochemistry Department

E-mail: metin.yildirimkaya@lokmanhekim.edu.tr

Phone: 444 85 48                                      Extension: 6123

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