Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


Biochemistry is an area that continuously advances and produces novel scientific information. It would be exciting to follow up those advances and contribute to the scientific literature.

It is aimed that our graduates can follow and critically evaluate the latest developments in their area; can plan and conduct research independently, can participate in multidisciplinary research, and have ethic concerns.

Post-graduate biochemistry programs are jointly administered by the Biochemistry Departments of Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Pharmacy. Since 1963, theoretical and practical courses are offered by academic staff actively involved and competent in the area. Expertise areas include protein purification and characterization, enzymology, biochemical genetics and expression analyses, signal transduction, toxicology, drug and biomarker development. Research projects are conducted in specialized laboratories such as cell culture, chromatography and microbiology. With international collaboration, it is possible to conduct part of the research in the foreign world-class laboratories; and attend international summer schools to extend knowledge and skills. Study outcomes can be published in high impact journals, and may be patented.

Graduates can work in health, education, research, food and environment related fields as academicians or industrial executives.

The language of education is Turkish.

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D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


1. Bachelor?s degree in Engineering,  (Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Food), Sciences (Departments of Biology and Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics), Education (Biology and Chemistry Teaching Programme), Pharmacy (4 years of education). Other applications will be evaluated by the Department of Biochemistry.

2. The candidates should meet all the requirements set by Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences*.

3. The candidates should pass satisfactorily in the interview carried out by the Department.

To have ALES (SAY / EA) score type and ALES and Foreign Language base score determined by the Health Sciences Institute Board and approved by the Hacettepe University Senate


D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


The students must meet the requirements of the ?Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulation?. Other requirements are:

  1. In order for the student to start the thesis study;
    1. All of the compulsory graduate courses for Master of Science degree must be successfully completed with minimum 21 local credits or 60 ECTS credits and the student must be registered to thesis study (60 ECTS credits),
    2. Thesis study should be approved by the appropriate Ethics Commission (if needed),
    3. The Master of Science thesis proposal must be submitted to and approved by the required committees,
    4. To pursue with the thesis study, the conditions required by the ?Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulation? should be met.
  2. Before the student defends the thesis;
    1. The studies needed for the thesis should be completed and written according to the ?Institute of Health Sciences Thesis Guide?,
    2. The student should have made at least one oral/poster presentation in a scientific meeting during the educational course.
  3. At the dissertation;
    1. The student should have accomplished both theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills about the thesis study,
    2. The student should have the capability to use these knowledge and skills,
    3. The thesis study should be approved by the dissertation committee.


Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulation: *

Institute of Health Sciences Thesis Guide:

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Students enrolled in the Biochemistry Master of Science program may be exempted from the BIK603 Basic Biochemistry: Structure and Catalysis, and, BIK604 Basic Biochemistry: Metabolism courses according to the rules and regulations of the Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences. In the case of application, the student is given a written exam and if successful* is exempted from the course with the approval of Institute.

“Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulation” is the basis for the transfer of credits for the courses taken by the student from other (inland or abroad) higher education institutions or *as special student status in the last three years before the enrollment of the student to the institute.

The supplementary courses to be taken by the student during the program are defined by the Departmental Academic Board.

*The condition of being successful requires pass grade or above according to “Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulation”.

Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulation: *

D.7. Goals and Objectives


To train Master of Science awardees who has fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge, and the capability to follow up recent advances in biochemistry as well as the competence to perform either biochemical research and/or education in academia or qualified technical work in the industry.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Graduates find jobs in health, science, food and environment related fields as academicians in universities or technical positions in the industry.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


The program is planned to be completed in at least four semesters. The first two semesters consist of lectures, and students take the compulsory and elective courses together. In this phase, students must successfully complete a minimum of 21 local credits or 60 ECTS credits. 75% and 25% of total 60 ECTS credits will be acquired from compulsory and elective courses, respectively. At least 50% of the elective courses must be chosen from the Biochemistry Program (D.8. Course Structure Diagram With Credits).

The work on the Master?s thesis normally begins in the third semester. This phase consist of at least two semesters (60 ECTS credits).

Minimum 21 local credits or 120 ECTS credits is required to complete the Master of Science Program.

1 ECTS credit corresponds to 30 hours workload.

Hacettepe University, Institute of Health Sciences:

Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulation: *

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


For each course in the program, there are mid-term exams/ homework/ projects structured by those who teach the course. Each course?s evaluation criteria is defined in the course information packages. Mid-term exams are done in the time interval defined by the Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences at the beginning of the academic year. 

Teaching staff evaluate all work, homework, mid-term examinations and final examination and grade the results according to the Institute defined course pass grading system.

Hacettepe University, Institute of Health Sciences:

D.16. Graduation Requirements


Those who have taken the above defined courses and have been successful by fulfilling the criteria, completed and satisfactorily defended the thesis in front of the thesis committee with the grade average of minimum pass grade of the Institute of Health Sciences are considered to finish the Master of Science program (with a thesis).

Hacettepe University, Institute of Health Sciences:

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Prof. Dr. H.Asuman Özkara

Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Medical Biochemistry Department Head

06230 Sıhhiye-Ankara / TÜRKİYE

Phone: (312) 3051652

Fax: (312) 3245885