The objective of the graduate program is to train the students to carry out advanced and high-technology research in areas. The program covers molecular biology applications such as molecular genetics, ecological and evolutionary genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, cancer biology, plant sciences, molecular biophysics, biomaterials, molecular pharmacology and toxicology, biomedical techniques, biotechnology, neurophysiology, and ecology.

Course List

Compulsory Courses
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Laboratory (h/w) ECTS Credit
BIOL558 Bioethics and Research Methods 0 0 0 10.0
GENE600 Ph.D. Thesis 0 0 0 130.0
GENE601 Seminars in Molecular Biology and Genetics I 0 0 2 10.0

h/w: hours per week

7 elective course(s) approved by the Department of Biology.

Total minimum credit: 21

With the consent of the advisor, PhD pre-candidate, to enter the PhD qualifying exam, must submit their application to the Departmental Doctoral Qualification (DDQ) Committee.

With the approval of the advisor, in the application, names of 8 main faculty members are proposed to form the examination committee. The DDQ Committee will select 5 members of the written exam committee. The qualifying-exam committee must have at least 2 faculty members from outside of METU. Any change in the exam committee composition is realized by informing the advisor.

If there is more than one PhD pre-candidate who will take the exam in the same period, common committees for several students may be formed based on the suggested exam committee members. But for the oral exam, a committee of 5 (selected among the written exam committee members) is formed by DDQ committee based on the suggestion of the students’ advisors. The pre-candidate is considered successful on the condition that the student should earn at least 70 points out of 100. The oral exam grade is the average of grades issued by the individual oral examination committee members.

Written exams are held at the same day for all students. The date of the exam is announced by the DDQ committee. The advisor determines the date of the oral exam (coordinating with the examining committee members from the outside) and informs the chair of the DDQ committee. Written exams for the major and minor fields are completed within 2 days. The coordination of the exams is under the supervision of at least one member of the DDQ committee. Exam papers are then passed to faculty members immediately and asked to be graded in within the given deadline.

After the evaluation of written exams, the oral exam committee meets. If the result of written exam is satisfactory, the student is allowed to take the oral examination. For a student to be successful in the written exam, he/she has to earn ≥ 70 points out of 100 from the major field of Molecular Biology and Genetics. If the student is not successful in a field, he/she is advised how to improve for the next round of exams that he/she has to re-take. If a student is found successful for the written but fails to be satisfactory for the oral exam, he/she is listed as unsuccessful but can be admitted directly to the oral exam for the following semester.

Written and oral exam grades together with the exam papers are passed to the PhD qualification committee by the advisor. The committee then decides whether the student passed the qualification exam or not.

The following rules for the formation of thesis defense commitees were accepted by the University Graduate Committee.

Ph.D. Examination committee composition

  1. Thesis defense examination committees consist of 5 members. The members include the thesis supervisor, two “thesis advisory committee” members, one of whom must be from other Universities. For the remaining two, one of the members must be from other Universities.

All the members must hold academic positions (at least instructor position with Ph.D. degree)

  1. The co-supervisors could attend the thesis advisory committee meetings and defense examinations as observers only but cannot participate in decision making.