M.S. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience

General

Program Description

Graduate Program

Bilkent University is home to a large group of scientists with diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in understanding the structure and function of the brain in health and disease. In 2014 Bilkent University launched an interdisciplinary neuroscience graduate program, which offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Neuroscience. Areas of research include systems-, cellular & molecular-, developmental-, cognitive-, social-, and behavioral neuroscience, neuroengineering, neuroeconomics, neuroprosthetics, neurogenomics, and optogenetics.

The Neuroscience program is directly affiliated with the Graduate School of Engineering and Science. The program provides students with a strong theoretical neuroscience background and provides opportunities to learn cutting edge methods and technology in the area. Our students have access to advanced neuroimaging, nano-, and biotechnology labs and equipment in Aysel Sabuncu Brain Research Center, National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM), and National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM). The diversity of research of faculty members in the Neuroscience program allows students with a variety of different backgrounds, such as Physics, Engineering, Psychology, Economics, Biology, or Computer Science, to be accepted to the program.

The graduate program in neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a broad background and training in the neuroscience field. Our mission is to provide students with the instruction, research experience, and mentoring they need to become leaders in research and education. Students will take a variety of courses that focus on both systems neuroscience and cellular and molecular neuroscience, as well as courses that are offered from different departments including Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Physics and Psychology among others. Areas of research include systems neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, social neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, neuroengineering, neuroeconomics, neuroprosthetics, and neurogenomics.

Master of Science in Neuroscience

Admission: All applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering or psychology or medicine or a related field. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: In addition to at least 21 credit units of course work, the M.S. degree candidate must prepare and successfully defend a thesis. The expected duration to complete the M.S. program is four semesters; the maximum duration is six semesters.

The program will include the following areas:
  1. Systems neuroscience
  2. Cellular and molecular neuroscience
  3. Developmental neuroscience
  4. Behavioral neuroscience
  5. Cognitive Neuroscience
  6. Mathematical and computational modeling in neuroscience
  7. Neuroscience in sensory and motor systems
  8. Neuroscience in higher-order cognitive functions; decision making, memory, attention, language
  9. Neuroeconomics
  10. Neuroimaging and biomedical engineering
  11. Genetical origins of neural systems
  12. Neuroanatomy
  13. Visual neuroscience
  14. Imaging genomics
  15. Neural networks
  16. Neuro-prosthesis
  17. Neuro-engineering
  18. Social neuroscience
  19. Aging neuroscience
  20. Neuroscience in learning and memory
  21. Artificial intelligence
  22. Neuro-genomics
  23. Neuro-technology
The program will comprise the following disciplines:
  1. Molecular Biology and Genetics
  2. Psychology
  3. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  4. Computer Engineering
  5. Materials Science and Nanotechnology
  6. Industrial Engineering
  7. Mechanical Engineering
  8. Economics
  9. Management
Curriculum

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The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group is given in the electronic registration system.

Elective Courses: Selected 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits offered by different departments.

Restricted Elective Courses: Selected 5XX or higher-level CS, EEE, IE, LAW, MBG, ME, MSN, NSC, PHYS, and PSYC coded courses with at least 3 credits.

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience

The program is going to offer a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. There are two tracks: a Ph.D. program integrated with a coterminal Master’s degree (for students who enter with a Bachelor's degree, and a direct Ph.D. (for students who enter with an M.S./M.A. degree).

Admission: All applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering or psychology or medicine or a related field. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: 21 credit units of course work beyond the M.S. level or 42 credits of course work beyond the B.S. level is required. Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying exam and then must prepare a thesis work proposal. Preparing and defending a dissertation based on original research is the essence of the program. A paper based on the candidate's thesis must be accepted or published in a reputable journal before the dissertation can be defended. The expected duration to complete the Ph.D. program is eight semesters for students who enter the program after an M.S. degree, and ten semesters for those who enter after a B.S. degree. The maximum durations are twelve and fourteen semesters, respectively.

The program will include the following areas:
  1. Systems neuroscience
  2. Cellular and molecular neuroscience
  3. Developmental neuroscience
  4. Behavioral neuroscience
  5. Cognitive Neuroscience
  6. Mathematical and computational modeling in neuroscience
  7. Neuroscience in sensory and motor systems
  8. Neuroscience in higher-order cognitive functions; decision making, memory, attention, language
  9. Neuroeconomics
  10. Neuroimaging and biomedical engineering
  11. Genetical origins of neural systems
  12. Neuroanatomy
  13. Visual neuroscience
  14. Imaging genomics
  15. Neural networks
  16. Neuro-prosthesis
  17. Neuro-engineering
  18. Social neuroscience
  19. Aging neuroscience
  20. Neuroscience in learning and memory
  21. Artificial intelligence
  22. Neuro-genomics
  23. Neuro-technology
The program will comprise the following disciplines:
  1. Molecular Biology and Genetics
  2. Psychology
  3. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  4. Computer Engineering
  5. Materials Science and Nanotechnology
  6. Industrial Engineering
  7. Mechanical Engineering
  8. Economics
  9. Management
Curriculum

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience

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Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (After a Bachelor's Degree)

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The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group is given in the electronic registration system.

Elective Courses: Selected 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits offered by different departments.

Restricted Elective Courses: Selected 5XX or higher-level CS, EEE, IE, LAW, MBG, ME, MSN, NSC, PHYS, and PSYC coded courses with at least 3 credits.

Graduate Degree Requirements

BS graduation CGPA
  • 2.80/4.00 for Ph.D. applicants with an MS degree and MS applicants
  • 3.00/4.00 for Ph.D. applicants without an M.S. degree
ALES or GRE General Test

ALES is required from resident Turkish citizens who are applying for the graduate programs. Turkish citizens who are residents of foreign countries and those applicants who are not Turkish citizens may provide GRE scores instead of ALES.

  • M.S.: 55 (quantitative)
  • Ph.D.: 55 (quantitative, for those who hold an M.S degree with thesis.)
  • Ph.D.: 80 (quantitative, for those who do not hold an M.S. degree with thesis.)
GRE General Test

Turkish citizens who are residents of foreign countries and those applicants who are not Turkish citizens may provide GRE scores instead of ALES.

  • M.S.: Minimum* quantitative: 153
  • Ph.D.: Minimum* quantitative: 157

*Applications from those candidates who miss these minimum scores by a small margin, but have other academic credentials that indicate a strong background necessary to complete the applied degree, will also be considered.

English Proficiency

TOEFL IBT (at least 87), IELTS (at least 6.5 average and 5.5 from each section) or Bilkent COPE (at least C). In addition, foreign language requirements as imposed by Inter-universities Board (ÜAK) of Turkey (minimum of 55 from YDS or its equivalents as listed by the Board, in a language other than the mother tongue) must be satisfied by Turkish citizen Ph.D. applicants.

Last updated Nov 2020

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The Graduate School of Engineering and Science administers the graduate programs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science at Bilkent University. Our graduate school, a leading education and resear ... Read More

The Graduate School of Engineering and Science administers the graduate programs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science at Bilkent University. Our graduate school, a leading education and research institution has been developing and cultivating leaders since 1986. The Graduate School is comprised of motivated and dynamic academicians. The School provides up to date educational programs which equip students with valuable abilities and promote further study in transdisciplinary fields. The students are exposed to real-life projects and conceptual problem-solving techniques, as well as receiving traditional training in classrooms. Programs are designed to help students understand real-world circumstances, augment their cultural accumulation and contribute to the interaction between technology, science, and society. Read less