Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience

The program is going to offer 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 Bacherlor’s degree, and a direct Ph.D. (for students who enter with a M.S./M.A. degree).


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 (transcripts), statement of purpose, 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 proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

All the required documents and deadlines are listed on the website of the Graduate School of Engineering and Science.

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 typically on their fourth semester, and then must prepare a thesis work proposal. Preparing and defending a dissertation based on original research is the essence of the program. A dissertation based on original research is the essence of the program. 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 12 and 14 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. Neuroeconomy
  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

The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group are 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.