This Neuroscience program from Koc University brings together 43 faculty members from different academic backgrounds and disciplines and bridges core areas of neuroscience as Molecular, Developmental, Cellular, Systems, Cognitive, Computational and Clinical, to create a vigorous research program.
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The mission of this Neuroscience program from Koc University is to provide students a flexible, nourished and competitive research environment so as to be one of the top leading and internationally respected neuroscience PHD programs on the world, to produce pioneer work and to train our students as leaders both in teaching and research. 

Students from different backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the program and each year, successful applicants with strong achievements are accepted after a rigourous interview. 

The University aims to train the students with a strong general background in neuroscience and to lead them to specialize in a specific core area.  For this aim, students are expected to take core and advanced neuroscience courses in addition to related courses of other graduate programs. Being a part of ongoing research and an active member of laboratory staff is expected from the first day of admission to the program. The faculty members support any collaboration and interact closely with other faculty members and students to create a multi-disciplinary impact.  Many of the courses are given as coordinated-teaching by different faculty members.

Molecular mechanisms

Current research ranges from molecular mechanisms of central nervous system tumors, the molecular mechanisms of reprogramming and identifying genes that are important for iPS cell generation, epigenetics, protein-protein interactions and protein structure-function dynamics, targeted drug delivery, the synaptic inputs from receptors to motor neurons that innervate human muscles, cognitive models of memory, decision making and comprehension, modeling neuronal circuits, signal transduction in neural systems and the neurobiology of psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic Neurophysiology
  • Basic Neuroscience
  • Seminar

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Resume / CV (Personal and Educational Background Information)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 Recommendation Letters
  • Official transcripts from all the universities attended
  • English language proficiency test results (either TOEFL for Master’s or PhD programs or YDS/YÖKDİL for Turkish applicants)
  • GRE test scores
  • ALES (for Turkish applicants) 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
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Living costs for Istanbul

  • 2000 - 3240 TRY/month
    Living Costs

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