Institute of Graduate Studies

Medical Law

Ph.D. in Medical Law and Objectives of the Programme

Although Medical Law is a nascent field of study in our country, it has become to attract the attention of public, medical doctors and lawyers. Medical law, which distinguishes as an interdisciplinary field of study, primarily deals with the civil liability of more than 200.000 medical officials in our country due to the medical intervention they performed. It should be noted that there is a considerable rise in the number of cases regarding civil liability of medical officials in our country and in the world. Despite the significance of Medical Law in practice, there are some reasons which restrain the development of this highly technical field of study. First, Medical Law has not been a separate field so far. In a similar vein, lawyers in our country have been interested in the field only alongside their field of expertise. Accordingly, no separate medical lawyers have worked in the field. Rather, forensic science experts have occupied the field. Our programme aims to fill this gap. Moreover, medical officials should be aware of their rights and responsibilities while having knowledge of key provisions concerning them. Our programme aims to inform participants about the establishment of a balance between the interests of individual patient and the public by providing sufficient medical law knowledge. Within the scope of the programme, modules on criminal and civil liability of medical doctors and other medical officials, forensic medicine, compulsory financial insurance system, social insurance system, ethics, legal terminology and medical terminology are placed.

Master of Medical Law is an interdisciplinary programme that welcomes the applications of candidates who graduated from any Master’s programme (with thesis). In line with the regulations of the Institute of Social Sciences, the score of ALES (Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam) and the score of foreign language exam are required for the application to the programme.

The language of the education is Turkish. Students are required to take modules during the first 3 semesters. Afterwards, they are required to write an original dissertation and to defend it successfully before a jury. Following is the list of modules:

  • Introduction to Medical Law
  • Research Methods
  • Medical Knowledge and Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to Law
  • Ethics of Biomedicine and Law
  • Case Study
  • Private Law Issues in Medical Law
  • Forensic Medicine and Approach to Medical Malpractices I
  • Social Insurance System regarding Medical Law I
  • Medical Criminal Law
  • Compulsory Financial Liability Insurance of Medical Doctors
  • Forensic Medicine and Approach to Medical Malpractices II
  • Human Rights Issues in Medical Law
  • Social Insurance System regarding Medical Law II
  • Pharma Law
  • Current Problems of Medical Law
  • Comparative Medical Law
  • Protection of Personal Health Data
  • Financial Liability Insurance
  • Industrial Property Dimension of Pharma Law
  • Term project

List of Tutors:

Prof. Dr. M. Refik Korkusuz

Prof. Dr. M. Hakan Hakeri

Prof. Dr. Tunç Kutoğlu

Associate Professor Dr. Gülsün Ayhan Aygörmez Uğurlubay

Associate Professor Dr. Hacı Kara

Assistant Professor Dr. Alpertunga Kara

Dr. Derya Tekin

Programme Outcomes

At the end of the programme, students will gain the specialised knowledge in the field of Medical Law and the competencies listed below:

  1. Ability to conduct research and to access information in the field of Medical Law
  2. Ability to evaluate, interpret and convey information in the field of Medical Law
  3. Ability to comprehend universal concepts in the field of Medical Law
  4. Strategic thinking skills in the field of Medical Law
  5. Knowledge about national and international literature in the field of Medical Law
  6. Knowledge about basic concepts and terminology in the field of Medical Law
  7. Conducting original research in the field of Medical Law and contributing to the field
  8. Knowledge about scientific writing techniques
  9. Undertaking scientific research about different dimensions of Medical Law by relating the disciplines which contribute to the field of Medical Law


Prof. Dr. M. Hakan HAKERİ

Tel: 0216-2802404