Institute of Graduate Studies

Forensic Sciences

1. About

Forensic Science, an interdisciplinary branch of science, is the place where science and law meet in common ground. There is a need for experts in this field in Turkey as well as in the world. The Master of Science in Forensic Science Program offers the possibility of specialization and research in the field of Forensic Science, as it is a multi-disciplinary program and provides expertise in a specialized field of chemistry.

In order to establish justice correctly in various judicial cases and to make the right judgment of both the criminal law and the other pillars of the judiciary, the evidence of the case must be collected and evaluated correctly. Forensic Science comes into play at this point with the collaboration of many disciplines. Forensic Science is a branch that contributes to the investigation of the different findings of a crime in the fields of Medicine, Science, Engineering and Social Sciences; and analyses them with appropriate laboratory techniques and shed light on the crime. The obtained evidence can help the legal system by experts performing fast and reliable analyzes in laboratories. This is only possible through interdisciplinary studies.

The right to a trial within a reasonable time is a universal principle in human rights. Therefore, it is very important that the trial process should take a reasonable amount of time in order to protect the trust of the society about the judicial organs, to deliver the right to the rightful owner as soon as possible and to satisfy both sides in the disputes. Today's technological advances and changing lifestyles require the expertise of a wide range of professionals, including forensic specialists, toxicologists, biologists, chemists, computer and electronics engineers, anthropologists, linguists and lawyers for the application of scientific and technical methods in the field of Forensic Science. In addition, the scientific foundations of civil and criminal law can be reached through the interdisciplinary study of Forensic Sciences to ensure better functioning of our legal, political and social systems.

The Master of Forensic Science Program aims to educate competent and experienced individuals in the field and contribute to justice.

2. Admission requirements

Admission requirements are determined and announced by the Institute of Graduate Studies Board at the beginning of each semester.

3. Learning Outcomes

The student

  1. Can evaluate experience in the fields of basic sciences, social sciences, engineering and life sciences by acquiring the field of interdisciplinary Forensic Science.
  2. Can develop new knowledge and concepts by combining the information obtained from different disciplinary fields within the scope of Forensic Science.
  3. Can solve current judicial problems with the knowledge and skills gained from the field of Forensic Science.
  4. Can work individually or in teams with disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise in a field of interest of Forensic Sciences.
  5. Has the awareness of responsibility in terms of health, social and ethical aspects required by the Forensic Science. Evaluates the knowledge and skills with a critical approach.

6. Can develop strategy, policy and implementation plans in the fields of interest in Forensic Sciences and can evaluate/report/design projects on the results obtained within the framework of quality processes.

4. List of faculty members

Prof. Nuriye Akbay

Assoc. Prof. Kaan Keçeci

Asst. Prof. Ramazan Arıtürk

Asst. Prof. Derya Tekin

Asst. Prof. Zeynep Köksal

Asst. Prof. Dila Kaya

5. Course structure

Fall Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Compulsory/ Elective

T

A

Number of Credits

Number of ECTS Credits

ADB 560

Seminar

C

1

2

0

4

 ADB 503

Ethics in Forensic Science

C

3

0

3

7

ADB 505

Introduction to Forensic Sciences

C

3

0

3

7

ADB 507

Forensic Chemistry

S

3

0

3

7

ADB 509

Medical Criminal Law

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 511

Analytical Chemistry in Forensic Chemistry

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 513

Forensic Physics

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 515

Legal Regulations in Forensic Sciences

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 517

Forensic DNA Testing and Analysis Methods

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 519

Forensic Toxicology

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 521

Forensic Psychology

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 523

Forensic Sociology

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 525

Forensic Geology

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 527

Systematic Entomology in Forensic Sciences

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 551

Field Specialization Course

C

4

0

0

10

Spring Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Compulsory/Elective

T

A

Number of Credits

Number of ECTS

Credits

ADB 502

Spectroscopic Techniques in Forensic Chemistry

C

3

0

3

7

ADB 504

Current Topics in Forensic Sciences

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 506

Narcotics and Analysis

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 508

Forensic Microscopy

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 510

Forensic Medicine

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 512

Scientific Evidence in Criminal and Civil Cases

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 514

Criminal Sociology

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 516

Forensic Photography

E

3

0

3

7

ADB 554

Master's thesis

C

0

0

0

50

FİRST SEMESTER COURSES CONTENTS

ADB 560 Seminar 

The necessary infrastructure is given to evaluate, interpret and use data related to the research topic at the level of expertise. In order to be able to follow the literature, to follow up-to-date information about their field and to be able to project them, necessary academic knowledge is transferred to make scientific presentations.

ADB 503 Ethical Rules in Scientific Study

Within the scope of this course, the concepts of scientific research and science ethics will be examined in detail. The ethical problems that arise in scientific studies, publications and academic relations will be discussed and solutions to prevent such problems will be proposed

ADB 505 Introduction to Forensic Science

Information about the concept of forensic science, forensic science disciplines and their relations with each other are introduced as a general approach. Basic concepts related to all fields that form the basis of the program are explained, and students who held bachelor’s degree from different fields are provided with basic information in forensic science. 

ADB 507 Forensic Chemistry

Methods using various qualitative and quantitative analyzes about examining the micro or macro level evidence related to a crime are introduced. The goals are to determine the relevance of the evidence to the crime and thus light the way for the clarification of the crime concretely. 

ADB 509 Forensic Chemistry and Law

The importance of the analysis results of the evidence related to the incident in national and international legal regulations, the qualifications required for those who will conduct the forensic chemistry analysis, the writing of the report, and the systematic methods that should be followed in case of expertise in the relevant field are taught.

ADB 511 Analytical Chemistry in Forensic Chemistry

This course covers the basic principles of chemical analysis, sampling and sample preparation, application of chemical equilibrium and equilibrium calculations to complex systems, titrimetric methods for complex acid-base systems and complex formation reactions, electrochemical methods, chemical and biochemical sensors, analysis of real samples, trace analysis. and explains the relationship between environmental samples and forensic chemistry. 

ADB 513 Forensic Physics

Along with the main areas of physics, Forensic Physics provides information on ballistics and firearms, and sheds light on sound recording examinations, detecting fake documents and bank statements, and obtaining hand and footprints.

ADB 515 Legal Regulations in Forensic Sciences

Information is given about the adequacy and accuracy of methodological approaches in the implementation of laws, drugs and psychoactive substances in biological and non-biological materials. Xenobiotic and toxic substances in legal and illegal markets are introduced and compared.

ADB 517 DNA and Analysis Methods in Forensic Sciences

By giving information about DNA typing, molecular structure and human genetics, the students gain the ability to use DNA isolation, calculation of DNA amount, DNA separation methods, DNA fingerprint analysis and various other analysis methods. 

ADB 519 Forensic Toxicology

By giving information about the investigation of the interactions of various chemical substances that cause undesirable and harmful results on the systems of living organisms and the prediction of the probability of these interactions, the student is given the ability to make a risk assessment.

ADB 521 Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology is the intersection point of the fields of study of law and psychology. By establishing a relationship between law and psychology, the application of the principles of psychology on legal issues and problems is taught. Forensic psychology provides information on the evaluation of the behavior of the convicted or imprisoned persons, whether the accused has the criminal liability, and how the situation of the victims, the accused and the witnesses will be evaluated.

ADB 523 Forensic Sociology

Forensic sociology is used in all processes from the collection of evidence in a forensic incident to the trial of the criminal, and important information about the social, cultural and ethnic dynamics of the crime is obtained. Within the scope of this course, information is provided about the effects of cultural differences on the perspective of crime and the dynamics of crime ranges in different societies.

ADB 525 Forensic Geology

An understanding of basic geological concepts is provided in order to properly sample the geological findings at the scene, to determine the appropriate analysis method, and to make an appropriate evaluation according to the chosen method. Knowledge on the determination of geographical distributions and/or correlations of forensic findings, the techniques of using basic maps, aerial photographs and satellite images in forensic events, and the introduction of geophysical techniques (seismic, gravity, electric, magnetic and electromagnetic) that can be used for forensic purposes is obtained.  

ADB 527 Systematics of Forensic Entomological Species

In forensic entomology, information about the identification of important insect groups at the species level, their habitats, life periods, how to make their geographical distribution, and the ability to establish a correlation between this data and the crime scene is provided.  

ADB 551 Specialization Course 

Within the scope of this course, students carry out their thesis studies with their thesis advisor.

SECOND SEMESTER COURSES CONTENTS

ADB 502 Spectroscopic Techniques in Forensic Chemistry  

The person who will specialize in forensic chemistry should be able to make and interpret the necessary qualitative and quantitative analyzes of the collected evidence. Within the scope of this course, the analysis methods to be used in forensic sciences are explained in detail, the application of the methods and the ability to use theoretical knowledge in the interpretation of real analyzes are developed.

ADB 504 Current Issues in Forensic Science

Current issues in forensic sciences are examined, real case studies are discussed and seminars are presented and discussed on this subject.

ADB 506 Narcotics and Analysis

The knowledge on the classification of narcotic substances and their natural origins, semi-synthetic narcotic substances, synthetic narcotic substances, drugs containing narcotics and the determination of these substances in biological samples such as hair, skin, blood, and urea by various analysis methods are gained. 

ADB 508 Forensic Microscopy

Basic information about microscopy techniques for the evaluation of forensic evidence, preparation of (non-destructive) samples for microscopy studies and evaluation of microscopic data are provided and real sample analysis is conducted.

ADB 510 Forensic Medicine

Forensic Medicine is a branch of science that helps the law by dealing with the solution of issues that may arise in forensic investigations. Forensic medicine aims to collect and evaluate the information obtained in forensic cases, at the scene of the crime or other forms of information presented, and to present their analysis results as medico-legal reports in the courts for the operation of the law.

ADB 512 Scientific Evidence in Criminal and Civil Cases

The concept and use of evidence in the justice system, expectations of the prosecution and defense authorities, problems regarding forensic evidence, forensic medicine applications, and DNA analysis will be given to the student the ability to evaluate.

ADB 514 Sociology of Crime

The analysis of classical and contemporary crime theories; sociological examination of crime; the nature, spread and causes of adult and juvenile crimes are connected in terms of industrialization, urbanization, social and cultural change. The perspective of the student is enriched with the approaches to crime and criminality, the relationship between crime and justice system, and prevention of crime in Turkey.

ADB 516 Forensic Photography

Forensic photography is also called crime scene photography. It is important to record the crime scene and initial physical evidence in order to provide permanent evidence for the courts. Forensic photography differs from other types of photography with the techniques it uses. Within the scope of this course, basic photography concepts will be defined and information will be given about photography, shooting rules, police photography, forensic police photography.

ADB 554 Master Thesis

The student prepares the thesis on the determined subject together with the advisor.

6. Graduation Requirements

Students who meet the degree requirements and regulations have the right to graduate from the department within "ISTANBUL MEDENIYET UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COURSES OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING REGULATIONS" published in Turkish Official Gazette number 30798 on June 11, 2019.

7. Employment Opportunities for Graduates

People who graduate from this program will have the ability to understand, analyze and solve the problems in the area they want to specialize in Forensic Sciences and will be able to find jobs in private and state-owned institutions in the field of judicial fields. Graduates will be able to work at universities in Turkey and abroad by performing scientific research in accordance with specific issues they want to specialize in the Forensic Science Program.

8. Contact

Prof. Nuriye AKBAY

Phone: +90-216-280-3405

E-mail: nuriye.akbay@medeniyet.edu.tr