Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


Cultural Studies and Media Master's Degree Program is launched in order to academic interests and technical proficiencies of Hacettepe University, Faculty of Communication's academic staff in terms of interdisciplinary nature and methodological broad range of the field. The courses of the program aim to provide students specific knowledge of the field, meanwhile they will be able to contribute related literature by means of their distinctive submissions to analyze social, socio-cultural and political tensions that appears due to interactions between individual, media and society and to develop policy-making processes in the sense of global and local spheres.

The students who graduate from this interdiciplinary programme, may continue their academic studies in social and human sciences and work as an instructor and also can contribute the production of media contents and cultural politics as they can be assigned to consult in private sector or public institutions (ex: Ministry of Culture, TRT). In addition, they can conduct researches within national and international non-govermental organizations.

As it is well known, along with digital developments, in the field of communication and culture it arised new dimensions with numerous many sub-fields as well as new (theoretical and practical) challenges. In order to active participation of new media users just as traditional media professionals, it can be mentioned of a significant expanding and deepening within academical problem/research areas coupled with diversification of professional majors. In this context, this program specifically focuses on to instruct the scholars that will be able to gain a particular competence of digital media. The program aims to graduate candidates who may take charge in emerging career areas such as social media consulting.

D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


1. Applicants who apply to the program must have completed a four-year Bachelor's Degree with an average of at least 2.80 (two point eighty) over 4.00 (four).

2. Applicants are required to score at least 55 standard points from either one of the quantitative or verbal or equal weight categories of the Academic Staff and Graduate Education Examination (Akademik Personel ve Lisans├╝st├╝ E─čitimine Giri┼č S─▒nav─▒, ALES) organized by Measurement, Selection and Placement Center (├ľl├žme, Se├žme ve Yerle┼čtirme Merkezi, ├ľSYM). Alternatively, applicants are required to submit an equivalent score, determined by the Hacettepe University Senate, in the internationally recognized GRE and GMAT examinations.

3. Applicants are required to score at least 60 in the Foreign Knowledge in Foreign Language Placement Examination (Yabanc─▒ Dil Seviye Tespit S─▒nav─▒, YDS). Alternatively, applicants are required to submit an equivalent store from other foreign language examinations, held at the national or international level, whose equivalence is approved by the University.

4. International students' applications are accepted in line within “Hacettepe University Graduate Programme and Exam Regulation" in Official Gazette (29 November 2016, No:29900).

5. The students who are admitted to the program might be required to take relevant course/s from the Communication Sciences Graduate Scientific Preparation Programme, in case deemed to be a necessary by the jury of the oral exam.

6. Those conditions, which are not included below, are applied in accordance with the related provisions of the Hacettepe University Graduate Education, Instruction and Examination Regulations (Hacettepe ├ťniversitesi Lisans├╝st E─čitim, ├ľ─čretim ve S─▒nav Y├Ânetmeli─či).

Special Requirements for the Graduate Programme of Cultural Studies and Media

Applicants should submit,

· -at least- one-page letter of intent (Font: Times New Roman, Font Size: 12, 1.5 Line Spacing) explaining the candidate's reasons for pursuing graduate study in Communication Sciences or Cultural Studies and Media, or doctorate study in Communication Sciences

· a curriculum vitae (cv) with photo,

· two letters of reference handed in closed envelopes

to Hacettepe University Faculty of Communication, Department of Communication Sciences with the above documents.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


In order to complete M. A. of Cultural Studies and Media Program it is required to take 30 national credits (9 credits from compulsory courses and 21 credits from elective courses) from courses in total and to submit and defend a successful master's thesis. A minimum of 120 ECTS course credit hours is required at the end of these studies (60 credits from master's thesis, 18 credits from compulsory courses and 42 credits from elective courses-min.)

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


To be able to transfer a M.A. degree to M. A. of Cultural Studies and Media at Hacettepe University, it is required to meet the admission terms. For other issues, the related items of Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Testing Legislation are valid.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The aim of the H.U. Social Sciences Institute graduate program of Cultural Studies and Media is to have graduates that

  • are able to use and evaluate the theoretical and practical reflections of the basic concepts, the relationship among the concepts, approaches and theories in the field of culture and mass communication,
  • have the knowledge of the basic methodological approaches, methods and research technics and their implementations,
  • are capable of designing a social research in the field of culture and mass communication by using quantitative and qualitative technics, implementing it, analyzing the findings, reporting them and putting all into an original piece of academic writing,
  • find solutions to the problems relating culture, communication and media by using the knowledge and the skills related to the area,,
  • develop policy propositions and contribute to the solutions by transforming these into projects and action,
  • behave accordingly to the academic and ethic rule and principals
  • follow the contemporary knowledge, approaches and sources in his/her field and evaluate these with a critical and inquisitive manner, join the fray about these issues and produce new informations
  • are able to think interdisciplinary, questions, assesses and evaluates,
  • continue their educations in a higher degree.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


The graduates who complete this program, can work as instructors in faculties of communication after continuing their education in PhD degree of relevant fields as well as progress their academic studies in human and social sciences. They might take charge in private sector and state institutions (such as Ministry of Culture, TRT) for the purpose of contributing to the development of media contents and culture policies or consulting. Moreover they might conduct researches within national and international NGO's.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


The students who are accepted to the M.A. of Cultural Studies and Media Program, if it is considered necessary, they might take relevant courses from the Scientific Preparation Program which is part of M.A. of Communication Sciences Program. Students are supposed to take Introduction to Cultural Studies course and at least two seminar courses within the Cultural Studies and Media program. All the other courses in the program are selective. In this program 1 ECTS credit is equal to 30 hours of workload.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


The methods of evaluation and assesment for each course are defined in “Course Structure Plan” in the Information Package prepared by the course instructor/s. For the exams and grades, related items of the Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Testing Legislation are applied.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Prof. Dr. Suavi Ayd─▒n

Head of Department


Tel: +90 312 2976230

Fax: +90 312 2976289

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