POL─░CY and STRATEGY STUD─░ES
Third Cycle Programmes
(Doctorate Degree/Doctor of Fine Arts)

D.1. General Information about Program

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Hacettepe University Institute of Population Studies was founded in 1967 to give graduate level education, and to conduct research on demographic, social, economic, cultural, and health aspects of population studies. The institute has long been carrying out nation-wide research projects which have elevated the reputation of the institute at national and international levels. Today, the Institute of Population Studies is one of the most well-respected research organizations conducting research on population studies.

Policy and Strategy Studies Division was founded in the second half of 2012, as a part of the process of re-organization of the Hacettepe University Institute of Population Studies. The PhD program of the division aims to provide theoretical and practical background on data collection as well as policy making in public organizations, following the concept of evidence driven policy making which is rapidly expanding world-wide. The program has a multi-disciplinary nature and involves many elective courses specialized in different areas of research. The medium of instruction is English. The institute provides computerized research units for educational purposes.

D.2 Qualification Awarded

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Doctorate

D.3. Level of Qualification

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QF-EHEA: 3
EQF-LLL: 8

D.4. Provisions for Registration

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The applicants are required to,

- hold a Master's degree

- score a minimum of 70 on the ALES (Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination).

- score the standard minimum on one of the English proficiency tests approved by the Inter-University Board (the minimum score for YDS is 70)

For all other inquiries not mentioned here, Hacettepe University Education and Examination Guidelines of Graduate Studies and Program Directives shall be followed.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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- The degree is awarded to those who have successfully completed a minimum of 120 ECTS course and 120 ECTS thesis work.

- PSS501 Scientific Programming, PSS502 Probability and Statistics, and PSS503 Introduction to Economics are deficiency courses. Those students who have not taken these courses, or their equivalents approved by the Institute Board, may follow the regular program only after successfully finalizing the deficiency program.

- PSS701 Mathematical Programming, PSS702 Stochastic Modelling and PSS703 Decision Theory are compulsory courses, whereas the rest are electives.

- A student who fails an elective course may enroll to another course instead of repeating the same course with the joint approval of the head of the division and his/her supervisor.

- The institute board establishes the admission requirements and the quotas of elective courses each year.

- Following the completion of course requirements, students are admitted to the scientific qualification exam. Those students who successfully pass the qualification exam start the process of writing a PhD dissertation, and they are assigned a thesis supervisor and an appraisal committee.

For all other inquiries not mentioned here, Hacettepe University Education and Examination Guidelines of Graduate Studies and Program Directives shall be followed.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

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The credits obtained by the student via graduate courses, including those courses attended as a special student, from national/foreign institutions up to five years before enrollment may be transferred to the educational program with the consent of the supervisor, the proposal of the head of the division, and the approval of the institute board following Hacettepe University Education and Examination Guidelines of Graduate Studies and Program Directives.

D.7. Goals and Objectives

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The aim of the program is to nurture researchers who adopt the concept of evidence-based policy making in the process of developing public policies, and conduct independent research and contribute to scientific progress by high-quality studies.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

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The graduates of the program can be employed as policy and strategy making professionals at ministries and regulation institutions as well as all public and non-governmental organizations, and research-oriented private organizations. Also, they can continue their academic studies as researchers and faculty members at research institutes and universities. Because the medium of instruction is English our graduates can work abroad and at international organizations.

D.13. Access to Further Studies

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D.14. Profile of the Programme

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The ratio of compulsory courses in terms of credits – 8 compulsory courses. 11/29 = 0.38

The ratio of elective courses in terms of credits – 6 elective courses. 18/29 = 0.62

Following the completion of course requirements, students are admitted to the scientific qualification exam. Those students who successfully pass the qualification exam start the process of writing a PhD dissertation. This process is governed by Hacettepe University Education and Examination Guidelines of Graduate Studies and Program Directives.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

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The details of the assessment and grading for each course is specified by the associated faculty member and provided in the information package. The basics of assessment and grading of courses are established by Hacettepe University Education and Examination Guidelines of Graduate Studies and Program Directives.

D.16. Graduation Requirements

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The graduation requirements of the program follow Hacettepe University Education and Examination Guidelines of Graduate Studies and Program Directives.

D.17. Education Type

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1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director

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Prof.Dr. ┼×. Arma─čan Tar─▒m

Address:

Hacettepe Universitesi Nufus Etutleri Enstitusu

Merkez Kampusu, D Blok Kat:5

Sihhiye, Ankara 06100

Phone: +90-312-305 11 15

Fax: +90-312-311 81 41