Third Cycle Programmes
(Doctorate Degree/Doctor of Fine Arts)

D.1. General Information about Program


Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology was founded in 1965 – 1966 academic year and started education of medical faculty 3rd semester students. The founders of the department are Prof. Dr. ┼×├╝kr├╝ Kaymak├žalan and Assoc. Prof. Dr. S. O─čuz Kayaalp. The department also started its postgraduate education the same year. Today, pharmacology departments of both Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Pharmacy execute the pharmacology postgraduate programs. The departments have in vitro organ baths and perfusion systems; in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology and hemodynamics hardware; cardiovascular and central nervous system pharmacology laboratories; chemistry laboratories which are equipped with HPLC, Western blot and PCR systems. Furthermore, a workshop and temperature and lighting controlled rooms for laboratory animals are found in the departments.

D.2 Qualification Awarded



D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


a. To graduate from the medical, dentistry or 5 year pharmacy schools or to have MSc degree in pharmacology/toxicology fields,

b. To satisfy the entrance criteria of the Health Sciences Institute,

c. To be successful in the interview carried out by the department.

To have ALES (SAY / EA) score type and ALES and Foreign Language base score determined by the Health Sciences Institute Board and approved by the Hacettepe University Senate

To meet the application requirements of Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulations and Institute of Health Sciences.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


Main Requirements for the Comprehensive Exam

Students are considered qualified if below mentioned criteria are fulfilled and if the candidate passes the oral, practical and written exams performed in order to assess the level of the knowledge, attitude and skills acquired during the period necessary to obtain at least 21 credits or 120 ECTS credits.

1. To be able to use the research equipments and tools in basic and clinical pharmacology

2. To have obtained a laboratory animal use certificate

3. To be able to employ at least two different pharmacological research methods by herself/himself.

4. To be able to gain access to printed or electronic materials related to their field of research

5. To be able to evaluate the scientific papers

6. To have skills for preparing a poster or an oral presentation for a scientific meeting

7. At least one presentation in a national or international meeting

8. Participation to the writing process of at least one scientific project and completion of at least one ethical committee application.

9. At least one departmental seminar per year should be delivered

10. To adopt the ethical issues related to scientific research

11. To be the part of a harmonious teamwork

12. To be able to keep abreast in scientific and technological advancements

13. To be able to work in accordance with the GLP and   GCP guidelines

14. To be able to solve problems by using scientific methodology

15. Always being motivated and enthusiastic for science

Criteria for Thesis Work

1. To establish a novel scientific or technological problem and to define a scientific hypothesis for the solution of this problem

2. To design a realistic experiment mechanism and protocol for the testing of this hypothesis

3. To present the thesis research to the academic commitees where the thesis work will be executed and preparing the hypothesis, objectives and the plan of the research and results for the preliminary experiments if applicable

4. Producing a research project from the thesis work

5. Contributing to the thesis research as the primary researcher both practically and intellectually.

Thesis Defense Satisfaction Criteria

1. To finalize the thesis according to the qualifications mentioned in the postgraduate education regulations.

2. Thesis should be written in accordance with the thesis writing guides and standards of the Health Sciences Institute

3. Candidate should have published at least one article (periodic, must be cited by SCI), either from their thesis or other previous studies

4. Candidate must know the theoretical basis of the methodology applied in the thesis and to be able to prepare the setup and use these methods alone

5. To be able to prepare a scientific presentation about the thesis

6. Should have accumulated enough information to prepare a scientific presentation about their thesis

7. To be able to synthesize and make interpretations from the data acquired during thesis studies

8. To reach to the maturity level to accomplish a project by themself

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


The lectures a student takes in the last 3 years before enrollment to the program; including the lectures a student completes as a private student; are transferred to the program of the student and committed to their transcript in accordance to Hacettepe University Postgraduate Education and Examination Act, section 22, with endorsement from the supervisor, suggestion of the department and the acceptance of the institute board of directors.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The lectures a student takes in the last 3 years before enrollment to the program; including the lectures a student completes as a private student; are transferred to the program of the student and committed to their transcript in accordance to Hacettepe University Postgraduate Education and Examination Act, section 22, with endorsement from the supervisor, suggestion of the department and the acceptance of the institute board of directors.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Most of the graduates of the Pharmacology Doctorate Program work in Turkey or abroad as specialized researchers or academicians at different universities. Other alumni is also involved in different units of the pharmaceutical industry, research and development centers, Turkey Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, T. C. Social Security Institution and the public institutions and organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Turkey, drug consulting companies and professional associations.

D.13. Access to Further Studies


D.14. Profile of the Programme


The Pharmacology Doctorate program is planned to be carried out in at least eight semesters. The program consists of two parts consisting of a minimum of four semesters: course period and thesis period. Students will take compulsory and elective courses together during the course period. In the first parts of the course period, compulsory courses dominate, while elective courses come forward in the third and fourth semesters. While the courses in the first two semesters of the program provide the student with basic information about the field, the courses in the third and fourth semesters are aimed at gaining the knowledge, skills and competencies of the special fields that he may want to specialize in the future. During the course period, the candidate is expected to take 21 credits and 90 ECTS equivalent courses and expected to be successful. 50% of ECTS credits will be earned from compulsory courses and 50% from elective courses. At least 60% of the elective courses must be selected from the pharmacology program courses. Apart from the 21-credit course load to be taken, TFR 770, TFR 771, TFR 772 and TFR 773 courses are also expected to be taken. At the end of the course period, candidates have to take the PhD qualification exam and be successful. During the thesis period, the candidates conduct a research study with their advisors on the determined thesis topic. The thesis period consists of four semesters. The data obtained at the end of this period are turned into a thesis and research article and published according to the rules specified in the Institute of Health Sciences Thesis Writing Guide. The candidate who fulfills the qualifications defends his thesis against the jury consisting of proficient academic staff. The doctoral education of the candidate who is successful in thesis defense is completed successfully.


D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


In the pharmacology doctoral program, exams consist of midterm exams, general exams and make-up exams. The success level of a course is determined by the course grade. A student who gets at least 70 success points out of 100 from a course is considered to have passed that course. The course success grade is obtained by evaluating the student's success (midterm exams, assignments, applied studies, etc.) and the general exam together. The effect of the general exam on the course success score can be at least 50%. Students who do not take the general exam are considered unsuccessful in that course.

D.16. Graduation Requirements


In order to graduate from the Pharmacology PhD program, students must complete a total of 240 ECTS credits. After completing 90 ECTS credits of this program by the compulsory and elective courses stipulated by the program, the student is entitled to take the doctorate proficiency exam. The preparation period for the proficiency exam covers theoretical and laboratory work corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. Students who are successful in the proficiency exam do thesis work for 4 semesters. The thesis study period corresponds to a total of 120 ECTS credits. Students who complete the thesis work publish it in accordance with the spelling rules of the Institute of Health Sciences and give the thesis defense exam. In order for the student to earn his Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology, he must fulfill the requirements of Hacettepe University Postgraduate Education - Teaching and Exam Regulations, successfully complete the thesis defense exam and provide at least 3.00 / 4.00 general academic average grade.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Prof. Dr. Alper B. Iskit

Phone: +90 (312) 305 10 86-87

Fax: +90 (312) 310 53 12