BİOLOGY(BİOTECHNOLOGY)
Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program

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The Biotechnology graduate programme was established in1992 by the attendance of academic staff and their assistants existing in the Departments of General Biology and Molecular Biology. Dated from this establishment, Prof. Dr. Nazif KOLANKAYA, Prof. Dr. Nilüfer AKSÖZ and Prof. Dr. Reyhan ÖNER were undertaken the task of presidency of this programme. Since 2008, Prof. Dr. Nilüfer AKSÖZ has continued the task of presidency of this programme.

The aim of biotechnology is to manufacture products and services, by using living organisms and biological systems with scientific techniques, without harming environment. To serve this purpose, several studies in laboratories of Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Production, Chemical Analysis and Microbial Culture and Taxonomy are carried out in our department.

In the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, studies such as treatment of various environmental pollution causing wastes (industrial, agricultural and domestic) by using microorganisms and/or their products, decolorization and biodegradation of various environmental pollutants are being applied.

In the Microbial Production Laboratory, many substances such as various enzymes obtained from different microbial sources, plant growth regulators and antimicrobial materials are being produced.

In the Microbial Taxonomy and Culture Collection Laboratory, studies on diagnosis of diverse microorganisms are being applied. In addition to studies related with bacterial genetics, studies on application of identification and susceptibility tests to diverse species, typing of these species by using different molecular typing methods and investigation of presence of any probable clonal relationship between these different species are carried out.

In the Chemical Analysis Laboratory, application of all the chemical analyses that may be required throughout the studies being applied in each of our laboratories is provided.

Many graduate thesis and projects which are supported by some institutions are still carried on in our department. In these studies, research assistants and graduate students who work devotedly, carry out their studies under the guidance of their supervisors existing in this department. Till today, various master and doctorate thesis were managed by academic staff of biotechnology department.

D.2 Qualification Awarded

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Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification

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QF-EHEA: 2
EQF-LLL: 7

D.4. Provisions for Registration

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Information about the application and admission requirements for graduate program can be found at http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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Master's degree program, not less than 24 credits, consists of special topics course and the study of thesis. According to the European Credit Transfer System, not less than a total of 60 ECTS of the courses and not less than 60 ECTS credits for thesis study, by completing the special topics course, which includes thesis study and successfully complete thesis study. (http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf)

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

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With the inclusion of graduate courses, which were taken as a special student of a student, graduate courses, which were taken before the enrollment in the institute in the last five years, from domestic/international higher education institutions can be transferred to program, the student is enrolled, according the advisor opinion, recommendation of the board of the department and decision of board of institute. However, more than 2/3 of the total credit a student enrollment of program is not considered to transfer of credits of graduates courses as special student. (http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf )

D.7. Goals and Objectives

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The aim of MSc program in Biotechnology is to educate the masters of science who enhance knowledge in specialty, to be able to use techniques and methods related with scientific issues and to be able to evaluate obtained data with statistical methods which meets the requirements of the country.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

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After graduating from biotechnology graduate programme, student has an opportunity to work in the sectors in which biological systems are used for manufacturing both product and service. These sectors can be given as:

· Research and Development Laboratories

· Ministry of Environment and Forestry

· National Food Laboratories

· Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning

· Environmental Consulting Sector

· Public Health Agency

· Health Sector (Hospitals, Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories)

· Drug Design and Development Companies

· Biomedical Companies

D.13. Access to Further Studies

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QF-EHEA: 3
EQF-LLL: 8

D.14. Profile of the Programme

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MSc program contains 4 semester. Students need at least 120 ECTS and a MSc thesis in order to graduate from the program.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

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Information about the Examination Regulations, Assestment and Grading for graduate program can be found at (http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf)

D.16. Graduation Requirements

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A student, who successfully completed to compulsory courses of the program (at least 60 ECTS credits) and has academic average at least 2.75, presents thesis/art work at the end of the second semester. After the succesful thesis defence, the student graduates from program.

(http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf)

D.17. Education Type

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1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director

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Head of Department: Prof.Dr. Mehmet Ali Onur

Address: Hacettepe University Faculty of Science Department of Biology 06800 Beytepe Ankara

Phone: 0 (312) 297 80 00

e-mail: mali@hacettepe.edu.tr