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

D.1. General Information about Program

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Our department attaches specific importance to the graduate programmes since the day it has been founded. Many of our M.S. and/or Ph.D. alumni scientists have contributed to science through their research conducted in our university or in other universities. Our Ph.D. programme has been designed to be complementary to the M.S. programme. Starting from the master's degree, through elective courses in various expertise fields and efficient use of our department's laboratories, it is aimed to develop the skills related to technological & scientific research to their full potential. The programme language is Turkish; however, in order to be accepted, the candidate students should qualify in one of the English proficiency tests recognized by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK). As the reading materials such as books, articles, etc. necessary for this level are mainly available in English, therefore a high level comprehension is required.

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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Admissions to the Ph.D. programme in Physics Engineering are determined through the "Graduate Education and Examination Regulations" of Hacettepe University (in Turkish). These conditions are: a) Holding a master's degree from a programme acknowledged by the board of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering and as presented in the essentials of the Physics Engineering programme, b) Having a sufficient score from an entry exam such as ALES or any equivalent exam acknowledged by the senate, considering the related type that of the applied programme, c) Satisfying a minimum score from a language evaluation exam such as YDS, TOEFL or any other equivalent language proficiency exam acknowledged by the senate. For those candidates, either holding a B.S. degree from physics engineering departments or from any other engineering program or science faculty's physics department, a minimum GPA of 2.5 / 4.0 is required. The candidates coming from some other program than physics engineering, who have been successfully accepted to the Ph.D. program may further be subject to a scientific preparation package in accordance with the 7th clause of the Graduate Education and Examination Regulations of Hacettepe University.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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To obtain a master's degree from the Department of Physics Engineering, 240 ECTS program (120 ECTS being obtained from courses, 30 ECTS due to preparation for the proficiency exam and the remaining 120 ECTS from thesis) should be successfully completed. The registered student should successfully satisfy the criteria of the related term (course / thesis). A list of mandatory and elective courses can be found in D.8., and detailed information on graduation criteria is given in D.16.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

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Students who have attended at least one semester in one of the graduate programs of a university or other high education institutions, domestic or abroad, can apply for the Ph.D. Degree Programme in Physics Engineering for a lateral transfer. Admission of the student is considered before the beginning of the semester, with respect to the regulations and quotas determined by the Physics Engineering Department as well as related special conditions for each of the applicants. Through student-exchange programs recognized by our university (e.g., Erasmus), international students can register to the courses offered in English by the department. Should the student be proficient in Turkish language, then they can enroll to any of the courses offered in the curriculum. Those students eager to study in our university via such mechanisms should apply and register through the Erasmus Office of the External Affairs Department. More information on the application process and procedures can be obtained from the Erasmus Office's webpage.

D.7. Goals and Objectives

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Our department aims to educate, implement specific skills and know-how for proficient engineers and scientists capable of working and conducting research in Physics and Physics related disciplines, on a universally accepted level.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

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Our alumni have been working in high-tech / R&D institutions or enterprises, government (such as TAEK, TÜBİTAK, DSİ, TSE) or private (such as ASELSAN, HAVELSAN, TAI, ROKETSAN, VESTEL, Türk Telekom) as engineers or researchers, as well as, pursuing their academic careers at research institutions / universities worldwide and domestic.

D.13. Access to Further Studies

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D.14. Profile of the Programme

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Physics Engineering Department's Ph.D. programme consists of 8 semesters. Each semester contains a required 30 ECTS, totalling 240 ECTS, with 2 mandatory and 15 elective courses (17 in total – excluding Seminar, Preparation for the Proficiency Exam and Special Studies courses). Elective courses begin from the first semester. Information on the prerequisites for each course offered by our department is included in the corresponding course information packages, prepared by the teaching staff of our department. (http://akts.hacettepe.edu.tr/?dil_kod=1). With the advisor's recommendation and consent of the programme director, up to 3 courses can be registered from other programmes. Those students who have been successfully accepted to the Ph.D. programme but haven't completed the prerequisites of the mandatory courses, are required to complete those courses through the scientific preparation package programme.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

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Assessment and grading for each of the offered courses have been defined in the related information package prepared by our teaching staff. Examination and grading are conducted in accordance with the "Graduate Education and Examination Regulations" of Hacettepe University (in Turkish).

D.16. Graduation Requirements

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The requirements to obtain a master's degree from the Department of Physics Engineering are as follows: - Successfully completing 120 ECTS from courses and 120 ECTS from thesis studies, totalling 240 ECTS. - Successfully completing a minimum of 2 mandatory courses (28 ECTS) and 7 elective courses (56 ECTS) and Seminar (6 ECTS) with a minimum GPA of 3.00 / 4.00. - Successfully passing from the proficiency exam following the courses' term. - Once the student passes the proficiency exam, he/she presents thesis proposal to the thesis investigation committee and upon acceptance, starts the thesis research under the tutoring of his/her advisor. - Preparation of a Ph.D. thesis within the allowed duration, followed by successfully defending the thesis before a scientific jury. Further details are specified in the "Graduate Education and Examination Regulations" of Hacettepe University (in Turkish).

D.17. Education Type

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1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director

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Prof. Dr. Süheyla Özbey
e-mail: sozbey@hacettepe.edu.tr
Tel: 0(312) 297 7206 / 0(312) 780 7206
Fax: 0(312) 299 2037 Hacettepe University
Department of Physics Engineering
Beytepe / ANKARA