RENEWABLE ENERGİES
Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program

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Energy as a significant and inevitable notion of our daily life, effects every human being gradually. Especially the increasing interest of every country throughout the world towards the notion of “sustainable development” has generated not only a concern towards efficient use and production of conventional energy resources and minimizing the environmental effects, but also a specific attention to clean and renewable energy resources (such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal). The condition aspires the need for professional persona specialised on the subject and the improvement of further studies on the topic within universible, in order not to fall behind from the ongoing studies throughout the world.

Hacettepe University Renewable Energy graduate program is a division giving graduate education and conducting science research on renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaic, solar thermal, biomass, geothermal and wind, since 2005.

Renewable Energy graduate program is an interdiciplinary program supported by many departments for training professionals who will perform active role in applying directing projects for clean and renewable energies.

Hacettepe University, with its advanced scientific competence and infrastructure potentials, has a unique role in comprising the necessary knowledge and experience for establishing conducting such a program in Turkey.

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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Anyone, with an undergraduate degree in one of the faculties and departments stated below, from any Turkish university or any foreign university that is approved by Turkish Higher Education Committee (YÖK) can apply for “Renewable Energy” graduate program. Eligible departments are as follows:

Physics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Hydogeological Engineering, Mining Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electric - Electronic Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Computer Engineering, Meteorology Engineering, Physics Bs. , Biology Bs. , Geology Bs. , Chemistry Bs.

Applications having an undergraduate degree from another faculty different than the ones listed above are reliant upon a proposal and a reference from the stated department and the approval of H. U. Graduate School Executive Committee.

Candidates who will apply for this graduate program;

  • Should have minimum base score from national ALES-SAY exam, or from the quantitative section of internationally recognized GRE exam. Minimum base score is determined by the Senate of Hacettepe University,
  • Should take KPDS/UDS language tests or other nationally and internationally recognized language tests such as TOEFL or IELTS of which minimum base score is determined by the Senate of Hacettepe University,
  • To be present at the interview,
  • Required to submit at least two letters of reference.

The overall success of the candidates is determined by the written procedures in accordance with Examination Regulations of Graduate Studies of Hacettepe University, http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/.

Applications for exchange students are evaluated according to the bilateral agreement signed between Hacettepe University and the partner university. Guest students can register for classes given in this program with the approval of the relevant academic unit. Application should be done directly to Institute of Sciences (Graduate School of Sciences) at Hacettepe University.

For Renewable Energy graduate program, admission as a “Special Student” on a course basis is possible. Special studentship is a form of further education with center of attention on working life, not resulting in a degree. The applicant's academic background must be of a standard suitable for the courses he/she is to attend at the institute.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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The programme consists of a minimum of eight courses delivered within the graduate programme of the department and in related fields, one seminar course, and thesis, with a minimum of 24 local credits. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 120 ECTS. The duration of the programme is four semesters.

All students accepted to the programme have to complete the required courses, of which has to be approved by the supervisors or by the head of the Renewable Energy Department, regarding the fullfilment of the basic knowledge and improvement of personal objectives for future research topic of each student. The courses taken within this term mark a period of transition to be used as grasping the fundamental knowledge that is to be used for furthering the interest of the research towards a more specialised and expertised level.

Elective courses are more specific courses on the clean and renewable energies and can be chosen among the course of the Renewable Energy Graduate Program or from other programs. However the later has to be approved by the department and at most two of these courses may be counted to the Master's course load and credits. What is intended for both terms is to offer each student a rich variety of elective courses to choose from. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Master's course load and credits.

Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. The thesis is graded on a pass/fail basis. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The Master's thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. To correct or change a thesis found incomplete and/or inadequate by the jury, the jury must specify in its report that such corrections are necessary. A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to three months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.

Students who are enrolled in this program:

  • Should take at least 120 ECTS credits,
  • Must complete all courses and the thesis work successfully with a minumun grade point average of 2.75 as stated in the Graduate Education and Examination Regulations of Hacettepe University.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

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In order to have undergraduate transfer from any undergraduate degree programs (in Turkey or abroad) to Renewable Energy program, one should fulfill the requirements set with the Hacettepe University's graduate Education and Exam Regulations. http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/.

The transfer between the universities that have European Credit Transfer System and the transfer of the courses attended are performed by taking the principals set by Hacettepe University's graduate Education and Exam Regulations. http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf

Hacettepe University (HU) Students may be exempted from some courses under certain regulatory rules. In the case that content of a course taken from another institution is adequate compared to the corresponding course offered by the program, students may be exempt from that course, provided that the course content is approved by the board.

D.7. Goals and Objectives

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  • Creating the possibility for people with different backgrounds and trainings to get advanced in clean and renewable energies that can initiate new working fields and job opportunities. Providing a support for gaining the necessary knowledge and experience in order to generate new positions and perspectives for the subject; thus introducing and teaching the beneficial methods for using and producing clean and renewable energies.
  • To nurture and train experts, who is aware of the contemporary technologies in clean and renewable energies and yet, who can grasp and follow the future developments within the field
  • Cooperate with industrial firms advanced in clean and renewable energies in making Research & Developments (R&D) to produce solutions to contemporary problems, and to improve the research field on clean and renewable Energy with R&D studies of the university.
  • To emphasise the significance and potentials of the methods and Technologies used in various levels of formation and usage of clean and renewable energies for a sustainable development, thus to train experts within these fields.
  • To create manpower, who besides having the capability to work on different ways of treating and applying energy resources, can also generate wider perspectives and innovative solutions to investigate issues regarding the potentiality of energy resources of the country.
  • To become a significant example not only for the university but also for the whole country in promoting and establishing such interdisciplinary post graduate and advanced study programs, which have growing reputation and widespread acceptance worldwide.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

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Qualified employees in Renewable energy technologies sector. Researchers and academic staff in universities and research institutes. Consultant in public or private sector in the field of renewable energy technologies.

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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Hacettepe University operates on a semester system for course instruction. In general, the fall semester begins in October and spring semester begins in February. Each semester consists of 14 weeks of instruction and one week of final examinations. The university also offers several accelerated pace summer school classes where students may earn full semester credits for courses taken during the summer.

Master of Science degree program in Renewable energy is comprised of at least 60 ECTS credits from the courses and 60 ECTS credits from the M.Sc. thesis study. (1 ECTS credit corresponds to 25 hours of workload per semester.) The total ECTS credits of the required courses in the program are 32, which is 27 % of the minimum total ECTS credits (120) required for completion of the program.

“Engineering Mathematics” (5 ECTS credits), “Engineering Thermodynamics” (5 ECTS credits), “ Introduction to Energy “(6 ECTS credits), “Renewable Energy Systems” (8 ECTS credits), and “Seminar” (8 ECTS credits) are the required courses.

The minimum number of ECTS credits which should be earned from elective courses is 28; at least 14 ECTS credits of elective courses should be collected from ENJ-coded electives.

In the program, except the Energy systems modeling Laboratory course, there is no course with a prerequisite, and no course is taught on annual basis. Of the courses in the curriculum, Energy systems modeling Laboratory and Energy Engineering Laboratory courses are intended for applications.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

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In general, evaluation of a coursework is mainly based on assignments, midterms, course contribution and final exam. Evaluation of seminar, special topics and term project are based on assignments, oral presentation, report. Finals are given at the end of a semester, within 16th weeks.

For each course, the methods that are going to be applied for the grading and assessment are described in the ”Course Teaching Plan” listed in the information package prepared by the professor teaching the course.

For the exams and the grades required to be successful in the course, the related rules of Hacettepe University's graduate Education and Exam Regulations are applied.

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

D.16. Graduation Requirements

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According to the related items of Hacettepe University's graduate Education and Exam Regulations, below listed conditions must be fulfilled by the student to complete the education. The conditions are:

a) To complete all the mandatory courses, and thesis work by abiding by the defined rules

b) To complete 120 ECTS credits foreseen by the department

c) To obtain at least 2.75 for the grade point average

(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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Prof. Dr. Aynur Eray

Programme Director

phone : 2977245 - 2976769

e-mail: feray@hacettepe.edu.tr