B─░OPHYS─░CS
Third Cycle Programmes
(Doctorate Degree/Doctor of Fine Arts)

D.1. General Information about Program

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The Biophysical Department as A Research Environment

Our department has been established in 1970 as a research institute under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Erol Ba┼čar. Foundation of the Council of Higher Education, which acts as the central governor organization, caused a change in the status of our department. In 1981 Institute of Biophysics became the Biophysical Department of Hacettepe Faculty of Medicine and from this year onwards our department started giving Biophysics lectures to the students of Medicine. In 1987, Biophysics Department was recognized as an independent scientific research department and started to carry out the Graduate Program in Biophysics. Besides its educational tasks, our department stood out as a powerful research unit; although composed of a relatively small number of academicians, around 50 research papers has been produced in the field of biophysics. A great number of these articles have been published in esteemed journals; and some of these papers have the honor of being the first publications originating from Turkey (1). These papers have been receiving approximately 20 citations per year (2). Besides these activities, a great number of original thesis, research reports and research projects were realized. At present, three fully equipped research laboratories are conducting original researches by using contemporary methods; employing biophysical approaches in the field of Neural Sciences on the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and systemic levels.

The present academic staff were appointed to their positions by taking into consideration the criterions established by the Council of Higher Education and Hacettepe University (3), in a competitive and transparent manner dictated by the law code 2547.

The Biophysical Department is located in the Basic Medical Sciences Section which is famous for having a powerful research tradition. Having the capability of an easy access to various equipment, knowledge and expertise from neighboring departments provides a substantial support to our research potential (4). Our department supports some multidisciplinary programs such as Stem Cell Sciences and Bioinformatics; and provides its own needs from these departments in return. Also, we are collaborating with the Biophysical Departments of Ankara University (5) and METU (6); and with Konya Sel├žuk University Faculty of Dentistry (7).

In conclusion, our department successfully carried on its powerful research tradition up to the present time by its own resources and collaborators; and as a result became a leader in its field. We assent this tradition as our prime goal.

Experimental researches in our Department are being conducted in line with the principles as dictated by “Helsinki Declaration II” for clinical studies; “EU Directive 2010/63/EU” for experimental animals and biological samples; and “Oviedo Convention” for bioethical considerations (8). All researches that are realized obey the regulations referenced in Good Laboratory Practice (9), Good Clinical Practice (10) guidelines; and take into consideration the personal safety and environmental protection principles.

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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1. Applicants for the program must have a master?s degree in Biophysics or to be graduated from Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Dentistry. Additionally, applicants must posses the other qualifications declared by the Institute of Health Sciences (1).

2. With refer to the article 14 of the regulation (2); as a result of the interview, applicants may be advised to take some undergraduate courses in medicine or physics if an insufficiency of his/her previous education was diagnosed. Those candidates are expected to complete required preparation courses successfully prior to his/her thesis work.

3.  Admission of the foreign students will be processed according to the article 18 of the regulation (2) and the principles declared in the web site of the Institute of Health Sciences (3).

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 http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/en/menu/ales_foreign_language_scores-252

1. http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/index.php?option=com_content&view=

article&id=23&Itemid=24

2. Hacettepe ├ťniversitesi Lisans├╝st├╝ E─čitim-├ľ─čretim Ve S─▒nav Y├Ânetmeli─či. Resmi Gazete 6 Kas─▒m 2006 Pazartesi, Say─▒ 26338.

3. (http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/index.php?option=com_content&view= article&id=118&Itemid=66)

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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Prior to graduation of a PhD student, the institution would evaluate and approve the following points:

1. Successful completion of the required graduate and preparation courses sum of which must yield at least 24 local credits or 240 ECTS points.*

2. Success in the doctoral competence examination.

3. Conduction of an original research activity and presentation of the related results in his/her thesis in the form directed by the regulation (2).

4. Successful defense of his/her thesis.

5. Presence of a printed article, related to his/her thesis work, in one of the scientific journals covered by SCI or SCI-EXP indexes.

* Evaluation would be made with refer to ECTS system only after completion of the implementation of the Bologna principles into the University regulations.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

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The graduate and preparation courses taken by the students within three years prior to his/her recruitment to the program could be transferred into his/her Ph. D. program if those are approved by his/her supervisor and the departmental council with refer to the principles defined in article 21 of the regulation. The approved courses are registered in his/her transcript.

D.7. Goals and Objectives

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Primary objective of the program is to educate and train the students as to become a doctor of science (Ph. D.) and a competent researcher and a candidate for Academic Staff in the field of biophysics, who has the attributes of a scientist.

The program is organized so that graduates are conversant of the physical principles underlying all processes of life, including the dynamics and kinetics of biological systems. The students are expected to be graduated as scientists who are competent at least in one field of medicine and biology, in a way that they are able to design and conduct an experiment independently; and also they must be efficient in presenting his/her results for the benefits of science and humanity.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

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Nearly all the Biophysics Program graduates have been working as expert researchers or academicians in various universities. Among our graduates there are individuals who serve as academic staff in our department as wll as in other universities. Prof. C├╝neyt G├Âksoy, Prof. Belgin B├╝y├╝kak─▒ll─▒ and Prof. ├ťlk├╝ ├ç├Âmeleko─člu, Asst. Prof. Can Demirel are are presently working at GATA, ├çukurova, Gaziantep universities as chairman or faculty member. Although rare, some of our graduates have been working as experts in research-based technological companies. Dr. B├╝lent ├ľzmen, a graduate of the program, is presently working at a technological company located in ODT├ť-Technopolis. Furthermore, almost all of the recent graduates are working at distinguished research institutions all around the world. As some example; Dr. Batu Ke├želi, Dr Egemen Agi, Dr. Bark─▒n ─░lhan, Dr. Nurhan Erbil are presently working at National Academy of Physiological Sciences (Nagoya, Japan), Southwestern University (Texas, USA), Toulosse University (France), Auburn University (USA), respectively. Capability of our graduates in finding positions at those highly respected institutions has been considered as a brilliant and encouraging outcome indicating the quality of our PhD program.

D.13. Access to Further Studies

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D.14. Profile of the Programme

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The program is planned to be completed within at least eight semesters; it is divided into two sections, namely, the educational period and the thesis period; both having a span of at least four half semesters. Students will take the compulsory and elective courses at the same time within the educational period; the weight will be on the compulsory courses in the first part of this period, and then elective courses will take precedence in the second and third semesters. In the first two half semesters of the program, students will take the courses which will give them the basic knowledge in the field. The courses of the third and fourth semesters, on the other hand, are intended for the specific topics which the student would like to gain knowledge, skill and proficieny in future. Within the educational period, the student is obliged to successfully take some courses yielding 24 credits or 90 ECTS points in total. Each course credit correspondes to 30 hour of work load. 22% and 78% of the ECTS credits will be acquired from compulsory and optional courses, respectively. At least 40% of the elective courses must be chosen from the courses of the Biophysics Program. At the end of the educational period the students are required to take the doctorate competency examination successfully. During the thesis period the candidates carry out research work under the supervision of their instructors; this period consists of four half semesters. At the end of the thesis period the outcomes of the research is rendered a thesis and research article. The candidate who completes his/her adequacies successfully defends his/her thesis in front of a jury composed of academic staff who are proficient in their fields. The candidates who are successful in their thesis defense complete their doctorate education successfully.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

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The program is planned to be completed within at least eight semesters; it is divided into two sections, namely, the educational period and the thesis period; both having a span of at least four half semesters. Students will take the compulsory and elective courses at the same time within the educational period; the weight will be on the compulsory courses in the first part of this period, and then elective courses will take precedence in the second and third semesters. In the first two half semesters of the program, students will take the courses which will give them the basic knowledge in the field. The courses of the third and fourth semesters, on the other hand, are intended for the specific topics which the student would like to gain knowledge, skill and proficieny in future. Within the educational period, the student is obliged to successfully take some courses yielding 24 credits or 90 ECTS points in total. 22% and 78% of the ECTS credits will be acquired from compulsory and optional courses, respectively. At least 40% of the elective courses must be chosen from the courses of the Biophysics Program. At the end of the educational period the students are required to take the doctorate competency examination successfully. During the thesis period the candidates carry out research work under the supervision of their instructors; this period consists of four half semesters. At the end of the thesis period the outcomes of the research is rendered a thesis and research article. The candidate who completes his/her adequacies successfully defends his/her thesis in front of a jury composed of academic staff who are proficient in their fields. The candidates who are successful in their thesis defense complete their doctorate education successfully.

D.16. Graduation Requirements

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The program is planned to be completed within at least eight semesters; it is divided into two sections, namely, the educational period and the thesis period; both having a span of at least four half semesters. Students will take the compulsory and elective courses at the same time within the educational period; the weight will be on the compulsory courses in the first part of this period, and then elective courses will take precedence in the second and third semesters. In the first two half semesters of the program, students will take the courses which will give them the basic knowledge in the field. The courses of the third and fourth semesters, on the other hand, are intended for the specific topics which the student would like to gain knowledge, skill and proficieny in future. Within the educational period, the student is obliged to successfully take some courses yielding 24 credits or 90 ECTS points in total. 22% and 78% of the ECTS credits will be acquired from compulsory and optional courses, respectively. At least 40% of the elective courses must be chosen from the courses of the Biophysics Program. At the end of the educational period the students are required to take the doctorate competency examination successfully. During the thesis period the candidates carry out research work under the supervision of their instructors; this period consists of four half semesters. At the end of the thesis period the outcomes of the research is rendered a thesis and research article. The candidate who completes his/her adequacies successfully defends his/her thesis in front of a jury composed of academic staff who are proficient in their fields. The candidates who are successful in their thesis defense complete their doctorate education successfully.

D.18. Programme Director

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Prof. Nuhan PURALI

Telephone 90 312 3051494

Fax 90 312 3051492

npurali@hacettepe.edu.tr