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

D.1. General Information about Program


PhD program on pharmacognosy was in progress since 1972. Turkish is the official language of the program. In the beginning full program was covering the titles both in the pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Botany, however after the seperation of Pharmaceutical Botany Department from Pharmacognosy Department the PhD program was focused on pharmacognosy subjects. Nowadays the program is interested in nature-originated drugs and folk remedies under the following subtitles; isolation, derivatization and structural elucidation of the compounds obtained from natural sources; isolation of new compounds from natüre; structure and activity relationships. For these purposes the following technical equipment are presents and actively used in our laboratory: Extractor, ultasonic bath, centrifuge equipment, HPLC, MPLC, Spectrophotometric equipments, CO2 incubator, Laminar flow cabinet, gel electrophoresis, microscopes, microbiological oven (37 °C), drying oven, liyophylizer, magnetic stirrer.

D.2 Qualification Awarded



D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


Pharmacy degree program (5 year) graduates, Pharmacognosy master?s graduates and proper candidates with master?s degree and medical expertise evaluated by the academic board of the Department of Pharmacognosy for the PhD program. Candidates who want to apply this program, must send the following documents requested by the Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences.

1.Application Form (with photograph)

2.Photocopy of diploma or certificate of graduation


4.ALES certificate given by Student Selection and Placement Center (SSPC) with a mathematics score of at least 60 standard points or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with at least 610 points, or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exam with the mathematical score of 475 points must be obtained. ALES certificate must not expire three years.

5.Candidate must have a foreign language certificate (KPDS/UDS) or must complete an equivalent foreign language exam that has to the mentioned certificated equivalency determined by the Board of Higher Education and must have the minimum scores required by the Senate of Hacettepe University. PhD student KPDS/UDS score must be at least 60 points or TOEFL or IELTS score must be at least 60 points.

6.Reference letters (two letters in a closed and signed envelope) should be given to department if requested.

7.Composition. The composition should be about the candidate's willingness to make a doctorate, stating the reasons and objectives.

Foreign students also must submit a photocopy of passport with these documents.

The candidates who provide the criteria, in the interview and / or written exam are accepted for the docrate program. The overall success of a candidate's grade is 50% of the ALES score, 20% of undergraduate grade point average and 30% of the entry exam. In the exam evaluation, candidates who receive 60% of the full score and 70% of the general score are accepted to be successful. According to the general achieved scores, the successful candidates are accepted in order. In case of equal scores, the overall success of exam candidates are taken into account. Results are announced by the institute.


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

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations



The program consists of a total of 21 local credits (120 ECTS credits) with the prerequisite of elective course and 120 ECTS credits including thesis work and special topics courses. Totally the program consists of 240 ECTS credits, 1 ECTS is equivalent to 30 hours of workload.

Upon successful completion of the courses, students, who have an academic average of at least 3.00, are accepted to doctorate proficiency examination. Ph.D. proficiency examination consists of two exams: written and oral. PhD proficiency examination jury evaluates the student's written and oral examination success or failure and decides the success of the student by simple majority.

After being successful in the doctorate proficiency exam, a thesis committee is comprised by the opinion of the supervisor and the head of the department and with the approval of the board of directors of institutes. Students will orally defend the purpose, the method and the work plan of his/her thesis within six months to the steering committee. Thesis committee can accept or reject the proposal. Decisions are taken in one month by simple majority.

Upon completing the thesis, it should be prepared according to the Institute of Health Sciences Thesis Writing Guide and the student will defend the thesis to the jury. With the permission of the Board of the Institute of Health Sciences foreign students can prepare and present their thesis in English.

Students? academic achievement status and results of the evaluation of the thesis defense examination are evaluated according to Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Exam Regulation.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


A student who is currently enrolled in a Doctorate Degree programme in related discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, he/she may transfer to the Doctorate Degree Programme to Hacettepe University. For the acceptance of applications, there must be master student quotas in relevant department, and the student must provide all admission requirements must be enrolled in the post-graduate program courses at least one semester and must receive a70 (B3) note at least..

Admissions of the undergraduate transfer students by the board of the department are be finalized by the board of directors. (Hacettepe University Master Education and Examination Regulations;

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The aim of the program is to give necessary scientific information to the students on nature originated crude drugs; natural sources and description of products obtained from natural sources, identification of their chemical compositions, isolation of active pure compounds, derivatization, structure elucidation, isolation of new compounds from nature and structure-activity relationship; and to train experts on pharmacognosy.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


The graduates have the ability in describing drugs obtained from natural sources, medicinal raw materials and the auxiliary compounds; having a detailed knowledge on the macroscopic, microscopic and chemical analyzing methods; the chemical structures, structure-activity relations and the usage of natural drugs and being competent persons synthesize their gained knowledge to share, discuss and state an opinion on natural drugs.

D.13. Access to Further Studies


D.14. Profile of the Programme


All courses are provided in both autumn and spring semester. Obligatory courses constitute 66% of the program (158 ECTS )(including special topics, while elective courses constitute the remaining 34% (82 ECTS).Students that have taken the EFG 702 and EFG 703 courses during their Pharmacognosy master education, they don't have these courses during their doctorate education. If they start directly from doctorate education, they must take the courses determined doctorate programme. Students are recommended to take the Biostatistics course from Hacettepe University, Institute of Health Sciences or other Institutes. For elective courses, student can take courses from Pharmacognosy Doctorate Program or other programs. All obligatory and elective courses are listed in Course Structure Diagram. If necessary, students can take these courses in a different semesters providing the requirements of total credit.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Evaluation and assessment methods for each course are defined by the information packages for each course in the program. In order to be successful in a course, the student must receive at least B3 (70) in a course for doctorate students. H.U. Graduate Education and Examination Regulations shall apply for achievement scores for exams and courses. H.U. Graduate Education and Examination Regulations (

D.16. Graduation Requirements


As described in the part of ?Qualification Requirements and Regulations?, the program consists of 21 local credits (120 ECTS credits) with the prerequisite of required and elective courses and with the prerequisite of 120 ECTS credits, including thesis work and special topics courses. In total, the program consists of 240 ECTS credits. Research in MS Thesis must be received and the student must be successful in his/her thesis defense.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Prof. Dr. Funda Nuray YALÇIN

Phone: + (90) 312 305 10 89

Fax: + (90) 312 311 47 77

Hacettepe University Faculty of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacognosy 06100 Sıhhiye/ ANKARA