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

D.1. General Information about Program

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Department of Physiology in Hacettepe University was first established under the faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at 1963. Then, it started to give undergraduate education in the same faculty for second year students at 1964. Currently, theoretical and practical physiology educations are given to Turkish and English groups of medical faculty, dentistry faculty, faculty of health sciences, faculty of pharmacy, vocational school of health services at undergraduate level. Our department was in charge physiology education of Gulhane Military Academy of Medicine for 16 years, and Hacettepe University was supported at the establishment of its department of physiology. Education language is English in English group of medical faculty, while the rest of the schools' language is Turkish.

Our department has been offering postgraduate (medical specialty, master of science and doctorate) education programs in medical physiology since the beginning of its establishment. As one of the first departments of physiology in Turkey, it provided scientists who contributed to establishments of several universities.

Medical Doctor Specialty Program accepts only medical faculty graduates. In the education of physiology specialty, a similar program to doctorate is followed. After completion of this program, students take the title of physiology specialist and, obtain the privilege of opening and directing a laboratory. They can also take academic positions in physiology departments of all universities.

Master of science and doctorate programs of physiology are offered under the regulation and association of Institute of Health Science at Hacettepe University.

The aim of the doctorate program is to graduate Philosophy Doctors of physiology who; have certain knowledge and skills in medical physiology, reached the certain level of a specific research subject in the literature as well as the certain level of skills in the same subject at international level, have teaching abilities to be able pass their knowledge and skills to their trainee scientists, are capable of to plan and conduct and present an independent scientific study for the sake of science and humanity; can produce a new knowledge, have the etic and social values of a universal science people. The doctorate program is made up of lectures, proficiency exam, thesis proposal and study, and dissertation thesis assessment exam. The duration of education is 4 years.

The graduates of Master of Science and Doctorate programs in Physiology can also take academic positions in physiology departments of all universities. They can manage health projects in government and private sectors. In addition, they can continue to their research activities in the universities of foreign countries like some of our past graduates.

Our major research subjects of our department are hemorheology, smooth muscle physiology, mitochondrial physiology, electrophysiology, neurophysiology (EEG, sleep, learning), molecular physiology, mechanism of stress and apoptosis, oxidative stress and sensory physiology. We have laboratory spaces for operation of experimental animals, molecular physiology, organ isolation, hemorheology, neurophysiology, respiratory-circulatory experiments and one for student experiments.

The language of Master of Science is Turkish. However, programs with different languages can be open by the suggestion of Institute of Health department, and then by the decision of university senate. Even though, the language of thesis is the same as program, a different language can be chosen by the decision of the management of Institution administration.

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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 Graduation from Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy or, from a undergraduate program of Faculty of Medicine must be.

Selected committee lectures of second year of Medical Faculty must be taken and passed (If a candidate is not taken committee lectures of second year of medical faculty, this requirement must be satisfied by scientific preparation program under the regulation of the rules of postgraduate education and exam of Hacettepe University). 

The satisfaction of the application rules of Institute of Health Sciences for postgraduate education at Hacettepe University must be. The same rules of application are applicable to international students.

Having ALES (SAY) 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

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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 In order to graduate from the doctorate program of physiology, accepted student with a degree of Master of Science should have at least 21 credits, or the student should finish the requirement of 120 credits of lecture and 120 credits of thesis study according to European Credit Transfer System. The student is eligible to take the proficiency exam of doctorate if successful completion of lectures and 3.00 academic cumulative gpa are met.

The student, who is successful in proficiency exam and has an approval to his/her thesis proposal, prepares his/her doctorate dissertation thesis under the supervision of thesis committee. The student should write the results as determined by the thesis writing rules of the Institute; and should present and defend it in front of the thesis jury. The rules of postgraduate education of Hacettepe University are valid at every steps of the program.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

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 The appropriate rules of postgraduate education and exam of Hacettepe University are applied 

D.7. Goals and Objectives

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The aim of the doctorate program in medical physiology is to graduate Philosophy Doctors who; have certain knowledge and skills in medical physiology, reached the certain level at a specific research subject of literature as well as the certain level of skills in the same subject at international level, have teaching abilities to be able pass their knowledge and skills to their trainee scientists, are capable of to plan and conduct and present an independent scientific study for the sake of science and humanity, can produce a new knowledge, have the etic and social values of a universal science people. Doctorate program contains lectures, proficiency exam, thesis proposal, thesis study and exam of dissertation thesis. The duration of education is 8 half semesters (4 years). First four half years are lecture section and then, next four half years are thesis section.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

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 The graduates of Doctorate in Physiology can be in the academic position in physiology departments of universities. They can work in research institutions and universities. They can participate to projects of public health.

D.13. Access to Further Studies

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D.14. Profile of the Programme

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 Doctorate program of physiology contains lecture, proficiency exam, thesis proposal, and thesis study and thesis defense. The same mandatory lectures of Master of Science program are taken from the physiology department, except one from other department. The ratio of elective lectures is 69%. Elective lectures are taken either from the physiology department or other departments. A mandatory credit is 21, which has to be taken 18 of them from physiology department. According to European Credit Transfer System; mandatory lecture load is at least 120 credits, and thesis study that gives 120 credits should be completed for the students coming with Master of Science degree. Program lectures are theoretical and practical for each semester. Elective lectures start after first semester. The duration of education is 8 semesters (4 years). First four half semesters are lecture section and then, next four semesters are thesis section. The student carries out the lecture period under the advisement of a faculty member, and conducts the thesis period under the advisement of at least a faculty member. The attendance is mandatory for theoretical and practical lectures.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

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 The assessment and grading methods for each lecture are defined by ?lecture teaching plan? information package that is prepared by faculty members related to those lectures.  The appropriate rules of postgraduate education and exam of Hacettepe University are applied for exams and passing grades of lectures 

D.16. Graduation Requirements

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 In order to graduate of a student who met all the requirements of Doctorate in physiology, related items of Hacettepe University postgraduate regulation regarding education and exam should also be gathered http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/tr/menu/kanun_ve_yonetmelikler-219

D.17. Education Type

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1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director

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Prof. Dr. AyŇüen ERDEM

Head of Physiology Department

Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine

SńĪhhiye, Ankara

Phone: +90 312 305 15 67

Fax: +90 312 305 21 86