Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


Aim: Autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases are the backbone of rheumatic diseases. They are associated with signifcant morbidity and mortality. The autoimmune diseases include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), juvenile scleroderma (JScl) and some vasculitides.

                Autoinflammatory diseases are recently flourishing as an important disease group. Most are monogenic diseases. Among these diseases Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is the most common hereditary disease in our country. Other diseases in this group are the Hyper IgD syndrome (?HIDS?), TNF-receptor assocaited periodic fever syndrome (?TRAPS?), and the ?CIAS-pathy? (NOMID, MWS, FCU) syndromes. Recently some multifactorial diseases such as systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and Behcet?s disease are also classified in this group.

            Understanding the pathogenesis of autoinflammatory diseases will shed light on the common mechanisms operative in inflammatory disorders. For example the molecular mechanism of Crohn disease, which is an inflammatory bowel disorder has been enlightened by these studies,

            In the last five years our department has ranked first in the number of clinical investigations for FMF. However, we lack the basic and translational research in the field. The presented program will enable us to start and guide such studies in the field of autoinflammatory disorders.

                Autoimmune diseases of childhood are also quite common in our country. Again this is an where research is required. In the presented program the student will acquire a thorough understanding of the aforementioned diseases and will be expected to complete a research project in one of these disease subjects. We require the nominees to be pediatricians. In the end of the program we also foresee the students to complete their education in the management and treatment of these diseases including FMF, JIA, Systemic lupus erythematosus and vasculitides.


D.2 Qualification Awarded


Non-thesis Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


Having graduated from medical school (MD degree)

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

To fulfill the terms of acceptance in the web page of the Hacettepe University, Institute of the Health Sciences

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


"Master without thesis program with a total of thirty credits and at least ten courses, not less than 60 ECTS. consists of a term project course.
Graduate students without thesis who fulfill the Graduation Requirements of the Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulations are awarded a master's degree without thesis.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


The relevant terms of Hacettepe University Regulations on Uppergraduate Education and Examination will be applied .

D.7. Goals and Objectives


Training graduates expertised about autoinflammatory diseases at theoretical and practical aspects.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


The graduates are needed for translational researches and clinical services constituting the basis of these researches. The graduates will be employed in the Pediatric Nephrology and Rheumatology Unit of Hacettepe İhsan Doğramacı Children's Hospital.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


The curriculum constitutes of 30 credit (60 ECTS) obligatory and optional lessons and a semester project.  

Elective courses are determined by the Institute of Health Sciences together with their advisor.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


The relevant terms of Hacettepe University Regulations on Uppergraduate Education and Examination will be applied

D.16. Graduation Requirements


The non-thesis master's program consists of a total of 30 credits and a term project course with at least ten courses, not less than 60 ECTS. The student has to register for the term project course in the semester it is taken and submit a written project and / or report at the end of the semester. Term project course is taken in the last semester.

H.Ü. A non-thesis master's degree is awarded to a non-thesis graduate student who fulfills the graduation-related provisions of the Postgraduate Education and Examination Regulations.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Prof.Dr.Orhan Derman -Head of the Department

Tel:1160-2022, Fax:3052264, e-posta:

Prof.Dr.Seza Özen: Programme Director

Tel:1863-1246 , Fax: 3052264, e-posta: