Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


Hacettepe University Pharmacology postgraduation education started in 1965-1966 academic year. Department of Pharmacology was founded by G├╝l Ayano─člu-D├╝lger in 1979. Postgraduate education has been carried out together with faculty members from the Pharmacology department of Faculty of Medicine up to now as graduate master and doctorate program at Institute of Health Sciences. Since 2015-2016 fall term, a separate program has been carried out at Institute of Health Sciences by the faculty members from Pharmacology Department of Faculty of Pharmacy.

The education language is Turkish. Students are expected to successfully accomplish medical faculty's 2nd semester committees' Physiology lectures, to complete 120 ECTS credits of program and to prepare and defense a thesis for 2 years Master's degree graduate program.

The education program includes theorical courses together with laboratory practice. The compulsory and elective courses are given by the faculty members of Department of Pharmacology. The elective courses may also be chosen from other programs within Institutes of Hacettepe University. The practical laboratory courses are carried out in our department research laboratory.

D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


Graduation degree obtained from a Faculty of Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary or a 4 years program of Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics or Chemistry. To accomplish the general requirements of the Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences Masters Degree Program and to be successful in the departmental interview. 

The Pharmacology program Master of Science students should complete and pass the selected subject committee lectures of Phase II in Faculty of Medicine according to the Hacettepe University Postgraduate Education and Exam Regulation as a part of scientific preparation program if required by the academic board of the Pharmacology Department.

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


Master's program consists of education, research and application activities for at least 4 semesters. Students are expected to successfully complete a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of courses and work including the compulsory courses for the program and 60 ECTS credits of thesis. Students who do not hold MD degrees are expected to complete medical faculty's 2nd semester committees' Physiology lectures successfully.

If the student does not hold a certificate of approval to use laboratory animals, the student is expected to complete FAR790 Laboratory Animals and Principles of Experimental Interventions course and get certified to use laboratory animals by Hacettepe University Animal Experimentations Local Ethics Board. The minimum 50% of the ECTS credits must be completed from elective courses of pharmacology or other program. The courses should be completed successfully according to the Hacettepe University Postgraduate Education and Examination Act, with a minimum of 2,75 academic grade. Students complete a research project as their thesis under the guidance of their supervisors and defend their thesis at the end of the program.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


The courses are transferred to the program of the student and committed to their transcript in accordance to Hacettepe University Postgraduate Education and Examination Act, section 22; with endorsement of the supervisor, suggestion of the department and the acceptance of the institute board of directors.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The aim of Pharmacology Master's Degree program is to give fundamental pharmacology education to the students at postgraduation level and give theorical and practical basic informations related to pharmacological researches; to educate students to become researchers who can make scientific research and present the obtained data at international level.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


The graduates of Pharmacology Master's Degree Program mostly continue their education in Doctorate program and work as a researcher or academician in national or foreign universities. The graduates that do not choose a research career are employed in public or private institutions like pharmaceutical industry, research and development centers, Drug and Medical Device Association, Social Security Institution, Turkish Public Health Institution, pharmaceutical consultancy companies and occupational organizations.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


Pharmacology Master's Program is planned to encompass at least four semesters of education. Program is divided into two phases of courses phase and thesis phase; each lasting for at least two semesters. Students take the compulsory and elective courses together in courses phase. The courses in the first semester of the program provides students with the basic information on the discipline and the courses in the second semester are generally geared towards giving the student the information and skills on the special fields in which they would want to specialize. The students are able and encouraged to take courses from other semesters' electives within the program or courses from other programs of the Institute of Health Sciences. The students are expected to successfully complete 60 ECTS credits worth of courses. The 50%of the ECTS credits must be completed from compulsory courses and the other 50% is left for elective courses. At least 60% of the elective courses should be chosen from the Pharmacology Master's Program courses. The student prepares a research work on a determined thesis subject under the guidance of their supervisor in thesis phase. Thesis phase consists of at least two semesters. The data obtained at the end of this phase is used for student's thesis and research article and write the thesis according to the rules of Institute of Health Sciences. The student who completed their adequacy requirements also is needed to defend their thesis before a jury of selected professors in the field. The student who successfully defends their thesis is granted their Master's degree.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Pharmacology Master's program examinations consist of midterm exams, general exams and excuse exams. The adequacy on a course is determined with the course success grade. A student who gets at least C1 (65-69/100) is accepted to pass that course. Course success grade is calculated using the achievements a student shows during the semester (midterm exams, homework assignments, practical studies etc.) and the final exam score together. The final exam contributes to at least 50% of the courses success grade. A student who was not able to take the final exam is considered to fail the course

D.16. Graduation Requirements


The students need to successfully complete 120 ECTS credits to graduate from Pharmacology Master's Program. After 60 credits granted from the compulsory and elective courses, students complete their thesis work in 2 semesters. Thesis work phase corresponds to a total of 60 ECTS credits. The students who complete their research, write their thesis according to the rules of Institute of Health Sciences and pass their thesis defense examination. To gain their Master's Degree in Pharmacology, the student must accomplish the rules of Hacettepe University Postgraduate Education and Examination Regulations, successfully defend their thesis and get a minimum grade point average of 2.75/4.00

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Professor N. Tu─čba Kandilci

Hacettepe University Faculty of Pharmacy

Head of Department of Pharmacology

Phone: 0 312 305 21 31