Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


The foundations of the department of Speech and Language Therapy at Hacettepe University have been laid with the onset of the graduate program of Audiology in 1968. After 1989, the graduate program in Audiology had been revised and has continued as ?Audiology and Speech Disorders? both for doctorate and master's degree programs. Department of Speech and Language Therapy has been officially opened up on 17th April 2013 subpart of the Audiology Department. Later, on 22nd December 2014 Department of Speech and Language Therapy has been disjointed from Audiology Department and hereby became an independent department under the roof of the Faculty of Health Sciences.Speech and Language Therapy is an associate professorship field defined under the code of Multidisciplinary Science Field 10105.02 under the Basic Field of Health Sciences within the Associate Professorship Science fields. Speech and Language Therapy Master's Program was opened as a graduate program by the Executive Board of Higher Education on January 8, 2017. 

Alums of Speech Language Therapy programs gain the ability to conduct objective and subjective tests, diagnose definitive diagnosis, and evaluate and design therapy programs for all age groups of patients (infants, adolescents, adults, and elders) with the help of acquired theoretical background and clinical observations. Besides, alums of the department can handle several issues such as voice disorders, Specific Language Impairment (SLI), articulation and speech voice disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia, children who need special rehabilitation and who have hearing impairments, neurological speech and language disorders (e.g. aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia) and dysphagia and so many other cases in terms of multi/inter/transdisciplinary framework.  Thus, alums of the graduate programs of Speech Language Therapy may have the ability to use both objective and subjective evaluation methods via instrumental and perceptual approaches. They can do the necessary planning and management.

After graduation, alums do have a ?Master of Science? degree. In this general context, masters who are equipped with abilities such as evaluation of speech and language disorders and application of therapy techniques, planning, and conducting scientific research are being educated in this department. Alums of Speech-Language Therapy graduate programs can utilize the competencies they gain during therapy applications, clinical observations, and academic research thus in the next step have the ability to professional application and research.

D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


To register for the Department of Speech and Language Therapy graduate program, candidates should primarily graduate from Speech and Language Therapy undergraduate program.

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


In order to successfully graduate from Speech and Language Therapy graduate program, all students have to complete 120 ECTS successfully. Or equivalent education abroad is required.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Bachelor's degree in Speech and Language Therapy or an equivalent degree from an international program is valid. 

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The main objective of the graduate program of Speech and Language Therapy is to educate expert speech and language therapists in accordance with the intended goals of the health and rehabilitation field. In this respect, this is a notable step for meeting the needs of the community and the other crucial aim is to provide education standards and increase the quality of the current education system.

The primitive mission of the graduate program of Speech and Language Therapy is to approach the problems of speech and language adequately by supplying high-standard knowledge, clinical service, and research opportunities to the students and community, and training expert speech and language therapists with the highest skills in both health services and scientific research by implementing principles of speech and language science to students and improving problem-solving skills in their profession.

As an academic department, Speech and Language Therapy adopt the principle of raising awareness and being informed of the public people. Besides Speech and Language department which utilizes information and contributes to science has national and international leadership qualifications in evidence-based education with the aim of an enterprising and interdisciplinary approach to cooperation.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Alums of Speech and Language Therapy may have the chance to work as speech-language pathologists in state/private hospitals, companies, special clinics, education centers, etc. Also, after graduation from higher studies, they have the chance to work in academic positions in state or college universities. 

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


Program language is Turkish. The duration of the master's program with thesis is four semesters, starting from the semester in which the courses related to the program in which he / she is enrolled, regardless of whether he / she registers for each semester, except for the period spent in scientific preparation, and the program is completed in a maximum of six semesters.

The program is composed of required and elective courses. Part or all of the elective courses may be chosen optionally within or out of the department. Within the scope of practical applications of the courses, students carry out their practices in Hacettepe University Speech and Language Therapy Unit.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


With respect to the measurement and evaluation procedures, Course Information Packages which are prepared by academic/s are defined for the assessment system. Examinations and deed grades are conducted according to the Examination regulations of Hacettepe University. See the following link for more information about examination regulations.


D.16. Graduation Requirements


To graduate from Speech-Language Therapy, at least 60 ECTS course and 60 ECTS thesis, and a total of 120 ECTS course loads must be completed. 

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Assoc. Prof. Fatma ESEN AYDINLI

Head of Speech Language Therapy Department

SńĪhhiye, 06500, Ankara

Phone: (+90) 0312 305 1093