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

D.1. General Information about Program


The undergraduate program in Speech and Language Therapy at Hacettepe University was opened as a Department on April 17, 2013; it was changed to 'Department of Speech and Language Therapy' on December 17, 2014 in accordance with the reasoned letters of the Presidency of the Council of Higher Education dated 02.10.2013 and 21.05.2014. 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 Doctorate Program was opened as a graduate program by the Executive Board of Higher Education on January 17, 2018. 

Graduates of this program gain the ability to both conduct original research in the field of speech-language therapy and assimilate assessing scientific research and improvement activities with a deep viewpoint. Besides, they especially gain the dexterity of determining required steps to attain original conclusions in a specific research process.

Graduates of the Language and Speech Therapy doctoral program, whose language of instruction is Turkish, are considered 'doctor of science'. graduates with the title. In this context, scientific experts who are equipped to evaluate language and speech disorders and apply therapy techniques, and who can plan and carry out studies at an academic level are trained. Graduates of the Speech and Language Therapy doctoral program can use the competencies they have deepened and developed at the expert level in their clinical and academic studies on speech and language disorders and therapy practices and can conduct advanced professional practice and research.

D.2 Qualification Awarded



D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


For registration to Speech and Language Therapy Ph.D. program, candidates are supposed to be graduated from graduate programs in either Speech and Language Therapy or Audiology and Speech Disorders and Educational Audiology. Being graduated from a field-related department will be accepted by Academic Council as well.

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 http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/en/menu/ales_foreign_language_scores-252

To carry out the conditions denoted in the Institute of Health Sciences Graduate

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


To graduate from Speech and Language Therapy Ph.D. program, all students must complete at least 240 ECTS successfully: at least 21 credits and 7 courses (at least 90 ECTS except for proficiency exam courses) with one seminar course, thesis proposal, and thesis study. Or equivalent education abroad is required.

To carry out denoted conditions relating to Ph.D. Program of Hacettepe University Graduate and Examination Regulation. 

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Therapy and Audiology and Speech Disorders or an equivalent degree from an international program are valid.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The main objective of the Ph.D. program in Speech-Language Therapy is to raise well-educated and qualified doctors of philosophy who possess scientific qualifications at the universal level on account of research and practice in the field of Speech-Language Therapy, who have the skills of planning and conducting scientific original researches independently, who share newly gained information for the benefit of mankind and science and finally who are capable of contributing to national and international platforms.

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 at the state or college universities.

D.13. Access to Further Studies


D.14. Profile of the Programme


The program lasts at least 4 years and consists of at least 8 semesters. The doctorate program is eight semesters regardless of whether the student registers for each semester or not, and the maximum completion period is twelve semesters. For detailed information and updates, Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences website (https://saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/tr/menu/ogrenci_sureleri-280)  should be checked. Students are required to complete 30 ECTS credits of professional practice in one semester (semester). The program consists of a minimum of 240 ECTS credits, with a minimum of 30 ECTS courses in the first 4 semesters and a total of 120 ECTS credits in the last 4 semesters. Students have to complete the compulsory courses in the first two years (four semesters). Required credits are provided from elective courses. Students who have completed at least 120 ECTS credits can take additional elective courses with the approval of their advisor. Students have to do clinical practice for 3 semesters, 8 hours a week, within the scope of DKT701 Clinical Study-1, DKT702 Clinical Study-2 and DKT705 Clinical Study-3 courses.

Program language is Turkish.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Measurement and evaluation methods applied for each course are defined in the Course Teaching Plan prepared by the relevant faculty members and included in the information package. Regarding exams and course grades, the relevant regulations of Hacettepe University Postgraduate Education and Examination Regulations are applied.


D.16. Graduation Requirements


Following the completion of theoretical and practical courses in the first two years, the student must be successful in the doctoral qualifying exam. Students who are successful in the proficiency exam are taken to the thesis defense exam at the end of the fourth year by performing a thesis study. 21 credits (240 ECTS credits) must be completed for graduation In addition, the necessary conditions for graduation will be applied in the Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulation on the website of the Institute of Health Sciences.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Assoc. Prof. Fatma ESEN AYDINLI

Head of Speech-Language Therapy Department

Sıhhiye, 06500, Ankara

Phone: (+90) 0312 305 1093