Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


Hacettepe University Medical School (HUMS), Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology has been a pioneer and a leading institution of Orthopedics in Turkey since its first establishment through the qualified staff trained by the department. Being a part of Hacettepe University (HU), having the largest and equipped children's hospital of Turkey, has obliged specialization in children's muscles and skeletal system problems, and has facilitated the academic productivity. Pediatric orthopedics and pediatric spine surgery is a privileged field that requires specialization after general orthopedics and traumatology training. In developed countries, there have been very important developments in this field in the last 30 years; strong, productive expertise associations have been established, especially in the USA, the standards of well-established child orthopedics specialization (fellowship) programs have been rapidly created and become widespread.

In our country where the majority of the population is composed of individuals under the age of 18, although a specialized association operating in the field of pediatric orthopedics has been operating for more than 15 years, the trained workforce in this area is far from meeting the need. A small number of our colleagues continue to return and serve to our country after completing their education abroad. Currently, there is no faculty staff, who are competent in the field of pediatric orthopedics in the majority of the Universities and Public hospitals that provide the specialist education. For this reason, our children cannot benefit from the opportunities of modern medicine at the level they deserve.

As a result of the pioneering identity of the HU in general, and our department in particular, it was decided to open this program in order to meet this shortage and the future needs of our institution and our country to skilled staff. If this program becomes an example to other universities in the future, a valuable contribution to the solution of an important problem of our country will be presented.

D.2 Qualification Awarded


Non-thesis Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


To be accepted to the pediatrics orthopedics and pediatric surgery master's program, it is required to be an orthopaedics and traumatology specialist, to have at least 70 points from the Foreign Language Examination (YDS), to fulfill the HU SBE graduate program student application conditions

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 graduate from the program, students have to fulfill 60 ECTS credits with elective and required courses and complete the term project. Minimum of 40% of the total credit has to be taken from the elective courses within and outside the field. Student must successfully complete all courses and term project according to HU Graduate Education and Examination Regulations and must have at least 2.50 academic average.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


There is no similar program in Turkey. It is possible for successful students who have an equivalent education and have completed at least one semester in another center abroad for lateral transfer. In order for the applications to be accepted, there should be an open position of a non-thesis graduate student in the department, the student has to meet the admission requirements of the graduate program that he/she wishes to transfer, he/she has to study at least one semester and must have taken C1 success grades from each of the courses. Lateral transfer and recognition of classes are accepted after being discussed in the Academic Board of the Non-Thesis Master of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Pediatric Spine Surgery Program and are finalized with the decision of the board of directors of the Institute.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The aim of the Non-Thesis Master of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Pediatric Spine Surgery Programme is to gain competence in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood musculoskeletal problems, to develop skills and willingness for research and scientific production as well as good practice, to provide a contribution to meet the needs of our country to trained staff in this field.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Orthopaedics and Traumatology Specialists, who graduated from this program, can contribute to education of Orthopedics and Traumatology specialists by being appointed as trainers in educational institutions, and to more effective and correct treatment of children in the light of scientific principles by being appointed as fellows in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Pediatric Spinal Surgery at public and private hospitals.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


The program consists of theoretic and application courses (gypsum, splinters, corset tools, hip USG and surgery, etc.) and the term project (writing a scientific manuscript and submission to a journal for publication). 60% of the courses are required and 40% of them are elective. Elective courses consist of within and outside the field courses (epidemiology, statistics, etc.) and start from the first semester of education. Applied courses are performed in orthopaedics and traumatology clinics, polyclinics and operating rooms. Required courses in the program are for a semester and elective courses can be opened in both semesters. While, the courses in the program provide the students with the basic knowledge about the field since the first semester, application courses aim to transform the knowledge, which was learned, into skills and competencies.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


To graduate from the program, students must complete a total of 60 ECTS courses, not less than 30 credits, and a term project. Minimum of 40% of the total credit is to be taken from the elective courses within and outside the field. Student must successfully complete all courses, applications and term project, which were required by the program, according to HU Graduate Education and Examination Regulations and must have at least 2.50 academic average.

D.16. Graduation Requirements


The non-thesis master's program consists of a total of thirty credits and a term project course with at least ten courses, not less than 60 ECTS. who successfully complete the courses and credits specified in the curriculum in the first two semesters must take the Term Project course in the third semester. Students are required to register for this course in the semester in which the term project is taken and to submit a written project and / or report at the end of the semester. Students who meet these requirements can graduate with the Master of Science Degree (Non-Thesis) on ?Pediatric Orthopaedics and Pediatric Spine Surgery?.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


HUMS Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology

Faculty Members