Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


Thanks to the legislation in 1933, an Institute for the History of Turkish Revolution and Contemporary history was established within the body of Ministry of National Education. Main motivation behind the establishment of the institute was to conduct research on the history of Turkish Revolution, educate researchers and academicians in the field and compose libraries and archives. Later on, the mission for researching the history of revolution was assigned to the Institute for the History of Turkish Revolution within the Faculty of Letters, History and Geography (DTCF, f. 1936) at Ankara University by the law code numbered 4204 in 15th April, 1942. Within this context, our institute was established later in 1983 by the Council of Higher Education (Y├ľK) and consisted of two main disciplines as ?Ataturk Principles? and ?History of Revolution?. Being one of the seven institutes in Turkey,┬á Atat├╝rk Institute for Modern Turkish History at Hacettepe University, as a distinguished institution maintains its goals regarding the aforementioned missions.┬á

The graduate courses of our institute focus on teaching, by modern techniques, the history of Turkish modernization, matters related to the republican history and the recent developments within Turkey and its surroundings. By means of its graduate course, our institute aims to provide an extensive education program for the prospective researchers/academicians, comparing the non-western modernization projects with a special focus on the Turkish National Struggle, Atat├╝rk?s Era and the Turkish Revolution.

This program, thanks to the nature of history writing, mainly aims to contribute general decision making process of Turkey for its geographical and political sphere. It also provides an interdisciplinary and  comparative approach for the actual debates and discussions regarding Modern Turkish History.

Our institute offers graduate courses in Turkish. The institute is equipped with high standard software and hardware instruments for a better educational service.

D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


To be able to apply for a master program, the candidates must have a bachelor degree regardless of any major. Applicants are interviewed in order to be evaluated in terms of their general knowledge on history and basic history writing theories. The interview is assessed over 100 points and 30 percent of the score is taken into consideration for the overall elimination. Additionally, 20 percent of the average graduation points of bachelor degree is added for the final assessment.

The candidates must also hold a minimum 55 points ( 50 percent of which is taken into consideration for the general evaluation) for the Selection Examination for Academic Personnel and Graduate Studies (ALES) biannually undertaken by the Student Selection and Placement Centre (OSYM), or must hold an equivalent point for the GRE and GMAT. Applicants must have 55 points from Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (YDS) or equivalent score from nationally or internationally recognized exams approved by OSYM.

International students applications are accepted in accordance with ?Hacettepe University Regulation for Application and Acceptance of International Students in Graduate Programs ? Senate decision numbered 2014-28 dated 15 January 2014.

The other terms will be implemented in accordance with Hacettepe University Graduate Study Education and Examination Regulation.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations



Mininum Credit

Course Term (per mid-term)



Master degree








*The maximum education period is arranged in accordance with the concerning regulation of the Board of Council of Higher Education (Y├ľK) by the Law Nr. 2547. (The Articles 44, 46 and interim Article 58 of the referred Law have been later amended by the Law Nr. 6111.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Regulated by the by-law: See Regulation of the Graduate Courses and Examinations of Hacettepe University.

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D.7. Goals and Objectives


Graduate courses of our institute aims to:

  1. Investigate the leading themes of the Modern Turkish History such as Turkish National Struggle, Ataturk's Era and Turkish Revolution.
  2. Answer the actual debates not only concerning Turkey but also its surroundings and the whole world.
  3. Contribute to the collective memory of the society by sharing its scientific findings.
  4. Provide students with the skills for modern history writing and investigation on the Turkish modernization and history of Turkish Republic.
  5. Research modern Turkish history by interdisciplinary and comparative methods.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Students that graduate from Master and Doctoral programs can continue their academic careers. Our students can be employed by various sectors especially by one of the fields of humanities and social sciences (history, philology, law, international relations, economics, management science, sociology, psychology, education, science and other areas of expertise).They can enroll in one of our institute's doctoral programs and still can continue to work in their respective industries.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


Providing the entry requirements for doctoral programs; who have completed Master degree program of our institute can continue Doctoral program of our institute or other doctoral programs which accept the graduates of Master degree.

The rate of Master degree for fall semester of compulsory courses to elective courses is 2/12 (17%). The rate of Master degree for spring semester of compulsory courses to elective courses is 2/11 (18%).

The rate of Doctoral program for fall seemester of compulsory courses to elective courses is 3/16 (19%). The rate of Doctoral program for spring seemester of compulsory courses to elective courses is 2/15 (14%).

If it is necessary or if student requests, student can take more courses (credit) than minumum credit in both programs. Still, if it is necessary or if student requests, student can choose (5%) courses from different faculties / departments of our university, in this way, the courses that taken can be used to complete the minumum credit. For graduation; in Master degree minimum of 120 ECTS; in Doctoral program minimum of 240 ECTS must be completed.

In Doctoral program, student can take the minimum credit that is required to take, by extending over the first 3 semesters at will. In this program, if the student passes competency exam, he/she starts the thesis from the 5. Semester.

All of the courses in the Master degree and Doctoral programs are semester (seasonal) courses.

Academic members of our institute can lecture (have a class) in our University of Elective Course Coordinator.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Evaluation and assessment methods for each course is defined in the the "Course Teaching Plan" which prepared by faculty members and took place on knowledge package. HU Associate, Bachelor's Degree Education and Examination Regulations relevant articles apply to the Examinations and Course success grades.

According to the existing regulations; grading system based on , the student's score on course's exams and evaluations equivalent to exams and their conversion of the notes and the coefficients. the same system applied for Undergraduate and graduate education but the minimum grade for succsess is different for each program. In addition, the current grading system are not given qualitative labels to grades (outstanding, excellent, well, good, etc.)

D.16. Graduation Requirements


Master's and doctoral programs has a complicated structure combine course work with thesis work. However, there are some differences between the two-level programs.

Master's Degree Program

Four compulsory courses are offered and the others are elective. Students which has to take courses of minimum 24 national credits (60 ECTS), and a GPA of at least 2.75 can prepare proposal for thesis after the second half of the year. The student begins a master thesis when proposal is accepted. This work shall be executed under the supervision of a supervisor and student given a term of 1 year. Student should defend the dissertation before a jury. If deemed necessary by the jury and the student can be given an additional period up to 6 months.

If a dissertation is rejected as a result of thesis defense examination or who do not make the necessary adjustments at the given additional period can propose another thesis earliest in three months and start a new thesis.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Prof. Ayten Sezer Ar─▒─č, ┬áDirector of Programme of Ataturk?s Principles and History of Revolution.