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

D.1. General Information about Program


The Biotechnology graduate programme was established in1992 by the attendance of academic staff and their assistants existing in the Departments of General Biology and Molecular Biology. Dated from this establishment, Prof. Dr. Nazif KOLANKAYA, Prof. Dr. Nil├╝fer AKS├ľZ and Prof. Dr. Reyhan ├ľNER were undertaken the task of presidency of this programme. Since 2018, Prof. Dr. Nil├╝fer C─░HANG─░R has continued the task of presidency of this programme.

The aim of biotechnology is to manufacture products and services, by using living organisms and biological systems with scientific techniques, without harming environment. To serve this purpose, several studies in laboratories of Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Production, Chemical Analysis and Microbial Culture and Taxonomy are carried out in our department.

In the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, studies such as treatment of various environmental pollution causing wastes (industrial, agricultural and domestic) by using microorganisms and/or their products, decolorization and biodegradation of various environmental pollutants are being applied.

In the Microbial Production Laboratory, many substances such as various enzymes obtained from different microbial sources, plant growth regulators and antimicrobial materials are being produced.

In the Microbial Taxonomy and Culture Collection Laboratory, studies on diagnosis of diverse microorganisms are being applied. In addition to studies related with bacterial genetics, studies on application of identification and susceptibility tests to diverse species, typing of these species by using different molecular typing methods and investigation of presence of any probable clonal relationship between these different species are carried out.

In the Chemical Analysis Laboratory, application of all the chemical analyses that may be required throughout the studies being applied in each of our laboratories is provided.

Many graduate thesis and projects which are supported by some institutions are still carried on in our department. In these studies, research assistants and graduate students who work devotedly, carry out their studies under the guidance of their supervisors existing in this department. Till today, various master and doctorate thesis were managed by academic staff of biotechnology department.

D.2 Qualification Awarded



D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


Information about the application and admission requirements for graduate program can be found at http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


PhD program, consists of special topics course and the study of thesis. According to the European Credit Transfer System, not less than total of 240 ECTS which includes thesis study. (http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf)

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


With the inclusion of graduate courses, which were taken as a special student of a student, graduate courses, which were taken before the enrollment in the institute in the last five years, from domestic/international higher education institutions can be transferred to program, the student is enrolled, according the advisor opinion, recommendation of the board of the department and decision of board of institute. However, more than 2/3 of the total credit a student enrollment of program is not considered to transfer of credits of graduates courses as special student. (http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf )

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The aim of PhD program in Biotechnology is to educate the doctors of phylosophy that will be capable of interpreting actual and advanced data in the scientific field by original thought and/or its research and to be capable of proposing solutions related to specific scientific issues.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


After graduating from biotechnology PhD programme, student has an opportunity to work in the sectors in which biological systems are used for manufacturing both product and service. These sectors can be given as:

· Research and Development Laboratories

· Ministry of Environment and Forestry

· National Food Laboratories

· Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning

· Environmental Consulting Sector

· Public Health Agency

· Health Sector (Hospitals, Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories)

· Drug Design and Development Companies

· Biomedical Companies

D.13. Access to Further Studies


D.14. Profile of the Programme


PhD program contains 8 semester. Students need at least 240 ECTS and a PhD thesis in order to graduate from the program.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Information about the Examination Regulations, Assestment and Grading for graduate program can be found at (http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf)

D.16. Graduation Requirements


A student, who successfully completed to compulsory courses of the program and has academic average at least 2.75, presents thesis/art work at the end of the second semester. After the succesful thesis defence, the student graduates from program.


D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Head of Department:Prof.Dr. Selim Sualp ├ça─člar

Address: Hacettepe University Faculty of Science Department of Biology 06800 Beytepe Ankara

Phone: 0 (312) 297 80 00

e-mail: sualp@hacettepe.edu.tr