Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


Postgraduate programs of Hacettepe University Department of Mining Engineering started in 1978. Master of Science program is carried out on both mining and mineral processing divisions of mining engineering. There are several courses taking part in the program as explained in proficiency conditions and rules section. Several options of courses covering wide range of topics such as grinding, flotation, extractive metallurgy, solution mining, marble technology, simulation in mining, rock mechanics are offered from a list of elective courses. By taking into consideration of the thesis topic, students make their selections according to their supervisers? suggestions. The topic of the thesis can be determined depending on a solution offer for a problem in industry or technological improvements, trends and innovative approaches.

D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


Admission of university graduates to postgraduate program is primarily through an interview. The number of the students and required qualifications are announced prior to the beginning of each semester. Admission requirements and deadline, venue and date of interview are also addressed in this announcement. Candidates must have a certified bachelor's diploma, satisfy ALES (organized by The Student Selection and Placement Center) or an equivalent test score with minimum requirements determined by Senate, satisfy the required minimum score specified by Senate for University Language Examination (ÜDS) or for an equivalent test such as KPDS, TOEFL (Test of English As A Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Registration procedures are conducted and organized by institute of science.

Interviews of candidates are achieved by a jury. Final grade for student qualification is calculated in accordance with HU Postgraduate Education and Exam Regulations by considering ALES or equivalent test score, undergraduate academic grade average and interview score. Ranking of successful candidates are done based on the final grade by interview jury.

The list of the candidates which are eligible for Master of Science program registration are finalized by decision of the institute board. Results are announced by the institute. Enrollment of students are done on the dates specified in academic calendar determined by Senate. Successful candidates can register by submitting the requested documents by institute in a specified time period.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


Students should successfully complete at 120 ECTS credits and also students should successfully submit a MSc thesis for graduation.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Successful students who spend one year in postgraduate programs of university or in postgraduate program of another higher education institute can apply for a transfer to another equivalent postgraduate program of Hacettepe University. In order to apply for the program there should be sufficient transfer quota. Students who fulfill the specific admission requirements should have succeeded in previous courses as stated in HU Postgraduate Education and Examination Regulations.

The students who is enrolled to an undergraduate program of a higher education institute or graduated from these programs and the ones who is willing to improve their knowledge and skills in this area, can join the courses as special student. These students must comply with the conditions of courses and fulfill all requirements as full time students. Special students can not benefit from the regular student rights.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


To educate qualified mining engineers; who have knowledge about up to date techniques and new developments in their field; who can solve the problems related with mining industry using scientific research techniques; who can carry out and finish independently an advanced level work in their field; who have ability to work in multidisciplinary teams; who can present their studies to different groups in written form and verbally; who can assess critically advanced level knowledge and skill gained in their field.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Graduated students can work in various coal and metal mines, mineral processing and enrichment plants, cement industry, various transportation tunnels, dimension stone and marble quarries, sand and gravel quarries, ceramic industry and engineering consultancy firms which are specialized in projects and feasibility studies. Graduates could be able to find job opportunities in the countries with developed mining sector such as Canada, Australia and South Africa.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


Mining Engineering Department MSc program contains minimum 24 credits of courses (required-elective-seminar courses), special studies course and thesis study. 35% of the all courses taken including thesis study is in elective status considering 120 total ECTS credits. Students can take elective lectures (maximum 3 courses or courses having 21 ECTS or 9 national credits) from other departments after approval of the Board of the Department. According to European Credit Transfer System, it contains at least 60 ECTS of courses and 60 ECTS of special studies courses (1 ECTS=30 hours workload) including thesis study.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Applied measurement and evaluation methods for each course are described in “Course Study Plan” coordinated by lecturer/instructor related with the course. Regarding the examinations and scores, corresponding articles of “Hacettepe University Regulations for Associate, Postgraduate Education and Examination” are effective (see

Student of MSc program with thesis must submit a thesis in the regulations of institute and must defence this thesis to a jury orally. Jury, date and venue of MSc thesis defense exam are determined by institute board with the proposal of academic board of the Department. Thesis defense exam consists of presentation of thesis study and question-answer section. Thesis defense exam aims knowledge, interpretation and synthesis ability of student about relevant subjects. After completion of thesis defense exam, jury make acceptance with absolute majority, revision or rejection decision as closed to listeners. Jury decision with personel reports of jury is reported to institute directory through department of division. Student whose thesis is accepted, should prepare and bind the final version of the thesis according to guidelines of institute and submit to institute.

D.16. Graduation Requirements


MSc program jury reports and records, required number of printed copies of thesis with an electronic copy, other required documents for institute and required documents for Higher Education council must be submitted completely for graduation of student. After all relevant documents and information received by institute, file of the student is checked by institute board and institute make a decision to graduation of student who fulfill all requirements. MSc diploma is awarded to students who deserved graduation.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Head of the Department : Prof.Dr. Sair KAHRAMAN

Hacettepe University, Mining Engineering Department, 06800 Beytepe, Ankara, Turkey

Ph.: +90 312 2977600

Fax: +90 312 2992155