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

D.1. General Information about Program


This program is administered by the Graduate School of Science and Engineering. The language of instruction of the program is English. The normal duration of the program is 4 years and it must be completed within a maximum of 6 years.

In the program, theoretical and applied research and development are carried out in the fields of thermal-fluid systems and energy, dynamics, control and mechatronics, solid mechanics and design, materials and manufacturing.


The department of Mechanical Engineering at Hacettepe university was founded in 1992. Turkey's first undergraduate automotive engineering program offered by the department admitted its first stream of students in 2005. A Master of Science and PhD programs in Mechanical Engineering commenced in Spring 2009 and Fall 2015, respectively. Our department offers an undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering since 2018-2019 academic year.


The department accepts 8 to 12 students per semester, once in the fall and spring semesters. The number of students to be admitted each semester is announced by the Graduate School of Science and Engineering


There is no internship requirement during the program.

Graduation Title

Students who fulfill the program success requirements and graduate are given the title of PhD

D.2 Qualification Awarded



D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


Applications, admissions, and enrollments follow the rules and provisions of Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Exams Regulations. Applicants from national/international universities with M.S degrees (with thesis) in Mechanical, Production/Manufacturing, Mechatronics, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering or applicants with M.S. degrees (with thesis) whose qualifications are approved by the Departmental Academic Commitee may apply for addmission. All applicants must have obtained the required scores from ALES or GRE examinations. All applicants must have English language proficiency.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


The program including courses and the thesis preparation and defence procedures follow the relavant articles of Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Exams Regulations.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Credit transfers from equivalent programs follow the rules and provisions of Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Exams Regulations.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The aim of the program is to educate mechanical engineers who are equipped with world-class research, development and design skills in various areas of Mechanical Engineering and pioneer technological development compatible with national needs, and contribute to the national and international mechanical engineering science and technology through knowledge dissemination.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Our graduates can be employed as academicians in national and international universities and work as researchers in R&D institutions. They can also have careers in private sector and government.

D.13. Access to Further Studies


D.14. Profile of the Programme


The program consists of compulsory and elective courses. The compulsory courses are:

MMÜ 701 Applied Numerical Methods

MMÜ 703 Analytical Methods in Engineering II

MMÜ 799 Seminar

The elective courses are listed below:

MMÜ 707 Incompressible Flows

MMÜ 708 Advanced Elasticity

MMÜ 711 Analytical Dynamics

MMÜ 714 Advanced Heat Transfer

MMÜ 716 Advanced State Space Control Theory

MMÜ 717 Advanced Optimal Control Theory

MMÜ 719 Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics

MMÜ 721 Finite Element Application of Fracture Mechanics

MMÜ 722 Solid Mechanics Applications of Finite Element Method

MMÜ 723 Theory of Plasticity

MMÜ 724 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics

MMÜ 727 Advanced Experimental Vibration Analysis and Control

MMÜ 730 Applied Mechanical Vibrations

MMÜ 733 Analysis and Design of Rigid And Compliant Mechanisms

MMÜ 746 Advanced Sensor Technologies

MMÜ 749 Advanced Robust Control

MMÜ 750 Simulations of Vehicle Dynamics

MMÜ 753 Advanced Vehicle Control

MMÜ 763 Materials Synthesis and Assembly Techniques

MMÜ 771 Thermodynamics in Materials Science

MMÜ 772 Kinetics of Materials

MMÜ 773 Structural Characterization Techniques

MMÜ 776 Deformation, Fatigue and Fracture Behavior of Materials

MMÜ 779 Particulate Two Phase Flows

MMÜ 793 Special Problems in Mechanical Engineering I

MMÜ 794 Special Problems in Mechanical Engineering II

During the PhD qualifying exam semester, the students register for MMÜ 797 Preparation for the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam course. The students whose theses proposals are approved by the Graduate School of Science and Engineering register for MMÜ 700 Special Topics course.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


The procedure of assessment and evaluation for each course is defined in the course information package/syllabus which is prepared by the corresponding faculty members. Examinations and grading follow the relavant articles of Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Exams Regulations.

D.16. Graduation Requirements


Requirements for the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering are:

- Successful completion (at least a B2 grade) of at least 8 courses and a seminar course adding up a total of at least 90 ECTS (24 national credits),

- A minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0,

- Succesfull completion of the doctoral qualifying exam,

- Successful completion and defense of a thesis work of 120 ECTS credits before a jury.

The program including the thesis preparation and defence procedures follow the relavant articles of Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Exams Regulations???????.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Prof. Dr. Volkan Parlaktaş, Department Head


Tel: +90-312-2976208

Fax: +90-312-2976206

Address: Hacettepe University, Dept. of Mechanica Engineering, Beytepe, Ankara, Turkey

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