Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


The Master of Science program has been reorganized, the content of courses has been altered and courses have been introduced with new codes as part of the Bologna accreditation process. Before these arrangements have been done the opinions of our graduates and students, Turkish Dietetic Association and departments of Nutrition and Dietetics of other universities have been considered and a requirement analysis has been done. It has been considered that the novel applications which meet the program requirements will provide a different perspective to our students. The opportunity of more elective courses has been introduced according to student's area of interest. These studies have been carried out through partners and students opinions as well as considering the basic field requirements.

Hacettepe University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is the first occupational training institution at university level in Turkey. Department of Nutrition and Dietetics started to serve as a program called “Dietetics” under Health Sciences School firstly in 1962, in order to give education and do research in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. When Hacettepe School of Health Sciences became Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1963 the program of Dietetics reorganized and became a part of the Faculty's Fundamental Sciences School. The program continued to proceed under Faculty of Health Sciences after the establishment of Hacettepe University on 8th July 1967. It was structured within the School of Home Economics for a while and then engaged to the School of Health Technology with the Department of Food Analysis and Technologies and Institute of Food and Nutrition Sciences in 1976. After the Department of Food Analysis and Technologies engaged to Faculty of Engineering, as Food Engineering in 1977, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics continued to proceed educational and research facilities under School of Health Technology as a unique department.

There are four major fields of study in Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Sciences, Division of Nutrition and Dietetics which are; Nutritional Sciences (1994), Dietetics, Institutional Food Service Systems and Community Nutrition (2001). Department of Nutrition and Dietetics joined to Faculty of Health Sciences in 2007. The Master of Science programs of Department of Nutrition and Dietetics were engaged to Institute of Health Sciences which was established on 20th July 1982.

Developing a specialized proficiency in dietetics has been gaining importance. Dietitians who received their Master of Science degree can work in three main fields as described by ICDA and EFAD. These are Manager Dietitian, Clinical Dietitian and Community Health/Public Health Dietitian.

Manager Dietitian: Manager Dietitian has the responsibility of providing healthy, balanced and high quality nutrition to individuals or groups both in health and disease conditions in institutional food service systems.

D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


Additional to meeting the requirements of the Institute of Health Sciences, students that have a Bachelor?s degree of Nutrition and Dietetics or graduates from a 4 year Tourism School or Food Engineering and the ones that are approved by the Nutrition and Dietetic Department?s academic council can apply. 

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

To meet the application requirements of Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulations and Institute of Health Sciences.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


The training program of Master of Science degree is arranged by the supervisor depending on the teaching program of supervisor or the situation of students. It is essential to take obligatory courses primarily. Students should have courses with minimum 21 credits (60 AKTS) in addition to thesis (60 ECTS). The courses Advanced Nutrition 1 and 2 (BES 603 and BES 604) should be taken by all students. Altogether 21 credits (60 ECTS) should be taken during the course period and the weighed mean of grade point average should be minimum 65 out of 100. After completing the course period of the degree successfully, students submit a research profile. The courses and thesis should add up to 120 ECTS. Students who complete the research period satisfactorily and pass the viva exam successfully have the right of graduation. Examinations, evaluations and marking are regulated according to the Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences, Higher Degree Education and Examination Guide. The detailed quantification and evaluation procedures are described in Course Description section. There is a scientific preparation for 2 periods for students that qualify the program and are from other departments besides Nutrition and Dietetics. After completing the scientific preparation, the program continues the same.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Nutritional Sciences, Institutional Food Service Management and the proposed major field of study Community Nutrition programs accepts students who graduated from Bachelor of Science degree from different backgrounds whereas Dietetics program accepts students if only they have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.The recognition of prior formal education in Turkish Higher Education institutions are carried out within the context of “regulation on transition between associate degree and graduate programs, double major, sub-branch and credit transfer between institutions” determined by the Council of Higher Education

D.7. Goals and Objectives


Develop the required knowledge, attitude and ability which are crucial in processing and management periods in institutional food services, improve the ability of bringing rational solutions to possible problems as a manager in institutional food services

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Graduates can work as researcher, educator and of those who have Bachelor of Science degree as a dietitian can also work in treatment and rehabilitation institutions at care centers for children and elderly, private diet clinics. Moreover, the graduates can work as manager, researcher and educator in other institutional food services, private or public institutions related to nutrition.

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


There are four programs in Nutrition and Dietetics which are Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, Institutional Food Service Management and proposed Community Nutrition. Students can take courses from different programs in Institution of Health Sciences in addition to courses in Master of Science program in the case of supervisors and lecturers approval.The ECTS credits of the courses in Master of Science degree add up to 102 in Nutritional Sciences, 132 in Dietetics, 80 in Institutional Food Service Management and 130 in Community Nutrition. The ECTS credit of obligatory courses is 16 in total (Seminar 4 ECTS, Advanced Nutrition I-II 12 ECTS). Elective courses can be taken in every half year from the first year whereas obligatory courses should be taken on the half year that the course is available. It is compulsory to complete a research thesis (60 ECTS) after the completion of minimum 60 ECTS credits during the course period. There is a scientific preparation for 2 periods for students that qualify the program and are from other departments besides Nutrition and Dietetics. After completing the scientific preparation, the program continues the same. The language of the program is Turkish.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Examinations, evaluations and marking are regulated according to the Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences, Higher Degree Education and Examination Guide.

D.16. Graduation Requirements


For graduation, compulsory courses from graduate courses must be taken first. BES 603 and BES 604 (Advanced Nutrition I and II) courses in the Nutrition Sciences Program are compulsory courses for all programs (Nutrition Sciences, Dietetics, Collective Nutrition Systems, Community Nutrition graduate programs). In order for the student to graduate, it is required to take at least 21 credits (60 ECTS) from the courses in the graduate programs and successfully complete all of them, to prepare a thesis (60 ECTS) in addition to the courses, and to obtain at least 65 points out of 100. In the master's program, at least 120 ECTS must be taken together with the courses and thesis. Students who successfully defend their thesis prepared in the relevant field in front of the determined jury are awarded a "master's degree in the program they are enrolled in." Exams, assessment and grading are made according to the "Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences, Graduate Education and Examination Regulations". The measurement and evaluation method applied for each course is explained in detail in "Course Descriptions".

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


   Prof. Dr. Derya DİKMEN

Address: Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Sciences

Nutrition and Dietetics Department 06100 Sıhhiye / Ankara

Phone: (312) 311 96 49 - 310 10 26

(312) 305 10 94 - 305 10 96 - 305 16 65

Fax: (312) 309 13 10