PHYSIOLOGY
Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program

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Since its establishment, the Department of Physiology has been offering postgraduate (medical specialty, Master of Science, and doctorate) education programs in the field of physiology. As one of the first physiology departments in Turkey, it provided scientists who contributed to the establishment of several universities. Major research subjects in our department are neurophysiology, electrophysiology, hemorheology, smooth muscle physiology, mitochondrial physiology, molecular physiology, mechanisms of stress and obesity, and sensory physiology.  We have an operation room for animal experiments, laboratories for molecular physiology, hemorheology, neurophysiology, respiratory-circulatory physiology, and isolated organ research, and one laboratory for student experiments.

The Master of Science Program in Physiology is offered under the regulation and association of the Institute of Health Sciences at Hacettepe University and within the framework of the relevant regulation. The aim of the Master of Science in Physiology is to train scholars who are global scientists in their field, who have certain knowledge and skills, can conduct scientific research, have learned how to access, evaluate, and interpret information, and have certain ethical and social values. A thesis study is prepared by the student of the Master of Science besides lecture, seminar, and application studies. The duration of education is 2 years.

The language of the Master of Science is Turkish. However, programs with different languages can be opened by the suggestion of the Institute of Health Sciences and by the decision of the University Senate. Even though, the language of the thesis is the same as the program, a different language can be chosen by the decision of the management of the institution. For the 2-year Master of Science Program carried out in our department, it is necessary to be successful in the Faculty of Medicine Term 2 Physiology course committees, to complete 120 ECTS credits, to prepare a master's thesis, and to defend the thesis successfully.

The education program includes theoretical courses along with laboratory practice. The compulsory and elective courses are given by the faculty members of the department. The elective courses may also be chosen from other programs within other institutes of Hacettepe University. The practical laboratory courses are carried out in our research laboratories. There is no internship within the scope of the Physiology Master's Program.

The graduates of the Master of Science program in Physiology can also take academic positions in the Physiology departments of all universities. They can manage health projects in the government and private sectors. In addition, they can continue their research activities at universities in foreign countries, like some of our past graduates.

D.2 Qualification Awarded

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Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification

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QF-EHEA: 2
EQF-LLL: 7

D.4. Provisions for Registration

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To graduate from the faculties of Health Sciences, Science, and Engineering Faculties or the four-year Vocational School of Health Services and to be successful in the departmental interview. 

Selected committee lectures, determined by the rules of postgraduate education and the exam of Hacettepe University as a part of the scientific preparation program of the second year of medical faculty, must be taken and passed.

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, http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/en/menu/ales_foreign_language_scores-252

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

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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The Master of Science program includes a thesis study and lectures with a minimum total of 24 credits. According to the European Credit Transfer System, it includes lectures, which are at least 60 credits, and thesis studies, which cover specific subject lectures and have at least 60 credits. The student can propose a thesis study if the successful completion of lectures and a 2.75 academic cumulative GPA are met. The student should write the results of the thesis study according to the rules of the institute and present and defend the thesis in front of the jury.  The rules of postgraduate education at Hacettepe University are valid at every step of the program.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

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The appropriate rules of postgraduate education and exam of Hacettepe University are applied 

D.7. Goals and Objectives

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The aim of the Master of Science Program in Physiology is to graduate fellows who have certain knowledge and skills, can do scientific research, can access information, can evaluate and comment on the information, and have certain ethical and social values as a global scientist in their field. 

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

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The graduates of the Master of Science in Physiology can be on the academic team in the physiology departments of universities and, can apply for doctorate programs.  They can continue with their research activities or, can work in research departments of national and international universities.

D.13. Access to Further Studies

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QF-EHEA: 3
EQF-LLL: 8

D.14. Profile of the Programme

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All mandatory lectures of the Master of Science program in Physiology are taken from the department. The ratio of elective lectures is 50%. If it is needed, the lectures can be taken from other departments. The mandatory credit point to take is 21. According to the European Credit Transfer System, students are responsible for compulsory and elective courses, not less than 60 credits, and Research Ms Thesis courses, not less than 60 credits. Program lectures are theoretical and practical. Elective lectures are given after the first semester. The student in the Master of Science program prepares a thesis study in addition to lectures, seminars, and practical studies. The duration of education is 4 half semesters (2 years). The first two half semesters are lecture sections and then, the next two half semesters are thesis sections. The student carries out the lecture period under the advisement of a faculty member and conducts the thesis period under the advisement of at least a faculty member. The attendance is mandatory for theoretical and practical lectures.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

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The assessment and evaluation methods for each lecture are defined by the Lecture Teaching Plan information package that is prepared by the faculty members giving those lectures. The appropriate rules of postgraduate education and exams of Hacettepe University are applied for exams and passing grades of lectures.

D.16. Graduation Requirements

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To graduate, a student should meet all the requirements of the Master of Science Program in Physiology and related items of the Hacettepe University Post-Graduate Education and Examination Regulations.

http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/tr/menu/kanun_ve_yonetmelikler-219

In our Master of Science Program in Physiology, it is necessary to complete 120 ECTS credits, prepare a master's thesis, and defend the thesis successfully.

D.17. Education Type

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1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director

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Prof. Dr. Ayşen ERDEM

Head of Physiology Department

Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine

Sıhhiye, Ankara

Phone: +90 312 305 15 67

Fax: +90 312 305 21 86

E-mail: aerdem@hacettepe.edu.tr