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

D.1. General Information about Program


PhD program of radiotherapy physics is a four-year full-time education program. The language of education is Turkish. It has been accepting students with master's degrees in relevant branches since the Spring semester of 2012. Quotas for each semester are announced on the Institute of Health Sciences page before applying. The maximum duration of the program is twelve semesters according to Article 37, paragraph 1 of Hacettepe University Postgraduate Education and Examination Regulation.

This program aims both to go deep in radiotherapy physics, dosimetry and related radiation oncology subjects and to enhance knowledge, skills and competences of graduate students. The demand of universities and medical institutes in radiotherapy physics is therefore aimed to be fulfilled. 

During the first two years of the program, along with didactic courses, applied education proceeds in medical physics unit and radiotherapy machines in the department of radiation oncology in order to improve the clinical and practical capacity of a student. Students, therefore, have an opportunity to make the practices of theoretical information given in the lectures and thus observe, harden and improve their knowledge. The diverse machines in the department give students a change to expertise in modern applications of brachytherapy and external radiotherapy. They also observe and comprehend both the relationships of a radiotherapy physicist with the other members of the department, i.e. physicians, therapists and nurses and the harmony in working mechanisms of different units in radiotherapy clinics. During the third and fourth years of the program, along with clinical practices, students continue academic studies with PhD thesis supervised by the professors in the radiation oncology department. The program does not have an internship requirement.

D.2 Qualification Awarded



D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


 Students graduated from MS programs of radiotherapy physics, medical physics, nuclear energy engineering, biomedical engineering and other related MS programs can attend the PhD program of radiotherapy physics.

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. https://saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/tr/menu/genel_yetenek_ve_yabanci_dil_puanla-282

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

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


 Students must complete 21 national credits (120 ECTS) and their PhD thesis must be accepted as successful by their thesis committee in order to be qualified for PhD degree in radiotherapy physics. The requirements and rules which indicated in sections with  Hacettepe University are put into practice. https://saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr//tr/hacettepe_universitesi_lisansustu_egitimogretim_ve-511

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


The applicants must have been graduated from related master program which supply strong basis for PhD program of radiotherapy physics.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


1. Learning and comprehending the principles of radiation oncology and general oncology along with physical aspects of radiotherapy applications.

2. Gaining the academic competency to perform research studies independently and in a team along with capability of being a radiotherapy physicist at international level.

3. Gaining the capabilities of searching, interpreting and using information in the field of radiotherapy physics.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


The graduates are able to work both as academic staffs in related departments of universities and as competent medical physicists in private medical institutions.

The status of medical physicist is described in the section with the number of 13f of the regulation on Application Methods of Medicine and its Divisions (Tababet ve ┼×uabat─▒ Sanatlar─▒n─▒n Tarz─▒ ─░cras─▒na Dair Kanun – in Turkish).

D.13. Access to Further Studies


D.14. Profile of the Programme


The PhD program of radiotherapy physics is composed of lectures, proficiency exam (theoretical and practical), thesis proposal, thesis study and thesis defense exam. The first two years are occupied with lectures and practical courses whereas thesis studies are planned to be completed in the third and fourth years. https://saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr//tr/hacettepe_universitesi_lisansustu_egitimogretim_ve-511

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Examination and grading methods of the courses are defined in ?Course Information? forms prepared by instructors for each course. The related sections of regulation of graduate education and examination of Hacettepe University are put into practice. https://saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr//tr/hacettepe_universitesi_lisansustu_egitimogretim_ve-511

D.16. Graduation Requirements


Graduation from PhD program of radiotherapy physics requires to complete at least 21national credits (120 ECTS) and to have at least GPA of 3.00. Along with the requirements on credits and grades, students must successfully complete their PhD thesis (120 ECTS).  The related sections of regulation of graduate education and examination of Hacettepe University are put into practice. https://saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr//tr/hacettepe_universitesi_lisansustu_egitimogretim_ve-511

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Prof. Ferah YILDIZ, MD.

E-mail: fyildiz@hacettepe.edu.tr

Hacettepe University

Faculty of Medicine

Department of Radiation Oncology

06100 Ankara Turkey

Office: +90 312 305 2900