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

D.1. General Information about Program


Social work Phd program aims to educate students who are equipped in contributing espccially o the areas of social work education and scientific research. In the light of this mission, PhD programme includes a wide variety of elective courses together with compulsory ones.

 Within the 4 years of education, theoretical courses are given in two years and the next two years are used for preparation of the PhD thesis. The program language is Turkish. Program quota is determined and announced by the department each semester. There is no internship in the program, application requirements are provided in the field with the application course.

In 1965, the Academy was accepted as a member of the International Association of Schools of Social Work after its program was approved to meet the standards. In 1982, with the Law on Higher Education Institutions, the Academy of Social Services was affiliated to Hacettepe University under the name of the School of Social Services by joining the Department of Social Work and Social Services, which was established within the Faculty of Administrative and Social Sciences of Hacettepe University in 1967. As of April 2006, it was included in Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences as ?Department of Social Work?. In July 2010, it moved to its new building in Beytepe campus. Our department has been the only department in our country that provides undergraduate and graduate social work education for a long time. The aim of the department is to train social workers who have knowledge and skills about the country's basic social structure, problems and social work methodology, who will participate in social policy and planning, and who will work as planners, organizers, managers, researchers and practitioners in social services at various levels (public, local, non-governmental organizations).

D.2 Qualification Awarded



D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


1. Applicants who apply to the program must have completed Master's Degree with an average of at least 2.50 over 4.00 (four).

2. Applicants are required to score at least 70 standard points from equal weight categories of the Academic Staff and Graduate Education Examination (Akademik Personel ve Lisans├╝st├╝ E─čitimine Giri┼č S─▒nav─▒, ALES) organized by Measurement, Selection and Placement Center (├ľl├žme, Se├žme ve Yerle┼čtirme Merkezi, ├ľSYM). Alternatively, applicants are required to submit an equivalent score, determined by the Hacettepe University Senate, in the internationally recognized GRE and GMAT examinations.

3. Applicants are required to score at least 65 in the Foreign Knowledge in Foreign Language Placement Examination (Yabanc─▒ Dil Seviye Tespit S─▒nav─▒, YDS). Alternatively, applicants are required to submit an equivalent score from other foreign language examinations, held at the national or international level, whose equivalence is approved by ├ľSYM.

4. International students' applications are accepted in line within “Hacettepe University Graduate Programme and Exam Regulation" in Official Gazette (29 November 2016, No:29900).

5. PhD students without an undergraduate or graduate degree from social work are given scientific preparation courses by the decision of the jury.

6. Those conditions, which are not included, are applied in accordance with the related provisions of the Hacettepe University Graduate Education, Instruction and Examination Regulations (Hacettepe ├ťniversitesi Lisans├╝st E─čitim, ├ľ─čretim ve S─▒nav Y├Ânetmeli─či).

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


1. The students who are accepted to the PhD program with Master's Degree must complete 29 domestic credits (11 compulsory-18 elective). A minimum of 240 ECTS course must be obtained.
2. The students who are accepted to the PhD program with Bachelor's degree must obtain 24 domestic credits (60 ECTS), 16 compulsory (44 ECTS) and 8 elective (16 ECTS) from master's program courses and 29 domestic credits (240 ECTS), 11 compulsory (180 ECTS) and 18 elective (60 ECTS) from PhD courses. A total of 53 domestic credits and minimum of 300 ECTS course must be obtained.

3. After completing theoretical courses, student should take SHO800 Doctoral Proficiency Exam Preparation course. Only after this course student can take the exam.

4. For other issues, Hacettepe University Postgraduate Education and Examination Regulation is taken as guideline.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


The students must have completed Turkish secondary education or the equivalent abroad. Undergraduate transfer students must fulfill the requirements mentioned below:


D.7. Goals and Objectives


The doctoral program is aimed at developing scholars who will make significant contributions to social work in Turkey through, for example, taking part in social work education, and contributing to the development of scientific developments in the field of social work. Within the framework of this goal, besides the basic courses in the doctoral program there are also elective courses.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Management positions in the fields of Social Work Administration and Social Policy, and in the universities as faculty members.

D.13. Access to Further Studies


D.14. Profile of the Programme


Students take 6 national credits (34 ECTS) of compulsory courses and 21 national credits (56 ECTS) of elective courses. They become eligible to take Preparation to Doctoral Proficiency after taking 27 national credits (90 ECTS) of courses.

In this case, the students are advised to take 1 compulsry and 2 elective courses in the first semester; 1 compulory and 2 elective courses in the second semester and 1 compulsory and 3 elective courses in the third semester.

The percentage of compulsory courses (minimum) 34 ECTS

The percentage of elective courses (minimum) 56 ECTS

SHO 799 Preparation to Doctoral Proficiency 30 ECTS

SHO 700 Special Topics 30*4 = 120 ECTS

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


See the related regulations of HU Social Sciences Enstitute


D.16. Graduation Requirements


The students, who are admitted to the doctoral program with social work undergraduate diploma, must complete at least 50 credit hours. The total number of 21 credit hours of courses should be taken from master's program, and preparing an individual master's thesis is not required.

See the related regulations of HU Social Sciences Enstitute


D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Programme Director: Tar─▒k Tuncay, Assoc. Prof., PhD

Address: Hacettepe University, FEAS, Department of Social Work, 06800 Beytepe, Ankara.

Phone/Fax: +90 (312) 297 63 62 - +90(312) 297 63 65