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Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Astronomy and Space Sciences - Astrophysics - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis

General Description
Astronomy and Space Sciences Department has been established in the 1962-63 academic year depending on Chair of Mathematics and began training activities. Since there was not a faculty member at the beginning, courses of lectures were given by faculty members from Ankara and İstanbul Universities. Early in 1963 by the appointment of the first faculty member, it separated from Mathematics Department and became an independent department. In the same year four research assistant were recruited to the department. Then teaching staff were trained by faculty members from abroad and, in addition to training and education programs the research facilities has become implemented by faculty members of the department itself. Master of Science education has been carried out in the field of Astronomy and Space Sciences by the Ege University Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences which was established with the decree law no.41- entered into force on July 20, 1982- about the Higher Education Institutions Agency.
Qualification Awarded
Master of Science degree in the field of Astronomy and Space Sciences is given to graduates who have successfully completed the program.
Level of Qualification
Second Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Bachelor's Degree and willing to enroll in the Master's programme may apply to the Directorate of the Graduate School with the documents: 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Profiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department, or at least 50 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 50. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 25% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 50 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 60 at least are accepted into the Master's programme. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree programme in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Master's Programme at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The programme consists of a minimum of seven courses delivered within the graduate programme of the department and in related fields, one seminar course, and thesis, with a minimum of 21 local credits. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The duration of the programme is four semesters. The maximum period to complete course work in a masters program with thesis is 4 semesters. However, with the approval of their advisors, students can in subsequent semesters take additional departmental courses with or without credits. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 120 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Master's course load and credits. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The Master's thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 3 to 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to one may be selected from another Department or another University. In case the jury consists of 3 members, the co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". The Department Chairperson will inform the Director of the Graduate School, in writing, of the jury's decision within 3 days. To correct or change a thesis found incomplete and/or inadequate by the jury, the jury must specify in its report that such corrections are necessary. A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to three months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
The aim of Department of Astronomy and Space Sicences Graduate Program is to educate modern scientists who are specialized in different subfields in the field of Astronomy and Space Sciences; can derive new information using his/her accumulations in the field of basic mathematics, physics and astronomy and space sciences; can create a new topic and field of study keeping abreast of current news in science end tecnology; can submit his/her scientific results in national and international scientific community in writing and verbally; assimilate the moral science and modern scientific conception; is aware of facts of life; adopt the importance of lifelong learning. Master of Science Program completion time is four semester. Our students take 7 compulsory and elective courses which correspond mimimum 52.5 ECTS and Seminar course for the first two semester. In the second year, in addition to the Thesis Work they take Specialization Course.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Graduates who successfully complete this program can make an academic career in higher education institutions at home and abroad.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who successfully completed the Master's Degree may apply to doctorate (third cycle) programmes in the same or in related disciplines.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
The measurement and evaluation method applied for each course are described in detail in “Individual Course Description”.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements are explained in the section “Qualification Requirements and Regulations” .
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Ege University Science Faculty Department of Astronomy and Space Sciences 35100-Bornova, İzmir Fax: (232) 373 14 03 Web page :, Programme Director: Prof. Dr. Varol KESKİN Tel: +90 (232) 311 23 02 +90 (232) 311 17 38 e-mail:, ECTS/DE Coordinator: Associate Professor Zeynep BOZKURT Tel: +90 (232) 311 22 33 e-mail:
Astronomy and Space Sciences Department is composed of two two subsections: General Astronomy and Astrophysics. However the education program is the same for both discipline. In our department total duration of education is 5 years, the first year is for English preparation. Duration of Master of Science education is 2 years: first year is course stage and second year is thesis stage. Academic staff of our department: In General Astronomy discipline there are 8 faculty member: 4 Professor, 3 Associate professor and 1 Assistant professor. Research Assistant: 2 In Astrophysics there are 9 faculty member : 6 Professor, 3 Associate professor. Research Assistant: 2 Technician: 1

Key Learning Outcomes
1Ability of producing detailed solutions for problems in the field of Astronomy and Space Sciences using the knowledges of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy and Space Sciences on the undergraduate level.
2Ability of identifying, modeling and developing joint solution methods at the advanced level for the problems that is specific to different disciplines in the field of Astronomy and Space Sciences.
3Able to examine the micro-features of matter in detail and make connections between these properties and astronomical structures.
4Ability of linking fundamental physical interactions and radiative proccesses, and deduction of original and scientific information concerning the properties and evolution of sources from detected photons.
5Able to derive advanced mathematical expressions relavant to astronomy by regarding basic physical phenomenon
6Ability of interpreting structure, formation and evolution of universe and its constitutes as a whole with sophisticated scientific methods in detail and as a versatile.
7Ability of understanding and applying the processes related to analysis and interpretation of astronomical data obtained with different methods
8Ability of pruducing the original, scientific studies taking into account the results obtained from astronomical data analysis and converting these studies to national and international scientific publications.
9Ability of keeping abreast of news closely from the professional publications in his/her field, self-developing, creating new field of study, developing project, preparing, writing and presenting scientific reports, and communicating with counterparts.
10Ability of transfering knowledge of astronomy, science, technology, mathematics, physics, computer and informatics to all walks of life including secondary and high school educations.
11Ability of gaining a culture of basic science as a whole and updating and disseminating this culture to different layers of society.

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
TYYÇKey Learning Outcomes
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 AUB2014-SG-YL-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 30
2 9101015012017 Photometry Compulsory 3 0 0 8
3 9101015332018 Scientific Research Methods and Ethics in Science Compulsory 3 0 0 6
Total 6 0 0 44
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 AUB2014-SG-YL-B ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 16
2 9101015022017 Multi-Colour Photometry Compulsory 3 0 0 8
3 FENYLSEM Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
Total 3 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ591 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
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