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Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Animal Science - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis

General Description
Department of Animal Science was established in 1955 with the establishment of the Faculty of Agriculture, Ege University. The name of the department was initialy " Department of Animal Husbandry and Breeding". The department had "Animal Science Chair" and "Feeds and Animal Nutrition Chair" in that time. In 1973, the department’s name became "Department of Animal Science" and had units as "Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Chair" and "Feeds and Animal Nutrition Chair". Department of Animal Science in 1981 was then restructured again and consist of three main science branch. These units were "Animal Husbandry", "Feeds and Animal Nutrition" and "Biometry and Genetics".
Qualification Awarded
The Master’s Degree in Animal Science (second cycle in Animal Science) is awarded to the graduates who have successfully fulfilled all programme requirements.
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
Animal Science is a science related to the production, feeding and breeding of economically important animals. The aim of the department is to do quality research for healthy animal products from farm to table to improve the quality of life for the community and to train agricultural engineers with adequate knowledge and skills of the profession with universal qualities.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Our graduates in institutions have the opportunity to work under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, agricultural research institutions, agricultural cooperatives, banks, and municipalities, and in firms related with agricultural production, import and export sectors. In recent years, there is an increase in demands for agriculture engineers graduated from department of animal science. They also worked in poultry, dairy and beef farms, feed mills, special food analysis laboratories, domestic and foreign private firms marketing feed additives. On the other hand, graduates can manage successfully their own farms.
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
Students are required to take a mid-term examination and/or complete other assigned projects/homework during the semester and, additionally, are required to take a final examination and/or complete a final project for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade, the final examination grade and/or evaluation of final project, with the contributions of 40% and 60%, respectively. To pass any course, a Master's student must receive at least 70 out of 100. Students must repeat courses they have failed or may substitute courses the Department accepts as equivalent. The assessment for each course is 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
Prof.Dr.Süleyman AKKAN (Program Head) Prof. Dr. Yavuz AKBAŞ (AKTS/DS Coordinator) Ege University Faculty of Agriculture Department of Animal Sceience 35100 Bornova, Izmir, TURKEY Tel: (232) 311 27 08 Fax: (232) 388 18 67 e-mail: web :
Research, practice and production facilities used in the department: Poultry Research and Implementation Unit Cattle Research and Implementation Unit, Small Ruminant Research and Implementation Unit, In addition to these facilities there are also several laboratories for the physical, chemical and biological analysis of animal products and feeds. They are: Chemical Analysis Laboratory, Physiology Laboratory, Microbiology Laboratory, Meat, Dairy and Egg Analysis Laboratory, Beekeeping Laboratory, Biological Analysis Laboratory.

Key Learning Outcomes
1Increase information skills in “animal husbandry and breeding”, “feeds and animal nutrition” or “biometry and genetics” on qualification of undergraduate education.
2Design and analyze of an experiment in the fields of animal science and interpret the results and develop research-based solutions.
3Develop scientific information using existing data in the fields of animal science and use this information with scientific, social and ethical responsibility.
4Transfer to current developments into the field of animal science using written, oral and visual aspects.
5Take responsibility to develop new strategic approaches to regional, national or international problems under unforeseen circumstances in the field of animal science.
6Evaluate quality processes and products derived from animal production.
7Use and develop information technologies, software and hardware in animal science.
8Apply problem-solving skills learned in animal science into interdisciplinary studies.

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 ZOT-SG-YL-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 22
2 9102115012013 Writing and Preparing Techniques of Scientific Papers Compulsory 3 0 0 8
Total 3 0 0 30
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 ZOT-SG-YL-B ELECTIVE COURSES 2 Elective - - - 24
2 YLSEM590 Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
Total 0 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 YLTEZ592 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
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9102115072002 Elements of Sampling Theory and Its Applications in Agriculture Elective 3 0 0 8
2 9102115092002 Statistical Inference Elective 3 0 0 8
3 9102115112012 Dairy Cattle Production Elective 2 0 0 7
4 9102115131998 Dairy Small Ruminants Husbandry Elective 2 0 0 8
5 9102115171998 Poultry Behavior Elective 2 0 0 8
6 9102115191998 Bee Ecology Elective 2 0 0 7
7 9102115211998 Nutrition of Beef Cattle Elective 2 0 0 8
8 9102115231998 Feed Conservation Techniques Elective 2 0 0 8
9 9102115251998 Feeding Methods and Practice in Ruminant Nutrition Elective 2 0 0 7
10 9102115271998 Linear Models I Elective 3 0 0 8
11 9102115291998 Population Genetics in Animal Breeding I Elective 3 0 0 8
12 9102115311998 Mammalian Pet Animal Husbandry Elective 3 0 0 8
13 9102115331998 Reproduction Biology in Poultry Elective 3 0 2 8
14 9102115371998 Diet Selection and Feed Intake in Ruminants Elective 2 0 0 8
15 9102115391998 Nutrion of Turkey Elective 2 0 0 7
16 9102115412010 Statistical Methods in Agriculture Elective 2 2 0 8
17 9102115431998 Mathematics for Biology Science Elective 3 0 0 7
18 9102115472007 Animal Welfare Elective 3 0 0 8
19 9102115492008 Exotic Animal Nutrition Elective 2 0 0 7
20 9102115512008 Pet Animal Nutrition Elective 2 0 0 7
21 9102115532008 Artificial Insemination in Small Ruminants Elective 2 2 0 8
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9102115021998 Building and Environment Hygiene Elective 2 0 0 8
2 9102115041998 Bee Behaviours Elective 2 0 0 8
3 9102115061998 Climatic Environment Control on Animal Production Elective 2 0 0 8
4 9102115082012 Beef Cattle Production Elective 2 0 0 8
5 9102115122012 Physiological Systems and its Relationship with Production in Poultry Elective 2 0 0 8
6 9102115141998 Hatchery Management Elective 2 2 0 8
7 9102115161998 Honey Bee Diseases and Parazites Elective 2 0 0 8
8 9102115181998 Behaviour of Mammals (Ruminants) Elective 3 0 0 8
9 9102115201998 Nutrition of Dairy Cattle Elective 2 0 0 8
10 9102115221998 Nutrition of Small Ruminants Elective 2 0 0 8
11 9102115242012 Turkey Science Elective 2 0 0 7
12 9102115261998 Feed Additives Elective 3 0 0 8
13 9102115281998 Optimization Techniques on Animal Nutrition Elective 3 0 0 8
14 9102115301998 Undesirable Feed Substance and Its Effects Elective 2 0 0 8
15 9102115321998 Nutrition of Broilers Elective 2 0 0 8
16 9102115341998 Nutrition of Layers Elective 2 0 0 8
17 9102115361998 System Simulation and Modelling in Biology Elective 3 0 0 8
18 9102115381998 Population Genetics in Animal Breeding II Elective 3 0 0 8
19 9102115401998 Waste Management in Poultry Production Elective 2 2 0 8
20 9102115421998 Utilization of Biotechnological Products in Animal Nutrition Elective 2 0 0 8
21 9102115461998 Laboratory Techniques in Genetics Elective 2 0 2 8
22 9102115482000 Farm Animal Genetic Resources Elective 3 0 0 8
23 9102115502004 Nonparametric Statistical Methods Elective 3 0 0 8
24 9102115522004 Ecologic Animal Nutrition Elective 2 0 0 8
25 9102115542004 Organic Animal Husbandry Elective 3 0 0 8
26 9102115562007 Introduction to Abattoir Industry Elective 3 2 0 8
27 9102115582011 Stres Physiology in Poultry Elective 2 0 0 8
28 9102115602011 Functional Animal Food Production Elective 2 0 0 8
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