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Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Leather Engineering - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis

General Description
The roots of the Leather Engineering Department lay down to "the Department of Leather and Fiber Technology" which was founded in 1981 in Ege University, Faculty of Agriculture and from the date of 1982-83 graduate-level programmes had been started within the field of Leather Engineering. In 1999 the department was moved to Engineering Faculty with the name of "Department of Leather Engineering". Leather Engineering Department is the first and unique academic program in Turkey that gives education in bachelor (BSc), master (MSc) and doctorate levels (PhD), and making researches in the field of leather engineering and technology.
Qualification Awarded
The Master 's Degree in Leather Engineering (second cycle in Leather Engineering ) is awarded to the graduates who have successfully fulfilled the 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
The goal of Master's degree in Leather Engineering are to develop students' knowledge in leather engineering discipline in order that they may analyse and understand the basis of a research study. the research work performed experimentally and theoretically or computational will provide students with the personal skill and professional perspective to enable them to be effective in the application of leather engineering. The courses in master programme are mostly focused on the titles of raw leathers and materials, processing chemicals, leather machinary and equipments, leather products and by products, quality control and environment. The subjects of master thesis may include identification and development of new techniques in leather industry, research and development acitivities and realizing projects for industry.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Graduated students have job opportunities in every kind of leather factories, in the production or marketing department of chemical supplier companies, in the leather clothing and bag/belt manufacturing and, also in some public institutions. Furthermore, they can attend as lecturers and/or researchers in vocational training schools and the university.
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 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
Head of Department: Prof. Dr. Behzat Oral BİTLİSLİ, Programme Director: Assoc. Prof. Dr.. Selime Menteş Çolak Address: Ege University Engineering Faculty, Leather Engineering Department 35100 Bornova/İzmir, TURKEY Phone: +90 232 311 26 44 Fax: +90 232 342 53 76 e-mail:,
Within Leather Engineering Department there are 8 laboratories including physical test, chemical analysis, student implementation, microbiology, biotechnology, footwear and garment, instrumental analysis and computer laboratories. These laboratories are used both for education, scientific researches and for the researches related to industry. Along with the laboratories, the Department also has a separate Research and Development Plant having a 1240 m2 closed area and basic beamhouse and finishing machineries that give the possibility to process hide/skin and leathers in industrial and laboratory scales. The academic staff of the department consists of 5 Professors, 8 Associated Professor, 1 Assistant Professors, 5 Research Assistants, and 3 Specialists.

Key Learning Outcomes
1Bir yabancı dili en az Avrupa Dil Portföyü B2 Genel Düzeyi'nde kullanarak sözlü ve yazılı iletişim kurabilme
2To be able to employ the knowledge of mathematics and science in Leather Engineering profession.
3To be able to apply the knowledge obtained in Leather Engineering field at an expert level.
4To be able to compose new information by combining the knowledge concerning Leather Engineering with the knowledge obtained from other fields and to solve the problems needing profession by scientific research methods.
5To be able to design and apply a trial/project in Leather Engineering field individually and to be able to evaluate the experimental data.
6To be able to relate the subjects concerning Leather Engineering within intradisciplines and interdisciplines.
7To be able to develop strategies by using individualistic working ability for complicated sittuations.
8To be able to perform executive abilities (leadership, organization, time and risk management, quality awareness, productivity, etc.)
9To be able to create solutions by taking vocational responsibility, to pay regard, to teach and monitor the social, scientific and ethical values.
10To be able to develop strategies, politics and application plans for the subjects related to Leather Engineering, and to be able to evaluate the results within the framework of environment, health, productivity, quality and security prosesses.
11To be able to use advanced techniques and modern tools necessary for Leather Engineering researches.
12To be able to disseminate the resent studies, developments and personal works within Leather Engineering systematically to the concerning or non-concerning national and international communities by written, oral or visual tools.
13To be able to use the informatic technologies necessary for Leather Engineering field at an advanced level.

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 DMÜ-SG-YL-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 23
2 9103085332016 New Techniques in Leather Industry I Compulsory 2 0 0 7
3 9103085472018 Scientific Research Ethics Compulsory 2 0 0 6
Total 4 0 0 36
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DMÜ-SG-YL-B ELECTIVE COURSES 2 Elective - - - 24
2 FENYLSEM 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 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
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9103085032000 New Developments in Tanning Mechanisms Elective 3 0 0 7
2 9103085052012 Evaluation Techniques of Collageneous Materials Elective 3 0 0 7
3 9103085072000 Shoe Manufacturing Techniques I Elective 3 0 0 7
4 9103085092000 Structure of Fibers Elective 2 0 0 7
5 9103085112000 Production Techniques of Leathers with Special Effects Elective 2 2 0 7
6 9103085132000 Special Animal Fibers and Their Evaluations Elective 2 2 0 7
7 9103085152000 Manufacturing Techniques of Specific Leathers Elective 2 2 0 7
8 9103085172001 Special Upper Leather Manifacturing Techniques Elective 2 2 0 7
9 9103085192001 Advanced Analyzis Techniques in Leather Industry Elective 2 2 0 7
10 9103085212008 Microorganisms Control at the Leather Industry-I Elective 2 2 0 7
11 9103085232008 Leather Industry Waste and Evaluation I Elective 3 0 0 7
12 9103085252011 Computer Applied Statistics in Leather Engineering Elective 2 2 0 7
13 9103085272008 Project Preparing Technique Elective 2 0 0 7
14 9103085292008 Modification of Vegetable Tannins I Elective 2 2 0 7
15 9103085312010 Microbiological Analysis Techniques for Leather Industry Elective 2 0 2 7
16 9103085352010 Shoe Design and Pattern Cutting Techniques-I Elective 2 2 0 7
17 9103085372011 Foot Biomechanics and Shoe Ergonomics-I Elective 3 0 0 7
18 9103085392014 Encapsulation Applications In Leather Industry I Elective 2 2 0 8
19 9103085412014 Management, Treatment and Utilization of Leather Industrial Wastes Elective 2 0 0 7
20 9103085432014 Skin, Hide and Leather Defects I Elective 3 0 0 7.50
21 9103085452016 Bioprocess Applications in Leather Engineering Elective 2 2 0 8
22 9103085492017 Polymer Technologies in Leather Industry Elective 3 0 0 7
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9103085022016 New Techniques in Leather Industry II Elective 2 0 0 7
2 9103085062000 Shoe Manufacturing Techniques II Elective 3 0 0 8
3 9103085082000 Organization of Tanneries Elective 2 0 0 8
4 9103085102001 Leather Standards Elective 2 0 0 8
5 9103085122001 Advanced Finishing Techniques Elective 2 2 0 8
6 9103085142001 Shoe Engineering Techniques Elective 2 2 0 8
7 9103085162008 Microorganisms Control at the Leather Industry-II Elective 2 2 0 8
8 9103085182008 Leather Industry Waste and Evaluation II Elective 3 0 0 8
9 9103085222008 Total Quality Management in Leather Industry Elective 2 0 0 8
10 9103085242008 Modification of Vegetable Tannins II Elective 2 2 0 8
11 9103085262010 Shoe Design and Pattern Cutting Techniques-II Elective 2 2 0 8
12 9103085282011 Foot Biomechanics and Shoe Ergonomics-II Elective 3 0 0 8
13 9103085302011 Project Management with Project Management Software Elective 2 2 0 8
14 9103085342014 Encapsulation Applications In Leather Industry II Elective 2 2 0 8
15 9103085362014 Skin, Hide and Leather Defects II Elective 3 0 0 7.50
16 9103085382016 Enzyme Production and Application in Leather Industry) Elective 2 2 0 8
17 9103085402017 Characterization and Analysis of Polymers Elective 2 2 0 8
Ege University, Bornova - İzmir / TURKEY • Phone: +90 232 311 10 10 • e-mail: