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

General Description
From 1955 to 1981, gratuates receieved the title of ‘MSc. in agricultural engineering however it was changed to ‘BSc. in Agricultural Engineering’ due to transition from 5 years to 4 years. The post-graduate studies were carried out under the administration of the Faculty of Agriculture but starting in 1983 with the establishment of the Post-Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences such coordination is provided by the Institute.
Qualification Awarded
The Master's Degree in Horticulture (second cycle in Horticulture) is awarded to 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 goals of the Master’s Degree in Horticulture Department are to develop students’ knowledge in horticulture discipline in order that they may analyse and understand the basis of a research study. The research work performed experimentally and theoretically will provide students with the personal skills and professional perspective to enable them to be effective in the application of agriculture engineering. The thesis subjects are in the categories due to the 6 branches; Vegetable Growing and Breeding, Fruit Growing and Breeding, Grape Growing and Breeding, Post-harvest Physiology, Protected Cultivation and Growing of Ornamentals
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Agricultural Engineers are working in public and private sectors. Graduates who have deserved the title of Agricultural Engineer; can work in different institutions such as Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade as a civil servant, provided being successful in the required exams. Hence they will aslo have the rights to work in the private sectors such as fertilizer, chemical, seed, seedling, seedling production, storage, export-import, packaging and marketing companies. They also have the opportunity to work certification issues. They can also work as agricultural consulter and food controller or inspector in bakery ovens etc.
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
Head of Department: Prof. Dr. M. Ercan ÖZZAMBAK Ege University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture 35100 Bornova/IZMIR Tel and Fax: 0 (232) 388 18 65 Tel: 0(232) 311 26 21 e-mail:
The current stuff comprises of 21 academicians, out of whom 14 are full-time professors, 3 associate professors, and 4 are assistant professors. Furthermore, 1 expert, 2 agricultural engineer, 2 technicians and 7 research assistants are also working at the department. A total of 35 ha of land area, out of which 10 hectares are irrigated is used for scientific research studies conducted with students and practical trainees. Furthermore, the department has greenhouses in an area of 0.25 hectares, especially for vegetables and ornamental. The department also has laboratories for plant physiology, tissue culture, biotechnology, seed studies and cold storage rooms. The production of fruits, vines, open air vegetable, greenhouse vegetables and ornamental plants is also being performed. Organic agriculture, soilless cultivation are also being done. Laboratories: - Sample preparation and extraction lab: Physical analysis, preparation (cleaning, cutting etc.) of samples for chemical analysis, extraction, wet-ashing, oven drying - Physiology lab: Chemical analysis of samples - Ecophysiology lab: Spectrophotometric analysis, gas chromatographic analysis, leaf area index and photosynthesis measurements - Fruit lab: Mist propagation of cuttings, germination, cutting preparation, preliminary preparation. - Seed lab: Physical and chemical quality analysis of seeds in horticultural crops - Tissue culture lab: Micro propagation of vegetable, fruit and ornamentals - Mushroom lab: Mycelia production - Microscopy lab: Histological studies - Biotechnology lab: Molecular characterization Greenhouses: - Ornamentals - Greenhouse vegetable production: soilless culture and organic production of vegetables - General purpose greenhouse: pot trials on salinity and adaptation of in vitro propagated plants

Key Learning Outcomes
1Producing knowledge in the field of expertise and being able to understand regional problems
2Being able to access information resources and use the proper to the aims
3Having the ability to learn new information and techniques in the field of expertise
4Being able to form new hypothesis according to scientific methods and plan new research
5Being able to analyze and interpret obtained results
6Being able to express the scientific results in both written and oral, and defend them in scientific media
7Being able to use new information in both, scientific and practically
8Having understood the importance of knowledge, and being able to think scientifically, and open to life long learning

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 BAB-SG-YL-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 22
2 9102015312004 Experimental Design in Horticulture Compulsory 2 2 0 8
3 9102015752018 Research Methods in Horticultural Crops and Publishing Ethics Compulsory 3 0 0 6
Total 5 2 0 36
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 BAB-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 9102015012004 Physiology of Horticultural Crops Elective 3 0 0 8
2 9102015071998 Biological Principles of Fruit Tree Propagation Elective 3 0 0 8
3 9102015151998 Basic Principles of Seed Storage Elective 2 0 0 8
4 9102015171998 Tissue Culture Applications in Horticulture I Elective 2 2 0 7
5 9102015191998 Seed Biology Elective 2 0 0 8
6 9102015231999 Production Planning and Yield Estimation in Vegetables Elective 3 0 0 8
7 9102015252002 Bulb and Cord Flowers Elective 2 0 0 8
8 9102015272002 Grape Growing in the Countries of the World and Their Characteristics Elective 2 0 0 7
9 9102015292003 Stress Physiology in Horticulture Elective 3 0 0 7
10 9102015372004 Using of Molecular Methods in Plants and Practices Elective 2 2 0 8
11 9102015392016 Treatments for Improving Quality in Seeds Elective 2 2 0 8
12 9102015412005 Agro-biodiversity Elective 3 0 0 8
13 9102015432010 Plant Gene Expression and Analysis Techniques Elective 2 2 0 8
14 9102015452010 Principles of Vegetable Breeding Elective 2 2 0 8
15 9102015512011 Developments in Postharvest Handling Practices Elective 2 2 0 7
16 9102015532011 Professional English Elective 3 0 0 7
17 9102015572016 Exotic Vegetable Species and Growing Elective 3 0 0 8
18 9102015592016 Pruning Technique And Physiology Elective 3 0 0 8
19 9102015612016 Writing And Presentation Methods İn Horticultural Researches Elective 3 0 0 8
20 9102015632014 Mycotoxin Occurence İn Horticultural Plants Elective 3 0 0 7
21 9102015652014 Organic Vegetable Growing Elective 2 2 0 8
22 9102015672017 Production of Mushroom Mycelium Elective 3 0 0 8
23 9102015692018 Physiology of Fruit Trees Elective 3 0 0 8
24 9102015712018 Physiology of Vegetable Crops Elective 3 0 0 8
25 9102015732018 Establishing and Managing Vegetable Garden Elective 3 0 0 8
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9102015021998 Ampelography Elective 2 2 0 8
2 9102015081998 Plant Growth Regulator Applications in Fruit Growing Elective 2 2 0 8
3 9102015121998 Organic Agriculture Methods in Horticulture Elective 2 2 0 8
4 9102015161998 Herbs as Vegetables Elective 3 0 0 8
5 9102015182012 Seedling Production Techniques in Vegetables Elective 2 0 0 8
6 9102015201998 Tissue Culture Applications in Horticulture II Elective 2 2 0 8
7 9102015221998 Quality Control Methods of Seeds Elective 2 2 0 8
8 9102015241998 Physiological Disorders in Greenhouse Crops Elective 2 0 0 8
9 9102015261998 Berry Fruits and Kiwi Growing Elective 3 0 0 8
10 9102015282002 Cactii and Other Succulents Elective 2 1 0 8
11 9102015302002 Access to Information Resources and Data Presentation Elective 2 2 0 8
12 9102015322002 Organic Grape Growing Elective 3 0 0 8
13 9102015342004 Quality Assessment Methods of Horticultural Crops Elective 2 2 0 8
14 9102015362004 Soilless Culture Techniques Elective 2 2 0 8
15 9102015382010 Good Agricultural Practices in Greenhouses Elective 2 2 0 8
16 9102015422004 Cut Flowers, Pot Flowers and Annual Flowers Propogated by Seed Elective 2 0 0 8
17 9102015442004 Breeding of Ornamental Plants Elective 2 0 0 8
18 9102015462004 Organic Fruit Production Elective 2 0 0 8
19 9102015502004 Laboratory Technique in Horticulture Elective 3 2 0 8
20 9102015522005 Production of Organic Seeds and Seedlings Elective 2 0 0 8
21 9102015542010 Applications in Vegetable Breeding Elective 2 2 0 8
22 9102015562016 Collection Characterization and Evaluation of Plant Genetic Resource Elective 2 2 0 8
23 9102015582016 Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Grapevine Elective 3 0 0 8
24 9102015622016 Protected Fruit Growing Elective 3 0 0 8
25 9102015642016 Grafted Vegetable Seedling Production And Physiologhy Of Grafting İn Vegetables Elective 2 2 0 8
26 9102015662014 Biochemical Changes Throughout Fruit Growth and Development Elective 3 0 0 6
27 9102015682016 Industrial Vegetables Elective 2 0 0 8
28 9102015702016 Sprout Seed and Flowers as Vegetables Elective 2 2 0 8
29 9102015722016 Hobby Vegetables Production Elective 3 0 0 8
30 9102015742018 Advanced Arboriculture Techique Elective 3 0 0 8
31 9102015762018 Biochemical and Physiological Analyses in Fruits and Vegetables Elective 2 2 0 5
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