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Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Soil Science and Plant Nutrition - Third Cycle Programme

General Description
The department was founded in 1956 as the Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Divisions. The main objectives of the the department are to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels and carry on research activities on diversified soil, soil genesis, soil fertility, plant nutrition and fertilization problems.
Qualification Awarded
The Doctorate Degree(PhD) in Agriculture( Soil Science and Plant Nutrition) awarded to the graduates who have successfully full filled all programme requirements.
Level of Qualification
Third Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Master's Degree and willing to enroll in the Doctorate programme may apply to the Directorate of 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 55 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 55. The candidates holding Bachelor's or Master's Degree taught totally in English are exempted from English proficiency requirement. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 15% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) 10 % of academic success in the master's programme and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 60 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 65 at least are accepted into the Doctorate 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 Doctorate 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 Doctorate 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 doctorate programme consists of a minimum of seven courses, with a minimum of 21 national credits, a qualifying examination, a dissertation proposal, and a dissertation. The period allotted for the completion of the Doctorate programmes is normally eight semesters (four years). However, while it is possible to graduate in a shorter time, it is also possible to have an extension subject to the approval of the graduate school. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 240 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 Doctorate course load and credits. The PhD students are required to take the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, after having successfully completed taught courses. The examination consists of written and oral parts. The Doctoral Qualifying Committee determines by absolute majority whether a candidate has passed or failed the examination. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination may retake the examination the following semester. Students failing the Examination a second time are dismissed from the program. 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 dissertation supervisor who must hold the minimum rank of assistant professor is appointed for each PhD student. When the nature of the dissertation topic requires more than one supervisor, a joint-supervisor may be appointed. A joint-supervisor must hold a doctoral degree. Periodic monitoring of research work by a thesis monitoring committee is required to be awarded the Doctoral degree. 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 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 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to two may be selected from another Department or another University. The co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. Thesis defense by the candidate is open to all audience and a jury decides to grant/deny the Doctoral degree. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to six months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
The Department of Soil Sciences and Plant Nutrition works on the sustainability of Soil Fertility. In this regard, undergraduate and graduate courses are given.Studies,meetings and seminars are organised for the proper use of agricultural land and good agricultural practices where emphasis is given on right use of fertilizers and nutrient manegament.
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 succesfully completed doctorate degree may apply to both in the same or related disciplines in higher education institutions at home or abroad to get a position in academic staff or to governmental R&D centres to get expert position.
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
Programme Director: Prof. Dr. Dilek ANAÇ, Address: Ege University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 35100 Bornova/IZMIR. Telephone: +90.232.3112682 ; Fax: +90.232.3889203 ; E-mail:
Education and research facilities are conducted in two greenhouse on 545m2, 6 ha of experimental field and 12 laboratories. Soil physics laboratory, Soil chemistry laboratory, Soil mapping laboratory, Soil genetics laboratory, Soil-water conversation and erosion control laboratory, Soil microbiology laboratory, Radioisotope and Analitical chemistry laboratory, Plant nutrition and soil fertility laboratory, Remote sensing and Geographical information systems(GIS) laboratory, Routine analysis laboratory, Student application laboratory, Plant physiology laboratory.

Key Learning Outcomes
6To be able to apply the theoratical informations achieved during the graduate study
7To be able to collect data by scientific means, to evaluate and interpreta
8To be able to update himself continuously
9To be able to assess the convenient analitical methods during the process of the scientific study
10To be able to put forth solutions to soil use and plant development

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 9102126012013 Developments in Plant Nutrition and Soil Sciences II Compulsory 3 0 0 8
2 TPR-SG-DOK-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 22
Total 3 0 0 30
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 TPR-SG-DOK-B ELECTIVE COURSES 2 Elective - - - 22
2 9102126022013 Recent Developments in Soil Science II Compulsory 3 0 0 8
Total 3 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 FENDRSEM1 SEMINAR I Compulsory 1 0 0 6
2 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
3 DRTEZ694 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 19
Total 1 0 0 30
6. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 FENDRSEM2 Seminar II Compulsory 1 0 0 6
Total 1 0 0 6
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9102126051998 Microbiological Analysis Technique of Soil Elective 2 2 0 0
2 9102126071998 Physico-chemistry of Soil Colloids Elective 3 0 0 0
3 9102126131998 Soil Micromorphology Elective 2 2 0 0
4 9102126151998 Nutrition Physiology of Higher Plants under Stress Conditions Elective 2 0 0 0
5 9102126171998 Soil Stabilization with Soil Conditioners Elective 3 1 0 0
6 9102126211998 Using of Syntetic and Naturel Additive Matters in Melioration of Soil Elective 3 0 0 0
7 9102126232010 Applications of Nuclear Techniques in Agriculture and Radiophysiology Elective 2 2 0 0
8 9102126252012 Organic Wastes: Use in Plant Production Elective 3 0 0 0
9 9102126272012 Design and Analysis Methods of Soil Fertility Experiments Elective 3 0 0 0
10 EBB6852017 Development and Learning Elective 3 0 0 4
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9102126022013 Recent Developments in Soil Science II Elective 3 0 0 0
2 9102126061998 Biochemistry and Metabolism of Crops II Elective 2 0 0 0
3 9102126081998 Biochemistry of Plant Enzymes Elective 2 1 0 0
4 9102126101998 The Mineralogical Analysis Technique of Soil Elective 1 2 0 0
5 9102126121998 Soil Taxonomy Elective 2 2 0 0
6 9102126181998 Land Use Problems Elective 3 0 0 0
7 9102126221998 Plant and Rhizosphere Relationships Elective 2 0 0 0
8 9102126242008 Soil Mapping Systems Elective 2 2 0 0
9 9102126262010 Heavy Metals in Soil and Plant Elective 2 2 0 0
10 9102126282012 Foliar Feeding and Stimulants Elective 2 0 0 0
11 9102126302012 Soil Enzymes Elective 2 2 0 0
12 9102126322014 Gübre Öneri Sistemleri Elective 2 0 0 0
13 EBB6832017 Planning and Assesment in Education Elective 3 2 0 6
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