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Third Cycle Programmes (Doctorate Degree)

Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Leather Engineering - Third Cycle Programme

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 Doctor of Phylosophy Degree in Leather Engineering is awarded to students who successfully complete all courses in the curriculum plan and defense their thesis proposal and thesis work in related area successfully.
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 main goal of the Doctorate Degree in Leather Engineering is to grow the graduates having the ability to make research individually, to evaluate the scientific actions by a deeper vision and to make comments on relevant issues, to precieve, design, evaluate and finish an original process by using and following the knowledge of the recent developments in the engineering fields and to have the ability to manage a process. the programme enables the students to study different areas of leather engineering field together with other relevant disciplines in multidisciplinary researches.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
The graduates of the doctorate programme in leather engineering department have opportunities of employment in a variety of state and private founded companies. They can work in many governmental institutions, institutes, research and development divisions as academic staff and engineer. Leather engineers holding doctorate degree play a key role in industries. The engineers who made multidisciplinary studies such as environment, biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, etc., can also employ in private companies working releated to the leather industry. Leather engineers can work in production, quality control, process control, research and development, marketing and sales divisons of any kind of leather manufacturing companies, chemical producer and provider companies, leather confections as technical or managerial personel.
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
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 Doctorate student must receive at least 75 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
1To be able to communicate in oral and written using at least one foreign language in level B2 of Europian Language Portfolio
2To be able to question and develop the current and advanced information in Leather Engineering field with an authentic idea and/or research at a professional level, and to evaluate the original results.
3To be able to develop an innovative scientific method in Leather Engineering field, or to apply an existing method with interdisciplinary approaches, to be able to investigate, compherend, design, demonstrate and realize an original subject.
4To be able to make contribution to science by publishing the results of an original study about Leather Engineering in a national and/or international refreed journal.
5To be able to develop new ideas and methods in Leather Engineering field by using high level mental prosesses such as creative and critical mentation, problem solving and deciding.
6To be able to perform executive abilities (leadership, organization, time and risk management, quality awareness, productivity, etc.) for original and interdisciplinary problems.
7To be able to establish an affective communication showing the competence of the defence of original arguments in front of a national/ and or international professional community.
8To be able to generate solutions in social, scientific and ethical issues encountered in Leather Engineering field and working life, and to contribute to the development of information society by supporting the mentioned values.

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 9103086012000 Chemical Modifications of Collagen I Compulsory 2 2 0 8
2 DMÜ-SG-DOK-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 22
3 9103086242018 Scientific Research and Ethics Compulsory 2 0 0 6
Total 4 2 0 36
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DMÜ-SG-DOK-B ELECTIVE COURSES 2 Elective - - - 24
2 FENDRSEM1 SEMINAR I Compulsory 1 0 0 6
Total 1 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 FENDRYET790 Qualifying Exam Compulsory 0 0 0 9
2 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
3 FENDRTEZONE Thesis Proposal Defense Compulsory 0 0 0 16
Total 0 0 0 30
4. 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
5. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 FENDRSEM2 Seminar II 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 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
7. 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
8. 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
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9103086032011 Artificial Leathers and Their Manufacturing Techniques I Elective 3 0 0 7
2 9103086052000 Chemical Reactivity and Modification of Keratin Elective 2 2 0 8
3 9103086072000 Finishing Agents and Application Techniques I Elective 3 0 0 7
4 9103086092000 Eco-Leathers Elective 3 0 0 8
5 9103086112000 Water and Effluent Analysis in Leather Industry Elective 2 2 0 7
6 9103086132008 Wearing Pyhsiology and Hygiene of Leather Products Elective 2 2 0 8
7 9103086152008 Film Formation and Its Techniques in Leather Finishing Elective 2 2 0 7
8 9103086172012 Characterization of Footwear Industry Wastes and Evaluation Elective 3 0 0 8
9 9103086212016 Bioprocess Applications in Leather INdustry Waste Water Treatments Elective 2 0 0 7
10 9103086232016 Database Management Systems in Leather Engineering Elective 2 2 0 8
11 EBB6832017 Planning and Assesment in Education Elective 3 2 0 6
12 EBB6852017 Development and Learning Elective 3 0 0 4
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9103086022013 Chemical Modifications of Collagen II Elective 2 2 0 8
2 9103086042000 Artificial Leathers and Their Manufacturing Techniques II Elective 2 2 0 8
3 9103086062000 Finishing Agents and Application Techniques II Elective 2 2 0 8
4 9103086082000 Advanced Techniques in Waste Water Treatment Elective 2 0 0 8
5 9103086102000 Energy in Leather Manufacturing Elective 3 0 0 8
6 9103086122000 Evaluation of Environment Impact Elective 2 2 0 8
7 9103086142008 Advanced Technology Leathers Elective 2 2 0 8
8 9103086162008 Su ve Solvent Bazlı Finisaj Sistemleri Elective 2 2 0 8
9 9103086182012 Footwear Faults and Customer Complaints Elective 3 0 0 8
10 9103086202012 Plasma Technology for Leather) Elective 2 0 0 8
11 9103086222016 Visual Programming in Leather Engineering Elective 2 2 0 8
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