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Graduate School of Social Sciences - Geography - Physical Geography - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis



General Description
History
Master of Science Program in Physical Geography started to accept students with the foundation of Institute of Social Sciences in 1982.
Qualification Awarded
The Master’s Degree in Physical Geography 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
This Program aims at the students to be well-versed in the related academic literature, actual natural and environmental issues, and geographical approaches. Students are encouraged to interdisciplinary work and related projects.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Those who receive a master degree from this program can work in academic life and also in the related public and local administrative units.
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 )
Full-Time
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Head of the geography Department: Prof. Dr. Şevket IŞIK, e-mail: sevket.i@ege.edu.tr Tel: 0232 3111375 Physical Geography Master Program Head: Prof. Dr. Ertuğ ÖNER, e-mail: ertug.oner@ege.edu.tr Tel. 0232 3111680 ECTS Coordinator: Assist. Prof. Dr. M. Kirami ÖLGEN, e-mail: kirami.olgen@ege.edu.tr Tel. 0232 3111332 Ege University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Geography 35100 Bornova-İzmir/Turkey
Facilities
Pyhsical Geography Master Program mainly carries out in Alluvial Geomorphology Laboratory in the department of Geography. The Alluvial Geomorpohology laboratory is fully equipped for sedimantological, paleontological and alluvial geomorphological analysis. In addition, there are three diesel engine powered core sampling drilling equipments . For some of the courses given in this Program, the GIS Laboratory is also used. The books in the archive room and the various maps available at the Department are open for the use of the students.

Key Learning Outcomes
1Skills to work in a multidisciplinary project
2Developing individual working skills, decision making and oral and written expression.
3Preparing a thesis with a professional and ethical responsibility.
4Evaluating the physical properties of the geographical environment with interdisciplinary approaches.
5Following the recent developments and approaches in the physical geography.
6Using new information and technological tools and methods in different fields to apply geographical analysis.
7Conducting new researches in climate change using new information and technologies.
8Understanding the properties of the recent geographical environment and solving the environmental problems.
9Understanding the effects of natural environment on the human activities, cultural and technological developments since prehistoric times and evaluating the different geographical environments using those information.
10Making analysis and interpretations of earial photographs and remotely sensed images to physical geography researches.
11Effectively use statistical techniques for spatial analysis.
12Effextively use laboratory techniques in physical geography researches.
13Perform advanced spatial analysis.

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
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KNOWLEDGE1
2
SKILLS1
2
3
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
2
3
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
2
3
4
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1
2
3

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 COĞ-FİZİKİ-YL-SDG1 Elective - - - 24
2 9201095312017 Research Methods for Physical Geography I Compulsory 3 0 0 6
3 9201095332017 Spatial Analysis in Physical Geography I Compulsory 3 0 0 6
Total 6 0 0 36
 
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 COĞ-FİZİK-YL-SDG2 Elective - - - 18
2 9201095362017 Research Methods for Physical Geography II Compulsory 3 0 0 3
3 9201095082016 RESEARCH TECHNIQUES AND ETHICS I Compulsory 2 0 0 3
4 YLSEM590 Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
5 9201095382017 Spatial Analysis Physical Geography II Compulsory 3 0 0 3
Total 8 0 0 33
 
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
 
 
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