Doctoral Program in Media and Communication Studies


Programme Profile

The doctoral program in Media and Communication Studies aims, in accordance with the interdisciplinary nature of the social sciences, to ensure a scientific specialization dealing with various issues in the field of communication and media studies. In keeping with this objective, the doctoral program addresses the phenomena of communication and media in a theoretical way based on historical, social, cultural, economic, ideological and political aspects. Future PhDs participating in the program are encouraged to undertake work that monitors and develops the interdisciplinary nature of communication and media studies.

Qualification Awarded

The students who successfully complete this programme are entitled to receive PhD degree in Media and Communication Studies

Level of Qualification

Graduate Studies - PhD degree

Access Requirements

To be able to apply to the programme the applicants must have a license and a master’s degree with thesis. Equivalence of international qualifications must be approved by the Higher Education Council (YÖK). If it is not mentioned on the master’s diploma or the transcript, the candidate must certify that he has graduated from a master’s programme with thesis. The applicants must obtain at least 70 points (language/verbal weight) in ALES (Examination for Academic Staff and for Access to Postgraduate Education) or a result equivalent to that in internationally recognized examinations GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test). Candidates must also obtain at least 75 points in YDS (Linguistic Proficiency Test). Candidates who have an equivalent score from internationally recognized exams such as the TOEFL, IELTS, DELF or DALF are also considered to have met the foreign language requirement. Foreign applicants must certify their competence in Turkish with a TÖMER C1 document and prove their level of proficiency in English or French. All the applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.00 over 4.00 or 70 over 100 on the graduate level. To be eligible for this program, applicants are required to prepare a research proposal of no more than 5 pages on the subject they wish to work in their doctoral thesis. They will submit their proposals to the coordinators during the written exam. While not mandatory, candidates are advised to contact a member of the Faculty of Communication who is an expert in their field and to write their research proposal with this potential thesis director with whom they wish to work.

Programme Requirements and Regulations

PhD degree in Media and Communication Studies is awarded to students who have successfully completed all the required number of elective courses in the curriculum and their thesis on the condition that they have obtained a minimum grade point average of 3.00 out of 4.00. The minimum number of ECTS credits required for graduation is 180. After completing the courses, students must pass a qualification exam of 30 ECTS. After writing a doctoral dissertation of 90 ECTS, students can only succeed if they publish at least one article in an international scientific journal related to the field of study and approved by the thesis director, a full text communication in the conference book of an international conference held regularly at least for 5 years or a chapter in an international book.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The doctoral program recognizes the undergraduate and graduate degrees of the candidates.

Programme Outcomes

1 After successfully completing the program, the student can understand the principles and development of scientific thought.
2 After successfully completing the program, the student can examine and interpret existing theoretical approaches using correct references to produce new syntheses.
3 After successfully completing the program, the student can consolidate his/her skills in his/her field of specialization with knowledge and skills related to the different functions (journalism, public relations, advertising, marketing, radio, television, cinema, new media).
4 After successfully completing the program, the student adheres to critical thinking, ethical values in the media and communication field, and to the principles of respect for all individuals and communities for the public good.
5 After successfully completing the program, the student may integrate advanced and current theoretical and practical knowledge into his/her work related to his/her area of specialization.
6 After successfully completing the program, the student can carry out original scientific research using different methodological approaches.
7 After successfully completing the program, the student can employ advanced qualitative and quantitative methods of research.
8 After successfully completing the program, the student can bring innovation to the scientific methods by developing new methods or applying known methods to new areas.
9 After successfully completing the program, the student can present and publish his/her work on prestigious international platforms.
10 After successfully completing the program, the student can collaborate on research and education with experts from different nationalities and scientific disciplines.
11 After successfully completing the program, the student prioritizes scientific ethics in his/her work.

Occupation Profiles of Graduates

Graduates of this program pursue their academic career in universities or work as expert professionals in their field in the private sector.

Access to Further Studies

The students are required to complete courses of 60 ECTS in 2 terms. Success in a course during the semester is calculated by evaluating the final exam grades together with the results of midterm exam(s) and/or other projects, assignments, etc. The instructor of the course notifies the Institute at the beginning of each semester about the weight of final exam grade and midterm exam(s) and/or other grades. The weight of final exam on the final grade should not be less than 40% and more than 60% of the total grade. Students will receive following letter grades for each course: Letter Grade/Grade Points: AA/4.00; BA/3.50; BB/3.00; CB/2.50; CC/2.00; F/0. A student should receive at least a letter grade of CC in any course to be considered successful. Following notations can also be used to evaluate exams and projects. Notation: IA/Failure-In attendance; NP/Failure-Non present in the final exam; BL/Successful; BS/Failure.

Grading Scheme and Grade Distribution Guidance

For each course taken, the student is given one of the following letter grades by the instructor:


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       A student who has received a letter grade of “AA”, “BA” or “BB” in any course is considered successful. Students who have received a grade of “CB” or “CC” are also considered successful provided that their cumulative grade point average is at least “3.00”. The letter grade “F” indicates “Fail”. The grade “BL” is given to a student who successfully completes the PhD Thesis, whereas “BS” denotes a failing grade for PhD Thesis. The letter grade “IA” indicates a failing grade caused by the inattendency of the student and the letter grade “NP” indicates the failing grade caused by the non-presence of the student in the final exam.


       Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): The total credit points for a course are obtained by multiplying the grade points by the ECTS credits. In order to calculate CGPA the sum of total credit points earned in all the courses taken by a student is divided by the sum of all ECTS credits.

Mode of Study

This programme is a first education programme.


Head of Department (or equivalent): Prof. Dr. İnci ÇINARLI
Adress: Galatasaray Üniversitesi Çırağan Cad. No:36, 34349 Ortaköy/İstanbul
Telephone: 0212 227 44 80

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