Doctoral Program in International Relations


Programme Profile

This program aims at developing, through an academic study, a multidimensional capacity of analysis required by International Relations discipline`s multidisciplinary and multidimensional nature.

Qualification Awarded

The students who successfully complete this programme are entitled to receive PhD degree

Level of Qualification

Graduate studies-PhD degree in International Relations

Access Requirements

The applicants must have a master’s degree with thesis (exception for the students who enrolled to a master program without thesis by 06.02.2013). Equivalence of international qualifications must be approved by the Higher Education Council (YOK). The applicants must obtain 75 points (equal weight) from ALES (Academic Personel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) and have a minimum GPA of 3.00 over 4.00 on the undergraduate/ graduate level and they must prove their proficiency in English or French. Candidates may take and must obtain at least 80 points in the Intercollegiate Foreign Language Examination (UDS) or in the Foreign Language Exam for Public Sector Staff (KPDS). 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. To be eligible for this program, applicants must pass an oral and written scientific exam. Weighted score from these tests must be equal to an average of minimum 65 points and it must remain within the quota when grades are ranked from the highest to the lowest.

Programme Requirements and Regulations

PhD degree is awarded to students who have successfully completed all the compulsory courses and the required number of elective courses in the curriculum on the condition that they have obtained a min average grade of 3.00 out of 4.00. The minimum number of ECTS credits required for graduation is 180.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Programme Outcomes

1 Must have widened his/her International Relations master`s degree formation /knowledge;
2 Must have developed a multidimensional capacity of analysis from his/her master on political science and his philosophy, history, law, economy, sociology, required by International Relations discipline`s multidisciplinary and multidimensional nature;
3 Should conduct comparative research in the framework of International Relations discipline`s components and paradigms;
4 Must have enhanced the capacity of research, should look for the originality of research in the framework of academic ethical principals;
5 Should have the competence of evaluation of approaches of participation of knowledge and approaches of critics in the academic environment and the competence of integrating these issues into his/her works;
6 Should contribute to International Relations’ theories and/or practice the theoretical knowledge deepened during his/her formation;
7 Should develop the capacity of analyzing in foreign policy, have the competence of problem and gap resolution which appears at a time in literature and in practice in this area;
8 Should have the capacity and the competence in the areas of International Relations, law, foreign policy, history, economy in order to contribute to Turkey’s accession and integration process to EU;
9 Should follow closely Turkish and global actuality, have the competence for discussing actual problems with analytical depth and contributing to reporting and resolution of these problems in a concrete manner;
10 Not only should follow the national and international publications but also should have the academic language (French, English, Turkish) and knowledge level in order to contribute to these publications;
11 Accordingly, should publish individually or as a part of a team, contribute to the literature;
12 Should acquire a vision related to his/her area of expertise, plan and supervise all types of projects and goals. Should use the knowledge and abilities acquired from his/her area, the abilities of problem resolution and of practicing in the national/international and interdisciplinary works.

Occupation Profiles of Graduates

The graduates may pursue their career as academic at the universities or as experts in both public and 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 while considering the general success level in class. 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, projects, home works, seminar courses etc. Notation: IA/Failure-Inattendance; 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:
Letter grades
Grade points
       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. Füsun TÜRKMEN
Adress: Galatasaray Üniversitesi Çırağan Cad. No:36, 34349 Ortaköy/İstanbul
Telephone: 0212 227 44 80

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