Doctoral Program ın Prıvate Law


Programme Profile

The main goal of the programme is procuring well qualified expert jurists in private law, with ability to conduct academic researches on certain legal problems in comparative basis between various national law systems.

Qualification Awarded

PhD Degree in Private Law

Level of Qualification

PhD Degree (Third Cycle)

Access Requirements

Master’s Degree in Law; ALES (Academic Personel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) score of minimum 70; ÜDS (Interuniversity Board Foreign Language Proficiency Examination) score of minimum 70 or KPDS (Public Service Foreign Language Proficiency Examination) score of 70 in French or English.

Programme Requirements and Regulations

The Master’s Degree in Private Law is awarded to students who have successfully completed all the compulsory courses in the curriculum and the required number of elective courses (60 ECTS) with a cumulative grade point average of minimum 3.00 out of 4.00, and a doctorate thesis (120 ECTS).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students may be exempted from the courses that they have taken in another university, in case the related commission of the Institute confirms that the content of the relevant courses are compatible.

Programme Outcomes

1 Recognizing positive norms in private law and being able to define and explain the principals of methodology,
2 Being able to determine, identify and restate legal problems,
3 Being able to use legal interpretation principals in an efficient manner in order to analyze and resolve a legal problem and in order to develop a strategy,
4 Being able to conduct academic researches on legal problems and to propose solutions,
5 Assuming responsibility individually or collectively for resolving complicated legal problems,
6 Being able to criticise positive norms of the law system,
7 Being able to explain technical legal knowledge in private law in Turkish, French and English verbally or in writing, being able to report personal opinion concerning a legal problem verbally or in writing in a persuasive manner,
8 Being able to follow up the local and international legal literature, to update technical legal knowledge permanently, to use information technology in an efficient manner in order to achieve these goals,
9 Being able to conduct comparative academic researches between different law systems,
10 Being able to explain and utilize academic study methodologies in order to conduct academic research on a certain legal problem.

Occupation Profiles of Graduates

The degree enables the holder to be lecturer in private law in academic institutions.

Access to Further Studies


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 grades “P” and “F” indicate “Pass” and “Fail”, respectively. The grade BL is given to a student who sucessfully completes the Master’s Thesis, whereas “BS” denotes a failing grade for Master’s Thesis.

Cumulative Grade Point Averages (CGPA): The total credit points for a course are obtained by multiplying the grade points by the credit hours. 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 credit hours.

Mode of Study

Full- time


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

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