Non-Thesis Master Program in European Union Law


Programme Profile

This program aims at preparing its future graduates to undertake specific research specialized on the EU, its institutions and common policies.

Qualification Awarded

The students who have successfully completed this programme are awarded the Master’s Degree in European Union.

Level of Qualification

This is a Second Cycle programme.

Access Requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle); YDS (Foreign Language Proficiency Examination) score of minimum 65 in French or English. The students who have B2 level in DELF and C1 level in DALF certificates, or a TOEFL score of minimum 450 for PBT, 130 for CBT, 50 for IBT, or 5 points for each section of the IELTS are regarded as providing the conditions of foreign language requirement.

Programme Requirements and Regulations

The Master’s Degree in European Union is awarded to students who have successfully completed all the compulsory courses in the curriculum (60 ECTS) with a cumulative grade point average of minimum 2.75 out of 4.00, a graduate seminar and a master’s project (30 ECTS).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Programme Outcomes

1 Should have developed further the knowledge on the EU previously acquired through the BA program;
2 Should be in possession of the fundamentals and undertake analyses of subjects like the European institutions, European law, the acquis, EU deepening and widening processes, EU foreign and security policy etc.
3 Should be able to undertake a diplomatic career at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of EU Affairs;
4 Should have a solid background on Turkey-EU relations;
5 Should have acquired the necessary basic knowledge in order to undertake publications and programs on the EU within printed and visual media;
6 Should be able to work as a technical specialist on the EU within the private sector and NGOs;
7 Should be able to follow national and international publications on his/her field of specialisation and have the necessary linguistic competence (in Turkish, French, English etc.) to contribute to them.

Occupation Profiles of Graduates

The program prepares its future graduates to careers in a) diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of EU Affairs; b) the private sector and NGOs as a technical specialist on the EU.

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 “2.75”. The letter grade “F” indicates “Fail”. The grade “BL” is given to a student who sucessfully completes the graduate seminar or the Master’s Thesis, whereas “BS” denotes a failing grade for the graduate seminar or the Master’s Thesis.
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


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

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