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English Language and Literature, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Istanbul, Turkey
The  Ph.D. program for master's degree holders at the Department of English Language and Literature from Istanbul Aydin University is designed to prepare students for independent work as scholars, critics of literature and as competent and objective academics in the advanced study of literatures in English.
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The applicants have to comply with the requirements specified in the regulations of the Institute for Graduate Studies in Social Sciences and also have to have a reading knowledge in one of the modern European languages.

The normal duration of the program is 3 academic years consisting of 6 semesters. The English Language and Literature program from Istanbul Aydin University which is based on a master's degree in a relevant field requires the successful completion of 180 ECTS with 60 ECTS course work and 120 ECTS thesis work. One ECTS is equal to 25.5 hours of student workload per semester . The course plan must consist of at least 7 courses with 21 local credits (equivalent to 60 ECTS). The institute may require the prospective students to take additional courses upon the request of the program director if the educational background of the applicant is not seen appropriate to follow the normal program.

The student chooses two areas of concentration, building upon his/ her master's background, and focuses on a field of interest such as a historical period, a genre, or literary theory and criticism. The qualifying examination scrutinizes knowledge in the areas of concentration and awareness of the methods of critical interpretation. Each student submits a dissertation in a form approved by his/ her dissertation director and by a committee appointed by the department.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The  major areas of concentration are Medieval Literature, Renaissance Literature, 17th and 18th Century Literature, Romantic and Victorian Literatures, Modern  English Literature, and Theory of Criticism.

A final  public oral examination is given after the candidate's dissertation has been  read and approved. The following topics are to be covered in the examination: a  justification of the subject treated and the methods chosen, an account of any  new contributions made. The student must develop and answer a series of  questions growing out of subjects presented in the dissertation.

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

General Requirements

  • Undergraduate and graduate diploma (Translated into Turkish or English)
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcript (Translated into Turkish or English)
  • Passport scanned version of the relevant pages
  • Language proficiency score in English, French or German
  • TOEFL IBT (84) (if medium of instruction of degree is English)
  • TOEFL IBT (66) + TÖMER C 1 (if medium of instruction of degree is Turkish *)
  • Passport size photograph

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6700 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6700 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Istanbul

  • 2000 - 3240 TRY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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