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History, Theory and Criticism in Design, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) Istanbul, Turkey
The students who successfully complete this History, Theory and Criticism in Design programme at BAU are awarded the degree of PhD. in in Architecture and Design.
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This History, Theory and Criticism in Design programme at BAU aims at exploring and generating the conceptual foundations of the built environment as a form of cultural production; production of academic research and knowledge in the field of history, theory and criticisim of design with an inter-disciplinary approach and to contribute to the education of academic staff in the related field. 


  • To explore and generate the conceptual foundations of the built environment as a form of cultural production 
  • To explore the changing and evolving nature of the fields of design history, theory and criticism
  • Making use of the knowledge and progress in various disciplines encouraging the researches and inventions in methodology; transfering the knowledge of diverse fields to the comtemporary design discourse and praxis 
  • To foster advanced researches and original contributions in architecture and design
  • To contribute to the education and cultivation of academic staff in the field of design history, theory and criticism.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Critical History of Modern Architecture and Design
  • Pro-Thesis Seminar in Architectural Research
  • Preliminary Examination for PhD
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Research 
  • Ph.D. Thesis

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

  • Online Application Form 
  • Copy of Undergraduate Diploma
  • Copy of official transcript of Undergraduate Records
  • Copy of Master’s Degree Diploma
  • Copy of official transcript of Master’s Degree Records
  • Copy of the Passport
  • 2 Reference Letters
  • Letter of Intent
  • Current CV of the applicant
  • GRE (min score: (quantitative) 685, new:154), GMAT (min score: 500)
  • Turkish Proficiency Exam Score for the programs in Turkish (BAU TURKMER / TOMER min B2)
  • For Ph.D Programs, copy of Master Thesis/Project

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9996 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Istanbul

  • 2000 - 3240 TRY/month
    Living Costs

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