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Political Science, Ph.D.

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The Political Science programme from Bilkent University is designed to provide Ph.D. candidates with theoretical background, analytical abilities, and empirical research skills in accordance with international academic standards in four major fields (Turkish Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Social Theory and Cultural Studies). 

About

Political science is one of the oldest social science disciplines. It examines how people in societies organized into states live together and resolve or fail to resolve their conflicts. Politics is the art of influencing others as well as arriving at consensus. It is a widespread phenomenon that one encounters at all levels of society (family, school, government, and the like) as well as between states.

The discipline of Political Science from Bilkent University which studies systematically the recurring patterns of events in politics, is divided into five subdisciplines: political theory, comparative politics, international relations, national (Turkish) politics and public administration.

A candidate for the Ph.D. degree must:

  • Successfully complete the core curriculum for Ph.D. Degree at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. There are two elective pools in the core curriculum.
  • Successfully complete the course requirements for the Ph.D. degree by earning at least 24 credits in total including two restricted electives and one unrestricted elective courses with at least 3 credits.
  • Show competence in the written and oral comprehensive examinations after completing all credit requirements and the seminar course in the curriculum. Students with a Master's degree must take the comprehensive exam within the first five semesters. Students without a Master's degree must take the comprehensive exam within the first seven semesters.
  • Submit a detailed Ph.D. dissertation proposal within six months after successfully passing their comprehensive examinations.
  • A paper based on the candidate's thesis must be accepted or published in a reputable journal before the dissertation can be defended.
  • Submit and successfully defend a Ph.D. dissertation that represents an original contribution to knowledge in the field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
    Successfully complete the course requirements for the Ph.D. degree by earning at least 24 credits in total including two restricted electives and one unrestricted elective courses with at least 3 credits.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics
  • Academic Practices
  • Pre-Thesis Seminar 
  • Ph.D. Dissertation
  • Research Methods Electives

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:

    87

    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:

    4

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

    298 (verbal and quantitative total + minimum 4.0 analytical

  • Proof of Degree: Ph.D.: graduate degree if already obtained (application requirement: MA/MSc thesis)
  • Transcripts: Ph.D. : undergraduate & graduate transcripts (most recent one available at the time of application)
  • Statement of Purpose: Ph.D. :1000 words max. (reasons for applying to Ph.D., research interests)
  • Letter of Recommendation: Ph.D.: 3
  • Other: A writing sample

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 USD per year and a duration of .
  • National

    6617 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6617 USD per year and a duration of .
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • National: 37,120 TL per year.

Living costs for Ankara

  • 1600 - 2350 TRY/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Scholarships for International Students
  • Prospective students who apply for financial assistance are evaluated according to their high school grades, their national and/or international exam scores, their program choices, and other relevant academic criteria.
  • Qualified applicants are offered partial or full tuition waiver scholarships. Tuition waiver scholarships are awarded at five levels, ranging from 20% to 100% in increments of 20%. Accommodation scholarships may be available for a limited number of top students who are on full tuition waiver scholarship.

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