Political Science, Ph.D. | Bilkent University | Taipei, Taiwan
24 months
14500 USD/year
6258 USD/year
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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). 


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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


24 alternative credits

Successfully complete the course requirements for the Ph.D. degree by earning at least 24 credit units of course work is required.


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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submission of ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı/Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam) or GRE scores. GMAT scores are required for graduate programs in Business Administration.)
  • Fluency in written and oral English. Please see the websites of each graduate school for the list of accepted tests.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Recommendations from instructors or others qualified to evaluate academic ability.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6258 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6258 USD per year during 24 months.

14,500 USD for international students and 45.000 TL for Turkish students

Living costs for Taipei

26343 - 35750 TWD /month
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