International Relations, Ph.D. | Bilkent University | Ankara, Turkey
48 months
14500 USD/year
6259 USD/year
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The International Relations programme from Bilkent University is a highly specialized program.


The International Relations programme from Bilkent University purpose is to develop the skills of doctoral candidates in international political analysis and to increase their capacity to conduct research on theoretical issues, international security studies, strategic studies, comparative foreign policy, international political economy, regional integration, global environmental problems, international law, peacekeeping and conflict resolution as well as area studies such as the European Union, the Balkans, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus. 


The program is reserved for a limited number of students who are qualified and committed to spend several years conducting intensive research. The program is particularly suitable for students who wish to pursue an academic career.

Programme Structure

Areas of research included:

  • Theoretical issues
  • International security studies
  • Strategic studies
  • Comparative foreign policy
  • International political economy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


26 alternative credits

Students accepted to this program must complete at least 26 credit hours of course work. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
4 (analytical)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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 48 months.
  • National

    6259 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6259 USD per year during 48 months.
  • 14,500 USD for international students and 45.000 TL for Turkish students

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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