Political Sciences and International Relations PhD


Program Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Yılmaz ESMER
Assistant Coordinator: Büşra Çelik
E-mail: busra.celik@gss.bau.edu.tr
Tel: 0 212 381 01 75


The Ph.D.  program aims to prepare students for research, teaching, or professional careers where they will apply the competencies they acquire. The structure and curriculum of this program is designed to deepen students’ knowledge of political science and specialize research areas.

This program encourages Ph. D. students to focus on issues such as Democratization, Citizenship, Civil Society, Urban and Migration Studies, Public Survey, Foreign Policy, Global Economy Politics, Energy and Environment Security and Comparative Politics (US, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Central Asia and Middle East).

This program consists of all courses indicated in the curriculum, Ph. D. Qualification Exam and the preparation and defense of a dissertation. Ph. D. candidates must complete the course work within four semesters. Students who complete the course work are entitled to start working on their Ph. D. dissertation, after passing the Ph. D. Qualification Exam. Then, after completing the Ph. D. dissertation under the supervision of an advisor, students defend their dissertation before the jury. Those who succeed in their defense complete the program and become entitled to receive the doctorate degree.