Ph.D. Programs

General Overview

For students who are accepted with a thesis Master degree, the doctoral program comprises of at least 21 credits including seven courses, at least a seminar course, a qualification exam, a thesis proposal and a thesis study. For students who are accepted with a Bachelor degree, doctoral program comprises of at least 42 credits in total including at least 14 courses, at least a seminar course, a qualification exam, a thesis proposal and a thesis study.

In doctoral programs, with the recommendation of the department board and with the approval of the executive council, at most two courses for students who are accepted with a Master degree and at most four courses for the students who are accepted with a Bachelor degree can be selected among courses given in other Universities.

Undergraduate courses do not account for the course load and the doctoral credit.

Period of Study

The duration of the doctoral program, not including the time spent on scientific preparation and regardless of which semesters the student has registered for, is at least eight and at most twelve semesters for students accepted with a Master degree, and is at least ten and at most fourteen semesters for students accepted with a Bachelor degree, starting from the period in which courses related to the registered program are given.

The maximum time allowed to successfully complete the credit courses required by the doctoral program is four semesters for the students who are accepted with a thesis Master degree and six semesters for the students who are accepted with a Bachelor degree.

Qualifying Exam

Students who are accepted with a Master degree must take the qualifying exam until the end of the fifth semester, and students who are accepted with a Bachelor degree must take the qualifying exam until the end of the seventh semester the latest.