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International Relations (PhD)

Kadir Has University
2 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available

Program description

International Relations (PhD)

The PhD Program in International Relations provides a rigorous approach to the study of global affairs with a particular emphasis on security and regional studies. Students are expected to develop the substantive knowledge, theoretical perspectives and methodological skills necessary for conducting research and teaching in their field.

Why study at Kadir Has University?

The PhD Program in International Relations is geared towards preparing students for a number of careers such as academics, and policy specialists in the government; media; business; and research sectors. Candidates will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a distinguished faculty with particular expertise in International Relations Theory, Turkish Foreign Policy, International Security, the EU’s external policies, International Political Economy, and regional expertise on the Middle East, Europe, Eurasia, and the United states.

Admission requirements

The Interdisciplinary PhD Program in International Relations accepts applications from students with a degree from a four-year undergraduate program or Master's level graduate program (with thesis) without regard to their prior area of specialization. Those who apply to the program with an undergraduate degree must have a minimum of 80 points from ALES exam, and those who apply with a Master's degree must have a minimum of 55 points. Applicants must also have a minimum of 55 points from YDS exam. In place of ALES and YDS, applicants my choose to provide scores of tests which are approved as equivalnt by The Council of Higher Education.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Research Methods and Scientific Ethics
  • Seminar
  • Field Elective
  • Field Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Field Elective
  • Field Elective
  • Field Elective
  • Free Elective

Year 2

  • Ph.D Comprehensive Exam
  • Ph.D Thesis

Elective courses

  • Turkish Foreign Policy
  • History and Theory of International Relations
  • Global Perspectives on Sustainable Development
  • The EU:History,Politics and Integration
  • Theories of International Relations
  • USA and World
  • Role of Media in International Relations
  • International Migration and Modes of Integration
  • Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Current Issues in International Relation
  • Theory and Practice of International Sec
  • Politics in the European Union
  • Turkey and EU
  • Middle East: Policy, Economy and Society
  • Russia: Geography, History and Policy
  • Blacksea Region
  • Politics and Security in the Black Sea Region
  • International Political Economy
  • Strategy and Security in South East Asia
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Energy Politics
  • Eurasian Security and Geopolitics
  • Technology, Development and Politics
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Political Violence and Terrorism
  • Religion and Identity in International Relation
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Comparative Political Studies
  • Current Debates in International Relations Theories
  • Comparative Regional Studies
  • Evolution of Strategic Thought
  • Advanced Readings in Turkish Foreign Policy
  • Research and Readings in International R
  • EU Foreign and Security Policy
  • European Integration Studies
  • The EU's Neighborhood Policy
  • Studies of Globalisation
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • The Geopolitics of Eurasia
  • Issues in US Foreign Policy
  • Advanced Readings in the Politics of The Middle East

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarship options, please visit the website.

Tuition fees

$12,000 per year


The students who successfully complete the program are awarded an Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degree (Level 8) in International Relations.

Program outcomes

  1. Offering new insight to the advanced terms and debates in International Relations through new studies
  2. Contribute to the field's advanced theoretical concepts and regional dynamics through offering new perspectives
  3. Utilize and operationalize the connection of the discipline of International Relations to other complementary fields of Political Science and Sociology
  4. Follow the discipline's new knowledge and techniques by using them in own research
  5. Be able to use multiple research techniques to provide new insight into the field's main debates
  6. Be able to use, discuss and critique research papers in the field's top journals
  7. Develop the discipline to run own research independently
  8. Discuss and debate the field's diverse arguments and approaches in a critical fashion
  9. Present and teach the field's advanced concepts in written, spoken and visual form
  10. Express the field's concepts and topics in at least one foreign language listed under European Language Portolio B2-level
  11. Develop technical ability to use computer, software and hardware as required by the discipline

Continuing studies

Students can apply for graduate studies in related programs.

Career opportunities

We aim to educate individuals to have a deep knowledge of global affairs, international law and politics, and have expertise in their whole area of study as well as specific branches. These individuals will then be in demand for advanced positions in both the Turkish public and private sectors, as well as international institutions and civil society organizations

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Kadir Has University

Kadir Has University, one of the oldest foundation universities in Turkey, is located in the heart of Istanbul. The university with 5 Undergraduate faculties and School of Graduate Studies, is dedicated to becoming a leader in Turkish higher education and...

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Kadir Has University

Cibali Mahallesi
Kadir Has Caddesi, Fatih
34083 Istanbul

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