PhD - English Language and Literature

4 years
12,000 USD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Istanbul / Turkey
Istanbul Aydin University

Program description

The PhD programme in the Department of English Language and Literature is aimed to educate students for autonomous work as scholars, literary critics, and competent and objective academics in the advanced study of English literatures.

Applicants must meet the standards outlined in the Institute for Graduate Studies in Social Sciences regulations, as well as have reading proficiency in one of the modern European languages.

The programme normally lasts three academic years, with six semesters. The programme, which is based on a master's degree in a relevant discipline, needs a total of 180 ECTS, including 60 ECTS course work and 120 ECTS thesis work. Each ECTS represents 25.5 hours of student workload every semester. The course plan must include at least seven courses totaling 21 local credits (equivalent to 60 ECTS). If the applicant's educational background is deemed insufficient to follow the usual curriculum, the institute may compel prospective students to attend additional courses at the request of the programme director.

Building on his or her master's background, the student selects two areas of concentration and focuses on a topic of interest such as a historical period, a genre, or literary theory and criticism. The qualifying examination assesses knowledge in the areas of focus and critical interpretation procedures. Each student presents a dissertation in a format approved by his or her dissertation advisor and a departmental committee.

Medieval Literature, Renaissance Literature, 17th and 18th Century Literature, Romantic and Victorian Literatures, Modern English Literature, and Theory of Criticism are the key fields of study.

After the candidate's dissertation has been read and approved, a final public oral examination is held. The examination will include the following topics: a justification of the subject discussed and the methods used, as well as an account of any new contributions made. The student must create and answer a set of questions based on the topics covered in the dissertation.

Program structure

1st year

  • Contemporary approaches in literary criticism 
  • Advanced research methods 
  • Seminar course
  • Contemporary approaches in literary criticism-2

2nd year

  • Doktora tez öneri̇si̇
  • Doctaral qualifying exam

3rd year

  • Doktora tezi̇-1

4th year

  • Doktora tezi̇-3


Fee for education is 12,000 USD for international students.

Requirements for applicants

  • Undergraduate and graduate diploma
  • (if not in English, a copy translated to Turkish or English)
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcript
  • (if not in English, a copy translated to Turkish or English)
  • Photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport
  • Language proficiency score in one of these languages: English, French or German.
  • TOEFL IBT (84) or YDS/YÖKDİL (70) or PTE (65) if medium of instruction of degree is English.
  • TOEFL IBT (66), YDS/YÖKDİL (55) or PTE (55) + TÖMER C1 if medium of instruction of degree is Turkish.
  • 1 Biometric Photograph
  • 2 Reference Letters
  • 1 Motivation Letter + PhD Proposal
  • Student’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)

About the university

Istanbul Aydin University is a private university founded on May 18, 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is a technological center built on an area of 175,000 m2.

The university consists of many faculties, such as:

  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty of Communications
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering - Architecture
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine

As one of the youngest and most dynamic universities in the country, which is moving towards global education and international development, Istanbul Aydin University contributes by supporting education and research in modern sciences. Istanbul Aydin University is becoming increasingly popular among international students for education in various fields of science and technology.

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