About the Department

Our Ph.D. program aims to teach students the analysis and exploration of the changing structure of international relations in a theoretical and comprehensive manner. Ph.D. students are provided with the necessary tools enabling them to develop analytical and critical skills. Essential aims of our program are; ensuring careers in public and private institutions, and supporting the academic and scientific studies on international relations in our university and in North Cyprus. Our program adopts a comprehensive approach and includes debates on theoretical issues. The curriculum is regularly updated and adapted to the changing structure of global international relations education system to fulfil the expectations and requirements of our university.

Education Opportunities

Ph.D. in International Relations program is comprised of advanced elective courses for graduate students to specialize in. The courses are given in advanced fields such as international relations theory, security issues, political economy, Middle East, political philosophy, comparative cultural analysis, conflict and conflict studies, and the like. Upon successful completion of the courses, students take a "scientific qualification examination". This examination consists of two steps: Written and oral. The written exam consists of three different areas from the field of international relations and the oral exam reassesses students’ analytical performance in those areas. Those who succeed in the exam proceed to the Ph.D. thesis writing stage and after the approval of the thesis proposal, they attend the Ph.D. supervision juries at the end of each semester. In accordance with the regulations of our university; students, prior to their thesis defense jury, have to publish an article, related to their thesis topic, in a journal indexed in SSCI, AHCI, SCI or SCI expanded.

Career Areas

The Department of International Relations aims to train students to not only become experts in their chosen field, but also be able to work with an international vision. In short, using their ability and background students will be able to put their theoretical and professional knowledge into practice in organizations such as:
International and National Organizations (United Nations, European Union, IMF, etc.);
Public Institutions;
Multinational Companies;
Visual and Printed Press;
Non- Profit Organizations;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
International relations branches of national, international and global institutions also employ our graduates.


Institute of Graduate Studies and Research
Çevik Uraz Center, CU244
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2214-2228
Institute E-mail: ciu-institute@ciu.edu.tr


3-5 Years