About the Department

The aim of the Ph.D. in Turkish Language and Literature program is to help students gain the ability to conduct independent research, interpret and analyze scientific events with a broad and deep perspective, and determine the steps necessary to reach new syntheses. In the Ph.D. program, there are seven elective courses and one seminar, adding up to a total of 21 credits, followed by qualification exam and thesis work. It is aimed to help students find a field of specialization (Folk Literature, Old Turkish Literature, New Turkish Literature, and Turkish Language) through the elective courses. The seminar course and thesis work are non-credit and evaluated as successful or unsuccessful. The student has to register for thesis study latest by the beginning of the third semester. Admission to the Ph.D. program is subject to a master's degree in a related field of study, and in the case of acceptance to the program from other disciplines, student must complete the scientific preparation program based on their field of master’s degree. The thesis to be prepared at the end of the Ph.D. study must fulfil one of the qualifications; to bring innovation, to develop a new scientific method, or to apply a known method to a new field.

Education Opportunities

Ph.D. in Turkish Language and Literature helps to meet the needs of university faculty members in one of the fields of Folk Literature, Old Turkish Literature, New Turkish Literature, or Turkish Language. The program aims to accelerate the development of Turkology studies by researchers and academicians. The program develops new theories and models in the field of Turkish Language and Literature; and aims to bring researchers who will build bridges of language and culture to the world of science by conducting comparative studies in the Turkish world. In one of the sub-branches of Turkish Language and Literature, students’ original studies enable them to gain the expertise needed to act as both individual and team member. The program gathers individuals who have developed national and universal values in the field of Turkish language, culture, and literature, and have acquired a scientific personality with the sensitivity to transfer these values to future generations.

Career Areas

Graduates of the program are awarded the title of Doctor of Turkish Language and Literature in one of the branches of the Turkish Language and Literature (Turkish Language, Old Turkish Literature, New Turkish Literature, and Folklore). Graduates of the program are primarily faculty members and administrators at universities; who can work as researchers at various institutes and centers. On the other hand, our graduates can work in libraries, archives, the Ministry of Culture, and in radio and television as program producers, news editorials, and as presenters. Those with special talents can do 'writing' and 'editing' in newspapers and magazines. They can work in one of the Central Asian Turkic Republics. By working towards interdisciplinary studies, they can develop themselves in other fields of social sciences and get the opportunity to work in many interrelated sectors. They can be find employment individually in field studies, open publishing houses, establish research and training centers and continue their professional development in various sectors.


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