MSN Graduate ProgramDoctor of Philosophy Degree at UNAM

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offering MSN PhD degree, with many global opportunuties

BSc graduates or students need at least 2.80/4.00 CGPA at the time of application.

ALES score is required, 55 (for MSc holders) and 80 (for BSc holders). International students may also provide ALES scores for applications.

Otherwise; GRE General Test score is required: 157 (quantitative). However, if you are off by a small margin and you have a strong background, we encourage you to apply.

TOEFL IBT(at least 87), IELTS (at least 6.5 average and 5.5 from each section) or Bilkent COPE (at least C).

If you submit IELTS or COPE results, you also need to submit foreign language requirements as imposed by Inter-universities Board (ÜAK) of Turkey (minimum of 55 from YDS or its equivalents as listed by the Board, in a language other than the mother tongue (minimum of 55 from YDS or its equivalents as listed by the Board, in a language other than the mother tongue ) must be satisfied by all PhD applicants.


Entry Requirements for PhD Program
Please check the graduate school webpage for the most up to date requirements from here.

* Proof of Degree (if already obtained)
* Official Transcripts (most recent)
* Statement of Purpose
* Two Letters of Recommendation

The deadlines for Fall 2017-2018 Semester:
Early Applicants: April 17th, 2017
Turkish Citizens: June 13th, 2017

Eligibility to the programs will be assessed and in case of qualification, applicant is called for an interview.

Applicants are required to have a B.S. degree in various fields of science (physics, mathematics, chemistry, molecular biology and genetics, etc), engineering (electrical and electronics, mechanical, chemical, materials science, metallurgy, food, etc.) or medicine. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (GRE for non-Turkey applicants) scores, past academic record, reference letters and the interview at Bilkent University. Decent knowledge of English is required. (See details below.)

Twenty-four credit units of course work beyond the M.S. level or forty-eight credits of course work beyond the B.S. level is required. The Ph.D. candidate is expected to pass a qualifying examination and submit a thesis proposal. Preparing and defending a dissertation based on original research is the essence of the program. The normal duration of Ph.D. study is max. 12 semesters for students with M.S. degree and max. 14 semesters for students with B.S. degree.

UNAM is located in the Bilkent Main Campus. Students may attend campus activities, such as BSO (Bilkent Symphony Orchestra) concerts, Bilkent theatre, Sports Centre events, seminars and workshops. Hourly campus bus services allow students to reach city centre free of charge. Bilkent Library is rich in books and open for all days in a year (except national holidays), and the resident health centre is open 24/7 for medical emergencies. A supermarket and several diners are located at the enterance of the university (Ankuva). Restaurants (Â la carte, table d’hôte) and cafes are serving everyday.

As the capital city of Turkey, Ankara provides easy access to public offices. Cultural and historical seeings are rich in quality and number. For more information, please refer to Daily Life in Turkey (external link).

Degree Requirements and FAQs

Dormitories are furnished with single beds or bunk beds, desks, desk chairs, bookcases or shelves, wardrobes, wastebaskets and mini refrigerators. All rooms have unlimited high speed internet access at no charge. All dorms have common areas, such as self-cook kitchens/kitchenettes, TV/social lounges, study lounges, self-service laundry and ironing rooms, and game and visitors’ areas or rooms. Central heating and 24-hour continuous hot water are standard, and each floor is further equipped with common bathrooms and restrooms.

Ph.D. students may get a stipendium of up to 2500 TL/month (~890 €/month). Although this amount may seem a little low, considering that you will receive meal tickets (after the qualifiers) and you will have a miniscule housing and insurance expenditures, living expenses do not push the limits of student budgets. Besides the base stipendium there are incentives for publishing scientific papers as you may receive extra money from projects. There are frequent free shuttle busses to the city center. Public transportation network in Ankara is well established and costs as little as 1.5 TL per ride. Cost of living in Ankara is not so high. Here is a useful website showing some metrics about living expenses in Ankara. Overall this stipendium provides an above average lifestyle for single students and an average lifestyle for couples.

The deadlines for Fall 2017-2018 Semester:
Early Applicants: April 17th, 2017
Turkish Citizens: June 13th, 2017