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About Department

About the Department

By means of analyzing English literature from a contemporary, comparative, and global perspective, the aim of our doctoral program is to provide students with a high level of education and enable them to become qualified academics. Within this scope, it intends   to help students to become creative and open-minded, critically thinking, successful in both national and international academic and research institutions, perform significant research in both local and global level, and to make a valuable contribution to knowledge and humanity.

Our perspective is interdisciplnary; hence, among the other aims of the program, we intend to train our students to gain the analytical and multi-faceted approach that is necessary in the academic world and the skills for interpretation and producing results. Within this framework, the emphasis is placed on them mastering the various approaches of literary theory, and consider the value of other disciplines for literary application.

Another target of the program is for the graduates to be trained to be successful both at national and international level, to be acknowledged by respected academic institutions for mastering their field of expertise, to be able to contribute positively to knowledge and humanity. The priority of the program is for our doctoral students to gain practice in intensive research in their fields, and to improve their interpretation and criticism of literary texts and raise them at  academic standards.

We intend to ensure our students’ development of their communication skills, their capacity to work both in coordination and cooperation with other academics, creativity, principles and work ethics, in order for them to become both successful researchers and competent instructors. In this framework, emphasizing the role of  the academic profession as a vocation, and making students gain the skills that require a dynamic and active aspect that should be embodied by a future researching identity, are some of the targets of this program.

Our Doctoral program offers courses in English literature, comparative literary theory, literature and aesthetics; it covers periods such as the Renaissance, 18th and 19th century Romantic and Victorian periods, and 20th century British literature, and literary genres such as the novel, poetry, story and drama, as well as diverse fields of literary theory, such as classic criticism, literary sociology, Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis, structuralism and poststructuralism.

Terms Application

Terms of Application

  • For applying to PhD. programs:
  1. Graduating from an MA program from a university in Turkey or a foreign university with accreditation from the Turkish Council of High Education with a CGPA of at least 3.25 out of 4.
  2. Being successful in the entrace exam that will be done by the University.
  • Additionally;
  • Master’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.

  • For the Ph.D. program  the minimum required ALES score is 55. (Test results older than five years from the date of the application are not valid and will not be accepted).

  • For English language proficiency, the minimum required YOKDIL, YDS score is 55 and minimum required TOEFL score is 66 (Test results older than five years from the date of the application are not valid and will not be accepted.)

  • The admission standarts to the PhD. program are given in the table below.


Ölçütlerin Değerlendirmedeki Yüzde (%) Payları


Entrance Exam

MA Graduation Degree




  • The general conditions provided by the Institute of Social Sciences of Yeditepe University are valid.
  • The candidates must have completed their  MA program. 
  • There is no condition for graduates of a specific MA degree. The Admittance board will decide upon the program of academic preparatory classes for the students who come from different disciplines and didn't graduate from an English Language and Literature MA course according to the articles of University regulations.


Students with Bachelor Degree in English Language and Literature: Taking at least 8 courses with 60 ECTS (those who successfully complete courses of 60 ECTS, on condition that they complete their MA thesis may take an MA diploma), completing the doctorate preliminary exam, thesis offer and dissertation study.

Conditions and Rules of Qualification: For Students to complete the program, they must take courses in total of 80 ECTS (courses taken in the academic preparatory classes are exluded from the total 80 ECTS), must write a dissertation thesis according to the provisions of the regulations and must succeed in their thesis defence.


Terms of Graduation from the Program

Students who are accepted into the PhD. program from an MA degree must take a preliminary examination in a modern language except English (in the level of reading texts); doctorate preliminary exam; thesis offer and dissertation study in order to successfully finish the English Literature PhD Program.


Tuesday, 21 September, 2021 - 00:48
Prof. Dr. Martin Vialon from Carl von Ossietzky Oldenburg University Philosophy Department will be giving a webinar titled "Migration and Exile: Perfect to Whom the Entire World is a Foreign Land" with the participation of Prof. Dr. Mediha Göbenli Koç on 22 September 2021 Wednesday at 20:...
Friday, 17 September, 2021 - 12:18
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Luminita Frentui from West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Letters, History and Theology will give an online seminar titled "Speech Acts" on 29 September 2021 Wednesday at 10:30. All interested students, academics and guests are kindly invited. Please click to reach the...
Tuesday, 31 August, 2021 - 16:31
2021 - 2022 Academic Year English Literature PhD Program's Entrance Exam will be held face to face on 20 September 2021 Monday between 11:00 and 13:00 in the Faculty of Fine Arts 7th Floor Classroom 7E03. The interviews will also be held face to face on 21 September 2021 Tuesday in the...
Saturday, 22 May, 2021 - 17:06
Prof. Dr. Mediha Göbenli Koç will give a speech titled "Karşılaştırmalı Edebiyat Alanında Örnek Bir Çalışma: Erich Auerbach, "Mimesis: Batı Edebiyatında Gerçekliğin Tasviri" in the online workshop that will be held by Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Faculty of Art & Sciences, Department of...
Tuesday, 18 May, 2021 - 20:40
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Barbara Dell'Abate Çelebi from İstanbul University's Department of Italian Language and Literature will be giving a speech titled "Italian Feminist Philosophy: 'The Thought of Sexual Difference'" on 27th May 2021 Thursday at 14:00 All interested students, academics and...
Saturday, 18 September, 2021 - 00:29
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adriana Raducanu's article titled - “The Unspeakable Mother?”: Re-Writing the Canon in Christa Wolf’s “Medea” - was published as a book chapter in Towards a Theory of Whodunits: Murder Rewritten, edited by Dana Percec.
Tuesday, 29 June, 2021 - 16:14
Assoc. Prof. Catherine MacMillan's article titled "The Uncanny and the 'Great Return' from Exile: Unheimlich (Un)homecomings in Milan Kundera's 'Ignorace'" has been published by İstanbul University Press' Litera: Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies (Vol 31, No. 1...
Sunday, 20 June, 2021 - 17:43
Asst. Prof. Dr. Bahar Karlıdağ's new article titled "Joan Littlewood’s Post-Theatrical Engagements Beyond Theatre Workshop: A Comparison of the Original Fun Palace Project With the 2014 – 2015 Revivals" was published in Journal of Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy, İstanbul University Press...
Tuesday, 9 April, 2019 - 12:47
Prof. Mediha Göbenli Koç's article named "Representing Reality: Erich Auerbach's Concept of Memory" has been published by the İstanbul University Press. Please click to reach the İstanbul University page on the article. Please click to reach the article.  
Thursday, 31 January, 2019 - 16:12
Assoc. Prof. Adriana Raducanu's work named "The Unbearable Lightness of Memory: From Hamlet, Prince of Denmark to Jorge Luis Borges' Shakespeare's Memory" is published in the book Borges on Shakespeare edited by Grace Tiffany.
May 07

Papers from graduate students and instructors from different universities will be presented in our Conference on...

Apr 15

Assistant Prof. Barry D. Stocker from the Department of Human and Society Sciences in İstanbul Technical University...

Apr 04

Poets coming from different countries will share their poetry in Offline Poetry Festival.

Dec 13

German author Matthias Göritz will read from his latest novel, "Parker."

Gillian Alban from İstanbul Aydın University will give a talk about her new book "The Medusa's Gaze in Contemporary...