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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.


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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.