Political Science (PhD)

Program objectives
Program outcomes 
Course and program outcomes matrix  
Graduation requirements 
Qualification awarded
Mode of study (full-time, part-time; e-learning…)
Program director 

Program objectives
The PhD program in Political Science at Sabancı University is geared towards preparing students towards writing a PhD dissertation that constitutes a contribution to theory. The focus of the program is on comparative politics and political thought currents. The program opts for producing original research on issues of citizenship and currents of thought such  as conservatism, liberalism, nationalism, fascism as well as minority issues in modern nation-states.

Program outcomes

  • 1. Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications
  • 2. Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas.
  • 3. Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach.
  • 4. Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject.
  • 5. Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas.
  • 6. Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study.
  • 7. Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently.
  • 8. Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals.
  • 9. Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving.
  • 10. Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
  • 11. Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary.
  • 12. Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field.
  • 13. Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level.
  • 14. Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements.
  • 15. Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field.
  • 16. Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values.

Course and program outcomes matrix

Graduation requirements
It is required to complete a minimum of 240 ECTS credits from 8 program courses with a minimum passing grade C and a minimum CGPA of 3.00/4.00.

Qualification awarded
Political Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Mode of study: Full time

Program Coordinator: Ersin Mahmut Kalaycıoğlu - kalaycie@sabanciuniv.edu