Postgraduate Opportunities in Turkey

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A Postgraduate/Masters in Turkey have plenty to offer adventurous international students, with historic universities with a long tradition of intellectual exchange. Turkish universities are attractive for more practical reasons too, especially their low fees for their postgraduate programmes. Situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey is certainly one of the more exotic and exciting destinations for postgraduate study in Europe. In fact, the country has always played an important role in the exchange of eastern and western ideas.

Featured among universities, when you complete the degree program institutes where you can receive further education of the program, giving you the opportunity to become specialized in your field.

Reasons to study your Postgraduate degree in Turkey right now include:

  • Crossroads between East and West – Turkey is a meeting point for arts, cultures and people, with no shortage of iconic attractions, vibrant festivals and inspirational research ideas.
  • Unique academic opportunities – Postgraduates are attracted to Turkey by modern advanced research facilities and archives of historical material unavailable elsewhere in the western world.
  • Fast-growing economy – being one of the fastest growing economies in the world and developing markets and political influence, now could be a great time to study in Turkey
  • Study in English – the allure for international students to Turkish universities is that many doctoral programmes are taught in English
  • Affordable – low living costs and tuition fees make Turkey a good value destination for PhD study

A Turkish postgraduate degree is an internationally recognised degree and an impressive achievement. The demanding admissions and assessments of a Turkish higher education degree may also make you stand out from the crowd. The unique geolocation of Turkey being at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and the metacultures’ that it provides, will prepare you for an academic or professional career on the global stage.

Public universities are founded and administered by the Turkish state. These institutions account for the majority of enrolments (around 75% of the total) and will generally provide the widest range of Masters programmes in different fields.

Private universities are established and administered as independent institutions, on a non-profit basis. They are sometimes referred to as 'foundation universities', having been established by groups seeking to conduct research or training in specific areas or through specific external partnerships. Some also operate in association with overseas universities or employ international experts.

You must first register into the platform. After selecting the desired program from the system, firstly, you need to enter your personal information into the system. You must upload your documents and information of the undergraduate program which you have completed to the system. After uploading all your information to the system, your documents will be examined by the public authority and the e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address registered in the system. You can review the postgraduate programs from the button below;


Partly due to Turkey’s candidacy for EU membership, Turkish degrees follow the Bologna Process. Therefore, postgraduate programmes in Turkey are similar to other European postgraduate/master programmes.

The academic year in Turkey takes place across two semesters, from October to January and from February to July. A two-week holiday period usually separates these teaching sessions, with a longer summer vacation between July and October. Most full time Masters programmes commence in October, but other options may be available for part-time students or on courses that allow entry in the second semester.

A Masters in Turkey (Yüksek Lisans Diplomasi) usually takes around two years to complete, encompassing 120 ECTS credits. You will enrol in a series of modules delivered in specific semesters, with the assessment of these individual components contributing to your final grade.

The majority of Turkish postgraduate degree programmes also require you to produce an individual thesis in the second half of your second year. This is usually be submitted for an examination, which will be conducted orally examination.

By the time you've completed your degree and written your dissertation you'll be confident in your expertise and the examination should provide an opportunity to show off your knowledge in a stimulating intellectual discussion.

Some Turkish postgraduate courses don’t involve a written thesis, instead requiring students to complete a vocational project.

Final thesis exam

Once you have completed your postgraduate, your final postgraduate dissertation will be assessed by a dissertation jury. This is similar to the viva voce exam in the UK, but it takes the form of a public thesis defence

Admission Requirements

Turkish postgraduate programmes require you to hold relevant undergraduate degree to be eligible. Most degrees from within Europe will be easily recognised, but different foreign degrees may require additional recognition to be accepted as equivalent qualifications.

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