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Architecture (PHD)

Program Objectives Fellowships and Discount in Tuition Fee International Cooperations
Establishment Tuition Fee Occupational Profiles Of Graduates
Qualification Awarded Double Major–Minor Programs Access to Further Studies
Language of Instruction Internship Departmental Facilities
Mode of Education Grading Scheme Program Activities
Admission and Registration Requirements Graduation Requirements Contact Information

Program Objectives

PHD in Architecture is not only designed for specializing in a specific subject but also to attain an academic career with a research culture.Compulsory courses of the programme are for creating a mental research context. Elective courses are for the PHD candidate to improve himself or herself in the field he or she is interested in. PHD candidate is supported to specialize in his or her interest field in the architectural discipline context. Architecture PHD program offers students to do independent studies, comment on scientific events while explicating with a widely ranged point of view and determining the necessary steps for the new synthesis. Candidates who will fullfill all the requirements of the programme are expected either to innovate something, to develop a scientific method or to implement a pre-existing method on a new field.


The Ph.D. program, which has been approved by YÖK, has started start accepting students in 2011.

Qualification Awarded

Students who have succesfully completed all the courses in the four year education plan and
accumulated a minimum of 240 ECTS, receive a Ph.D. degree in Architecture. 

Language of Instruction

Education language of Ph.D. Program in Architecture is Turkish and foreign language preparatory class is optional

Mode of Education

Full time

Admission and Registration Requirements

 It is required to have a Bachelor degree and score higher than 55 quantitative points from Selection Examination for Academic Personnel and Graduate Studies (ALES) for application to Architectural Ph.D. Programme. Science Exam, English Proficiency Test and Oral Interview are done before the admission to the programme. They are evaluated as ALES 50%, English Proficiency Test 10%, Graduate Points Average 20% and Oral Interview + Science Exam 20%. During the application, ALES document which is taken in the last 5 years, diploma, transcript, military situation document (for males), a copy of identity card, 2 photographs and registration fee receipt are taken. During the precise administration not the copy but the originals of these documents and the student contribution margin receipt are wanted. Programme application date is declared by the university.

Fellowships and Discount in Tuition Fee

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Tuition Fee

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Double Major–Minor Programs

There are no double major-minor programmes in this PHD programme.


There is no internship in this programme.

Grading Scheme

Students are granted one of following letter grades and/or symbols by instructor of the course for each academic year they are enrolled.



























G: Not sat for semester-end exam

P: Course continues

R: Repeated

E: Incomplete semester studies

T: Transfer

V: Withdrawal

Student who got one of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C grades as success grade, shall be considered as being succeeded that course. Student who got one of C-, D+, D, D- grades for a course, shall be considered as being succeeded that course conditionally. In the event that student must repeat the semester in which he got these grades, student shall be considered as being failed these courses. Student who got FD and FF grades for any course shall be considered as failed that course. Student who attended but not succeeded the course is granted FD grade; student who didn’t fulfill the attendance condition is granted FF grade. Procedures and principles applicable to enrollment, education and examinations carried out at the level of bachelor’s degree and associate degree have been determined by Regulations of Istanbul KulturUniversity Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree Education.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to fulfill 240 ECTS credits (25% elective courses, 75% compulsory courses). The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is shall be minimum 3.0 over 4.00 to be successful and to complete the Program.

International Cooperations

Erasmus is an education and training program, aiming a common modernization and coherence of graduate education in EU countries and in countries which are in EU membership process, enabling    students to study and work abroad, as well as supporting cooperation among graduate education institutions across Europe. As in other EU countries, graduate students in Turkey have the right to use student mobility or work placement opportunities once, if they have an   Erasmus grant; and more than once if they do not have  Erasmus grants. Graduate level, in particular, is a preferred stage for  exchange, with its flexible and individualistic character for all countries. 

IKU Master of Architecture Program has 21 notable Erasmus partner universities in Europe, which are listed below:

Stuttgard University (Germany)


Hochschule Ostwestfalen- Lippe (Germany)


Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium)


KU Leuven (Belgium)


University of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geodesy (Bulgaria)


Ostrava Technical University (Czech Republic)


Aarhus School of Architecture (Denmark)-PhD


University of Oulu (Finland)


ENSA Marseille (France)


University of Pecs (Hungary)


Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (Netherlands)


Ramon Llull University (Spain)


University of Sevilla (Spain)


Malmö University (Sweden)


Politecnico di Bari (Italy)


University of Napoli (Italy)


University of Roma Tre (Italy)


Politecnico di Milano (Italy)


University of Ecology-Management (Poland)


University of Applied Sciences in Nysa (Poland)

University of Cluj Napoca (Romania)

Graduate students, who are interested in Erasmus Student Mobility, are     selected according to both their Erasmus Grades (which is determined according to their cumulative GPA’s and and the results of  their foreign language examination, organized by our University), and their order of preference of the partner universities. After this selection phase, the candidate students have the privilege to select one of our Erasmus Partner European Universities,    according to their fields of interest and continue to develop their theses with a supervisor from the hosting university for one or two semesters, as a part of their graduate education at IKU.

In addition, within the framework of Erasmus Staff Exchange Program, many international scholars visit our Master of Architecture Program to give       lectures on their specialization areas. 

Through Common Educational Studies within Erasmus Program, higher number of students have the chance to get involved within common courses, laboratory and workshop studies held mutually and coordinated in parallel with our Erasmus Partner Universities. Within this context, our Master of    Architecture Program has realized many studies successfully in Turkey and abroad.

As a result, Erasmus and Other International Common Studies are accepted as an integral part of  our Master of Architecture Program, raising it to an   international level, together with our students and our educational staff, aiming to become beneficial for all of our graduate students.

Occupational Profiles Of Graduates

 Our alumni work in several offices and companies in the construction sector.

Access to Further Studies

There is no further study for the Architecture PHD programme in Istanbul Kultur University.

Departmental Facilities

Department of Architecture has a material studio, computer studio and material-concrete studio. 4 professors, 6 associate professor, 11 assistant professors are assigned in the Department of Architecture in 2017/2018 academic year.

Program Activities

2015-17 academic publications of the Department of Architecture


International refereed journal article

Paper published and presented in international academic congress

National refereed journal article

Paper published and presented in national academic congress

Article which was published in other national journals
























Contact Information

Department of Architecture
Istanbul Kültür University
Ataköy Campus
34156 Bakırköy- İstanbul
Tel: +90 212 4984205