About the Program
Establishment: Communication Studies Doctorate program was established within the Institute of Social Sciences in the academic year 2019-2020.
Qualification Awarded: Graduates who successfully complete the program are awarded a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) diploma in the field of “Communication Studies”.
Program Profile: The program carries out an education plan in order to lay the groundwork for the formation of perspectives from different disciplines, to enable studies to solve cultural problems and to meet the need in this regard, and to contribute to in-depth studies on media and communication issues. Within the scope of the program, three branches of science are included: media studies, communication theories and cultural studies. The program contents of these three disciplines, which are evaluated in the context of the relationship between media and culture, are completely composed of elective courses.
In the scope of Media Studies branch of science, the media research, the evaluation of the structure of the media sector in terms of economy political in Turkey and the world, media culture producing forms, and courses to examine the connection between new media and culture are given in the program. Within the scope of Communication Theories discipline, the courses that will reveal the intellectual adventure and theoretical framework of communication sciences are discussed within the framework of the critical and liberal paradigm. Within the scope of Cultural Studies, in a way to center the culture, courses that
examine topics such as culture and society, culture industry, culture and media, popular culture, and critical cultural theories are included.
Admission Requirements: The students about to apply our program are required to fulfill the general acceptance conditions (Article 5) stated in the Postgraduate Education and Training Regulation issued by the Interuniversity Board and the Postgraduate Education and Examination Regulation, which Hasan Kalyoncu University Institute of Social Sciences subject to (Resmi Gazete No. 29841 dated 28 September 2016). Students who will apply to the program must graduate from any postgraduate program related to the field of communication. If the students come from different disciplines, the “Scientific Preparation Program” will be applied with the proposal of the Head of Department and the decision of the Institute Administrative Board. Details of the “Scientific Preparation Program” (credits to be taken, the names of the courses, etc.) will be determined by the proposal of the Head of the Department and the decision of the Institute Administrative Board. Students must have at least 2.00 / 4.00 GPA in their graduate diploma and have obtained at least 55 points (within the last five years) from ALES or another exam accepted as equivalent by the Interuniversity Board, according to the type of EA and/or Sözel score. Also; It is required to have at least 55 foreign language scores from YÖKDİL, YDS, or another exam accepted as equivalent by the Interuniversity Board. In the admission of students who are not Turkish citizens, the minimum conditions specified in the Postgraduate Education and Examination Regulation of Hasan Kalyoncu University Institute of Social Sciences will be required. Candidates who have completed their master’s education abroad are required to obtain an equivalence certificate from YÖK. Candidates will be evaluated according to the Hasan Kalyoncu University Postgraduate Education and Examination Regulation and the relevant legislative provisions. In the evaluation, the candidate’s ALES score, graduate grade, foreign language score, and the results of the oral interview to be examined by the jury of the Institute of Social Sciences are taken as the basis. While the candidates are being evaluated; A total score is obtained by taking 50% of ALES, 10% of the graduate grade point average, 10% of the foreign language score, and 30% of the oral interview out of 100 points. As a result of the evaluation, the candidates are ranked starting from the candidate with the highest score within the quota and the candidates are accepted to the program as many as the announced quotas.
Qualification Conditions and Rules: The education period of the program is 8 semesters. The program consists of a total of 24 local credits, 8 courses (2 compulsory, 6 elective), a seminar course, a doctoral qualifying exam, and a thesis study. After completing the courses in the first three semesters, students have to successfully pass the 30 ECTS qualifying exam in the fourth semester. Students who have successfully completed the doctoral qualifying exam must be successful in a doctoral thesis (120 ECTS), which will then last four semesters. The seminar course, doctoral qualification exam, and thesis work are non-credit according to the local credit system and are evaluated as successful or unsuccessful. The total ECTS credits of the program is 240. In addition to the midterm and final exams of the student, learning activities such as reports, assignments, application studies, seminar presentations and project studies can be used in the performance evaluation during the semester. In the last four years, students can start preparing their theses with their advisors who will be appointed by the recommendation of the Department and the decision of the Institute Board of Directors. The doctoral student has to write the results he/she obtained about his/her thesis in accordance with the thesis writing rules of the Institute and defend
his/her thesis verbally in front of the jury. After the thesis defense is completed, the jury can decide on the thesis by absolute majority, acceptance, rejection, or correction. Those who successfully pass the Thesis Jury Defense are entitled to receive the doctoral diploma. The student who has been given a decision to correct his/her thesis must defend his/her thesis again in front of the same jury within three months at the latest.