Research course


Koç University · Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Entry requirements

  • Recommendation letters
  • TOEFL IBT (minimum 80) exam scores
  • GRE exam scores (minimum 156 with BA degree and 153 with MA degree)
  • Transcripts (minimum GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Written exam

Months of entry


Course content

The History PhD program at Koç University seeks to provide students with a strong grounding in the advanced study of history. The Department of History covers a variety of subjects but is especially strong in the following areas: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, the Balkans, Russia, Ukraine and the Soviet Union, Europe and the Mediterranean.

Our goal is to train future colleagues, and we therefore commit to providing all the assistance and advice our doctoral students may need. A PhD in history from Koç University, one of Turkey’s leading higher education institutions, will lead to successful academic careers in Turkey and abroad, although graduates will also find themselves in a privileged position to begin careers in government, non-governmental organizations, and journalism.

Through the main campus’ Suna Kıraç Library students will have access to a very large number of academic journals and books both on and off campus. They will also have access to resources provided by the University’s Research Centre on Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), the Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations (AkMed), and the Vehbi Koç and Ankara Research Centre (VEKAM).

Interdisciplinarity is at the core of Koç University’s academic mission, and students will be actively encouraged to take courses from other programs of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Department specialisms

• Ottoman Empire • Turkey • Balkans • Russia, Ukraine and the Soviet Union • Europe and the Mediterranean

Information for international students

There is no separate application process for the full scholarship. You apply to the program and if admitted will be offered the full scholarship. The program is taught in English and there are a full range of student support services for our international students.

Fees and funding

KU Graduate Fellowship

KU Graduate Fellowship is a unique and highly competitive MA and PhD scholarship opportunity for outstanding applicants. Candidates having outstanding academic record and/or having high impact scientific publications are considered for KU Graduate Fellowship.

The KU Graduate Fellowship for both MA and PhD admitted international candidates includes:

  • Monthly stipend
  • Full tuition waiver
  • Free furnished housing nearby campus or housing aid
  • Private health insurance
  • Travel awards
  • Other benefits

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team