About the Department

Our PhD program aims to teach students the analysis and exploration of the changing structure of international relations in a theoretical and comprehensive manner. PhD students are provided with the necessary tools enabling them to develop analytical and critical skills. Essential aims of our program are ensuring careers in public and private institutions and supporting the academic and scientific studies of international relations in our University and in North Cyprus. Our program adopts a comprehensive approach and includes debates on theoretical issues. The curriculum is regularly updated and adapted to the changing structure of global international relations education system to fulfil the expectations and requirements of our University.

Education Opportunities

The International Relations PhD program is comprised of advanced elective courses for specialized graduate students. The courses are given in advanced fields such as international relations theory, security issues, political economy, Middle East, political philosophy, comparative cultural analysis, conflict and conflict studies, and the like. Upon successful completion of the courses, the student is given a "scientific qualification examination". This examination consists of two steps: Written and oral. The written exam consists of three different areas of International Relations discipline and the oral exam reassess students’ analytical performance on those areas. Those who succeed in the exam accedes to PhD thesis writing stage and after the approval of the thesis proposal, they attend the PhD supervision juries at the end of each semester. In accordance with the regulations of our university; students, prior to their thesis defense jury, have to publish an article, related to their thesis, in a journal indexed within the scope of SSCI, AHCI, SCI or SCI expanded.

Career Areas

The Department of International Relations aims to train students not only to become experts in their chosen field, but also to be able to work with an international vision. In short, using their ability and background students will be able to put their theoretical and professional knowledge into practice in such organizations as:
International and National Organizations (United Nations, European Union, IMF, etc.)
Public Institutions
Multinational Companies
Visual and Printed Press
Non- Profit Organisations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
International Relations branches of national, international and global institutions have also employed our graduates.


Institute of Graduate Studies and Research
Çevik Uraz Center, CU244
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2214-2228
Institue E-mail: ciu-institute@ciu.edu.tr


3-5 Years