Third Cycle Programmes
(Doctorate Degree/Doctor of Fine Arts)

D.1. General Information about Program


Demands about recognizing and learning the Turkish as a foreign language are gradually increasing from Europe and neighbor countries of Turkey. However this trend is related to transportation and communication technology, it is recognized that rising economic and political power of Turkey and Turkic world are most effective. Demands to learning Turkish from Africa to Siberia and from Australia to Spain and especially from north part of America continent are growing day by day. Education structures which were founded in these regions and rising of Turkish are the reasons of this increase. According to this wide trend it is needed to improve the quality and quantities of the education as parallel to numbers of centers and courses both in foreign countries and Turkey. Unfortunately as other academic problems there is an important deficiency about the methods of teaching Turkish as a foreign language as academically. However Mahmud al-Kashgari wrote a dictionary which is suitable for the terms he lived in, today there is not an effective, developed system. Most importantly, its not founded yet a teaching language knowledge and system for students from different cultures which comprises high technologic phonetics laboratory, based on language levels. Turkish academy could not exceed the line which is recognized and inured previously and the power of Turkey and its rising effects went forward then the academic studies. To success that its need to found the groundwork and make the academic studies which is required in the field of teaching Turkish. True methodological approach, investigation, comparison and experiment are the instruments to form academic knowledge. It is need to encourage the philologists to attend on MA and PhD programs to formulate new methods and approaches to teaching Turkish. It should be used the teaching methods of English, French or German which were developed as academic knowledge and recognized for almost 200 years. It is necessary to people well educated in field of teaching Turkish to create and use original knowledge in Turkish and Foreign Language Teaching Research and Application Center (TOMER). For all these academic needs have to be completed in PhD programs about Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language.

D.2 Qualification Awarded



D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


The candidates who graduated from a four-year undergraduate program in Turkey or abroad whose equivalence is accepted by The Council of Higher Education (YÖK), and those who meet the minimum application requirements determined by Social Sciences in Examination Regulation of Hacettepe University Graduate Education can apply for this program.

It is a must to pass the entrance exam to have a right to register the program.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


- Students enrolling the program except from the division of History, Turkish Language and Literature, Turkish Education and Turcology are to take additional courses with no more than 6 credits for each semester by the proposal of the Course Advisor and Head of the Department.

- The student who successfully completes his/her courses prepares an M.A. Thesis on the related field, and has the right to have a ‘M.A.' degree within the prescribed time stated in the Regulation and approved by the committee.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Student continues his/her education on the content knowledge gained in the fields of History, Turkish Language and Literature, Sociology, Art History, Folklore, Political Sciences and International Relations by means of a perspective of Turkish studies and an interdisciplinary approach. Student transfers the methodology gained by the courses taken and thesis done by his/her own discipline to the field of Turkish Studies.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


To analyze comparatively the cultural assets of Turkish Civilization consisting of language, history, literature, folklore, art, music, individual and social behavior patterns, material culture properties, production and consumption patterns, and share the findings on educational programs of graduate level following an interdisciplinary method, and prepare students for further (Ph. D) education by means of a holistic approach.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Students who successfully graduate the program;

i) Approach Turkish history and culture with a holistic view,

ii) Gain knowledge production capacity in parallel with global scientific methodology and findings in the field of Turkic studies.

iii) In the changes in language, culture and social structure from past to present, explain the role and place of migrations, geographical, technological and climatic conditions.

iv) From past to present, read, comprehend and analyze at least one resource language required for Turkic studies and produce and interpret new knowledge contributing to universal knowledge.

v) Have the required complements for being a successful academician, teacher etc.

D.14. Profile of the Programme


PhD program of Teaching Turkish As A Foreign Language consists of 8 semesters. The first 3 semesters include courses while other semesters are for thesis. Course period consists of 40 courses in total; 1 seminar and 3 obligatory courses with 37 elective courses. The program is equal to 240 ECTS with 30 ECTS for each semester. 90% of the program courses are in elective format.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Students have to attend courses coded and fulfill minimum requirements for success. These include attendance, presentations, assignments and passing grade for exams.

D.16. Graduation Requirements


Students who fulfill course period with success are required to prepare a master thesis with an interdisciplinary and authentic methodology. This thesis is required to be defended in front of the jury appointed by the institute to be successful.

D.18. Programme Director


Prof.Dr. Yunus KOÇ