Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program

The Ph.D. program at the Department of Psychology is designed to build a strong, interdisciplinary background in theory and research in the psychological sciences. The program focuses on cognitive, social, developmental, and neuroscience areas. Students may enter the Ph.D. program with or without a Master’s degree. Graduate students are expected to participate in research activities upon entering the program. To support psychological research, the university has developed a strong infrastructure, including state-of-the-art research laboratories equipped with observation rooms for testing children and adults, testing rooms for psychophysical and behavioral experiments, meeting rooms, and graduate student offices. Additional facilities include the National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM) with fMRI, EEG, psychophysics, and genetic testing facilities.

For areas of faculty research see the faculty section at Faculty Members.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are announced by Bilkent University Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences. For this year requirements are as follows:

1. Proof of Degree: Bachelors’ or Masters’ degree. 

2. CGPA: Undergraduate cumulative grade point average: Minimum 3.00 over 4.00 or 75%.

3. English Proficiency:


*Validity period for all exams: 2 years

4. Standardized graduate examinations:

   a) GRE for international students:

  • Ph.D (with a Masters degree with thesis): Minimum 302 points (total of verbal and quantitative exam scores)and 3.5 on the analytic writing.
  • Ph.D (with an undergraduate degree with thesis): Minimum 312 points (total of verbal and quantitative exam scores), and 4.0 on the analytic writing part.

   b) ALES for Turkish citizens: 

  • Ph.D: (with a Masters degree with thesis): Minimum 60 (equally-weighted)
  • Ph.D: (with an undergraduate degree): Minimum 80 (equally-weighted)
Foreign candidates and citizens of the Republic of Turkey who have completed their entire undergraduate education abroad can also apply with the result of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or another written exam, instead of ALES, with the decision of the relevant EYK (Institute Board of Directors).

ALES and GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

5. Transcript(s): All that are available (Undergraduate and/or Masters’ transcripts).

6. Statement of purpose: A letter describing past research experience or any other relevant experience, academic achievements, research interests, faculty members you are interested in working with, and motivations for applying for the program (Word limit: 600 to 800 words, double-spaced). 

7. Letters of Recommendation: Three reference letters (completed online by the referees) to support your application. 

8. Curriculum Vitae (will be uploaded to the application portal)

9. Writing Sample: A sample essay in English (e.g., senior thesis project, term paper, etc.). 

Application Deadline: 15 May 2024

Date of interviews: 10 June 2024

Based on application documents, the graduate admission committee will announce the applicants who are invited for interviews.


Ph.D Program Applications

For our Ph.D. curriculum please click here.

Contact: Department of Psychology E-mail: Phone: +90 312 290 3415