International Relations Master Program in European Union (EU) Studies

Istanbul Kültür University Department of International Relations offers a 4-year undergraduate or equivalent graduate program in social sciences, called a Thesis. The admission requirement for this program is presented below under the title APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION.

Education language

The language of education in the Master's Program with Thesis is English.

Program Opening Periods: Applications to the program are accepted in the Fall and Spring semesters.


  • Graduate courses are given between 18.00-21.00 on weekdays.
  • Program duration with thesis covers 4 semesters.
  • The course load of the master's program with thesis is 8 courses for the first two semesters, 2 compulsory and 2 elective courses in each semester. In addition to these courses, students take a non-credit seminar course.

Objectives of the Master's Program with Thesis
European Union Studies Master's Degree aims to provide historical and methodological infrastructure to the candidates who wants to examine European Union and EU-Turkey relations developments and able to examine those developments in a systematic way. wiRich elective course opportunities aim to develop this infrastructure with courses focusing on different fields. Elective courses European Union Foreign Policy, European Neighborhood Policy, a wide range of issues such as the EU economy, the developments in these areas and of course focuses on the importance of these developments for Turkey. The program, which aims to provide students with an analytical perspective on the European Union, is prepared under the coordination of academicians and retired diplomats who are experts in their fields. The main objective of the program, to prepare graduates of the program to take part in EU Directorate-General, EU-Turkey delegation, different international organizations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


European Union Studies Master's program graduate thesis focused on the area of the EU-Turkey Relations. In addition, work is carried out in the following areas.

  • European Union Foreign and Security Policy
  • European Neighborhood Policy
  • Customs Union
  • European Union Monetary Policy
  • European Union Enlargement Policy
  • Turkey's EU Process
  • Turkey-European Union Joint Policy
  • European Union Energy Policies
  • Turkey, the EU and Migration
  • Turkey-EU Joint Problems
  • Turkey-Greece Relations
  • Cyprus
  • Populism
  • Turkish Foreign Policy and the EU

Dear students,

Your department is special in many ways. It is at the intersection point of many areas and teaches you how to ensure stability, prosperity and order, and how to protect human life. Its goal has never changed since the first international relations department in the world was founded in Aberstwyth in 1919. It tries to train people who will ensure that wars do not break out, power is not used except for deterrence, and problems are resolved through international norms, regimes and organizations.

For this purpose, you take courses from many fields of social sciences including philosophy, sociology, economics, history. You learn law, history, conflict resolution. You see how the system of states works and what factors influence decision-making processes. You study the Middle East, the Caucasus, the Balkans, the European Union. You study international organizations, media-politics relations, human rights regimes, political transformation and democratization of Turkey in the history.

This department will give you the opportunity to make sense of the world, get rid of your prejudices and see universal norms. It will allow you to look at politics from different perspectives, empathize with others, understand, change yourselves and others. What this department tries to do is transform the world through you and make it a more livable place.

İKÜ European Studies master’s degree program lays the groundwork to make you successful academicians, diplomats, journalists, broadcasters, public relations specialists, advertisers, bankers and much more. You, as well as our previous graduates, will advance in your professional life with what you have acquired here. All you have to do is work and work harder in the master’s degree program as you did in the undergraduate program.

Prof.Dr. Mensur Akgün

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During the application candidates must bring the following;

  • Copy of Diploma or Temporary Graduation Certificate,
  • Copy of Transcript,
  • Copy of ALES Certificate,
  • Certificate of Military Service Status (For male candidates),
  • 2 passport photos,
  • Copy of the Identity Card,
  • Copy of the Foreign Language Certificate for Ph.D. Programs,

During the final registration students must submit the following,

  • Certified copy of Diploma or Temporary Graduation Certificate,
  • Certified copy of Transcript,
  • ALES Certificate, (To be printed out at the Institute.)
  • Original of Military Service Status (For male candidates),
  • 6 passport photos,
  • Foreign Language Certificate for Ph.D. Programs, (To be printed out at the Institute)
  • The First installment of Tuition Fee,
Head of Programme
Prof. Dr. Mensur AKGÜN
  (0212) 498 44 61