The Department of Political Science and International Relations (PS&IR) was established in 2011 as one of the core departments of Antalya Bilim University (ABU). Since its establishment, PS&IR constantly expands and attracts academics from different countries and disciplines. Today the department has a mix of multinational established and young academics and it is considered as one of the most dynamic departments in Turkey. The department offers a unique interdisciplinary BA degree, which integrates research in political science and international relations. Our faculty covers a wide scope of topics that help students to understand key political ideas and trends that inform domestic and international processes, the role of state and non-state actors, dynamics of global politics, the rise of new powers, the challenges that have emerged due to globalization and various threats to security of states and the global community. In addition, our program attaches special importance to the methodological training of the students. PS & IR provides advanced qualitative and quantitative data analysis courses and encourages students to go beyond traditional research methods.

Our undergraduate degree is four years (eight semesters) and the language is 100% English. During their four-year training, our students can take language courses where they can learn more if they wish, a second foreign language.

Antalya Bilim University is an Erasmus university. Political Science and International Relations have partnerships with many universities in the European Union. Thus, students can spend a term or a year of their studies in these countries. Our department and the ABU International Office are continuing their work in order to increase their educational co-operation.

There are 13 academic staff members; 12 faculty members and 1 research assistants.

Student Admission and Registration Requirements

The Political Science and International Relations Department accepts students with a score of TM-3 according to the score table formed as a result of OSYM entrance exams to the university. According to the 5th article of the Regulation on the Undergraduate and Graduate Education and Training of the University, as a result of the central placement exams organized by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM), the university must be placed on a diploma program, be successful in the special ability test or be accepted as a transfer application. For the acceptance and registration of international students, the principles determined by the Council of Higher Education and the Senate shall be applied within the framework of the provisions of the relevant legislation. Click to accept students with horizontal transfer, vertical transfer, and other principles.

Program Qualifications

During their undergraduate years and after they graduate from the program, students are expected to acquire the following competencies.

  1. To understand the philosophical and theoretical foundations of Political Science.
  2. To understand the philosophical and theoretical foundations of international relations.
  3. To understand the social and historical elements that affect political processes in the local and international level.
  4. To know qualitative and quantitative social science methods.
  5. To express the subjects in political science in historical, theoretical and current contexts written and verbally.
  6. To develop critical and constructive approaches to current problems in political science.
  7. To analyze relations between countries and political systems at the global level.
  8. To identify the main issues in the field of Political Science and International Relations.
  9. To apply the theoretical and conceptual knowledge to the examples that we have in practice.
  10. To evaluate the effects of political culture and political history on the formation of political systems.
  11. To evaluate the effects of institutional structures on political process and outcome.
  12. To follow and analyze local and national political events in a critical way.

Field Qualifications

During their undergraduate years and after they graduate from the program, students are expected to acquire the following competencies.

  1. To have knowledge about research methods in social sciences.
  2. To understand the relationship between different disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, and economics.
  3. To be aware of interdisciplinary approaches in social sciences.
  4. To have the ability to associate different topics in social sciences with current events.
  5. To analyze the topics in social sciences research, written and verbally.
  6. To develop critical thinking skills.
  7. To become aware of ethical responsibilities in the professional field.
  8. To access the information and use libraries and electronic resources effectively.
  9. To communicate effectively with colleagues in the professional field.
  10. To have the ability to do individual work and group work.
  11. To determine goals and targets for institutions and organizations that provide added value.
  12. To analyze visual, verbal and / or numerical data by using information about the field in institutions and organizations that provide added value.

Examination and Evaluation

In our university, exams consist of midterm and final exam. The examinations are made according to the program prepared and announced by our faculty. It is obligatory to present student ID cards to enter the exams. There is no make-up exam application in our university and there is a summer school program.

The midterm exam is an examination made during the semester in which a course in the undergraduate curriculum is given. At least one midterm exam can be held in each semester, or homework, projects and similar studies can be used at the discretion of the instructor instead of a midterm exam. The final exam is held within the dates specified in the academic calendar at the end of the semester at which the course is taught. In order to participate in the final examinations, 70% attendance must be completed. At the end of the semester, success grades are determined by various measurement and evaluation criteria such as homework, project, presentation, class attendance and attendance to classes.

The academic competence of our students is determined by calculating the grade average at the end of each semester. From the end of the second semester, the average grade point average is 2.00 and the students with higher grades are successful; while the status of students under 1.99 is considered to be academically inadequate. Students who fail in a common curriculum in the curriculum of the program must take the course again in the first semester of the course. A student who fails in elective courses may compensate by taking a different elective course at the same weight in other periods. Even if all the remaining graduation conditions are fulfilled before the failed courses are completed, the student cannot be awarded the graduation certificate.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students are accepted with the central placement made by OSYM, Vertical Transfer Examination (DGS), horizontal transfer between domestic and foreign institutions with success condition, intra-institution horizontal transfer with success condition, central placement score and inter-institutional and intra-institutional horizontal transfer.

Accepted students may request that their undergraduate or associate degree programs be admitted to the departmental curriculum before they enroll. This request is made with a petition written by the Dean of the Faculty at the beginning of the academic year when the student, if necessary, completes the English Preparatory School and begins to study in the Faculties. The student in attendance must include in his / her petition the original transcript of the approved transcript.

The adjustment process is carried out within the framework of the principles determined by our department committee. Course contents and ECTS load are taken into consideration during the adjustment process. In the evaluation of the adaptation requests of the students who have enrolled in foreign language transfer between institutions, it is observed that the courses taken from the country and / or abroad comply with the program qualifications determined in accordance with the national qualifications related to the field.

Employment Opportunities

PS & IR prepares students to be employed in a variety of sectors. After graduation, our students can work in the public sector (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade, Undersecretariat of Treasury and other senior government institutions). All of our courses are taught in English and the practical skills we offer help students prepare for national examinations at state institutions. After graduation, our students will have a wide range of skills to provide a quick and comprehensive solution to the problems demanded by the private sector (e.g. banks, journalism, international companies, and trade) and Civil Society Organizations and to use information technology.

Program taught in:
  • English

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