ECTS - PhD in Software Engineering
Students who are admitted to an academic deficiency programme (PhD) may enroll in maximum six courses of 18 credits. The academic deficiency programme lasts one academic year. The period of the programme is not included in the maximum duration of education for the concerned PhD programme mentioned in this Regulation.
a) (Amendment:O.G.-31/03/2009-27186) Students who are enrolled in the academic deficiency programme (PhD) shall only take undergraduate and Master’s courses upon the recommendation of the Department and with the approval of the Administrative Board of the Graduate School.
b) (Amendment:O.G.-31/03/2009-27186) Graduate students enrolled in the academic deficiency programme shall accomplish the courses with a CGPA of minimum 2.50. They shall not receive a grade lower than CC in their undergraduate courses and BB in their graduate courses in order to continue their regular graduate studies. The grades in the academic deficiency programme are not included in CGPA calculations of graduate studies.
c) (Amendment:O.G.-31/03/2009-27186) Students who fail to maintain a CGPA of at least 2.50 or to complete the academic deficiency programme in due time shall not have the right to begin the Doctoral programme.
ARTICLE 30 – (1) The scope of the doctoral programme is to make students conduct independent research, comment on the scientific events with an analytical and scientific point of view, develop new techniques, apply those new techniques successfully in facing engineering challenges, conduct original researches by improving the necessary steps to reach new syntheses.
(2) The doctoral programme consists of two main parts: courses and research study. The research study is presented to the academic jury as a doctoral dissertation. The candidates are entitled to receive a doctorate’s degree upon completing the courses successfully, passing the qualifying examination and the acceptance and submitting of the bound copies of the doctoral dissertation to the Graduate School.
Duration of the Doctoral Programme
ARTICLE 31 – (1) The doctoral candidate students shall meet the requirements of the curriculum stipulated by the Department, shall receive a passing grade from credit and non-credit courses and achieve a CGPA not less than 3.00/4.00 before they defend their thesis. Doctoral programme may be completed within 6 semesters at the earliest. On condition that the students take a leave, the validity of the credit and non-credit courses shall be ten semesters. After ten semesters, the students shall reregister for these courses or for the courses determined by the Department and pass them. The students may take a leave for maximum two semesters during the doctoral programme.
Course Load and Credits
ARTICLE 32 – (1) Course load and credit regulations for the doctoral programme are as follows:
a) A Doctoral programme is comprised of at least seven courses not being less than twenty-one credits, non-credit courses determined by the Department, a doctoral qualifying examination, a thesis proposal and a thesis which will be prepared in the language of the instruction of the related doctoral programme. For those, who have been accepted with a Bachelor’s Degree, this programme is comprised of a minimum of fourteen courses not being less than forty-two credits, non-credit courses determined by the Department, a doctoral qualifying exam, a thesis proposal and a thesis which will be prepared in the language of the instruction of the related doctoral programme.
b) Taking undergraduate courses do not count as part of the doctoral course load or credits.
c) Students may take maximum three graduate courses other than the courses in the doctoral programme in which s/he is enrolled. Students may take these courses from the other departments or institutes of the Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences upon the recommendation of his/her supervisor and the approval of Department Chairperson. Students may also take these courses from other higher education institutions to be counted as part of their programme requirements upon the recommendation of the Department and the approval of the Administrative Board of the Graduate School.
ARTICLE 33 – (Amendment:O.G.-31/03/2009-27186) (1) The students who are accepted to the doctoral programme are required to sign a supervision protocol with a faculty member until the end of the first semester of the graduate study. The supervision protocol is signed by both the faculty member and the student. The title of the doctoral dissertation is stated in the protocol and the research to be carried out is defined in the abstract. If necessary, the courses to be taken by the student may be recommended in options. The supervision protocol takes effect with the approval of the Administrative Board of the Graduate School. Either or both parties may apply to the Department for the termination of the protocol on condition that they state their reasons. The request shall be evaluated by the Department and The Graduate School shall be notified of the request. The Graduate School evaluates and concludes the request within a month at the latest. The doctoral student whose protocol is terminated for a valid reason is supposed to sign another protocol within a month at latest with another faculty member of the Department. The students whose supervision protocol has been ratified are not supposed to have another ratification to take these courses.
ARTICLE 34 – (1) A second thesis supervisor with a doctoral degree may be appointed if it is necessary to carry out the dissertation. The second dissertation supervisor is approved and appointed by the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the related Department within a month after the date the student has passed the Doctoral Qualifying Examination.