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Doctoral

Overview

Program Objectives

The Music Doctoral Program aims to train music researchers who would examine current theories & designs and merge & impove them with new research or set forth new theories & designs by conducting scientific studies in the field of music. Students who have been accepted to the program would constitute the scientific foundation of their research & dissertations by taking courses offered through the MIAM Graduate Studies curriculum or graduate studies curriculum of ITU and other universities. Students graduate from the doctoral program by writing a dissertation after they successfully complete the doctoral qualification exams which evaluate their theoretical and practical knowledge in their respective study fields.

Concentration Areas
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Musicology
  • Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Sound Engineering and Design
  • Sonic Arts
  • Conducting
Application Conditions and Requirements

The Music Doctoral Program applications are carried out according to the terms specified by Istanbul Technical University Graduate Level Regulations and Senate Principles.

  • GPAı: Not required.
  • ALES/GMAT/GRE: Not required.
  • Concentration area requirements: There are no department. concentration area requirements.
  • Additional documents: Two letters of recommendations must be submitted by the candidate to verify their motivation and determination.
    Canditates must prepare a portfolio relevant to their application area to submit to the applications committee.
Program Structure
  • Music Doctoral Program is subject to Istanbul Technical University Graduate Level Regulations and Senate Principles.
  • The educational language of the program is %100 English.
  • The number of credits required for graduation is 36. Students that finish all their courses (36 credits) enter the doctoral qualification exams.
  • Excluding the time reserved for scientific preparation, the completion time of the doctoral program:

- for the students accepted with a master’s degree, starting from the term of first course registration, and irrespective of the condition whether they registered each term or not is 8 terms with the maximum limit of 12 terms.

- for the students accepted with an undergraduate degree, starting from the term of first course registration, and irrespective of the condition whether they registered each term or not is 10 terms with the maximum limit of 14 terms.

The maximum time available to complete the courses with credits with success:

- for the students accepted with a master’s degree is 4 terms.

-  for the students accepted with an undergraduate degree is 6 terms.

Students who cannot complete their required courses with credits within the maximum time period are dismissed from the university. Students who cannot complete their courses with success or achieve the minimum GPA required by the university during this time are dismissed from the university. (Istanbul Technical University Graduate Level Regulations – Section 17)

  • Students who complete their courses enter the doctoral qualification exam. Doctoral qualification exams are carried out at the end of each term, a total of 2 times a year.
  •  Students accepted with a master’s degree, who have completed their courses, and have a minimum GPA of  3,00 must enter the doctoral qualification exams at the end of the 5th term at the very latest. If they don’t they are accounted as unsuccessful.
  •  Students accepted with an undergraduate degree, who have completed their courses, and have a minimum GPA of  3,00 must enter the doctoral qualification exams at the end of the 7th term at the very latest. If they don’t they are accounted as unsuccessful.

If a student who has applied for the doctoral qualification exam, does not enter the exam, they are accounted as unsuccessful. If a student cannot pass their first doctoral qualification exam, enters the next exam the following term. If a student fails at their second attempt, they are dismissed from the university. Doctoral qualification exams are organized and carried out by the Doctoral Qualification Exams Comitee in accordance with the terms specified by the Senate. (Istanbul Technical University Graduate Level Regulations – Section 19)

  • Students who have passed their doctoral qualifications exams graduate from the Music Doctoral Program by writing a Doctoral Dissertation.
  • Graduates of the Music Doctoral Program receive a “Doctoral Diploma” in the area of music.

Curriculum

Fall Term
  • Advanced Trends in Music Theory
  • Composition Project 1
  • Composition Project 3
  • Advanced Chamber Music 1
  • Recital 1
  • Recital 3
  • Current Debates in Ethnomusicology
  • Critical Perspectives in Ethnomusicology
  • Preceptorial Listening: Europe and Northern America
  • Individual Research Topics in Music 1
  • Advanced Production
  • Advanced Electronic Music Composition
  • Keyboard Musicianship
  • Advanced Chamber Music 3
  • Critical Biography in Music
  • Music Cognition
  • Studies in Improvised Music 1
  • World Musics and European-Influenced Composition
  • Advanced Conducting 2
  • Timbre in Ethnomusicology and Composition
  • Individual Research Topics in Music 3
  • Representing the Musics of Turkey
  • Advanced Audio Programming
  • Advanced Multimedia Design
  • Critical Studies in Electronic Music History
Spring Term
  • Recent Trends in Musical Composition
  • Composition Project 2
  • Composition Project 4
  • Recital 2
  • Recital 4
  • Individual Research Topics In Music 2
  • Advanced Conducting 1
  • Recent Trends in Music Theory
  • Topics in Ethnomusicology: Theory and Praxis
  • Preceptorial Listening: Asia
  • Recent Trends in Musical Composition 2
  • Schenkerian Analysis
  • Recent Trends in Musicology Studies
  • Advanced Mixing
  • Advanced Audio Mastering
  • Studies in Improvised Musics 2
  • Individual Research Topics in Music 4
  • Kurdish Musics
  • Cross-Cultural Aesthetics of Music
  • Dissertation