PhD in City and Regional Planning
Ph.D. Degree in City and Regional Planning
Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences
Started education with the graduate program in 1961, Department of City and Regional Planning in METU has been offering a PhD degree in City and Regional Planning since 1977-1978 academic year.
The PhD program is organized as an 8-Semester Program (4 years). In the first four semesters, students are expected to take 8 courses. In addition to the must courses “New Tendencies in Planning” and “Space Concepts and Organization in the New Age”, five other elective courses should be taken. The Program, also, offers a thesis seminar course as a non-credited course.
After finishing the courses, the students take the Proficiency Exam in City and Regional Planning, which is composed of a minor and a major exam (Please click here to see the requirements of the major and the minor exam. A suggested list of readings for the major exam can be obtained by clicking here.)
Upon successful completion of the proficiency exam, research studies and thesis writing process begin. The thesis working process is regularly supervised by the Thesis Supervisory Committees appointed by the Department.
Our department also offers an Integrated PhD program to be followed after Bachelor’s Degree.
City Planning, Regional Planning, Urban Design, Transportation Planning, Cultural Heritage and Conservation, Ecology and Planning, Urban Transformation, Gentrification, Tourism, Risk Management, Disaster Planning, Mitigation Planning
CRP 601 New Tendencies in Planning (3-0)3
CRP 602 Space Concepts and Organization in the New Age (3-0)3
CP 509 Introduction to Research Methods and Ethics in Planning and Design (2-2)3
CRP 600 Ph.D. Thesis NC
CRP 640 Doctoral Seminar NC
4 elective courses
Total Minimum Credit: 21
Number of courses with credit (min): 7
CRP 710 Planning, Action and Institutions: A Critical Analysis of Planning Theories
CRP 711 Urban and Regional Development: A Critical Evaluation
CP 524 Application of Advanced Statistical Methods
CP 527 Modernity, Postmodernity and Urban Studies
CP 551 Theories and Principles of Urban Design
CP 558 New Modes of Intervention in Planning
CP 564 Urban Systems and National Development
CP 708 Data Analysis for Planners
RP 511 Planning Theory
RP 532 Methods of Regional Analysis and Spatial Organization
RP 534 Changing Economic and Political Structure
UD 555 Parametric Urban Design
UD 701 Urban Space Research
UD 756 Parametric Urban Design II
* Apart from the elective courses offered by the Department, other courses in graduate level from the faculty of architecture or other faculties could be added as elective courses by taking into consideration the supervisor approval and thesis topic.
Year of Commencement: 1977-1978 Academic Year
Total Number of Students Graduated- 2013: 94
Candidates should have;
1- Min. 70 METU EPE Result,
2- Min. 60 ALES (Quantitative) (Check fbe.metu.edu.tr for ALES-GRE (old/new) conversion chart),
3- Either minimum B.S. CGPA score have to be 3.00 or minimum M.S. CGPA score have to be 3.50
4- 2 Reference Letters,
5- Letter of intention (included in the online form),
6- Portfolio (studies carried out during B.S. , M.S etc.),
8- B.S. or M.S. degree and at least one of these degrees should be in City and Regional Planning Department (CRP) or in related tracks of CRP
9- M.S. Degree from a program with thesis or approval from the thesis jury
10- M.S Thesis (The one submitted to the thesis jury is acceptable)
For Ph.D. on B.S.
The Ph.D on B.S program will not be offered in 2016-2017 Spring Semester.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Leaflets will be updated. Please refer to the application requirements above.