M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics

General

Program Description

Department of Physics

The Department of Physics offers courses that lead to B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.

The Department pursues a state-of-the-art research program. Research areas include the study of condensed matter physics, optoelectronic devices, nanoscience, lasers and photonics, statistical physics, material science, semiconductor physics, computational physics, ultrafast photonics, surface physics, mesoscopic physics, quantum optics, ultracold atomic physics. The department facilities compound semiconductor research and technology laboratory consisting of Class 100 and Class 10 000 clean rooms housing a mask aligner, SEM, PECVD, RIE, UHV evaporator, magnetron sputtering, RTP, I-V, C-V, and microwave measurement setups. Experimental research areas include photonics, nanocrystals, active matter, lasers, and optoelectronic device technologies.

Graduate Programs in Physics

The goal of the graduate programs in the Department of Physics is to develop students into scientists who can pursue original, creative research activities. The programs are an important part of the research activity of the department, which aims to produce the scientific output of international significance. The graduate programs emphasize research in various fields of condensed matter physics, in relation to rapidly developing high-technology fields such as photonics, nanoscience, and nanotechnology. The department’s current research focuses on the theoretical and experimental study of nanoscience, the physics of electrons in lower dimensionalities, statistical mechanics, many-body physics, strongly correlated electrons, properties of new materials, fabrication and theoretical analysis of new devices, computational physics, soft matter, ultrafast photonics, and optoelectronic devices. Our graduated students pursue research and find jobs at top-ranked research institutions world-wide.

M.S. and Ph.D. candidates (of all nationalities) can apply twice a year (for the Fall and Spring semester beginning in September and February respectively), upon sending a filled-in form, official transcripts, scientific proficiency test scores (such as GRE; subject tests, or a local exam to sit), English proficiency test scores (such as TOEFL), and two letters of recommendation. Successful applicants are offered scholarships which might include tuition-waiver, free on-campus housing, and a monthly stipend (enough for a comfortable life according to the local life standards).

The graduate entrance is competitive and the scholarships might include

  • Tuition waiver,
  • Free accommodation on-campus housing units,
  • A monthly stipend,
  • Health insurance.

The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are usually obtained in 2 and 4 years, respectively, with 7 course requirements (usually in the first year of M.S. and Ph.D.) from the list of fundamental physics courses and special topic courses. Following the course work, the student must work on his/her M.S. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation studies along with the department’s research interests. All students should have an academic supervisor at that time. Candidate Ph.D. students must have an M.S. (or equivalent) degree and have to pass a qualifying exam during the course of their studies.

Master of Science in Physics

Admission: All Applicants are required to have a B.S. degree in physics, or in a related field of science or engineering. Students with a B.S. degree in areas other than physics may be requested to take several undergraduate courses in the field to acquire the necessary background. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: In addition to at least 21 credit units of course work, the M.S. degree candidate must prepare and successfully defend a thesis. The expected duration to complete the M.S. program is four semesters; the maximum duration is six semesters.

Curriculum

125835_Skjermbilde2019-11-13kl.21.23.42.png

The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group is given in the electronic registration system.

Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits offered by the Graduate School of Engineering and Science.

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics

Admission: All applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree in physics, or in a related field of science or engineering. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: 21 credit units of course work beyond the M.S. level or 42 credits of course work beyond the B.S. level is required. Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying exam and then must prepare a thesis work proposal. Preparing and defending a dissertation based on original research is the essence of the program. A paper based on the candidate's thesis must be accepted or published in a reputable journal before the dissertation can be defended. The expected duration to complete the Ph.D. program is eight semesters for students who enter the program after an M.S. degree, and ten semesters for those who enter after a B.S. degree. The maximum durations are twelve and fourteen semesters, respectively.

Curriculum

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics125836_Skjermbilde2019-11-13kl.21.23.53.pngDoctor of Philosophy in Physics (After a Bachelor's Degree)125837_Skjermbilde2019-11-13kl.21.24.06.png

The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group is given in the electronic registration system.

Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits offered by the Graduate School of Engineering and Science.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

The Graduate School of Engineering and Science administers the graduate programs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science at Bilkent University. Our graduate school, a leading education and resear ... Read More

The Graduate School of Engineering and Science administers the graduate programs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science at Bilkent University. Our graduate school, a leading education and research institution has been developing and cultivating leaders since 1986. The Graduate School is comprised of motivated and dynamic academicians. The School provides up to date educational programs which equip students with valuable abilities and promote further study in transdisciplinary fields. The students are exposed to real-life projects and conceptual problem-solving techniques, as well as receiving traditional training in classrooms. Programs are designed to help students understand real-world circumstances, augment their cultural accumulation and contribute to the interaction between technology, science, and society. Read less