The PhD program in Conservation of Cultural Heritage lasts a minimum of eight semesters. Requirements for the degree include formal coursework of total minimum credits of 24 / x ECTS credits (1 required course and 6 approved electives), a proficiency exam, a dissertation and a final defense. Students admitted with a Bachelor's degree are required to take minimum of 16 courses and total coursework of 62 credits. The students must select a thesis supervisor at the beginning of the third semester the latest, who aligns with their research interests. After completing the coursework and passing the proficiency exam, a thesis monitoring committee is set up for each student. The student presents a progress report to the committee once in every six months.

Please refer to the web-pages of the METU Department of Architecture for further information.