Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Environmental Protection
The growing crisis of the environment has changed social values and human behavior worldwide, thus encouraging research of environmental hazards and the development of new technologies for protecting the environment.
The problems of environmental protection are integrated and interdisciplinary, combining the knowledge from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, technical sciences, medicine, and others. Environmental problems that are often induced by poorly thought out economic measures are defined by knowledge from natural sciences, solved with technical measures, having economic and legal bases, and loaded with social consequences. Hence, the integration of different disciplines provides the basis for successful problem-solving in the field of environmental protection. As a rule, new knowledge and technical solutions typically emerge in border areas of different disciplines.
The main emphasis of the doctoral study is research work on its interdisciplinary character and co-operation with internationally established local and foreign experts.
The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Environmental Protection at the University of Ljubljana links together experts from various faculties and departments with the common interest of protecting the environment. As to the content, the program has been harmonized with similar programs of other universities in particular in the EU and in the USA. Numerous elective courses offer a wide selection of knowledge in the area of environmental protection.
The goal of the program is to qualify doctoral candidates with scientific thinking and solving demanding environmental problems with an interdisciplinary approach.
The duration of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Environmental Protection is four years (240 ECTS credits), and according to the Bologna educational scheme this represents the third cycle of education. The program consists of organized classes (60 credits) and individual research work for the doctoral dissertation (180 credits). The interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Environmental Protection is evaluated according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), thus allowing students and lecturers to participate in international exchange schemes in the countries where ECTS or some other comparable system is implemented.
Fee per program*: €12,000.00 (the final thesis is included in this price)
Fee per study year:
1st year: €3,000.00
2nd year: €3,000.00
3rd year: €3,000.00
4th year: €3,000.00
*Students who meet the requirements can obtain co-financing of tuition fees. All information is available at www.uni-lj.si/study/doctoral/funding.
Candidates for the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Environmental Protection are graduates of the following programs:
Second cycle study programs.
Study programs providing education for occupations regulated by Directives of the European Union, evaluated with at least 300 credits.
Study programs leading to specialization provided that candidates have previously completed a higher education professional study program. The Program Council will specify additional entry requirements for candidates in individual areas amounting from 30 to 60 credits.
Study programs leading to a master of science or to specialization after completing an academic study program. 60 credits of study obligations will be recognized to such candidates.
Academic study programs.
Candidates with foreign degree qualifications undergo a procedure for the recognition of foreign higher education qualifications upon applying for studies and must enclose additional evidence. The procedure starts with the candidate’s application for study in the Republic of Slovenia, which is submitted in electronic form on the eVŠ portal. The procedure is run by the authorized person at the University Member (academy or faculty).
Selection criteria in the event of restricted enrolment:
The selection of candidates is particularly at issue when the number of candidates significantly exceeds the number of places offered. Selection will be primarily based on the candidate’s level of achievement in previous studies:
Study success (grade point average and final thesis grade) – 50% (40% for average grade more than 8 and 10% for the final thesis 9 or 10).
Results of the selection exam – 50% (30% for a brief concept of research work and 20% for evidence of award(s) and/or recognitions during the study and/or evidence of previous scientific/ research work).
The Program Council Environmental Protection determines the enrolment restrictions depending on the number of suitable candidates and mentors.
Selection of a mentor
Before enrolment in the program, candidates is requested to choose the mentor and co-mentor, who will agree to supervise their research work. Mentor and co-mentor, as a rule, are from different scientific fields. Together with a candidate, they select the courses and design a research program.
The doctoral dissertation mentor or co-mentor is a person with a university teacher title (assistant professor, associate professor, full professor) or researcher title (research associate, senior researcher, or higher research associate) and has proof of research activity with a relevant scientific bibliography in the field of the doctoral dissertation. A foreign expert with a title comparable to a Slovenian teaching or researcher title can be a mentor.
The mentor’s and co- mentor`s role is to guide the student and to provide conditions for work. When it comes to laboratory research, the mentor must ensure that appropriate research capacities and research infrastructure are available.
A list of potential mentors and co-mentors is published here.
Obligatory methodological course (Interdisciplinary Scientific Research Work)
Core course 1
Core course 2
Elective course 1
Individual research work 1
Elective course 2
Doctoral seminar with presentation of the doctoral dissertation proposal
Individual research work 2
Individual research work 3
Individual research work 4
Doctoral seminar with presentation of the results of the research work and public defense of the dissertation
The condition for completing the program and acquiring the doctoral degree is the successful completion of all study requirements defined by the program and the successful defense of the doctoral dissertation. The doctoral student is obliged to publish at least one scientific article. The article with the student’s name listed as the first author must be published or accepted for publication in an internationally recognized scientific journal relating to individual scientific disciplines before the student's hands in the doctoral dissertation for assessment.
The list of courses is published here.
The main goal of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Environmental Protection is the interdisciplinary education of highly qualified experts in the scientific fields covered by the program.
The program has an interdisciplinary character and is intended for offering in-depth knowledge in different aspects of environmental issues ranging from technical and biotechnical to medical, social, and humanistic.
The goal of the program is to qualify doctoral candidates in scientific thinking and in solving the demanding scientific problems in the area of environmental protection with an interdisciplinary approach.
After the completion of the program, doctoral graduates will be qualified for creative and independent research work and for solving scientific problems. They will be able to critically assess research results and capable of transferring new knowledge into practice.
How to apply
Candidates are required to submit their applications and the attachments online through the eVŠ Portal until 20 August 2021 for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia and EU Member States; 15 June 2021 for non-EU foreign citizens.
Recognition of Foreign Education for Enrolment
Candidates with foreign degree qualifications undergo a procedure for recognition of foreign higher education qualifications upon applying for studies. The procedure starts with the candidate’s application for study in the Republic of Slovenia, which is submitted in electronic form on the eVŠ portal. Since the recognition procedure can last up to 2 months, we recommend candidates apply as soon as possible. More information here.
In case the application documentation is incomplete, candidates will be contacted via the eVŠ web portal or the e-mail address stated in the application.
The selection procedure will be done by the Program Council Environmental Protection on its session scheduled for 7 September 2021. Applicants will be notified of the decisions by e-mail or via the eVŠ system after the session of the Program Council.
More information about the programme can be found in the information brochure and on the programme homepage.