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.