PhD in Chemical Sciences University of Ljubljana
Admission to doctoral studies in Chemical Sciences is allowed under the following provisions:
- Second cycle study program;
- Study programs providing education for occupations regulated by Directives of the European Union evaluated with at least 300 credits;
- Undergraduate university program from the previous system;
- Master's program from the previous system (60 credit points will be assigned for study obligations, pending the approval of the FKKT Senate, or another appointed body);
- Completed specialization with the previous completion of a three-year higher professional program. The candidate may be required to take a bridging program in a total of 10 to 60 credit points, pending the decision of the UL FKKT Senate or another appointed body.
- Completed study program from other domestic or foreign universities, according to the requirements which apply to students studying in Slovenia. The equivalence of previously obtained education abroad must be officially recognized according to the provisions of Art. 121 of the Statute of UL.
- Mentor's agreement and short conceptual design of the research work.
The selection of candidates will be based on the following criteria:
- Grade-point average for all exams and exercises completed (without diploma) on previous university studies or second-cycle Bologna program (75%);
- Grade obtained for diploma or master thesis from the second-cycle university studies (25%).
In case of limited access candidates will be ranked by the principle of total points collected.
Recognition of previously acquired knowledge and skills
Knowledge and skills, previously acquired by formal, informal, or experiential learning will be assessed according to the provisions of Art. 9 of the Criteria for accreditation of study programs in case the enrolment quota is exceeded. Recognition of previously acquired knowledge and skills must be approved by the FKKT Senate or another appointed body.
The following criteria will be taken into account:
- Professional specialization;
- Diploma from another higher education institution;
- Previous research work;
- Scientific publications, and
- Professional training.
How to apply
Candidates must submit their applications for the University of Ljubljana Call for enrolment into Doctoral degree programs, published here.
Candidates must submit their application for enrolment in the doctoral program, together with all the required supporting material and evidence, electronically via the web portal eVŠ until 3 September 2022.
Candidates with foreign degree qualifications who will submit their application via the web portal eVŠ together with all the required evidence will automatically undergo the process of recognition of foreign educational qualifications for the purpose of further education at the University of Ljubljana. Since the recognition procedure can last some time, we recommend you apply as soon as possible.
Candidates must submit these documents required for their enrolment application:
- Consent of study supervisor and list of subjects
- Short conceptual design of the research work
Documents required for recognition of foreign qualifications for enrolment in master and doctoral studies at the University of Ljubljana:
- Scan/photo of the diploma (scan all the pages of the document) with judicially certified translation into Slovene or English
- Scan/photo of the diploma supplement, transcript, or other relevant documents in evidence of content and duration of education with judicially certified translation into Slovene or English.
- Scan/photo of a chronological description of the completed education (signed by the candidate).
Information on education recognition procedures can be found on our websites.
Candidates can attach to their application a scan or photograph of a personal identity document1 with their written consent on the eVŠ web portal as follows:
- Citizens of EU Member States: personal ID or passport (page showing the candidate’s personal data, including name, surname, date, and place of birth and citizenship),
- Foreign citizens of non-EU Member States: passport (page showing the candidate’s personal data, including name, surname, date, and place of birth, and citizenship).
The education recognition procedure must be concluded before enrolment in the doctoral study program.
About the School
The University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
The study stream and the area of the doctoral thesis are determined by the subject of the student’s research work, which also determines the selection of elective subjects and the content of other forms of study.
The study program consists of various organized study units with a total of 60 credit points, while the remaining 180 credit points can be achieved by individual research work and doctoral dissertation. Allocation of credit points by years is the following:
- 1st year: 40 credit points obtained from organized forms of study and 20 credit points from research work;
- 2nd year: 15 credit points obtained from organized forms of study and 45 credit points from research work;
- 3rd year: 60 credit points from research work and
- 4th year: 5 credit points obtained from organized forms of study and 55 credit points from research work.
Organized forms of study are:
- Public presentation of the research hypothesis of the doctoral thesis (5 credit points) which must be completed before the enrolment in the second year;
- Approval of the title of the doctoral dissertation at least by the UL FKKT Senate, (5 credit points). The title must be approved prior to the enrolment in the 3rd year;
- Writing and defending the doctoral thesis, (5 credit points);
- Mandatory participation at lectures with invited speakers: the candidate must attend ten organized lectures per year. The topics are thematically balanced and selected to complement the research areas of students, taking into consideration the level of demand which should be suited to all three areas of study, and active student participation (setting questions and participating in discussions). For five lectures out of ten (the selection is approved by the mentor), first and second-year students will need to prepare a report about the lectures attended and supplement the report with relevant literature review, and relate the topic to their own research. The reports will be reviewed and approved by the mentor. Participation at 10 lectures and preparation of 5 reports in an academic year (in the first and the second years of study) will be assigned with 10 credit points per year (a total of 20 credit points for two years for active participation at lectures and 10 credit points for preparing reports with literature review). In this way students will be updated with recent developments in various research fields, and by preparing the report to broaden their knowledge by reflecting the problems to their own field of research;
- Induction seminar: (5 credit points). The seminar will be organized within the mentor's research group. The purpose of the seminar is to introduce students to complex experimental work, provide the necessary theoretical backgrounds and implement methods of characterization on their own samples, as well as introducing other activities necessary for starting up doctoral research;
- Professional training (maximum 5 credit points) for work in another research team (5 credit points equal to one month of work). This may also include theoretical studies of research methods and techniques according to individually designed program, and/or participation at summer schools (number of credit points as determined by the school) and/or pedagogical work (number credit points corresponding to the scope of pedagogical work);
- Obligatory subject Academic writing, 5 credit points;
- Elective subjects.
The structure of the program with credit points:
- Academic writing, 5 ECTS
- Induction seminar, 5 ECTS
- Mandatory participation at organized invited lectures, 10 ECTS
- Professional training, 5 ECTS
- Presentation of research hypothesis of the doctoral thesis, 5 ECTS
- Elective subject 1, 5 ECTS
- Elective subject 2, 5 ECTS
- Research work, 20 ECTS
- Mandatory participation at organized invited lectures, 10 ECTS
- Approval for the topic of the doctoral dissertation, 5 ECTS
- Research work, 45 ECTS
- Research work, 60 ECTS
- Research work, 55 ECTS
- Defense of the doctoral dissertation, 5 ECTS
After completing the program, graduates will acquire the following competencies and skills:
- Being able to critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize complex ideas;
- Communicate expert knowledge to colleagues, other expert groups, and to the broader public;
- Being able to promote advancements in science and technology at the academic and applicative level in a knowledge-based society.