prof. dr. Anica Plemenitaš, University of Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pharmacy, Genetics, Public Health, Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Biomedicine, Clinical Medicine, Basic Medicine, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Toxicology, Veterinary Medicine
The interdisciplinary doctoral programme in Biomedicine combines various scientific areas that together contribute to the key understanding and continuous development of medical science in a broader sense. The field of biomedicine is quite broad and is traditionally being developed by several member faculties. Advanced laboratory research was also traditionally developed by various laboratories at national research institutes outside the University of Ljubljana. In order to increase the research possibilities for doctoral candidates, three national research institutes were invited to join the university in forming the new doctoral programme in biomedicine.
Due to the great diversity of biomedical research, an interdisciplinary approach to designing the new doctoral programme seemed the most appropriate. In doing so, collaboration of teachers and researchers from separate scientific fields and various departments was achieved. As a result, doctoral candidates obtained wider possibilities to be included in high quality research groups according to their individual interests. The programme is organized by the University of Ljubljana through its faculties: the Biotechnical Faculty, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, the Faculty of Medicine, the Veterinary Faculty, and three research institutes: The Jožef Stefan Institute, The Chemical Institute and The National Institute of Biology. The interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine is coordinated at the university level by the Programme Council consisting of representatives from each faculty and research institute.
The interdisciplinary doctoral programme in Biomedicine leads to the degree of Doctor of Science in the following scientific fields: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pharmacy, Genetics, Public health, Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Biomedicine, Clinical Medicine, Basic Medicine, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Toxicology, Veterinary Medicine. The organization of the programme is coordinated by field coordinators acting in the faculties where the doctoral students are enrolled in the programme. The primary emphasis of doctoral study is on the students’ research, so students are obliged to choose their mentors at the beginning of their studies. In addition, to be involved in the research work, students are also offered advanced theoretical knowledge through the choice of several types of courses: compulsory core courses, elective theoretical courses, and elective individual research courses. Together with their mentors and field coordinators, the doctoral candidates design the individual degree programmes by selecting courses that are consistent with the individual student’s research interest.