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Doctoral degree programmes

Conditions for completing the programme and doctoral diploma

Conditions for completing the programme

The condition for completing the 4-year programme of study and acquiring a doctoral degree is the successful completion of all study obligations defined by the programme and the successful defence of the doctoral thesis. The doctoral candidate must publish at least one scientific article based on the research presented in the doctoral thesis in a scientific journal indexed by the SCI or SSCI. The article with the candidate’s name listed as first author must be published or accepted for publication before the candidate hands in the doctoral dissertation for assessment.


Doctoral dissertation

The registration of topic, the nomination of an academic advisors – mentors, as well as the nomination of an expert committee for evaluation of a doctoral dissertation and graduation committee, are in the domain of coordinating faculty senates. The Senate of the University of Ljubljana approves of the topic of the doctoral dissertation and the proposed mentor.

The defence of the doctoral thesis is public, which is ensured by publishing a notice of the defence, usually seven days before the defence. After the public defense of doctoral dissertation and following a nomination by the member, where the candidate has successfully defended doctoral dissertation, the Rector performs the promotion for the doctor of science.


Doctoral diploma

After completing the programme, the doctoral diploma jointly signed by the Rector of the University of Ljubljana and the dean of the responsible faculty, is awarded to the candidates. Doctoral diploma is awarded by the Rector of the University of Ljubljana. Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine receive the title doktor/doktorica znanosti (level of qualification: SQF level 10, EQF level 8, EQ-EHEA level Third cycle).