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University of Ljubljana Call for enrolment into Doctoral degree programmes 2020/2021
Interdisciplinary doctoral programme in BIOMEDICINE

Interdisciplinary doctoral programme in BIOMEDICINE,

provided by the Biotechnical Faculty, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Veterinary Faculty; in cooperation with the Jožef Stefan Institute, the National Institute of Chemistry and National Institute of Biology.

Kongresni trg 12, 1000 Ljubljana, e-mail:

More information at: http://www.uni-lj.si/study/doctoral/biomedicine/.

Scientific fields:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacy
  • Genetics
  • Public Health
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Biomedicine
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Basic Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Medicine

Duration of study: 4 years 

No. of enrolment places: 180 – in total for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia, citizens of EU Member States, Slovenians without Slovenian citizenship and foreign citizens

Admission requirements:

Enrolment in the doctoral study programme is open to candidates who have completed:

  • a second-cycle study programme;
  • a study programme leading to professions regulated by EU directives, or another integrated master's degree programme consisting of 300 ECTS credits;
  • a programme leading to an academic higher education qualification, adopted before 11 June 2004;
  • a study programme leading to a Master’s of Science degree or specialisation, if the candidate has previously completed a programme leading to an academic higher education qualification. Course units totalling 60 ECTS credits are recognised for candidates based on their application, as provided by law;
  • a study programme leading to a specialisation following a completed professional higher education programme. Additional study requirements for individual fields totalling 30 to 60 ECTS credits are determined for candidates by the Biomedicine Programme Council.

Enrolment in the doctoral programme in Biomedicine is also open to graduates of foreign universities. The equivalence of prior learning in another country will be established by means of the procedure for the recognition of foreign qualifications for the purposes of continuing education in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana.


Selection criteria in the event of restricted enrolment:

In the event of restricted enrolment, the candidates will be selected based on:

  • performance in second-cycle studies or performance in an integrated master's programme
    evaluated at 300 credits or results in a former academic higher education programme

  • the selection exam, where the following is also evaluated:
    1. a reviewed scientific article, published or accepted for publication,
    2. awards and recognitions,
    3. professional specialisation,
    4. other.

The rating method is determined by the Programme Council.
In the event of restricted enrolment, candidates with a higher total score will be selected.

Location: Ljubljana

Mode of study: part-time study

Procedures and deadlines for application to the Call and enrolment:

To enrol, candidates (citizens of the Republic of Slovenia, citizens of EU Member States, Slovenians without Slovenian citizenship) must complete and submit the electronic application form published on the online eVŠ portal (https://portal.evs.gov.si/prijava/?locale=en) no later than by Wednesday, 14 August 2020 (inclusive of that date), and send the required attachments published on the website http://www.uni-lj.si/study/doctoral/biomedicine/application/call-b/ by the stated deadline by registered mail to University of Ljubljana, Kongresni trg 12, 1000 Ljubljana, marked “for Biomedicine”, or to the e-mail address by the required deadline.
The initial application deadline for non-EU foreign citizens (31 May 2020) was extended to 9 June 2020.

Enrolment will be conducted electronically via the websites of member faculties that coordinate specific scientific fields:
- at the Biotechnical Faculty for the fields of genetics and microbiology,
- at the Faculty of Pharmacy for the fields of pharmacy, clinical biochemistry, laboratory biomedicine and toxicology,
- at the Faculty of Medicine for the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, clinical medicine, basic medicine, public health and neuroscience,
- at the Veterinary Faculty for the field of veterinary medicine,
and will be completed by 30 September 2020 at the latest.

Prior to enrolment, candidates are required to choose a mentor and submit, upon enrolment at the latest, the mentor’s written consent to mentorship. The mentor must provide at least three references pertaining to the field of the envisaged topic of the candidate’s doctoral dissertation, and must meet other conditions laid down by the University of Ljubljana regarding mentorship in doctoral studies. Candidates are also required to submit their concept for the doctoral dissertation, and must do so by enrolment at the latest.

All other enrolment-related information will be published on the website of the Biomedicine study programme.