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3rd Cycle: Environmental Protection (PhD)

Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering is one of the thirteen members of UL, who participate at the interdisciplinary doctoral study program Environmental Protection.

The main goal of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Environmental Protection is the interdisciplinary education of highly-qualified experts in the scientific fields covered by the programme. The programme has an interdisciplinary character and is intended for offering in-depth knowledge in different aspects of environmental issues ranging from technical and biotechnical to medical, social and humanistic The goal of the programme is to qualify doctoral candidates in scientific thinking and in solving the demanding environmental problems with an interdiscipliary approach.

The main emphasis of the doctoral study is research work on its interdisciplinary character and cooperation with internationally established local and foreign experts from various faculties and departments with the common interest of protecting the environment.

The duration of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Environmental Protection is three years (180 ECTS credits), and according to the Bologna educational scheme this represents the third cycle of education. The programme consists of organised classes (60 credits) and individual research work for the doctoral thesis (120 credits).

places for doctoral study programme Environmental Protection

Conditions for enrolment

The interdisciplinary doctoral study program Environmental Protection is available to the graduates of the following programs:

  • Study programmes providing education for occupations regulated by Directives of the European Union (e.g. study of medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy) or other unified master’s study programs evaluated with at least 300 ECTS credits;
  • Study programmes leading to specialisation, provided that candidates have previously completed a higher education professional study program. The Program Council will specify additional entry requirements for candidates in individual areas amounting from 30 to 60 credits;
  • Prior study programs leading to the title master of science or specialisation after the study program leading to the university degree. These candidates will be recognised 60 ECTS credits of study obligations;
  • Study programs leading to the university education prior to 1 June 2004.

The doctoral study program Environmental Protection is also available to graduates from foreign universities. Adequacy of prior education acquired abroad is established in the procedure of acknowledging foreign education for the continuation of education according to Article 121 in the University Statute.

Admission requirements and criteria for selection

The interdisciplinary doctoral study program Environmental Protection is available to the graduates of the following programs:

  • Study programmes providing education for occupations regulated by Directives of the European Union (e.g. study of medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy) or other unified master’s study programs evaluated with at least 300 ECTS credits;
  • Study programmes leading to specialisation, provided that candidates have previously completed a higher education professional study program. The Program Council will specify additional entry requirements for candidates in individual areas amounting from 30 to 60 credits;
  • Prior study programs leading to the title master of science or specialisation after the study program leading to the university degree. These candidates will be recognised 60 ECTS credits of study obligations;
  • Study programs leading to the university education prior to 1 June 2004.

The doctoral study program Environmental Protection is also available to graduates from foreign universities. Adequacy of prior education acquired abroad is established in the procedure of acknowledging foreign education for the continuation of education according to Article 121 in the University Statute.

Conditions for progression through the programme

CONDITIONS FOR PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM

Conditions for the progression from the 1st to the 2nd year of the doctoral study are completed study obligations totalling at least 45 ECTS. Of these, candidates shall gather at least 30 ECTS from mandatory methodological and core courses.

Candidates who have completed all organised study requirements in the 1st and the 2nd year, are permitted to enter the 3rd year of doctoral study. Conditions to enter the 3rd year are also doctoral seminar with successful presentation of the theme and results of work at the doctoral thesis, as well as approval of the University Senate to the theme of the doctoral thesis.

Conditions for transitions through programmes
Transfer from other doctoral programs to the interdisciplinary doctoral study program Environmental Protection is possible if candidates fulfil the access requirements of the program. For the transfer from other study programs candidates shall submit a transcript of records from their original study and valid study plans for the courses as well as other contents of the completed study obligations. Applications for transfer to the interdisciplinary doctoral program Environmental Protection will be treated individually by the Program Council in accordance with the University Statute.
Supervision

Before the enrolment the candidate shall choose a supervisor and a co-supervisor, as a rule from different scientific areas or members of the University. They define courses and design the research program or draft of the doctoral thesis disposition.

Supervisor or co-supervisor for the elaboration of doctoral thesis is a person with the title of higher education teacher (assistant professor, associate or full professor) or scientific worker (scientific assistant, senior scientific assistant and scientific counsellor), who demonstrates research activity with adequate scientific bibliography from the area of the theme of the doctoral thesis. The minimum condition of adequate research activity of the supervisor as well as co-supervisor is to achieve 100 points according to SICRIS for basic research with bibliography in the last five years, or 40 points for applied research, and showing evidence of successful transfer of results from projects into practice.

Supervisor is responsible for directing student’s progress in study and providing adequate conditions for their work. For the research related to laboratory work the supervisor shall make available adequate research capacities or research infrastructure.

Supervisor or co-supervisor may also be foreign experts with titles comparable to the titles for teachers or scientific workers at UL FGG.

Syllabus of the doctoral study program – Environmental protection (PhD)

The study program consists of organised part of study activities totalling 60 ECTS credits, while the remaining 120 ECTS are intended to individual research work for the preparation of the doctoral thesis.

In agreement with the supervisor and co-supervisor the candidate selects courses from the list of basic and elective courses. In addition to the mandatory methodological course the candidates shall also select two core courses and two elective courses according to the research area of the doctoral thesis. They may also select from the courses of other comparable programs of national and international universities, provided that the programs are evaluated according to the ECTS or other systems that allow comparison of the evaluation.

Study programme syllabus

The program is structured in years and designed in such way that in the first year and in the beginning of the second year organised forms of study are emphasised, while later on the emphasis is on research work and preparation of the doctoral thesis.

1st year
Methodological course 10 ECTS
Core courses 10 ECTS
Elective course 10 ECTS
Individual research work 20 ECTS
Total 60 ECTS

In the 1st year, in addition to the mandatory course Interdisciplinary Scientific Research Work, which is common to all students and consists of 10 ECTS, as a rule students shall select also 20 ECTS from the core courses and 10 ECTS from the elective courses. 20 ECTS are intended to individual research work.

2nd year
Elective course 10 ECTS
Doctoral seminar with presentation of doctoral thesis 5 ECTS
Individual research work 45 ECTS
Total 60 ECTS

In the 2nd year students choose another elective course totalling 10 ECTS. 45 ECTS are intended to individual research work, and 5 ECTS shall be acquired with successful presentation of the theme of the doctoral thesis within the doctoral seminar.

3rd year
Individual research work 55 ECTS
Doctoral seminar with presentation of the doctoral thesis before public defence and public defence 5 ECTS
Total 60 ECTS

In the 3rd year students focus mainly on individual research work and elaboration of the doctoral thesis consisting of 55 ECTS, while 5 ECTS are acquired with the presentation of the doctoral thesis before public defence within the doctoral seminar.

Znanstvena in strokovna obravnava okoljskih procesov ter s človekovimi dejavnostmi povezanih okoljskih problemov zahteva znanja različnih znanstvenih področij. Le s širokim spektrom znanj je mogoče pridobiti celovit vpogled v veliko dinamiko dogajanja v okolju. Interdisciplinarni doktorski študij Varstvo okolja mi je omogočil prav to. Povezovanje znanj iz različnih področij, ki jih vsakodnevno uporabljam pri strokovnem in znanstvenem delu. Simon Rusjan

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