Course of Studies

The Studies consist of teaching classes and scientific-research work. The maximum teaching load does not exceed 20% of the total course schedule expressed in ECTS-credits.

The Studies are structured in a way that it enables all students to follow the compulsory methodological courses (the first credit group) in the first semester, while in the second and the third semester students choose an optional/elective module and optional/elective courses (the second credit group) in agreement with the mentor, based on the scientific activity and on the field of scientific research. During the course of their studies, students also have to demonstrate their scientific activity that is awarded according to the defined criteria (the third credit group).

During their studies, the candidates have to collect 36 ECTS credits in direct teaching classes from the first and the second credit group (compulsory courses, elective modules and elective courses) and 144 ECTS credits from the third credit group (scientific works, scientific activities and doctorate dissertation).


1. semester2. semester3. semester4. semester5. semester6. semester
compulsory courses    8 ECTSelective/optional module 14 ECTSelective/optional courses  14 ECTSscientific works, scientific activities and doctorate dissertation  144 ECTS

Instead of the elective courses from the suggested programme of studies, the students can enrol also in courses from other doctoral studies.

The entire doctoral studies programme is conducted in the form of lectures, exercises, research implementation, writing of seminar papers, publishing of scientific and professional papers. The teaching classes are held in blocks for single courses. After that, students have the possibility of taking exams. In case of less than five participants, teaching classes are held through consultations, whereas the practical part is held in groups according to the number of participants.



Upon successfully defending the doctoral thesis, and for the purpose of issuing the certificate of the Doctor of Science degree, the doctoral candidate is obliged, not later than one month from the date of the doctoral dissertation defense:


a) Submit a hard copy of the doctoral thesis to the constituent,

b) Submit an electronic version of the doctoral thesis,

c) Complete the university application form and web application for promotion


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