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Doctoral study programme Mathematics and Physics, subprogramme Physics

Level of the studies:

3rd-cycle programme (according to the Bologna scheme)

General description:

The doctoral study programme Mathematics and Physics, subprogramme Physics, lasts for 3 years and comprises 180 credit points. The programme is composed of organized teaching, which accounts for 60 credit points, while the remaining 120 credit points are devoted to individual research and to preparation and defence of the doctoral dissertation. The subprogramme Physics has four modules: Physics, Physics Education, Meteorology, and Nuclear Engineering. The study requirements of the programme are in compliance with the Higher Education Act and with the Criteria for Accreditation of Institutions and Study Programmes of Higher Education, adopted by the Higher Education Council of the Republic of Slovenia. They are evaluated according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which makes it possible for parts of the programme to be included directly into international exchange with universities using ECTS.

In accordance with the selected module of study, the candidate is awarded the title Doctor of Science in the field of a) physics, b) physics education, c) meteorology, and d) nuclear engineering.

Fundamental objectives of the programme:

The main objective of the study programme Mathematics and Physics, subprogramme Physics, is to educate highly qualified researchers and experts for independent research and development in the fields of physics, nuclear engineering, meteorology, and physics education at a level that is comparable and competitive with current top-quality research in the selected fields pursued in the most advanced parts of the world. Independent research for the doctoral thesis, representing the major part of the study programme, provides in-depth knowledge in the area of the narrow specialization, while the structure of the organized part of the study programme guarantees also a sufficient broader knowledge that is nowadays indispensable for a young expert to be able to efficiently respond to the rapid development and changes in modern science and to become an active member of larger interdisciplinary research teams.

The organized part of study in the subprogramme Physics is designed so that the student must select one subject from the group of subjects (A) which are bound to the selected module and cover the broader field of the doctoral thesis, offering a deeper insight into the general principles of physics. This should provide a sound basis for independent research as well as an appropriate breadth of knowledge. The remaining subjects are completely optional (group B) and are intended for narrower specialization in the candidate's field.

General competencies acquired with the programme:

Subject-specific competencies:

Enrolment requirements and criteria for selection in case of limited enrolment (valid for study year 2017-18 and later)

The following candidates can enrol in the doctoral study programme in Mathematics and Physics:

Enrolment in the doctoral study programme in Mathematics and Physics is open also to graduates of foreign universities. In accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana, the equivalence of previous education acquired abroad is established as part of the process of recognition of foreign education for the continuation of education at University of Ljubljana.

Criteria for selection in case of limited enrolment

In case of a limited enrolment, the selection of candidates will be based on:

Additional requirement: Before enrolment in the doctoral study programme, the candidate should provide a signed agreement with a suitable dissertation supervisor and, if necessary, also with a co-supervisor. The agreement should be accompanied by a short description of the planned research work.

Criteria for knowledge recognition

A student can be awarded credit for acquired in different forms of previous education that corresponds in content to courses in the study programme. Decisions concerning recognition of such knowledge are made by the Study Board of FMF Department of Physics on the basis of the student's written application with attached testimonials and other documents confirming successful acquisition of such knowledge and its content.
In awarding credit for an individual course, the Study Board will use the following criteria:

Requirements for advancement

For enrolment in the second year of study, students must make a successful presentation of the theme of doctoral dissertation and, in total, they must collect at least 48 ECTS from organized forms of study (the compulsory course for the selected module, elective courses, presentation of disposition, international summer schools, etc.). For enrolment into the third year, the student must collect at least 90 ECTS, 60 of which have to be from organized forms of study. Besides this, the student dissertation theme has to be approved by the university Senate.

Requirements for transfers

Transfer to the doctoral (third-cycle) programme Mathematics and Physics is possible:

Requirements for the completion of study

The requirements for completion of study and acquisition of the title Doctor of Science are that the candidate successfully meets all study requirements laid down in the programme and successfully defends the doctoral dissertation, amounting to a total of 180 ECTS, 60 from the organized forms of study and 120 from research work and from dissertation preparation and defence. The candidate must also publish or have accepted for publication at least one scientific article from the field of the dissertation in one of the journals from group I - IV, as defined in the FMF Interpretation of the Criteria for Election of University Teachers, Researchers and Research Associates. The candidate should be the first author of the publication. The research article must be published or accepted for publication before the defence of the thesis. The student completes the study with a positively evaluated dissertation and its defence.

Curriculum

Organized forms of study (60 ECTS)

Research work, preparation of doctoral dissertation and defence (120 ECTS)

Research work is concluded with a dissertation and its defence and with a publication of at least one scientific article from the field of the dissertation in one of the journals from group I - IV, as defined in the FMF Interpretation of the Criteria for Election of University Teachers, Researchers and Research Associates. The candidate should be the first author of the publication. If this is not possible, the supervisor should provide a declaration that the contribution of the candidate to the publication is important.

A detailed syllabus


 ECTS  Naziv študijske vsebine
12  Compulsory course of the module      

Organized forms of study
60 ECTS

 
9  Individual study
15  Preparation and presentation of dissertation theme
6  Compulsory seminar
18  Elective courses
120  Individual research, preparation of doctoral dissertation and defence
180  Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Compulsory courses (group A) with lecturers (regarding modules):

Elective courses (group B) with lecturers:

Based on the advisor's proposal, the courses selection is approved by the FMF Department of Physics Study Board.

Syllabus by years:

1st year

Course title
 ECTS  Share (%) 
 Compulsory module course 12 20
 Preparation of dissertation theme 15 25
 Compulsory seminar 6 10
 Individual study 9 15
 Elective courses 6 10
 Research 12 20
 Total 60 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd year

         
Course title  ECTS  Share (%)
 Elective courses 12
20
 Research                                 
48 80
 Total 60 100

 

 


3rd year

Naziv predmeta  ECTS
 Delež (%)
 Research 54
90
 Dissertation preparation and defence      
 6 10
 Total  60 100

 

 

 

 

More detailed information about the doctoral study programme (booklet).