The field of biomedicine encompasses knowledge from the areas of basic medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology, clinical biochemistry and laboratory biomedicine, clinical medicine, genetics, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacy, public health, toxicology and veterinary medicine.
The need for a high-quality and up-to-date doctoral programme to acquire suitable knowledge in these areas is dictated by rapid and extensive development in these various scientific fields, as well as their impact on the quality of life. Due to previous good experiences and the advantages of an interdisciplinary approach to existing postgraduate studies, the doctoral study of biomedicine is organised at university level. The field of biomedicine is very broad and is being developed at the first two educational levels by various faculty members at the University of Ljubljana. It seems reasonable to link the third educational level (doctoral studies) in terms of organisation and content. This approach also enables the collaboration of teachers and researchers from separate scientific fields, thus forming a broader interdisciplinary field. The connections of university research with research institutes are also achieved.
The primary emphasis of doctoral study is on research, interdis- ciplinarity and collaboration between internationally renowned local and foreign experts. Based on recommendations of the European University Association (EUA), international student exchange is also encouraged. As the end result of the research work, the publishing of at least one scientific article is expected. Special emphasis is placed on a productive relation between the doctoral candidates and their mentors. Students can choose mentors from amongst internationally recognised and established experts in compliance with the rules of the University of Ljubljana and collaborating faculties.
The duration of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine is four years (240 ECTS credits), and according to the Bologna guidelines this represents the third cycle of the educational scheme. The programme has been conceived in agreement with all the requirements and legislation of the Republic of Slovenia and meets all criteria for doctoral study established by the EUA. In this way, the direct inclusion of programme components in an international exchange with universities from other countries using the ECTS system is rendered possible.
The programme consists of organised classes (60 credits) and individual research work for the doctoral dissertation (180 credits).
The programme leads to the degree of Doctor of Science in the following fields:
- biochemistry and molecular biology
- public health
- clinical biochemistry and laboratory biomedicine
- medicine - clinical orientation
- medicine - basic orientation
- veterinary medicine
The programme is organised by the University of Ljubljana through its faculties and three Slovene research institutes which contribute teachers who take part in organised courses, mentors and the research infrastructure for executing the experimental part of doctoral work.
Call for enrolment in doctoral study programmes at the University of Ljubljana for the 2020/2021 academic year
University of Ljubljana Call for enrolment into Doctoral degree programmes
Enrolment in Year 2
The conditions for advancement from the 1st to the 2nd year of the doctoral study of biomedicine are completed study obligations of the 1st year of at least 45 ECTS, of which at least 20 ECTS must be from compulsory core subjects, and 30 ECTS recognised by the mentor for individual research work. The costs of the 1st year tuition fee must be paid upon enrolment.
Enrolment in the 2nd year of the doctoral study of biomedicine will take place from 11.09. to 21.9.2020.
Applicants will receive instructions for enrolment when their enrolment form has been received, from 11.9.2020 onwards.
Enrolment in Year 3
Students who have completed all study obligations of the 1st and 2nd year can enrol in the 3rd year of doctoral studies (45 ECTS are obtained by passing the 1st and 2nd year exams, while positive assessments by the Doctoral Student Monitoring Commission on the suitability of the doctoral topic dissertations account for 5 ECTS). The remaining ECTS are obtained from individual research work. The costs of the 1st and 2nd year tuition fees must be paid upon enrolment.
Enrolment in the 3rd year of the doctoral study of biomedicine will take place from 11.09. to 21.9.2020.
Applicant will receive instructions for enrolment when their enrolment form has been received, from 11.9.2020 onwards.
Enrolment in an additional year
Students who are currently enrolled in the 3rd year and have not yet completed all their study obligations can enrol in an additional year. An enrolment form will be opened for students who inform the administration of the purpose of their enrolment in an additional year.
Enrolment in an additional year of doctoral studies will take place from 20.08.2020 to 21.09.2020 at the latest and is NOT OBLIGATORY.
Extension of student status
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students may apply for approval of an extension of their student status due to unforeseen circumstances, in accordance with Article 49 of the Act on Intervention Measures to Mitigate and Eliminate the Consequences of the COVID-19 Epidemic. Applications should be addressed to the Veterinary Faculty Commission for Postgraduate Studies and submitted to the Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Continuing Education, University of Ljubljana Veterinary Faculty, Gerbičeva 60, 1000 Ljubljana by 30 August 2020. Applications must state substantiated reasons for such an extension of a status.
Progression by meeting all the required conditions
In the 2020/2021 academic year, students who have completed the obligations of the current year of at least 40 ECTS can also enrol in a higher year. To be approved for exceptional progression without fulfilling all the conditions, students must submit an application by 30 August 2020 to the Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Continuing Education, University of Ljubljana Veterinary Faculty, Gerbičeva 60, 1000 Ljubljana by 30 August 2020. Applications must state substantiated reasons why the student was unable to fulfil all the obligations.
Rules and instructions
Student information system (VIS Biomedicine)
Extension of student status
Students who are, or who will become, a parent in the 2018/2019 academic year and have the status of student in that academic year (i.e. are enrolled in the year), have the right to an exceptional extension of their status for the academic year following the year in which they became a parent. Students wishing to extend their status should submit an application for the extension of student status in the 2019/2020 academic year by 20 September 2019 at the latest. A copy of the child's birth certificate should be attached to the application (the other parent's details may be deleted in the copy).
The status may also be extended for other justified reasons in accordance with the Act and the Statute of the University of Ljubljana.
New rules on doctoral studies at the University of Ljubljana
At its 18th session on 28 May 2019, the senate of the University of Ljubljana adopted the Rules on Doctoral Studies at the University of Ljubljana,
which brought some innovations in accordance with the change in the duration of doctoral study programmes to four years. The main changes and amendments to the rules refer to the possibility of a second application of the topic of doctoral dissertations, the continuation or completion of doctoral study following a break, and deadlines for the submission of doctoral dissertations in the three-year and four-year study programmes. Pursuant to Article 65 of the rules, doctoral students enrolled in three-year doctoral study programmes whose duration has changed to four years will complete their studies in three-year study programmes subject to regular advancement with the validity of the doctoral dissertation topic four years after confirmation of the doctoral dissertation topic from the senate of the University of Ljubljana, with the possibility of a maximum extension of one year.
Conditions for advancement
The condition for advancement from the 1st to the 2nd year of the doctoral study of biomedicine is the completion of study obligations of at least 45 ECTS. Of this, doctoral students must complete at least 20 ECTS in the core subject.
Students who have completed all the study obligations of the 1st and 2nd year and have confirmation of a positive assessment by the Doctoral Student Monitoring Commission on the adequacy of the topic of their doctoral dissertation by the senate of the member of the University of Ljubljana can enrol in the 3rd year of doctoral studies.
Students who have completed all the study obligations of the first three years and have confirmation of the topic of their doctoral dissertation by the senate of the member of the University of Ljubljana can enrol in the 4th year.
The condition for repeating the first year is completion of at least 10 ECTS from the basic subject and 20 ECTS from individual research work.
The condition for repeating the second year is completion of all study obligations of the first year.
Rules on procedures for obtaining the title of Doctor of Science in the interdisciplinary biomedicine doctoral study programme.
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