History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
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  • Slovenian, English
University rank #501 ,
Study of history in Maribor has already almost a history of half a century. Beginnings of Department for History reach to the year 1962, when study of history started at former Pedagogical Academy Maribor. Metnioned study continued also in the framework of Faculty of Education of University of Maribor.


Regarding the definition of the scientific discipline, history is in the field of humanistic sciences, and therefore it is not surprising that members of the Department for History alsways strived for the students, except 'classical' double major pedagogical study, to be able to study history within a single major non-pedagogical study of history. The latter happened in academic year 2001-2002, when we first called for enrolment into the single major non-pedagogical program History.

By division of former Faculty of Pedagogy (in academic year 2006/2007), the Department for History included into Faculty of Arts of University of Maribor and today has 12 fully employed staff members. In senses of research, Department of History belongs among one of the strongest collegiate bodies at Faculty of Arts, as members of the department are carriers of two basic program groups, and at the same time, members of the Demartment are active in domestic, bilateral and international research projects. Simultaneously, we regularly include external, contract workers, who sensefully complete our study programs within Department for History.

In accordance with the directives and provisions of the Bologna reform of university study, department for history prepared totally new, modern programs fro mthe field of history science that are comparable with study programs of history in Slovenia and in the world. Since the academic year 2007-2008 the Department for History enables a student to study two first cycle study programs: university first cycle single major study program History and university first cycle double major study program History.


The study programme has been accredited by the Slovene National Agency of Quality Assurance.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Slovenian
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In the scope of studies, the Department for History offers a complete view on the most important and up-to-date knowledge on the past of humanity (form early civilizations up to contemporary history), and in this special attention is paidd to history of Slovenian ethnic space since ancient history till today. As first in Slovenian higher education area, we at the Department for History have paid special attention to history of east and southeast Europe, as well as history of the Balkans, by which we expressively differ from other study programs of history in Slovenia. So, graduates of the Department for History obtain a qualitative and complete professional base for understanding development of modern civilizations through history in their study.

The Department for History, even in the framework of Bologna reform in higher education, continues graduate studies. As one of six departments at Faculty of Arts, students are enabled doctoral studies. Basic characteristic of doctoral study program of history is its orientation towards deepened obtaining of methodological and theoretical cognition, besides simultaneous development of models for the transfer of obtained knowledge into practice and the development of research staff that will study problems of history studies in modern society by use of modern methods of research.

In the acvademic year 2009/10 the Department for History called for enrolment into doctoral study program: third cycle study program History. The study program contains five basic directions of study bound to individual eras of history. These are: ancient history, medieval history, new age, newer history (19th century) and contemporary history (20th century). A student may, according to his or her interests, actively form his or her own path of education. A wide collection of mandatory and optional contents enables a student to obtain knowledge needed for reaesrch on a foreseen historic problem. With support by the mentors (tutors) a candidate gradually builds a needed collection of knowledge and experience in research for an independent governing of highly demanding practical problems of his or her study field. There, even contents of mandatory study contents are not strictly limited, but a possibility of adaptation of contents regarding the needs of an individual student are left open.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

Candidates who completed the following may apply for the doctoral (3rd-cycle) programme “History”:
  • A master’s (2nd-cycle) programme;
  • An undergraduate programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004;
  • A bachelor’s vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 and a specialisation programme. These candidates must fulfil study obligations corresponding to 30 ECTS credits: “Practical Course in Historiography” (10 ECTS) irrespective of track and the following track-specific obligations;
  • for the track ANCIENT HISTORY: “Roman History and Slovene Territory in the Antiquity” (10 ECTS), “Greek History” (10 ECTS) – compulsory;
  • for the track HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE AGES: “Slovene History in Middle Ages” (10 ECTS) – compulsory; “History of Europe in the Middle Ages” (10 ECTS) or “Non-European History in the Middle Ages” (10 ECTS) – students choose one course depending on their dissertation topic;
  • for the track HISTORY OF THE MODERN PERIOD: “History of the Slovene Territory in the Early Modern Period” (10 ECTS) – compulsory; “History of Europe in the Early Modern Period” (10 ECTS) or “Non-European History in the Early Modern Period” (10 ECTS) – students choose one course depending on their dissertation topic;
  • for the track MODERN HISTORY (19th century): “Slovene History in the 19th Century (1790-1914)” (10 ECTS) – compulsory; “History of the Balkans in the 19th Century (1790-1914)” (10 ECTS), “History of Europe in the 19th Century (1789-1914)” (10 ECTS) or “Non-European History in the 19th Century (1776-1914)” (10 ECTS) – students choose one course depending on their dissertation topic;
  • for the track CONTEMPORARY HISTORY (20th century): “Slovene History after 1914” (10 ECTS) - compulsory; “European History after 1914” (10 ECTS), “History of the Balkans after 1914” (10 ECTS) or “Non-European History after 1914” (10 ECTS) – students choose one course depending on their dissertation topic;
  • A study programme educating students for professions regulated by EU directives or another master’s programme corresponding to 300 ECTS credits

Candidates who obtained similar academic qualifications abroad also meet the admission requirements.

If there is greater demand then there are places available, candidates shall be ranked according to:
  • grade point average (40%);
  • grade awarded for the bachelor’s or master’s thesis (30%);
  • grad in the elective exam (30%).

Candidates may replace 40% of the study obligations for the elective course with scientific research and professional work.

Criteria for the evaluation of scientific research:
  • scientific monographs
  • independent scientific paper or chapter in a monograph
  • original scientific paper or review article in journals with impact factor (JCR) or journals indexed in SCI, SSCI or A&HCI databases or journals specified in the appointment criteria of the Faculty of Arts
Criteria for the evaluation of professional work:
  • professional monograph or reviews
  • independent professional paper or chapter in a monograph
  • published professional conference contributions
  • professional papers and/or reviews of these papers
  • participation in editorial boards of monographs or journals
  • other forms of documented professional work

Candidates who wish to apply should speak foreign languages (which foreign language depends on the study track).

For the tracks ANCIENT HISTORY, HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE AGES, HISTORY OF THE MODERN PERIOD: knowledge of Latin and German is recommended in order to be able to study sources and literature.

For the tracks MODERN HISTORY (19th century) and CONTEMPORARY HISTORY (20th century): knowledge of English, German and Serbian or Croatian is recommended in order to be able to study sources and literature.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 4030 International
  • EUR 4030 EU/EEA

The amount of the tuition fee is set by the relevant educational institution and is the same as the tuition fee for part-time programmes for Slovene citizens. The tuition for the current academic year must be paid upon enrolment.

The list of tuition fees is available at: www.um.si/studij/financiranje/Strani/default.aspx

Foreign citizens residing in the Republic of Slovenia who are taxable persons in the RS (or their parents/guardians), EU citizens and citizens of countries with which the RS has concluded bilateral agreements are exempted from paying the tuition fee for full-time postgraduate programmes.


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