Philosophy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
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  • Slovenian, English
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The objective of the PHILOSOPHY PhD study program is to educate the best professionals in field of philosophy through the provision of broad humanistic knowledge, offering a foundation for understanding the most difficult philosophic questions, problems and issues: i.e., theoretical and methodological concepts.


With the increasing amount and sources of new information, the purpose of teaching is shifting from piling up information, which in a short period of time becomes outdated, to a primary focus of the meaningful critical evaluation of this information.

The objective of the PHILOSOPHY PhD study program is to educate the best professionals in field of philosophy through the provision of broad humanistic knowledge, offering a foundation for understanding the most difficult philosophic questions, problems and issues: i.e., theoretical and methodological concepts.

The objective is thus to qualify professionals for independent development of new knowledge and for solving the most demanding problems by testing and improving the known and discovering new solutions in the field of philosophy and in the broader area of the humanities. Professionals who are thus qualified will have the capacity to develop critical reflection and the competentce to solve the most demanding philosophical questions, to publish them in the form of scholarly articles or monographs and to conduct research projects. Moreover, the production processes for and application of knowledge, among which specific philosophical knowledge, capabilities and skills are not only wanted but inevitable, have become more and more diverse.

New fields are being added to the traditional ones: philosophies of particular academic disciplines: professional ethics and applied epistemology, artificial intelligence models, etc. The newly drafted philosophy program is up-to-date even in the sense of offering students a solid basis for interdisciplinary cooperation.

The objective of the basic PHILOSOPHY PhD study program is to enable scholars in field of philosophy to become catalysts for humanistic thought, who will be capable of developing and applying new knowledge in this field - to educate independent critical thinkers to deal skillfully and in depth deal with their own professional field and at the same time, with their general, transferable capabilities and skills, to cope with the demands of the contemporary learning society. In a scholarly and professional sense, they are the most qualified among philosophers, trained for cooperative work with scholars from other fields of the humanities, the social sciences, or even the natural sciences.

The basic PHILOSOPHY PhD study program objectives are the following:
  • to deepen knowledge: i.e. to upgrade the philosophical content acquired at lower (previous) education levels,
  • to foster awareness of the significance of philosophy as a means for recognizing contemporary social problems, for critically evaluating their solutions and suggestions for new solutions
  • to upgrade student´s rhetorical skills,
  • to educate the philosophy student for independent, professionally critical and responsible work withi a profession, which requires superb knowledge of philosophy and the humanities in general,
  • to transfer to the student the required knowledge of philosophical methodology and skills and to promote mobility among philosophy students,
  • to enable philosophy students to successfully tailor their own professional profiles by choosing philosophical content from subject modules,
  • to involve philosophy students in in-depth scholarly research in the fields of philosophy and the humanities by applying scholarly research methods,
  • to consolidate and upgrade the students' confidence in their correct understanding and interpretation of philosophical theories, and of legal and professional ethics,
  • to assure philosophy student the most profound knowledge in the basic and more specialized fields of philosophy,
  • to introduce philosophy students with work in both domestic and foreign environments.


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

1st year subjects
  • Core Subject 1
  • Core Subject 2
  • Elective Seminar 1
  • Individual Research Work I
2nd year subjects
  • Elective Seminar 2
  • Individual Research Work II
  • Elective Seminar 3
  • Individual Research Work III
3rd year subjects
  • Individual Research Work IV
  • PhD dissertation

Core subjects:

Selected Issues in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Advanced Topics in History of Philosophy from the 16th To the 20th century, Advanced Topics in Theoretical Philosophy Metaphysics: Advanced Topics, Problems of Knowledge, Advanced Topics in Practical Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Curriculum Strategies

Elective seminar subjects:

Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Linguistics, Moral Relativism and Anti-realism, Metaphysical Issues in Ethics, Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Religion Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience, Logic and Philosophy, Informal Logic: Theory and Practice, Selective Seminar on the Relation between Philosophy and Poetry, Selective Seminar in Philosophical Reflections on Evil in the 20th centuryScientific Realism, Scientific Revolutions, A priori Knowledge, Secondary Qualities and Moral PropertiesDidactics of Philosophy (teaching methodology)Personal Process in Education, Reflective Practice, Supervision and Group Process in Education, Ancient Rhetoric and Literature, The Question of Death in Ancient Philosophy, Cosmopolitan Justice, The Ontology and Epistemology of Art, Aesthetics of Music, Art, Intention, and Interpretation, Selected Issues in Moral Philosophy, Sources of Greek Rationality, Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy Selected Topics in Philosophy of Mind, Individual Research Work 1, Individual Research Work 2, Individual Research Work 3, PhD Dissertation

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 “Philosophy”:
  • 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. Prior to enrolment, candidates must fulfil study obligations corresponding to 60 ECTS credits: “Analysis of Classical Philosophical Texts” (8 ECTS), “Knowledge, Mind and Being” (8 ECTS), “Theoretical or Practical Philosophy” (8 ECTS), “Values and Virtues” (8 ECTS), “Methodology of Philosophical Research” (10 ECTS) + three electives (3 x 6 ECTS);
  • study programme educating students fo 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 (10%);
  • grade awarded for the bachelor’s or master’s thesis (10%);
  • grad in the elective exam (80%).

Candidates may replace 50% 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

The Academic Affairs Committee of the Senate of the Faculty of Arts assesses the candidate’s scientific research and professional work. The Committee may also require the passing of an elective exam in order to make an assessment.

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.

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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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