Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • Slovenian, English
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The aim of the doctoral study program is to train top expert researchers in the field of cognitive neuroscience with an interdisciplinary approach to cognition and behavior, and to the correlations of these with the functioning of the nervous system. Graduates of this program will be able to conduct independent research work and effective teaching.


Cognitive neuroscience deals with the question of how cognitive, emotional and behavioral functions are reflected in the functioning of the nervous system. The PhD study objective is to educate professional researchers in the field of cognitive neuroscience, with an interdisciplinary view of cognition and behavior and their connectedness to the functioning of the nervous system. Graduate students will be provided with opportunities in independent research work and effective teaching.

During the PhD study program in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience students will, besides general competencies, also:
  • Acquire competence in independent and original solving of fundamental research problems in the field of cognitive neuroscience,
  • Develop capabilities for effective oral communication of their findings acquired through experiment to the professional public,
  • Develop the capability to write scholarly texts in journals comprised in JCR.
The PhD program in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience is research oriented. For this reason, most of its structure is dedicated to students´ individual research work and rotation among various laboratories. The work in laboratories will prepare students for:
  • use of electrophysiological methods for studying brain functions and interpretation of data acquired,
  • use of functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) for brain scanning and analysis of the data acquired,
  • understanding and use of methods used in cell neurophysiology,
  • making mathematical and computer models for simulation of the functioning of neuron nets,
  • use of mathematical and statistic methods for analysis and comparison of electrophysiological data acquired by experiment,
  • understanding and use of basic transformations and procedures for computer signal processing which enable medical diagnostic and identifying systems,
  • use of computer developmental tools and computer equipment designed for the field of signals.


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
  • Individual Differences Neuropsychology
  • Elective - 1
  • Bio-technique and Neuroscience
  • IRW - dissertation application
2nd year subjects
  • Neuroscience Fundaments
  • Computer Neuroscience
  • Elective - 2
  • IRW - PhD dissertation preparation
3rd year subjects
  • IRW - PhD dissertation preparation
  • IRW - PhD dissertation and defence preparation

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 “Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience”:
  • 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 in the field of psychology and computer science: “Cognitive Psychology” (5 ECTS), “Psychometric Theory and Methods” (5 ECTS), “Physiology” (5 ECTS), “Statistics and Methods” (5 ECTS), “Fundamentals of Computer Science” (5 ECTS) and “English language” (5 ECTS);
  • A study programme educating students for professions regulated by EU directives or another master’s programme corresponding to 300 ECTS credits.

If there is greater demand then there are places available, candidates shall be ranked according to:

  • grade point average (50%);
  • grade in the elective exam (50%).

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:

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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