Art History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • Slovenian, English
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The Art History doctoral study programme aims to provide graduates with competences for scientific and research work in the field of art history. The doctoral study programme provides students with in-dept understanding of theoretical and methodological concepts and trains them to develop new knowledge independently and solve the most complex problems by applying and improving familiar solutions and discovering new ones.


It also prepares them for managing the most work systems and science and research projects from a wide professional and scientific area. It also helps them develop critical reflection. Doctoral dissertation represents the fundamental part of the study programme; basic and applicative research projects are its integral part. The graduate will have broad horizons and a sound knowledge of art history theory, who will be able to research art historical materials in-depth in a global and regional sense and thus contribute to the recognizability and cultural identity of their own environment. The doctoral graduate will be able to actively engage in research activities in all of the institutions and at all levels that require and expect such studies. After a completed programme the student earns the title PhD in Art 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

The study programme has three modules (Modul A = Medieval Art, Modul B = Pre-modern Time Art and Modul C = Modern Time Art). The candidate will choose two out of three modules at the beginning of their studies and compose their programme of mandatory and elective courses. A combination of any two modules out of three will be an option. Each module includes two mandatory courses (Module A: Researching Medieval Art and Select Chapters from Medieval Art; Modul B: Researching Early Medieval Art and Select Chapters from the Early Pre-Modern Age; Module C: Researching Art of the 19th and 20th century and Select Chapters from the 19th and 20th century art. Besides the listed mandatory courses, the tutor will help the student choose 5 elective courses out of a list of elective courses that are not bound to the modules. The student selects them in line with the topic of their doctoral dissertation. The list of elective courses comprises all eras from the Middle Ages to modernity, all forms of art (architecture, sculpture, fine arts, applicative arts), theoretical courses and courses, related to the history of the discipline. Also mandatory will be 5 courses that are connected to the preparation of a scientific article and preparation of the doctoral thesis (Individual Research Work: Preparation of a Scientific Article, Individual Research Work: Preparation and Defense of the Doctoral Dissertation Proposal, Individual Research Work with the Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor I. and II. and Preparation of the Doctoral Dissertation. These five mandatory courses will take place between the third and sixth semester of doctoral studies.

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 “Art History”:
  • A master’s (2nd-cycle) programme;
  • An undergraduate programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004;
  • A non-Bologna undergraduate programme corresponding to 240 ECTS credits and a specialisation programme (a total of 300 ECTS credits). These candidates are awarded 60 ECTS credits;
  • A bachelor’s vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in force prior to the Bologna process and up to the academic year 2015/16 and a specialisation programme. These candidates must fulfil study obligations corresponding to 30 ECTS credits: “Introduction to Art History” (3 ECTS), “Art History” (3 ECTS), “Written Sources for Art History” (3 ECTS), “Introduction to Iconography” (3 ECTS), “History of Architecture” (6 ECTS), “History of Painting” (6 ECTS) and “History of Sculpturing” (6 ECTS);
  • A study programme educating students for professions regulated by EU directives or another master’s programme corresponding to 300 ECTS credits;
  • equivalent programme completed abroad and recognized in Slovenia;
  • non-Bologna master’s programme (MSc). Candidates are awarded between 60 and 120 ECTS credits and may be admitted to the second or third year.
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%);
  • grade in the elective exam (30%).

Candidates may replace 60% 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

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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