Geography, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    4030
    Tuition (Year)
    4030
    Tuition (Year)
  • Slovenian, English
    Language
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The PhD programme Geography level 3 is a postgraduate study programme that builds on the undergraduate (Bologna) study programme of geography. It enables students to acquire knowledge from a wide range of geographical disciplines, giving doctoral students a wide diapason of knowledge as well as extensive opportunities for employability. A special emphasis is given on the didactics of geography, environmental geography, urban geography and rural geography, which are the core of the proposed level 3 study programme.

About

When learning about spirituality, the habitat has at least the same weight as the time. The mission of geographical sciences is to get to know the landscape in order to determine the spatial dimension of the human (nation) existence and to contribute to the cultural, social and economic development of the area by obtaining proper knowledge. With the increased environmental and habitual awareness, the importance of geography has gradually increased. With the development of theoretical thinking and original methods, geography has been successfully integrated into applicative projects in the fields of environmental protection, spatial planning, exploration of cultural, social and economic aspects of the societal structure, but also in the education of pupils and adults.

The PhD programme Geography level 3 is a postgraduate study programme that builds on the undergraduate (Bologna) study programme of geography. It enables students to acquire knowledge from a wide range of geographical disciplines, giving doctoral students a wide diapason of knowledge as well as extensive opportunities for employability. A special emphasis is given on the didactics of geography, environmental geography, urban geography and rural geography, which are the core of the proposed level 3 study programme.

Accreditation

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
  • Project Type Predefined
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

The curriculum consists of compulsory and elective subjects. Compulsory subjects relate to the general theoretical and methodological knowledge of geography and general knowledge of the research work methodology. The second part of the curriculum consists of elective courses, which are chosen by the candidates and based on the contents of their dissertations and personal interest. Such a design of the curriculum is adapted to meet candidates' research areas and interests as genuinely as possible. At the same time, the design of such a programme reduces the natural division of geography on physical, social and educational parts to the minimum (these three parts of geography differ greatly when it comes to methods, philosophies and the content of the study. Moreover, the different design of the programme would force the candidates to study something that is not related to their theses or their research interest).

Any compulsory subject accounts for 15 ECTS. Each elective course accounts for 10 ECTS credits. Students choose 4 subjects from the list: two in the third and two in the fourth semester. In the second year of study, the students must carry out an independent research (IRD) in the third and fourth semester. The content of the IRD is generally linked to the topic of the dissertation, but it can also account for participation in the research project of the department. The third year of study is generally aimed at the completion of the doctoral dissertation.

The candidates must choose the topic of the doctoral thesis during the first year of study in the scope of the IRD course. They have to submit it and get the approval of the Commission of Graduate Studies, University of Maribor, on a proposal of the senate member. The Commission for Postgraduate Studies then confirms a mentor who guides the candidates and assists them during their research and preparation of their dissertations.

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 “Geography”:
  • 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 additional study obligations corresponding to 60 ECTS credits: “Population Geography” (6 ECTS), “Economic Geography” (6 ECTS), “Social and Cultural Geography” (6 ECTS), “Ecological Geography” (6 ECTS), “Geography of Slovenia” (6 ECTS) + five electives (5 x 6 ECTS);
  • 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 (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 programme will be implemented in the event of one or more candidates.

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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