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Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #701 (ARWU) Maribor, Slovenia
The 3rd-cycle study programme in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering leads to "doktorat znanosti" (PhD degree). It is implemented by the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.  
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The study programme is based on skills aquired during the 2nd-cycle study programme and the new in-depth knowledge of basic chemistry and (bio) chemical engineering, allowing graduates a comprehensive implementation and management of the most demanding research and development projects in the industries and also in the research and development facilities. 

It is built on the use of a systemic approach to the design and synthesis of complex industrial and basic problems by utilizing the most advanced analytical and synthetic methodologies. 

The focus of doctoral studies lies in the development of research skills and in the development of the ability of interpreting the results, while the most important goal is the develpoment of the abilities for individual research planning, organisation of research work and drawing appropriate conclusions.

The structure of the doctoral study programme in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering enables students in the first year of studies to choose between two study options: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. 

Each option consists of some compulsory courses with specific emphasis on desired orientation towards chemistry or chemical engineering.


Year 1: 1st Semester

  • Core elective course I (6)
  • Core elective course II (6)
  • Individual Research Work 1 (15)
  • Methods of Scientific Research Work (3)

Year 1: 2nd Semester

  • Elective course I (6)
  • Individual Research Work 2 (24)

Year 2: 3rd Semester

  • Elective course II (6)
  • Transferable Knowledge (3)
  • Individual Research Work 3 – seminar (21)

Year 2: 4th Semester

  • Individual Research Work 4 – seminar (30)

Year 3: 5th Semester

  • Individual Research Work 5 – registration of the doctoral dissertation topic (30)

Year 3: 6th Semester

  • Individual Research Work 6 (30)

Year 4: 7th Semester

  • Individual Research Work 7 (30)

Year 4: 8th Semester

  • Individual Research Work 8 – preparation and defence of the doctoral dissertation (30)


Core courses (Chemical Engineering option):

  • Design of (Bio)reactor Systems (6)
  • Detailed Process Design (6)
  • High-Pressure and Other Advanced Separation Processes (6)
  • Mathematics Applied (6)
  • Product Design (6)
  • System Synthesis (6)
  • Process Thermodynamics (6)
  • Transmission Phenomena in Chemical Engineering (6)
  • Chemical-Technical Teaching and Learning (6)


*Elective courses (Chemical Engineering option):

  • Chemical Engineering - Energy Management (6)
  • Chemical Engineering – Technologies of Wastewater Treatment (6)
  • Chemical Engineering – Process Operability (6)
  • Chemical Engineering – Nanotechnologies (6)
  • Chemical Engineering – Refrigeration Process Technology (6)
  • Chemical Engineering – Life Cycle Assessment (6)
  • Biochemical Engineering – Biotransformations (6)
  • Biochemical Engineering – Bionanotechnology (6)
  • Biochemical Engineering – Food Products Development (6)
  • Chemical Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development - Industrial Application of Membrane Separation Processes (6)
  • Chemical Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development – Sustainable Development (6)
  • Chemical Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development – Advanced Methods for Study of Corrosion (6)
  • Chemical Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development – Retrofit of Existing Processes (6)
  • Chemical Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development – Reaction Pathways of Renewable Resource Conversion (6)


Core courses (Chemistry option):

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (6)
  • Biocatalysis (6)
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis (6)
  • Microarrays and Systems Biology (6)
  • Selected Chapters of Inorganic Chemistry (6)
  • Mathematics Applied (6)
  • Product Design (6)
  • System Synthesis (6)
  • Chemical-Technical Teaching and Learning (6)
  • Computer Simulations of Thermodynamic Properties (6)


*Elective courses (Chemistry option):

  • Chemistry and Chemometry – Application of Electrochemical Methods in Analytical Chemistry (6)
  • Chemistry and Chemometry – Applied Electrochemistry (6)
  • Chemistry and Chemometry – Optical Chemical Sensors (6)
  • Chemistry and Chemometry – Chemometric and Statistic Methods in Chemistry (6)
  • Chemistry and Chemometry – Food Safety and Quality Control (6)
  • Chemistry and Chemometry – Selected Topics of the Colloid Chemistry (6)
  • Chemistry and Chemometry – Advanced Methods for Study of Corrosion (6)
  • Materials Chemistry – Synthesis and Characterization of Coordination Compounds (6)
  • Materials Chemistry – Chemistry of Nanomaterials (6)
  • Materials Chemistry – Chemistry of Ceramic Materials (6)
  • Materials Chemistry – Synthesis of Nanomaterials (6)
  • Materials Chemistry – Sonochemical Methods (6)
  • Materials Chemistry – Polymer Chemistry (6)
  • Materials Chemistry – Reaction Pathways of Renewable Resource Conversion (6)
  • Materials Chemistry – Hybrid Materials (6)
  • Materials Chemistry – Porous Polymers (6)


* Students may also choose elective courses among elective courses of other 3rd-cycle study programmes offered by the faculty or by another higher education institution.


The study programme has been accredited by the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (Slovenian abbreviation: NAKVIS; English abbreviation SQAA). 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Candidates apply in 2 application periods. However, in the 2nd, they may apply only for programmes still having vacancies that the faculty decides to fill.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Slovenian
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Detailed programme structure is available under "Overview".

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Please find detailed admission requirements at the following link: (page 4).


The Call for Application into Postgraduate Study Programmes of the University of Maribor for the 2020/2021 Academic Year is available at 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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The enrolment fee and contributions for compulsory health insurance are not included within the tuition fee.

Living costs for Maribor

  • 480 - 700 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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