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Sociology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #701 (ARWU) Maribor, Slovenia
The 3rd-cycle study programme in Sociology leads to "doktorat znanosti" (PhD degree). It is implemented by the Faculty of Arts and its goals derive from the characteristics of sociological and social studies. Besides deepening the knowledge from the first two cycles on a general theoretical-conceptual level, it offers students an additional opportunity to apply knowledge in practice.
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Broad competencies developed by students increase their employment possibilities, while specific knowledge of sociology and society present high qualifications and acquaintance with concrete working tasks in the field of sociology and other social sciences, politics, economy, anthropology, pedagogy, philosophy, information science, social work, and work in governmental and non-governmental organizations. 

Students´ knowledge and its application stem from scholarly research work, which involves knowing and applying statistical methodological approaches and starting-points, representing the basis for process analysis in a global society, establishing their causes and predicting their long-term consequences, and creating strategies for ameliorating their potentially negative consequences. 

With an increased connection of knowledge and relations in the European Union countries, the emphasis is on students´ understanding of the significance of cooperation and integration, especially in terms of intercultural dialogue and effective professional communication, in Slovene and other languages.

The basic aim of the programme is to form an open, flexible, and well versed person who is at the same time sufficiently specialized and capable of accomplishing specific tasks demanded by the labor market at a particular moment. 

During the study process, students become highly motivated, as the acquired knowledge and competencies give them opportunities to become included in a further, lifelong educational process.


Year 1: 1st Semester

  • Scientific Research Methods (3)
  • Elective course 1 (6)
  • Elective course 2 (6)
  • Individual Research Work 1 (15)

Year 1: 2nd Semester

  • Elective course 3 (6)
  • Individual Research Work 2 (24)

Year 2: 3rd Semester

  • Elective course 4 (6)
  • Individual Research Work 3 (24)

Year 2: 4th Semester

  • Individual Research Work 4 (30)

Year 3: 5th Semester

  • Individual Research Work 5 (27)
  • Transferable Knowledge (3)

Year 3: 6th Semester

  • Individual Research Work 6 (30)

Year 4: 7th Semester

  • Individual Research Work 7 (30)

Year 4: 8th Semester

  • Preparation and Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation (30)


  • Sociologic Conceptualization of Social Phenomena (6)
  • Religion and Contemporary Society (6)
  • Comparative Religion (6)
  • Selected Themes from Sociology of Globalisation (6)
  • Chapters from Economic Development and Social Inequalities (6)
  • Themes in Sociological Perspectives on Gender in Contemporary Societies (6)
  • Politics and Modern Society (6)
  • Health and Society (6)
  • Aging and Society (6)
  • Youth Studies (6)
  • Anthropology of Postsocialism (6)
  • Advanced Chapters from Cross-Cultural Analysis of Societies (6)
  • Historical Sociology (6)
  • Contemporary Social Theory (6)
  • Chapters in Sociology of Everyday Life (6)
  • Themes in Youth and Problem Behavior (6)
  • Chapters in Adolescent and Young Adult Development (6)
  • Economic Diplomacy (6)
  • International Political Economy (6)


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: (pages 31-32).


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

    2600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2600 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    2600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2600 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Tuition fee for 2nd & 3rd year: 3,120 EUR. 4th year: TBD. Enrolment fee and contributions for compulsory health insurance are not included within 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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