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Epistemology of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Epistemology of the Humanities and Social Sciences doctoral programme at University of Ljubljana is very problem-oriented. Its purpose is to show the logic behind theoretical processes in the humanities and social sciences. It analyses the way theories create their own sphere of problems and raise questions, and the way they open up new prospects for theoretical work and renounce the rest.


The Epistemology of the Humanities and Social Sciences doctoral programme at University of Ljubljana pays special attention to the relationship among theories which seems typical of the humanities and social sciences: even though theories are often in a relationship of mutually exclusive alternatives (and are considered as such even more often), no theory in these disciplines is ever really "out-of-date." This draws attention to the typical conflicts between "orthodoxy" and "revisionism." 

One of the most interesting parts of the theoretical work in the humanities and social sciences is the transfer of concepts from one sphere of enquiry to another: arguably the best known is the massive inflow of linguistic concepts in various structuralist theories. Even though it would be naive to say that theoretical concepts belong to an "original domain," their transfer from one sphere to another entails specific problems and issues.

The doctoral programme deals with the specific exterior character of theories, their exclusions, ambiguities, sometimes even ideological effects, critical interpretations of the differentiation between humanities and social sciences, and their internal separation into various sciences. It studies the role of institutional boundaries and analyses their (often overlooked) epistemic implications. It also studies the effects of the isolation of individual sciences, the experience gained from attempts at linking and articulation, the effects of introducing new classifications and new sciences or additional specialisations, and so on. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical Epistemology
  • Epistemology of the Modern Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Seminar ajusted to the study field
  • Seminar ajusted to doctoral thesis topic prepared by supervisor
  • Work on the doctoral thesis proposal

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

The doctoral programme in the Humanities and Social Sciences is open to:

  • Graduates of Bologna Master’s study programmes.
  • Graduates of study programmes leading to university a degree.
  • Graduates of study programmes leading to a specialisation, following a previously completed higher education study programme; upon the proposal of a field coordinator responsible for the doctoral programme, a competent body of a member faculty determines study obligations worth 30 to 60 ECTS needed for enrolment in the third level doctoral programme.
  • Graduates of study programmes leading to a masters degree or a specialisation following the completion of a first degree

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        3504 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 10500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
      • EU/EEA

        3504 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 10500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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      Living costs for Ljubljana

      • 620 - 950 EUR/month
        Living Costs

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