Ph.D. On Campus


University of Nova Gorica

48 months
4000 EUR/year
4000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Karstology from University of Nova Gorica is intended for candidates who have completed the previous study programme for obtaining university education or a second-level study programme of various fields, and who wish to gain deeper insight of this broadly “integrated system of sciences on karst” and become karst researchers or karst managers.


Karstology from University of Nova Gorica offers a broad-based basic introduction to karst from various aspects (e.g., geologic structure, surface, underground landscape, water), and enables a highly-focused in-depth orientation in line with the interests of each student (e.g. the use and protection of karst waters). The curriculum is designed accordingly and offers a handful of required courses and a wide array of elective courses with emphasis on independent research work.

Students at Karstology from University of Nova Gorica will:

  • acquire knowledge related to karst and deepen it correspondingly by means of Slovene and foreign experts, relevant literature and field work carried out on the Slovene Karst and the karst abroad especially by employing an interdisciplinary approach in order to upgrade the knowledge of conventional disciplines,
  • become acquainted with historical cognitions and leading theories, notions and concepts of karst. 
  • recognize the interrelated processes and karst features and phenomena as well as human impact on karst in the broadest sense,
  • be capable of making a quick and reliable analysis and synthesis of their acquired knowledge and to present it adequately, both orally and in writing, in an articulated, well-supported, analytical and synthetic manner in scientific, technical and popular publications,
  • have the capacity to constructively use the acquired interdisciplinary knowledge related to karstology in their future line of work within or outside the research institutions and university centres in Slovenia and abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Active tectonics and karst
  • Age of karst processes
  • Basic speleology
  • Cave tourism
  • Development challenges on karst
  • Dinaric karst
  • Geodiversity of karst areas
  • History of karstology and speleology
  • Karst ecology
  • Karst geology
  • Karst geomorphology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

 Application periods:

  • 1st is from Febr 16 – Mar 30
  • 2nd is from Apr 1 – Jul 1
  • 3rd is from Aug 1 – Sept 1
  • 4th is presented above




240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have completed a 2nd cycle master’s study preogramme;
  • Have completed at least a four-year academic undergraduate programme accredited with 240 ECTS credit points, or
  • Have completed a uniform five year master’s study programme accredited with 300 ECTS credit points, or
  • Have completed a specialization after previously finished a professional study programme, and had passed additional study obligations with 30 to 60 ECTS credit points, or
  • Have completed an equivalent programme abroad.
  • The certificate of education 
  • A court-certified translation of the education certificate from the previous indent into the Slovenian or English language.  
  • Annual report cards, transcripts, a diploma supplement or some other evidence on the contents and duration of education;
  • A short chronological description of the entire education, prepared and signed by the holder of the education certificate or his / her legal representative;
  • Motivattion letter and CV.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Nova Gorica

515 - 730 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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