Doctoral study programme in Management

The doctorate in Management programme is designed to train scholars to develop and sharpen theories in management, economics, business, law and other social sciences. Students acquire advanced knowledge of literature and theory in their area of specialization and in-depth studies of scientific and research methods. The curriculum provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced research skills, which is essential for publishing in leading academic journals. Special emphazise is on the doctoral candidate's individual reseach in the field of management.
The programme is held in Slovenian language only. More information in Slovenian language about the programme here.


  • 4 years (8 semesters)


  • 240 / research oriented 


Level of qualification

Slovenian Qualifications Framework (SQF): 10,

European Qualifications Framework (EQF): 8,

European Higher Education Qualifications Framework (EHEQF): third cycle.        


Degree awarded

  • doktor/doktorica znanosti equiv. to Doctor of Arts

Language of the program

  • Slovenian


Admission Criteria

Admission to the first year of study is granted to the candidates who have completed:

a)      a master’s (second cycle) study programme;

b)     an undergraduate academic study programme, adopted before 11 June 2004 (pre-reform study programme);

c)      an unified master’s study programme, if the study programme carried 300 ECTS credit points and lasted 5 years;

d)     a specialisation study programme, after having graduated from a professional study programme (pre-reform study programme, adopted before 11 June 2004), together at least 240 ECTS credit points), provided that a candidate has completed additional courses from master’s degree study programme Management, that are required for successful completion of the programme (amounting to no less than 30 ECTS credits points and no more than 60 ECTS credits points). The competent Commission appointed by Faculty determines additional examinations individually. Additional examinations must be completed prior to entry into the programme;

e)     a comparable education abroad and have been, in the process of recognition of their qualification and in accordance with Assessment and Recognition of Education Act, legally granted the right to continue their studies in the study programme.


In case of enrolment limitation the candidates are selected according to (a total of 100 points):

1. success in the previous studies (average grade of previous studies and final work thesis (up to 40 points);

2. success in the elective oral exam (up to 60 points).

     At the oral examination, the Commission assesses the following:

    1. Scientific research potential - up to 40 points:

  1.  understanding of scientific research, which is demonstrated by the conceptual draft of the research disposition,
  2.  qualitative assessment of the potential of the candidate for doctoral studies;

   2. motivation of the candidate - up to 10 points:

       1. motivation, as shown in the motivation letter and at the interview;

  3. Candidate's knowledge of the organization and management of the research system in Slovenia - up to 10 points.


Admission to the second year of the doctoral study programme Management is granted also to candidates, who have completed:

-        master of science study programme, adopted before 11 June 2004 (pre-reform study programmes),

-        specialisation study programme after having graduated from an academic study programme, adopted before 11 June 2004 (pre-reform study programmes).

Upon enrolment, the candidate is awarded 60 ECTS in accordance with the law. The relevant Commission determines the study obligations for the candidate to complete the doctoral study programme. The conformity of the learning contents from the candidate's previous study and the comparability of the scope of subjects in the credit points are taken into account.

Enrolment is also open to candidates of a comparable study programme abroad who have been, in the process of recognition of their previous studies (in accordance with Assessment and Recognition of Education Act), legally granted the right to continue their studies in the study programme.


Critieria for transferring between study programmes 

Transferring between study programmes is possible according to the Higher Education Act, Criteria for transferring between study programmes and other regulations of this field.

Transfer between study programmes is the enrolment in the higher year of the study programme, in case of leaving the studies in the first (initial) study programme and continuation of studies in another study programme of the same degree. The transition takes into account the comparability of the study programmes and the completed study obligations of the candidate in the initial study programme. The transition between study programmes is also enrolment of the graduate in the higher year study programme of the same degree.

Transfers are possible between study programmes:

  • which on completion of studies ensure the acquisition of comparable competencies, and
  • between which it is possible, under the recognition criteria, to recognise at least half of study requirements under the ECTS system from the first study programme relating to compulsory subjects of the second study programme.
  • Transferring between study programmes is granted to candidates provided that the following conditions have been met:

           -        the candidate fulfils the admission requirements for the first year of study programme and requirements for the enrolment second year of study;

          -        the completion of the initial study programme which the candidate is transferring from ensures the acquisition of comparable competencies as those envisaged by the study programme;

         -        between study programmes, where at least half of the study obligations, according to the conditions for recognising skills and knowledge, obtained prior to the enrolment, can be recognised, according to the ETCS system, from the first study programme and related to the mandatory subjects at the other study programme.


Applications for transferring between study programmes are considered by the relevant Commission. In accordance with the Criteria for transferring between study programmes, the Commission takes into account the comparability between study programmes and study obligations the candidate has completed in the previous study programme that can be recognized in this study programme. The candidate may also be required to complete differential exams as defined by the relevant Faculty Commission.



  • 3 mandatory courses related to research methodology,
  • 2 elective course in the choosen research field,
  • elective course in methodology,
  • doctoral seminar,
  • research paper,
  • transfer of knowledge and
  • doctoral dissertation and defence.



1st Year

Philosophy of science and epistemology 
Qualitative Research Methodology 
Quantitative Research Methodology 
Elective course 1
Personal development I.
Individual research work 1 - Research design and presentation


2nd Year

Personal development II.
Elective course 2
Elective course 3:
- Selected topics related to data analysis
- Selected topics related to data colletion methods
Individual research work 2 - Preparation of a scientific article for publication and public presentation
Individual research work 3 - Dissertation proposal
Doctoral seminar 


3rd Year

Individual forms of knowledge transfer 1
Individual research work 4 - Work on Dissertation


4th Year

Individual forms of knowledge transfer 2
Individual research work 5 - Work on Dissertation
Public defence by promoting research results



Doctoral programme in Management general competencies:
  • a thorough understanding of the theoretical concepts of the field - business, economic, legal, sociological and psychological aspects;
  • superior understanding and mastery of different research approaches in the scientific field;
  • the ability to design, design and implement a comprehensive research process;
  • Ability to independently develop new knowledge, skills, techniques, practices and materials through research work;
  • solving the most complex problems by testing and improving known solutions and designing new ones;
  • responding to abstract problems that broaden and redefine existing procedural knowledge or practice;
  • the ability to create, through original research, a contribution that extends the boundaries of knowledge and is relevant nationally and internationally;
  • ability to critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize complex ideas;
  • ability to identify problems and find solutions;
  • participation in critical dialogues; managing and promoting complex social processes within the professional field;
  • ability to be critical and self-critical;
  • ability to manage the most demanding work systems; and - research projects in a broad professional and scientific field;
  • the ability to communicate with colleagues and the wider scientific community and society in general about their area of ​​expertise;
  • the ability to publicly present and defend scientific studies;
  • the ability to foster the economic and social progress of a knowledge-based society in academic and professional settings;
  • ability to think creatively and solve problems;
  • Knowledge of, and compliance with, research ethics.


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