The doctoral study programme ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES lasts three years and represents the transformation of existent direct doctoral programme, which was offered at the University of Nova Gorica since the academic year 1995/1996. Successfully completed study programme leads to the title “ Doktor znanosti” (equivalent to Doctor of Science). The courses are held in English language.
To qualify for entry into the graduate program Environmental Sciences , applicants must satisfy the following admission requirements:
- have completed a 2nd cycle master’s study preogramme;
- have completed at least a four-year academic undergraduate programme accredited with 240 ECTS credits;
- have completed a uniform five year master’s study programme accredited with 300 ECTS credits;
- have completed a specialization after previously finished professional study programme, and had passed additional study obligations within 30 to 60 ECTS credit points;
- have completed an equivalent program abroad;
If the number of applicants exceeds the 20 available slots, they are selected based on previous academic achievement.
Educational and professional goals
Protection of the environment demands an explicitly multidisciplinary approach and therefore adequately educated and trained experts are needed in the areas of environmental research, technology, conservation, management and policy development. One of the crucial problems in solving the environment issues is the lack of experts with appropriate multidisciplinary knowledge, who could successfully link together the experts with distinctive knowledge in natural and technical sciences on one side and the managers, lawyers and similar professionals on the other side. Therefore similar study programmes on undergraduate and also on graduate level are common worldwide. For this reason the main objective of this study programme is education of top experts with the multidisciplinary knowledge in the fields of environmental sciences.
The study programme consists of the compulsory seminar, which introduces the student into the area of his specialization, elective courses on atmospheric, aquatic or soil science, and elaboration of doctoral thesis. The thesis is tightly linked to intensive and high quality research during which various environmental phenomena and concrete problems can be investigated. The main focus is on topics such as the development and improvement of technologies for reduction of environmental pollution, the development and application of new technologies and methods for detection and monitoring of pollutants in the environment, ecotoxicology, renewable energy and other resources, and sustainable development.