The aim of the program is to train doctoral students for scientific work in fields of basic and applied life sciences, so that they will be able to develop new knowledge within the framework of a scientific research career or transfer knowledge to everyday practice.
PhD Degrees in Biological and Life Sciences in Ljubljana in Slovenia. The interdisciplinary doctoral study program in Biosciences is a joint project of four faculties of the University of Ljubljana: the Biotechnical Faculty in the role of coordinator of the program and the Faculty of Computer and Information Science (FRI), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FS) and Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FE) as co-implementers of the program. Scientific achievements in the field of basic and applied biosciences in the past decade and a half have lead to essential changes and corrections to the theory that had been valid for decades, which open completely new horizons in the study of the basic laws of the functioning of biological systems and enable the development of applications of which we never even dreamed a few decades ago. The fast development in numerous fields of biological research and ever new possibilities for the use of the new science are reflected in the ever greater need for basic and applied knowledge in modern societies, which also dictate suitable updating of doctoral study programs. The interdisciplinary doctoral program in Biosciences, together with taking into account the Bologna guidelines on quality, combines science and experience from the fields of agronomy, biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, economics of natural resources, management of forest ecosystems, horticulture, landscape architecture, wood and biocomposites, nanosciences, nutrition, technical systems in biotechniques, protection of the natural heritage, cell sciences, animal sciences and animal breeding. The need for high quality and up-to-date doctoral study programs for obtaining suitable knowledge from the scientific spheres developed in various members of the University of Ljubljana, is also dictated by the fast and extensive development of these fields and their impact on the quality of life.
The essential element of the program is connecting the contents from the field of Biosciences on the level of the University of Ljubljana with special care for new, boundary fields of research, often overlooked by the wider public, and which are not suitably represented in first and second level study programs. The doctoral study program in Biosciences is the response of the Biotechnical Faculty and associated partners, to the challenges of the time and it represents a combination of the most up-to-date knowledge in this field that, together with the commitment of domestic experts and visiting professors from abroad, we can offer in Slovenia. In addition to the Biotechnical Faculty, which is coordinating the program, FRI, FS and FE are also cooperating with the coordination of individual study fields, as well as nine other members of the University of Ljubljana, leading Slovene research institutes, economic organizations and academic and research institutes from abroad. The main stress of the doctoral studies is on research work, on interdisciplinary study and on the cooperation of internationally established domestic and foreign experts. Taking into account the recommendations of the European University Association (EUA), the program envisages the international exchange of students and, as a condition for ensuring the international comparability of high quality doctoral work, the publication of at least one scientific article in an internationally recognized scientific journal is required, which is an important part of candidates' research work. Particular stress is devoted to close cooperation between doctoral students and mentors, which gives the program a special tenor and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program of Biosciences enables candidates, in agreement with their mentors, to design a personal program of education, which best suits their ambitions.
GENERAL DATA ON THE PROGRAM
The interdisciplinary doctoral study program of Biosciences is a level 3 program under the Bologna scheme. It lasts three years and covers 180 points or 4500 hours. One credit point is equivalent to 25 hours of a student's work. The study program is composed of an organized educational part, amounting to 60 credit points, while the remaining 120 credit points are devoted to individual research work for the doctoral thesis.
The study requirements of the program are in accordance with the Higher Education Act and Criteria for Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions and study programs, adopted by the Council RS for Higher Education, assessed under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The direct inclusion of parts of the program in international exchange with universities in countries that use the ECTS is thus possible.
The aim of the program is to train doctoral students for scientific work in fields of basic and applied life sciences, so that they will be able to develop new knowledge within the framework of a scientific research career or transfer knowledge to everyday practice. Within the study are represented traditional fields of life sciences, supplemented with newer fields, dictated by the development of new technologies and the needs of society.