Why study the joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)?
The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle) is interdisciplinary oriented, as it contains subjects (content) from legal, economic, managerial, organisational and information sciences. Students have a wide choice of courses (content) within the individual disciplines, which means they can choose the courses (content) in all study fields (disciplines) they are interested in.
The Programme is intended for candidates who work or intend to work in workplaces that require and expect scientific-research work in the field of administration and business sciences in the public sector. this means the study, creation, development and application of new methodologies, technologies and skills in administration and business sciences. The joint doctoral study programme is designed to provide a candidate with all the necessary deep theoretical-scientific and methodological administrative-legal, organizational, economic, managerial and IT skills that are necessary to solve the most demanding research and practical issues in the selected areas in the first two years of the study, which are then used during the continuation of the study to solve specific scientific-research problems within the doctoral dissertation. Therefore, the study programme is designed to be highly interactive and multidisciplinary, which corresponds to the nature of scientific research on the one hand, and to the most demanding professional work on the other.
The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle) is important for:
The development of administrative sciences for further transformation of the public administration in the direction of modern democratic-oriented administrations.
The development of business sciences for the functioning of the public sector.
The development of existing and new educational programmes and scientific-research work in the field of administrative and business sciences.
Modernisation of administrative and business practices in the public sector.
About the programme
What will you learn?
The graduates of the joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sectors (third cycle) acquire the following general competences:
An in-depth understanding of the theoretical concepts in the field of administration and business sciences and the ability to transfer this knowledge into practice.
The ability for the in-depth critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of complex ideas.
The capacity for the independent development of new knowledge, skills, techniques, practices and materials with research.
The ability to set, design and implement a large research process.
The ability to for the critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of complex ideas in order to solve difficult problems by testing and improving the existing solutions and the implementation of new solutions on the national and international level.
The ability to publicly present and defend scientific studies.
An excellent understanding of and the ability to master different research approaches in the scientific field while building on the knowledge acquired in the first and second study cycle.
The development of critical thinking and self-reflection during scientific and research work, the ability to work in an interdisciplinary group.
During the joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sectors (third cycle), the students acquire subject-specific competences for studying and solving even the most difficult expert and scientific problems in the field of business and administration. The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sectors (third cycle) allows the students to deepen, define and build upon the theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired during the first and second cycle programmes. The acquired knowledge and skills give the students access to the most difficult methodologies for understanding and solving problems in business and administration practice. Subject-specific competences are:
In-depth understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the ability to use them in research as appropriate.
The ability to dynamically link different scientific disciplines into one comprehensive transdisciplinary scientific research method.
The ability to scientifically analyse the problems, assign values to different theoretical points of view and critically analyse the administrative systems and constitutional institutions.
The ability to understand and upgrade the theoretical administrative knowledge focused on the status and functional classification of the public administration providers.
The ability for critical thinking during research in the field of interdisciplinary subjects.
The ability to critically evaluate the broader significance and consequences of using IT systems in administrative systems.
The ability to assess the theoretical and practical aspects of organisational learning and knowledge management.
The ability to understand and analyse the basic characteristics of different areas of public policies and fiscal policy.
The ability to respect and independently select suitable solutions for human rights in public administration based on international legal and administrative practices and comparative legal solutions for this area.
The ability to understand and improve the theoretical legal knowledge on the status and functional classification of public management providers in Croatia, Slovenia and abroad.
The ability to apply theoretical models while planning the normative regulations of civil service relations and to use foreign legal solutions in the national legislation of Croatia and Slovenia.
The ability to objectively assess the efficiency of public administration.
An understanding of the financial operations of the administration and knowledge of the approaches and tools for optimal financial management.
An understanding of current economic circumstances and guidelines for the development of the theory and practice of public administration management.
PhD Student Nejc Lamovšek:
"The closer I am to the end of my PhD studies, the more I am sure that the decision to enrol in a doctoral program at the Faculty of Public Administration was one of the best in my life. The study is highly interdisciplinary, with emphasis on economic and management areas, which also helped me in my career development".
Fee per programme*: €11,000.00 for all three years (the final thesis is included in this price)
Fee per study year:
1st year: €3,670.00
2nd year: €3,670.00
3rd year: €3,660.00
*The possibility of co-financing tuition fees. All information is available on following website: www.uni-lj.si/study/doctoral/funding.
Enrolment in the joint third-cycle doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector is open to graduates of:
Second-cycle study programmes.
Former study programmes leading to a Master of Science degree or specialisation following completion of a study programme leading to an academic higher education qualification (for enrolment in a third-cycle doctoral study programme, the academic programme council recognises course units totalling at least 60 credits).
Former study programmes leading to specialisation, if candidates have previously completed a professional higher education programme (for enrolment in a third-cycle doctoral study programme, the academic programme council sets a requirement of course units of 30 to 60 ECTS credits).
Study programmes leading to professions regulated by EU directives and consisting of 300 ECTS credits, or other integrated master's degree programmes consisting of 300 ECTS credits.
Former study programmes leading to an academic higher education qualification, adopted before 11 June 2004.
Enrolment in the third-cycle doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector is also open to graduates of foreign universities, whereby the equivalence of prior learning will be established by means of the procedure for the recognition and evaluation of qualifications in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana.
Selection criteria in the event of restricted enrolment:
In the event of restricted enrolment, candidates will be selected based on:
Study success (grade point average and final thesis grade) – 50%.
Results of the selection exam (selection interview) – 50%.
The competent bodies of the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Public Administration and the University of Rijeka’s Faculty of Economics jointly determine enrolment restrictions depending on the number of suitable candidates and mentors.
Development of public administration
Philosophy of economic sciences and application of micro and macroeconomics
Elective methodological course (student selects one subject): Social statistics or
Optimization modelling in the public sector
Individual research work 1
Individual research work 2
Doctoral seminar 1
(student selects one module)
Public Governance moduleCore course:
Comparative Human Rights Policies for the Public Administration
Organizational learning and knowledge management
Elective course 1
Elective course 2
Individual research work 3
Individual research work 4
Doctoral seminar 2
Economic moduleCore course:
Public policy analysis
Elective course 1
Elective course 2
Individual research work 3
Individual research work 4
Doctoral seminar 2
Individual research work 5
Individual research work 6
Final doctoral seminar and defence of the doctoral thesis
Theory of Information Systems – Selected Topics
Comparative administrative procedural law
The system of the legal regulation of the position of civil servants
The Political System of the European Union
Economics and management of the liberalisation and regulation of markets
Economics of non-profit organisations
Comparative Social Policy
Strategic Management in the Public Sector 3
Openness and transparency of public administration
Integrity in public sector
Governance and Management of IT
Academic English in the Governance and Economics of the Public Sector
Theory of the Firm
Analysis of the Social Responsibility Performance in the Public Sector
Intelectual Capital and Knowledge-Economy
Regional vs. Global Trade Policy
New Economic Reality
Strategic Marketing in the Public Sector
Scientific Approach in ICT Project Management
Macroeconomic theories and policies in the Global Economy
Contemporary Financial Markets and Institutions
Financial Reporting in the Public Sector
Microeconomics: Theory and Application
Managing organizational complexity
Valuation of projects in the public sector
Governance of the European Union
How to apply
The first enrolment deadline is 10 September 2021, 23:59 CEST.
Candidates are required to submit their applications via the eVŠ web portal by 10 September 2021, 23:59 CEST. Candidates should also submit electronically via the eVŠ information system all required evidence by the end of the application deadline.
Enrolment will take place at the Faculty of Public Administration and will be completed by 30 September 2021 at the latest.
Candidates can find all information and instructions on the website http://www.fu.uni-lj.si/en/programi/governance-and-economics-in-the-public-sector/ Candidates seeking further information can write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepted candidates will be notified of further procedures and the enrolment dates on 15 September 2021 via the e-mail they provided in their application or via the eVŠ web portal.
Joint part of the Call for enrolment into doctoral study programes of the University of Ljubljana: https://www.uni-lj.si/study/doctoral/jointpart2122
Recognition of Foreign Education for Enrolment
Candidates with foreign degree qualifications undergo a procedure for the recognition of foreign higher education qualifications upon applying for studies. The procedure starts with the candidate’s application for study in the Republic of Slovenia, which is submitted in electronic form on the eVŠ portal. Please enclose the following documents to the printed and signed application from the eVŠ system:
Original or the duplicate of the final certificate(s), representing general requirement for access to higher education programme cycle in the country of issue, legalised on the basis of:
the 1961 Hague Convention (at the court with territorial jurisdiction where the certificate or diploma has been issued). with properly filled in apostille form affixed or
the Authentication of Documents in International Traffic Act
States Parties to the 1961 Hague Convention can be found on the webpage
Photocopy of the original certificate(s) referred to in No 1
Certified Slovene translation of the certificate(s) referred to in No 1, (please check at the relevant university or higher education institution if this document is required)List of authorised translators
Annual report cards, transcripts, a diploma supplement or some other evidence on the contents and duration of education - copies of the transcripts must be certified
Certified Slovene translation of the certificate(s) referred to in No 4, (please check at the relevant university or higher education institution if this document is required)
A short chronological description of the entire education (statement by the applicant)List of authorised translators
Mrs Mateja SetnikarPhone: + 386 1 5805 504 (from 1 PM until 2.30 PM CET during working days)E-mail: email@example.com
About the School
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