Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Statistics
Advanced knowledge of statistics is of significant importance in science and is the foundation for research in practically all academic disciplines. At the same time, advanced experts in statistics are sought by various services, from state administration to research departments in different companies.
In the past decades, statistics as an independent scientific discipline has made enormous contribution to science and society. It has become a tool applicable in diverse fields such as agriculture, biology, business and economics, education, engineering, law, medicine, the military, public administration, social sciences, etc.
On the basis of good experience in the past and of the noticeable advantages of the interdisciplinary approach, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Statistics is also organised at the university level. The programme offers seven modules: Biostatistics, Statistics for Social Sciences, Mathematical Statistics, Economic and Official Statistics, Business Statistics, Psychological Statistics and Technical Statistics.
The duration of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Statistics is four years (240 ECTS credits), which according to the Bologna educational scheme represents the third cycle of education. The programme consists of organised training (60 credits) and individual research work for the doctoral dissertation (180 credits).
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Statistics is evaluated according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), thus allowing students and lecturers to participate in international exchange schemes in the countries where ECTS or some other comparable system is implemented.
Fee per programme*: €12,000.00 (the final thesis is included in this price)
Fee per study year:
1st year: €3,800.00
2nd year: €3,800.00
3rd year: €2,200.00
4th year: €2,200.00
*Students who meet the requirements, can obtain co-financing of tuition fees. All information is available at www.uni-lj.si/study/doctoral/funding.
Candidates for the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Statistics are graduates of the following programmes:
Second cycle study programmes
Study programmes providing education for occupations regulated by Directives of the European Union (93/16/EEC for doctors, 78/1027/EEC for veterinarians, 78/687/EEC for dentists and 85/432/EEC for pharmacists) evaluated with at least 300 credits
Study programmes leading to specialisation, provided that candidates have previously completed a higher education professional study programme. The Statistics Programme Council will specify additional entry requirements for candidates in individual areas amounting from 30 to 60 credits.
Study programmes leading to a master of science or to specialisation after completing a university study programme. 60 credits of study obligations will be recognised to such candidates.
Academic study programmes.
Candidates with foreign degree qualifications undergo a procedure for the recognition of foreign higher education qualifications upon applying for studies and must enclose additional evidence. 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. The procedure is run by the authorised person at the University Member (academy or faculty).
Selection criteria in the event of restricted enrolment:
In the event of there being more applicants for the programme than places available, the selection of candidates for enrolment in the doctoral programme in Statistics will be based on their success in the former academic higher education programme or second-cycle studies, focusing particularly on:
grade point average in the former academic higher education programme or second-cycle studies, excluding the diploma or master’s thesis,
diploma or master’s thesis grade.
In the event of restricted enrolment, candidates with a higher total score will be selected (sum of the grade point average and the diploma or master’s thesis grade).
The Programme Council Statistics determines the enrolment restrictions depending on the number of suitable candidates and mentors.
Selection of a mentor
Before enrolment, candidates are required to choose a mentor and submit the mentor’s written acceptance of mentorship upon enrolment at the latest. The doctoral dissertation mentor or co-mentor is a person with a university teacher title (assistant professor, associate professor, full professor) or researcher title (research associate, senior researcher or higher research associate) and has proof of research activity with a relevant scientific bibliography in the field of the doctoral dissertation topic.
The mentor’s role is to guide the student and to provide conditions for work. When it comes to laboratory research, the mentor must ensure that appropriate research capacities and research infrastructure are available. A foreign expert with a title comparable to a Slovenian teaching or researcher title can be a mentor.
The list of potential mentors is published here.
Obligatory course New Developments in Statistics
Obligatory course Methodology of Statistical Research
Elective course 1
Elective course 2
Elective course 3
Independent research work 1
Obligatory module course Selected Topics in the respective module
Presentation of doctoral dissertation proposal
Independent research work 2
Independent research work 3
Independent research work 4
Presentation of the results of research work before the completion of the doctoral dissertation
Conditions for completing the programme and acquiring the doctoral degree is the successful completion of all study requirements defined by the programme and the successful defence of the doctoral dissertation. The doctoral student must publish at least one scientific article based on the research presented in the doctoral dissertation in a scientific journal indexed by the SCI or SSCI. The scientific article with the student’s name listed as first author must be published or accepted for publication before the candidate hands in the doctoral dissertation for assessment.
The list of courses is published here.
The main goal of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Statistics is to further educate experts who have some fundamental knowledge in statistical theory, some experience in the field of statistics or some general statistical knowledge, specific to an individual science discipline. Doctoral candidates should gain the capability of scientific thinking and solving new problems in various scientific fields.
After completion of their studies, the doctoral graduates will be qualified for creative and independent research work and for solving statistical problems of future employers. In the specific scientific field they will be able to form definitions of research problems and find optimal solutions. They will be capable to link together the existing methods, develop new methods with critical approach and clearly defined criteria based on statistical theory. They will be able to critically assess research results and capable to transferring new knowledge into practice. Due to distinct international orientation of the programme, they will acquire the ability to communicate in an international scientific environment.
How to apply
Candidates are required to submit their applications and the attachments online through the eVŠ web portal until 20 August 2021.
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. Since the recognition procedure can last up to 2 months, we recommend the candidates apply as soon as possible. More information here.
In case the application documentation is incomplete, candidates will be contacted via the eVŠ web portal or the e-mail address stated in the application.
The selection procedure will be done by the Programme Council Statistics on its session scheduled for 2 September 2021. Applicants will be notified of the decisions by e-mail or via the eVŠ system after the session of the Programme Council.
Interdisciplinary doctoral programme Statistics: www.uni-lj.si/study/doctoral/statistics