Ph.D. Strategic Communication

Ph.D. programme Strategic Communication

Level: Doctoral

Duration: 3 years

Tittle: Doctor of Science in Communication

Goals  of the programme:

Doctoral study programme Strategic Communication educates doctoral students for research work in the science as well as for professional work in the areas of politics, public administration, economy and the civilian sphere. Both its contents and the associates will enable students to build their carriers in the broader European and global system. The basic goal of the study programme is aimed towards the knowledge and mastery of cutting-edge skills and research instruments in the field of communication studies and related disciplines.

The students will obtain following competencies within the Strategic Communication doctoral study programme:

  • the ability to identify given research problems, their analysis and possible solutions;
  • creating new knowledge as relevant contribution to the development of science;
  • mastery of the methods, procedures and processes of research work;
  • the ability to resolve concrete research problems;
  • the ability to be innovative in the use and combination of empirical research methods (triangulation methods);
  • the ability of acquiring, selecting, evaluating and implementing new knowledge in a complex manner and the ability of comprehensive interpretation of societal phenomena;
  • the ability to form and implement original scientific solutions for given social problems;
  • the ability to present obtained scientific results in the form of publications in international scientific periodicals;
  • the commitment to professional ethics.


The study process takes place in Ljubljana, Leskoškova 9e.

Structure of the programme

The doctoral programme is designed with a focus on students’ individual work on their doctoral dissertations, equipping them with specific knowledge which substantially upgrades the knowledge they obtained during their undergraduate and master’s studies and simultaneously helps them to develop the skills required for doctoral research work and the creation and defence of a doctoral dissertation.

The programme lasts three years and is divided into six semesters. It consists of 180 CP. The first semester consists of courses that provide the students with fundamental theoretical and methodological knowledge. The second consists of courses that provide the students with the knowledge from the fields which are significantly related to the discipline. The third semester is intended for work on the doctoral dissertation proposal. The fourth and fifth semesters are intended for individual work on the doctoral dissertation under the guidance of the selected supervisor. The sixth semester begins with the dissertation seminar, in which the candidates present their dissertation drafts and receive instructions for further improvements, so that they can finish their work by the end of the sixth semester.

The programme will encompass organized study work, i.e. lectures, seminars etc. as well as individual consultations. The central component of the programme is the students’ individual work which predominantly encompasses in-depth individual study and research with the help of supervisors.

The organized forms of study work are divided into three groups:

  • a methodological course,
  • two elective theoretical courses, selected by students,
  • two seminars, intended for the creation of the thesis proposal and the final doctoral dissertation.

The programme is completed with the defence of doctoral dissertation.

Conditions for enrolment and selection criteria when enrolment is restricted

The enrolment criteria are met by persons who have completed the following levels of education can enrol in the Strategic Communication study programme:

  • a 2nd cycle study programme,
  • a study programme from Paragraph 4 of Article 36 of the Higher Education Act, if it comprises 300 credit points.

The conditions for enrolment are also met by persons who have completed equivalent education programmes abroad.

The Faculty may restrict enrolment if the number of applications is significantly higher than the available capacity. If enrolment is restricted, candidates will be selected according to the average grade in their master’s studies, excluding the grade of their master’s thesis (or according to the average grade in the last two years of their studies for long non-structured masters’ study programmes) and according to the grade of their master’s thesis. Each of these criteria has the same weight. If a master’s study programme does not include a master’s thesis or if it is not graded, the average grade in the master’s studies will be the only criterion.