In addition to our core Doctoral Programme Computer and Information Science we also offer the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Study Programme in Biosciences. The programme is provided together with the Biotechnical Faculty, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The study programme consist of organised learnig (lectures, practicals, presentations of themes of doctoral disertations, etc.) amounting to 60 ECTS credits, while the remaining 120 ECTS credits are devoted to individual research work for doctoral dissertation.
4 years
8 semesters
ECTS credits
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  • Admission requirements and selection criteria in case of limited enrollment

In accordance with the last paragraph of Article 38 and Article 16 of the transitional and final provisions of the Higher Education Act, graduates of the following study programmes may enrol in the interdisciplinary doctoral study programme of Biosciences: 

  • level 2 study programmes;
  • study programmes which qualify students for professions regulated by European Union directives (93/16/EEC for physicians, 78/1027/EEC for veterinary surgeons, 78/687/EEC for dentists and 85/432/EEC for pharmacists) and which are evaluated with  at least 300 credit points;
  • current study programmes for gaining specialisations who, prior to this, have completed higher professional programmes. Additional study requirements for individual fields amounting to 30 to 60 credit points may be specified for candidates by the competent commission. Candidates must complete the requirements prior to enrolment;
  • current study programmes for obtaining a master of science degree or specialisation after completion of a study programme for obtaining a university qualification. Candidates will be assigned study requirements to an extent of 60 credit points. Study requirements will be determined by the competent commission in agreement with the supervisor;
  • current study programmes for obtaining a university qualification;
  • graduates of other domestic or foreign universities in compliance with the prescribed conditions that apply for students of RS. Equivalence of previously obtained education abroad shall be established in a procedure of recognition of foreign qualifications for further education in compliance with Article 121 of the Statute UL.


From 1st to the 2nd year

  • How to apply if you are an international student

Apply via eVŠ portal and send the application to University of Ljubljana.


Scholarships available are listed at the website of the Public scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of Republic of Slovenia.


For more information please visit the Biotechnical Faculty website or contact the respective Students Affair's Office

  • Main objectives and general skills of the programme

The aim of the programme 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.

  • Criteria for recognising knowledge and skills obtained prior to admission to the programme

Knowledge and skills obtained through formal, informal and experience learning prior to admission to the programme will be recognised during selection with limited admission in accordance with the Criteria for Accreditation of Study Programmes. The competent commission will decide on recognition of knowledge and skills obtained by a candidate prior to admission to the programme on the basis of a written request from the candidate and submitted evidence (certificates and other documents) which show successfully obtained knowledge and the content of such knowledge. If there is no limited admission in an individual study year, the extent and content of such knowledge and skills will be evaluated by the ECTS and may, on the basis of the judgement of the competent commission, replace one elective subject or part of a basic subject selected in doctoral studies in Biosciences.

In recognising such knowledge and skills, the following will be taken into account:

  • professional specialisation,
  • other diploma from a higher education institution which is thematically linked to the field of doctoral study,
  • published scientific work, patents etc.,
  • professional further training which is possible to evaluate in terms of credits.

From the 1st to the 2nd year

The condition for advancement from the 1st to the 2nd year of doctoral studies in Biosciences is the completion of requirements to the extent of at least 45 credit points. 


From the 2nd to the 3rd year

The condition for advancement from the 2nd to the 3rd year is completion of all obligations from the 1st and 2nd years of study, in which are included:

  • all exams passed from the 1st and 2nd years of doctoral studies,
  • individual research work completed to a total extent of 70 ECTS,
  • by the start of the summer semester in the 2nd year of study, an application handed in for approval of the theme and title of the doctoral thesis,
  • prior to enrolment in the 3rd year, successful presentation of the theme of the thesis to members of the commission for assessing the theme and title of the thesis or evidence submitted to this committee of a suitable scientific publication in which the candidate is co-author or first author and the work relates directly to the candidate's doctoral thesis.
Final 3rd year and condition for completion of study

The final, 3rd year, is devoted to individual research work and the preparation and defence of a doctoral dissertation.

In the event of a student, for justifiable reasons, not completing study requirements, s/he must present a request to the competent commission for the holding over of status. The request must be accompanied by documentary evidence of the reasons for student status to be held over. 


For all courses, knowledge is assessed through a written and/or oral exam. The grading scale follows the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana. All types of assessments are graded on a scale from 1 to 10, where 6 – 10 are passing grades and 1 – 5 failing grades. 


Doctoral students may, during the 1st and 2nd years, with the agreement of supervisors and coordinators of the field, select a total of 15 ECTS elective content from other programmes of UL, comparable programmes of other Slovene or foreign universities and from subjects for which the University of Ljubljana will invite applications and which will enable the candidate to gain special knowledge and generic skills. Participation in international competitions and summer schools which have a program of credit points and which conclude with a test of knowledge, is also encouraged. Exceptionally, a doctoral student may, with the agreement of the supervisor and field coordinator, also choose more contents from other study programmes.

Detailed description of the Programme is available here.