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Qualification: Doctorate in the field of law (no legal status)

Doctorate in the field of law (no legal status)

Qualification Information

Students will be able to:

(general competences)

  • demonstrate in-depth understanding of theoretical and methodological concepts,
  • demonstrate mastery of relevant research methods,
  • identify, analyse, synthesise and anticipate legal solutions in the preparation of scholarly work,
  • apply research methods in the preparation of research,
  • demonstrate autonomy in research and use critical judgement when making decisions,
  • independently apply acquired theoretical knowledge to solve problems in practice,
  • formulate (draw up) legal regulations in the context of expert groups and lead expert groups in the drawing up of legal regulations,
  • develop communication skills and expertise, in particular constant communication in the international environment,
  • analyse comparative legal resources,
  • work in project groups and show cooperativeness,
  • demonstrate a capacity for ethical reflection and a deep commitment to professional ethics,
  • work and create in an international environment,
  • act as mentor to younger colleagues at institutes, universities, companies, etc.,
  • demonstrate effectiveness in the use of the available resources: own creative and intellectual abilities; available intellectual capital (colleagues), other tangible and intangible resources (money, equipment, space and time),

(subject-specific competences)

  • resolve the most complex legal problems by testing and improving known solutions,
  • resolve the most complex legal problems or deal theoretically with the most complex legal problems in the fields of core legal disciplines, civil law, economic law, criminal law, financial law and public law,
  • identify, analyse and resolve specific problems in the field of law,
  • produce a scholarly work using the appropriate research methodology (scholarly articles, monographs),
  • publish in national and international professional publications,
  • communicate knowledge to other users of the law in the form of lectures, expert appraisals and advice,
  • demonstrate knowledge of and place new information and interpretations from the field of law in the context of the core legal discipline,
  • demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the foundation, dogmatics and history of the development of a specific legal discipline,
  • demonstrate understanding of the methods of critical analysis and the development of theories and apply them in the development of new knowledge and in addressing of specific problems,
  • use information and communication technology intensively and constantly,
  • demonstrate in-depth understanding of theoretical and methodological concepts,
  • independently develop new knowledge,
  • develop critical reflection.

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Examination performance is graded as follows: 10 (excellent); 9 (very good: above-average knowledge but with some mistakes); 8 (very good: solid results); 7 (good); 6 (adequate: knowledge satisfies minimum criteria); 5–1 (inadequate). In order to pass an examination, a candidate must achieve a grade between adequate (6) and excellent (10).

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  • A completed second-cycle (Bologna) study programme; or
  • a completed four-year undergraduate academic study programme under pre-Bologna programmes consisting of 240 ECTS credits; or
  • a completed integrated master's programme (Bologna system) consisting of 300 ECTS credits; or
  • a completed three-year undergraduate programme followed by a specialisation programme, for a total of 240 ECTS credits, and additional course units totalling 60 ECTS credits from the second-cycle (master's) programme in law.

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In order to successfully complete the programme, students must complete all course units, for a total of 180 ECTS credits (pass all examinations prescribed by the third-cycle study programme in Law, and write and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation).

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University of Maribor, Faculty of Law

NQF Level: 
10
Access requirements: 
  • A completed second-cycle (Bologna) study programme; or
  • a completed four-year undergraduate academic study programme under pre-Bologna programmes consisting of 240 ECTS credits; or
  • a completed integrated master's programme (Bologna system) consisting of 300 ECTS credits; or
  • a completed three-year undergraduate programme followed by a specialisation programme, for a total of 240 ECTS credits, and additional course units totalling 60 ECTS credits from the second-cycle (master's) programme in law.
Ways to acquire: 

In order to successfully complete the programme, students must complete all course units, for a total of 180 ECTS credits (pass all examinations prescribed by the third-cycle study programme in Law, and write and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation).