In order to complete the programme, candidates must successfully complete all course units defined by the programme and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation, for a total of 180 credits. In order to complete the programme, students must complete all components of taught course units, consisting of 60 credits, and gain a further 120 credits through research. Doctoral candidates must also publish or have accepted for publication a scholarly paper from the field of their doctorate in a journal from group I or II of the interpretation of the Faculty's Criteria for the appointment of teaching staff, researchers and faculty assistants. The scholarly article must be published or accepted for publication before the defence of the doctoral dissertation.
Examination performance is scored 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).
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
- A completed second-cycle study programme (Bologna master's programme) in a natural science or engineering field; or
- a completed former study programme leading to an academic higher education qualification (old programmes) in a natural science or engineering field; or
- a completed former study programme leading to a specialisation in a natural science or engineering field and a previously completed professional higher education programme; before enrolling in the third-cycle physics programme, such candidates must pass the following subjects from the second-cycle physics programme: Condensed Matter Physics 2 (7 credits), Higher Quantum Mechanics A (4 credits), Statistical Physics A (4 credits), Physical Measurements 2 (4 credits), Photonics or The Nucleus and Elementary Particles or Molecular Biophysics (7 credits), Symmetries in Physics or Soft Matter Physics or Physics of Surfaces or Atomic Physics (4 credits); or
- a completed study programme leading to professions regulated by EU directives, if consisting of 300 credits, or another integrated master's programme in a natural science or engineering field consisting of 300 credits; or
- a completed former study programme leading to a pre-Bologna research master's degree or specialisation following completion of a study programme leading to an academic higher education qualification in a natural science or engineering field; at least 60 credits are recognised for these candidates in the third-cycle doctoral programme.