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

Doctorate in the field of physics (no legal status)

Qualification Information

Students will be able to:

(general competences)

  • demonstrate a capacity for abstraction and analysis of problems,
  • collect, critically assess and synthesise data, measurements and solutions,
  • identify the necessary data for the formulation of new knowledge,
  • formulate new knowledge on the basis of existing theories or available data,
  • apply knowledge in practice (particularly knowledge of modern technologies),
  • make interdisciplinary connections between scientific findings,
  • undertake autonomous research and development work and work in an (international) group,
  • communicate and impart technical information to the general public,
  • use modern research methods and procedures,
  • critically assess and present their results,
  • pursue further independent learning and research and keep abreast of literature,

(subject-specific competences)

  • demonstrate in-depth understanding of the physical laws of nature,
  • make connections between the basic laws of nature and observable characteristics of the world,
  • pose physical problems in a creative manner and analyse them,
  • formulate physical problems mathematically,
  • deduce the physical bases of practical problems,
  • model problems,
  • demonstrate mastery of advanced experimental skills in physics,
  • critically evaluate the results of measurements and apply these in the building or upgrading of models,
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles of operation of technological devices on the basis of basic laws,
  • present physical methods and results in a manner adapted to a target audience (in Slovene and a foreign language),
  • impart knowledge about physics,
  • demonstrate thorough familiarity with research results from the broader and narrower field of research,
  • demonstrate understanding of the most complex mathematical problems and proofs,
  • carry out autonomous research,
  • abstract practical problems,
  • keep abreast of and use mathematical literature,
  • use various modern mathematical methods to resolve problems,
  • work critically and autonomously and provide advice in the field of mathematics and physics education.

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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.

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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).

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University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

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  • 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.
NQF Level: 
10
Access requirements: 
  • 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.
Ways to acquire: 

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.