Admissions Criteria

For the 2024/25 academic year, 20 places are available.


The programme is open to anyone who has completed:

  • A Bologna master’s (second-cycle) programme;
  • A bachelor’s programme adopted before 11 June 2004;
  • A graduate certificate programme and a previous applied bachelor’s programme, fulfilling the academic requirements set by the programme in the amount of 36 ECTS credits;
  • A master’s programme or a graduate certificate programme and a previous bachelor’s programme. Upon entering the programme, these students are awarded 60 ECTS credits in accordance with the law;
  • A programme regulated by EU directives or any other fast-track master’s programme equivalent to 300 ECTS credits;
  • A programme at a university abroad in accordance with the prescribed requirements that apply to Slovenian students. Equivalence of a degree previously earned abroad is ascertained through the foreign education verification procedure in compliance with the Statute of the UL.

We evaluate the following criteria:

  1. Graduate study results - up to 20 points - based on:
    • Grade point average - up to 10 points
    • Thesis grade - up to 10 points
  2. Oral exam results - up to 80 points - based on:
    • The student’s academic work to date - up to 20 points:
      • Grade point average of the exam passed
      • Relevant background knowledge
    • Scholarly research potential - up to 20 points:
      • Understanding of scholarly research, demonstrated with a draft research proposal (Research area compatibility with research conducted at the School)
      • Qualitative assessment of the candidate’s potential for the doctoral studies
    • The student’s motivation - up to 10 points:
      • The student’s motivation, as demonstrated in the letter of motivation and at the interview
      • Independent financial support corresponding to at least 50% employment (junior researcher from the business world, international scholarship, etc.)
    • The student’s research to date (published articles and other publications) - up to 15 points:
      • Published research article
      • Discussion article
    • Other criteria (e.g., GMAT or GRE scores, awards, recognitions, etc.) - up to 15 points
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