Postgraduate Ph.D. Programme in Sociology
Degree (and type) of the programme: Ph.D. Programme
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters), 180 ECTS
Classification: SOK: 10, EOK: 8, EOVK: third level
Mode of study: Part-time studies
Place of studies: Nova Gorica and Ljubljana
Title gained: Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)

Are you ambitious and want to achieve something important?
Are you a thoughtful, innovative person and want to discover something new?

Diverse social development, significant changes, the explosion of information and other social challenges are perfect research tasks for ambitious and inquisitive individuals who enjoy working independently and are sufficiently engaged to carry out work assignments holistically with high quality and integrity. Ph.D. Programme in Sociology provides students the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of theoretical and methodological concepts, and the ability to independently develop new knowledge and solve the most challenging problems with testing, improving the existing, and discovering new solutions for management of highly complex operation systems and scientific research projects from a wide range of professional or scientific fields, and to develop critical reflection.

The Ph.D. programme is therefore designed for individuals who wish to expand their knowledge in a specific field and phenomena, and to acquire the title Doctor of Science, which increases their reputation in the society. It allows you to truly take advantage and upgrade your intellectual potential, master research work, express your creativity, and look for innovative social solutions.

According to currently valid national legislation, the academic year 2021/22 will be carried out in the classical form (live in the lecture halls of the faculty), taking into account the RVT rule (Recovered-Vaccinated-Tested). In case of any changes adopted by the competent national authorities, you will be notified immediately.



The first year of Ph.D. study programme in Sociology is open to anyone who meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • Graduates of the second cycle study programme (according to  the Bologna system) who have obtained  at least 300 ECTS (according to the Bologna system) in the first and second cycle or in uniform master’s studies;
  • Graduates of the previous (old, i.e. prior to the Bologna system) undergraduate university study programme (univerzitetni program);
  • Graduates of the second cycle study programme (according to the Bologna system) who have also completed the previous higher education programme (prior to the Bologna system), and have also completed at least five years of studies.

 SASS may limit the enrolment,  if the number of applicants significantly exceeds the number of  vacancies. In case of limited enrolment, the candidates will be selected according to their average grade of master’s degree studies without  the grade of their master’s thesis (or the average grade of the last two years of study in case of  a uniform master’s studies), and according to the grade of the master’s thesis. Each of the these two criteria is of equal importance. In the event that master’s degree studies did not include the master’s thesis or it was not  assessed, the average grade of the master’s studies is counted as the only criterion.

Enrolment directly in the second year is possible if the candidate obtains at least 45 credits (ECTS) from the first study programme, where at least half of them relate to acquired competences and learning outcomes that are comparable to the competences or learning outcomes of compulsory courses of the second study programme.

Enrolment directly in the third year is possible if the candidate obtains at least 105 credits (ECTS) from the first study programme, where at least half of them relate to acquired competences and learning outcomes that are comparable to the competences or learning outcomes of compulsory courses of the second study programme.

According to these criteria, there are following additional requirements for direct enrolments in the higher year of study:

– Prior submission of the disposition of the doctoral dissertation in the first or second study programme for direct enrolment in the second year;

– Prior confirmation of the disposition of the doctoral dissertation in the first or second study programme is required for direct enrolment in the third year;

In accordance with Article 16, indent 3 of the Act on Amendments to the Higher education, (UL RS 94/06) obligations in the range of 60 credit points (ECTS) are recognized to graduates of previous (old, ie before the Bologna system) study programmes for obtaining a Master’s degree or specialization after completing the study programme for obtaining a university degree in a doctoral study programme of the third level. On this basis, candidates enrol directly in the second year, and must submit the disposition of their doctoral dissertation by the end of the first semester of that year.



  • first application period: from 16. 3. 2021 until 30. 6. 2021
  • second application period: from 1. 7. 2021 until 15. 9. 2021
  • third application period: from 16. 9. 2021 until 28. 9. 2021

Information on the call for applications and further registration can be found at the link.

For more information contact Students office:
Phone: +38659073461
E-mail: [email protected]

You can also visit our staff in person at the address Gregorčičeva ulica 19 in Nova Gorica, every Monday and Wednesday from 9.00 am to 11.00 am and every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

Open days will take place in Nova Gorica (Gregorčičeva ulica 19) and Ljubljana (Leskoškova 9e). Check dates on the link.

Candidates who enroll until 30 June 2021 (and register by 15 August 2021) will receive a 10% discount on tuition fee!


Tuition fee: 2,690.00 EUR per year.

Terms of payment: Tuition fee can be paid as a single payment or in instalments (from 1 to 5 instalments) with the following due dates: at the time of enrolment; at the latest on 30.11.; at the latest on 31.1.; at the latest on 31.3.; at the latest on 31.5. of the current academic year.

Differential exams are additionally payable. The price of a single differential exam is 150 EUR, and it must be paid before the registration for the exam.

* only for citizens of EU, citizens of other countries can only pay in one instalment.


Independent study is the central mode of study at the Ph.D. level. Independent work includes individual study of literature, preparation and presentation of individual assignments, research work of students in research programmes undertaken within the framework of SASS, and especially the preparation of the doctoral disposition and dissertation.

Such mode of study enables the students to develop their own creative potential as much as possible. The supervisor guides the student through the study process, encourages him/her to engage in faculty’s learning and research environment. The supervisor assists the student to organize the studies, which includes monitoring and directing his/her work. The supervisor advises the student on selection of appropriate research methodology and relevant literature. The supervisor assists in preparing the design of the dissertation, designing the research methodology, selecting sources and literature, and assesses when the doctoral dissertation  is completed and suitable for defence.

The schedule of lectures: Lectures are organized on Fridays and Saturdays. The study takes place in Ljubljana (Leskoškova 9e). Access to the schedule and materials is provided via Web Office or Online Classroom (Moodle) after the candidate is enrolled.

NEW from the academic year 2021/22 onwards!
By purchasing the STUDY + package in the amount of 300 EUR you will, in addition to the friendly staff at the faculty who are always ready to support you in your studies, get some services that will be of great help to you in your studies (possibility of year-round viewing recordings of lectures; the possibility of participation in some activities within the study process by the use of ICT).


The Ph.D. programme is primarily individual with a small portion of organized study work, which comprises of two exams in the first year. It is carried out in the form of part-time studies,  on Fridays and on Saturdays.  If there are less than 5 students enrolled, studies are carried out in the form of consultations.

The first year contains, from the organized study work, the mandatory methodological and elective theoretical course  and a seminar for the preparation of doctoral dissertation  disposition. The first year is completed  with the confirmed doctoral dissertation topic and submitted disposition of the doctoral dissertation.

1. semester
2. september

Methods of Triangulation

Elective Theoretical Course

Seminar for Disposition

Individual Work on Disposition

The second year is entirely intended for individual research work for the purpose of preparing doctoral dissertation with the assistance of the selected supervisor and possibly a co-supervisor.

1. semester
2. semester
Individual wok on Dissertation

The third year allows the candidate,  to address critical responses to his/her draft of dissertation obtained at the Dissertation Seminar and to correct, complete, finalize and defend his/her doctoral dissertation, taking into account relevant suggestions. 

COURSE1. semester
2. semester

Dissertation Seminar

Individual work on Dissertation

The selection of theoretical in-depth knowledge, which will be selected by the student as an elective unit, primarily depends on his/her selection of doctoral dissertation topic. In this sense, SASS offers two options:

– Candidate can choose one of the elective course at SASS  the closest, or

– Candidate can choose the equivalent theoretical content at another relevant domestic or foreign accredited higher education institution. 

Contemporary Theories in Economic Sociology
Contemporary Theories in Political Sociology
Contemporary Theories in Sociology of Culture
European Union Studies (NEW!)

*Students choose one course.

The (new) curriculum includes changes to the study programme adopted at the Senate session that took place on the 14th of November 2019. The new curriculum is valid for the students enrolled in the 1st year of the study programme in the academic year 2020/21 as well as for students enrolled in the 1st or 2nd year of study programme in the academic year 2021/22.

For students enrolled in the 2nd or 3rd year of the study programme in the academic year 2020/21, and for the students enrolled in the 3rd year of the study programme in the 2021/22 academic year, the previous curriculum of the study programme or the conditions applicable at the time of enrolment shall apply if students education progress is regular (PREVIOUS CURRICULUM AND CONDITIONS FOR STUDY)

Explanation of acronyms:
  • ECTS  –  European Credit Transfer System

The program is designed to allow students to focus on one of three sociological sub-disciplines: Political Sociology, Economic Sociology, and Sociology of Culture. Namely, these are subdisciplines that cover three of the most important and developmentally most relevant sub-fields: politics (guiding society and achieving goals), economy (providing resources) and culture (values ​​and behavioral foundations for action). Thus, in addition to methodological knowledge, students acquire current knowledge necessary for theoretical reasoning of the nature and dynamics of these three areas. In addition to the sociological knowledge and content which is at the forefront, students acquire knowledge from other disciplines (political science, economy, culturology) that touch on these areas.

The study programme consists of a methodological course that provides students with knowledge of contemporary qualitative and quantitative research methods (and modes of combining them in research work) and a theoretical course that students select among three courses, each of which is tied to one of the three mentioned sociological subdisciplines: Political Sociology, Economic Sociology, and Sociology of Culture. In addition, students attend two doctoral seminars: a Disposition Seminar, where students present the starting points of their doctoral dissertation; and a Dissertation Seminar where students present the preliminary findings of their doctoral dissertation. The majority of work on the preparation of the doctoral dissertation consists of individual research work with the assistance and cooperation of the selected supervisor (and potential co-supervisor).


Knowledge assessment is part of the study process of teaching and learning, and it takes place during the course of the study process and after the completion of the individual courses of the study programme. At the same time, students are expected to pass ongoing activities. The intention and objective of knowledge assessment is to acquire regular and quality information about how students are achieving the planned general and course-specific competences, and obtain information on the achievement of the goals of the study programme.

The method of knowledge assessment and grading is determined for each individual course and specified in its syllabus. They are adjusted to verify the achieved objectives at individual courses, anticipated achievements of the study, and development of general and subject-specific competencies. Methods of knowledge assessment and grading vary because of different teaching methods, which ensure criteria of validity, reliability and objectivity, but also take into account the quality of the structure and organization of knowledge.

The purpose of knowledge assessment is to:

  • Assess knowledge and skills of students,
  • Assess output produced in the course of the study work,
  • Offer quality feedback on the progress and achieved results, aiming to motivate students to acquire additional knowledge and skills,
  • Enable integration into continuing education, and
  • Obtain data for the evaluation of conducted pedagogical work.

Criteria for knowledge assessment is based on the objectives of the study programme and anticipated achievements of students, identified in individual syllabuses. Students are informed about elements of knowledge assessment and grading criteria in written form, as part of curriculum, and at the start of each course (at the beginning of each semester). Moreover, higher education lecturer informs students on the syllabus of the course, study obligations, shares of individual components of knowledge assessment that contribute to the final grade at the course, and relevant literature.

Anticipated methods of knowledge assessment and grading are:

  • Oral exams,
  • Written exams,
  • Research assignments,
  • Oral presentations of research work and findings,
  • Solving real problems (case studies),
  • Projects, peer reviews,
  • Doctoral dissertation.

Faster progress
Student who achieves the required number of credit points (ETCS) necessary to progress to the next year in the period shorter than one academic year, is enabled to make faster progress. The related decision is adopted by the Committee for Study and Student Affairs upon candidate’s request. The decision determines the mode of faster progress. Faster progress allows students to register and pass the courses for the higher years.  The courses can be also passed within another organized education. Based upon the request of the candidate, the Committee for Study and Student Affairs may also decide on early completion of the studies.

Recognition of study obligations
Student who has previously studied in another study programme of the same or higher level at a higher education institution in the Republic of Slovenia or abroad may, prior to the start of studies or during studies, apply for the recognition of exams which are equivalent (in content and scope) to those exams that he/she already passed. SASS many also recognize the knowledge that corresponds to the learning contents of the courses in the enrolled study programme, and has been acquired in different forms of education. Recognition of knowledge and skills acquired prior to the enrolment is decided by the course holder upon a written request of the student (completed form), attached certificates or other documents proving the successfully acquired knowledge as well as the content and scope of this knowledge and the student’s input. The exam may be recognized in full, in part or is not recognized. The commission for Study and Student affairs decides on the recognition of elective courses that are not implemented at the faculty.


To progress from the first to the second year of studies, students must obtain at least 30 credits (ECTS) from the first year, submit the topic application on the form OBR-SASS-010, that is approved by the Commission for Science and Research Activities (hereinafter KZRD), and submit the disposition of the doctoral dissertation, which is proven with the signature of the supervisor on the form OBR-SASS-011.

Conditions to progress from the second to the third year are to complete all obligations of the first year in the range of 60 ECTS, to complete individual work of the second year in the range of 60 ECTS, which is assessed on the basis of the supervisor’s opinion, and complete the disposition of the doctoral dissertation which is confirmed by the SASS Senate.

Student status ends:

  • a student who completes a third-cycle study program,
  • if the student does not complete the postgraduate study of the third level within the appropriate period prescribed by the statute,
  • if he/she does not enroll in the next year or semester during his studies,
  • if he/she withdraws,
  • if it has been excluded.

Seniority (absolventski staž), or an additional year, is a term that applies to the time after the end of the last semester, when the student may retain his/her status if he/she did not graduate. The student asserts this right by enrolling in an additional year or the Seniority. The student may use this right only immediately after finishing the last semester, provided that:

He/she does not complete a doctoral study of the third level within the appropriate deadline prescribed by the Statute.


  • The ability to autonomously identify a given  research problem, perform analysis and provide possible solutions;
  • Highly autonomous creation of new knowledge, which represents a relevant contribution to the development of science;
  • The ability to contribute to the creation of top knowledge in the field of sociology;
  • The ability to master standard methods, procedures and processes of research in the field of sociology;
  • The ability of independent research and developmental work to create, interpret and find answers to abstract and most complex questions in science and profession;
  • Understanding the importance of quality, and striving for quality professional work through autonomy, (self-) criticism, (self-) reflexivity, and (self-) evaluation in the professional work;
  • The ability to transfer knowledge between profession and science in critical dialogue;
  • Commitment to professional ethics, which includes a highly developed ability to assess the consequences of the application of new knowledge in various contexts responsibly;
  • The ability to highly autonomous design and implementation of original scientific solutions to given social problems;
  • The ability of a complex systemic view of society and an interdisciplinary approach, which manifests itself as an understanding of the general structure of the social sciences and the connections between their individual disciplines and subdisciplines;
  • The ability for interdisciplinary scientific and professional dialogue and cooperation with other professional profiles in the social sciences and beyond;
  • The ability to present the obtained scientific results in the form of publications in international scientific journals.
  • The ability to prepare and conduct comparative research and participate in teams conducting comparative research; The ability to critically reflect and apply knowledge in the field of political or economic sociology or sociology of culture;
  • The ability to autonomously create, interpret and seek answers to abstract and most complex questions in the field of political or economic sociology or sociology of culture;
  • The ability of in-depth analysis of economic processes in contemporary societies:  knowledge of key theoretical approaches and research strategies in the field of economic sociology;
  • Understanding the overlaps and differences between economic sociology and related sub-disciplines (socioeconomics, political economy, institutional economics);
  • Understanding the concept of embeddedness and the activities of economic actors within social structures – knowledge and appropriate evaluation of non-economic impacts on economic processes;
  • Ability to analyze political processes in contemporary society;
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of multi-level governance;
  • Understanding the developmental role of the political system: understanding the essence of democratic order;
  • Ability to analyze cultural processes in contemporary society;
  • Understanding the way religious, moral, legal, aesthetic, scientific, technological, etc. meanings and symbols appear, reproduce and change;
  • Understanding the ways in which meanings and symbols are expressed in human agency and put into practice in cultural artifacts (spoken and written language, painting, sculpture, architecture, music, dance, social institutions, etc.);
  • Formulation and ability to defend the research plan at the highest level of difficulty;
  • Ability to critically evaluate research plans;
  • Ability to present and defend research results at the highest level of difficulty;
  • The ability to autonomously solve concrete research problems, including the most complex questions in different fields of sociology and related disciplines;
  • Development of skills and abilities in the application of knowledge in the research field of sociology and related disciplines;
  • The ability of innovative use and independent combination of sociological research methods and methods of its related disciplines (triangulation of methods and mixed approaches);
  • The ability to operationalize abstract theoretical concepts at a high level of complexity;
  • The ability to sample in the field of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research approaches;
  • Managing the most demanding methodological challenges;
  • The ability of complex acquisition, selection, evaluation and placement of new knowledge, and the ability of interpretation in the context of sociology (and social sciences in general), including at the top level;
  • Ability to critically assess research results at the highest level of difficulty.


In order to finish the studies, the student has to successfully complete all study obligations prescribed by the study programme, and prepare and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation. The student has to obtain all 180 credits (ECTS) prescribed by the study programme to complete the studies.

Upon completion of the study, the student receives a doctoral/Ph.D. Degree, which is a public document.

In accordance with the Professional and Scientific Titles Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 61/06), upon completion of studies, a student obtains a scientific title Doctor of Science with the abbreviation dr., which is placed before the first and last name. The Ph.D. Degree also contains the scientific area, in which the title has been obtained – “in the field of Sociology”.


Typical employment fields:

1. In scientific research and higher education organizations in the field of social sciences, a doctoral/Ph.D. profile is  self-evident,  as the operational core of these organizations are expected to possess a high level of innovation, independence and leadership skills in research and development activities, and a superior ability to transfer knowledge, on one hand, to young researchers and students, and, on the other hand, to the  economy and other relevant users.

2. In companies, particularly larger ones, the doctoral/Ph.D. profile in sociology is important for an independent expert and / or research work and / or for leading research or expert groups, especially in areas of demanding market research, public opinion research, more demanding public relations, the most complex organizational and personnel issues.

3. In public administration, local self-government, international institutions and non-governmental organizations, a doctoral/Ph.D. profile in sociology is competent to solve the most complex organizational, communication, personnel and other issues, where innovative solutions are needed, and are based on the application of the most complex theoretical knowledge.  Both expert advice at the level of the organization as well as consultancy at the levels that include individual aspects of directing the society and its subsystems at the macro level are relevant.