Interdisciplinary doctoral programme in THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
The doctoral programme in the Humanities and Social Sciences is a joint programme for all of the social science and humanities subjects fostered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Arts. The programme retains and upgrades all the aspects of previous forms of doctoral studies which have provided optimal quality of student research work by complementing them with elements to further improve their quality. It emphasises the connection between study and research, cooperation among institutions, the European mobility of students and teachers, and the development of interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to study and research.
The duration of the interdisciplinary doctoral programme in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, is 3 years (180 ECTS credits) and represents the third level of the Bologna cycle. The programme is in accordance with the requirements and legislation of the Republic of Slovenia and meets all the criteria for doctoral studies established by the European University Association. This enables the direct inclusion of programme components in international exchanges with universities from other countries using the ECTS system.
The programme consists of organised classes (60 credits) and individual research work for the doctoral thesis (120 credits).
Subject field MUSICOLOGY
The doctoral programme in Musicology offers a more extensive and in-depth approach to the subject than the second-level masters study. Its goal is the development of highly trained academics – researchers and lecturers qualified to conduct internationally comparable research into current theoretical and practical issues in musicology.
The structure and organisation of the programme is fully adjusted to the structural framework, organisation, study process and credit points system as defined in the overall Humanities and Social Sciences programme. Due to the similar nature of the field of Musicology and the fields of Musical Pedagogy and Composition and Music Theory, the two compulsory core courses are the same in all three fields. Students enrol on two compulsory core courses (2×10 CP), two elective seminar courses (2×10 CP) and an external course (10 CP). The two compulsory core courses, Music Research Methods and Music Analysis Methods, help students gain a thorough understanding of different theories, methods and concepts necessary for research in this field. They also contribute to the required critical distance towards different research procedures, methodologies and theories, as well as drawing attention to possible interdisciplinary and intra-disciplinary connections. The elective seminar courses facilitate the practical application of fundamental methodological and theoretical approaches within the selected topics connected with the doctoral thesis topic; their content is defined each year and is prepared individually for each student, in line with their research requirements. The elective seminar courses envisage active cooperation between course coordinators, lecturers and students in the form of analytical research of relevant topics or questions. A similar principle is applied to the external course which is, unlike the elective seminar course, selected by the student and his/her supervisor at a recognised foreign university, which gives the student an opportunity to research abroad and experience different approaches to research. The largest part of the doctoral programme (180 CP) takes the form of individual research work within which, under the supervisor’s guidance, the student prepares his/her doctoral thesis, actively masters research methodology by applying it to a specific question and develops the general and course-specific competences set out in the programme and curricula.