Name of qualification Name of qualification: Doktor znanosti/doktorica znanosti s področja varstvoslovjaAdd to comparison
Translated title (no legal status) Translated title: Doctorate in the field of security studies
Type of qualification Type of qualification: Doctorate
Category of qualification Category of qualification: Educational Qualification
Type of education Type of education: Doctoral education
Duration Duration of education:
3 years
Credits Credits: 180 credits
Admission requirements Entry conditions:
  • A completed second-cycle (Bologna) study programme; or
  • a completed professional higher education programme, adopted before 11 June 2004, and a study programme leading to a specialisation. Course units totalling 60 ECTS credits are defined for these candidates before enrolment in the study programme. These course units are subjects from the second-cycle (master's) programme in Security Studies: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Criminological Strategy for Limiting Crime, Penal Policy and Penology, Intelligence and Security, Private Security Industry, Research Methodology and Multivariate Statistical Methods; or
  • a completed study programme leading to professions regulated by EU directives, or another integrated master's degree programme consisting of 300 ECTS credits,
  • admission requirements are also met by candidates who have completed an equivalent qualification in another country
ISCED field Field:
ISCED subfield subfield: protection of persons and property
Qualification level

SQF Level: SQF 10
EQF Level: EQF 8
EOVK Level: Third level

Learning outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • detect, analyse and solve security-related problems while respecting human rights and the principles of legality and the rule of law;
  • demonstrate mastery of general and specific research methods in the study of various security phenomena and the ability to carry out basic and applied research of security phenomena both in local communities and organisations and in an international context;
  • transfer theoretical knowledge into everyday practice and synthesise knowledge of security studies and other related disciplines;
  • develop ethical standards for high-quality and professional autonomous work;
  • develop communication skills for successful work in situations of interdependence in both the national and international environment;
  • demonstrate in-depth understanding of relevant relationships between law enforcement agencies and other elements of the security and intelligence system within national security;
  • study the scope and type of criminality and other deviance phenomena in society;
  • study the implementation of criminal legislation and methods of ensuring security;
  • study practices in the performance of police activities, the work of prosecution services and the courts, and the enforcement of criminal sanctions;
  • study other social control mechanisms in modern society and provide private, public, internal and international security;
  • demonstrate understanding of security problems and activities at the global, continental, national, regional and local levels;
  • research causes, implement control activities and respond to crime and the perpetrators of criminal offences;
  • demonstrate understanding of the internal security systems of the country and internal security systems in the international community.

Assesment and completion:

Examination performance is graded 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).


In order to progress from the first year to the second year, students must have completed at least 45 first-year ECTS credits, which must include an examination on Security Phenomena Research and successfully completed individual research 1 (15 ECTS credits). In order to progress to the third year, students must have completed all first-year course units and 45 ECTS credits from the current year and have completed individual research 2. This condition also applies to students who have enrolled directly in the second year.
If a student has not completed all course units, the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security Academic Affairs Committee may approve enrolment in the next year at the student's request provided the student has completed more than half the course units (30 ECTS credits) and may be expected to complete the remainder within the deadline set by the Committee.

Conditions for obtaining a public document:

In order to complete the programme, candidates must successfully complete all course units defined by the programme.

Awarding body:

University of Maribor, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security


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