Answers to frequently asked questions about the new Social Informatics Master's Program


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STUDY DURING EMPLOYMENT

ENROLMENT CONDITIONS

APPLICATION EXAM

MASTER’S THESIS

DOUBLE-DEGREE

OTHER QUESTIONS

 


I am curious whether it is possible/realistic to attend study with full-time employment. How many professors require attendance at lectures and labs? It is possible to discuss study obligations with professors?

This is a full-time study program, which means that if you have full-time job you must be a good organizer (of your own time), with clearly set timelines; you may even think about reorganizing your work day to be able to study while being employed full-time. While nothing is impossible, seminars and labs are scheduled throughout the day, which can present a logistic challenge. On average, 20-25 hours per week are spent in class; the remaining hours consist of other forms of coursework (learning, individual or group assignments). One credit point (class + independent work) is provided for 30 hours of student coursework. It also depends on the student’s motivation and, of course, the flexibility of the regular/paid work you do. If you has a student job or part-time employment, it will probably easier to combine study obligations with working hours than if you have a full-time job. Regarding the obligatory attendance, it depends on each individual course. We advise you to check the course syllabus or get in touch with course holders for more details. Timetables are expected to be published in the second half of June or July at the latest, but they are currently only available to students who are already enrolled at Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) and have student account with which they can access internal content.

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What is the acceptance rate?

As this is a new 2-year program starting in October, we do not have data on acceptance rate. Even though the Open days in May were quite crowded (approx. 50 students), it is very likely that not all enrolment places will be filled after the first application.

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Can I enroll in this study program if I have a BA degree in Biology (180 ECTS)?

You can apply for the Master in Social informatics regardless of the previously completed undergraduate program (assuming that you have a BA/BSc degree with at least 180 ECTS). However, it is necessary to check if your respective studies are one of those that we accept from the undergraduate program and recognize all the credits you have collected in that program. If the program is not listed, you will need to pass additional exams for admission to the program of Social Informatics. In this case, the number of recognized credit points from the undergraduate program is determined on a student-by-student basis (depending on the curricula of the BA/BSc degree). After receiving the application, your curriculum in the degree/undergraduate certificate is reviewed to determine which courses can be accepted.

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What prior knowledge is expected? I am currently an undergraduate student of Sociology.

If you wish to enroll in module Planning of digital services and have a BA/BSc degree in Sociology, you very likely attended courses Statistics and Social science research methods. Therefore, you are equipped with pre-requirements. In general, students who have attended social science research methods courses at the undergraduate level should be well equipped for the module Planning of digital services.

For the module Data analytics, in addition to aforementioned basic knowledge, students need a bit more solid background in statistics and informatics/information and/or computer sciences. Such background will enable you to follow more advanced courses from the outset. However, with courses such as Social Science research methods and Foundations of data analytics, students who lack some prior knowledge can catch up – with a little of self-initiative and engagement.

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I'm not an EU citizen. What is the application deadline?

If you are a non-EU citizen, the application deadline is May 31, 2021.

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I have an EU-citizenship. Can I send in my application in August?

Yes, you can. Yet keep in mind that the summer application deadline is open only if there are free vacancies after the spring deadline.

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What does the application exam look like and when it will take place (if there are restrictions)?

The application exam consists of two parts. First, applicants are required to submit a personal essay, where they write down their interest, reasons why they wish to attend the Master in Social informatics and their view on how this degree will help them on their career path. Additionally, the essay raises two questions, specific to two areas within social informatics.

Second, once the essay is submitted and reviewed, an application interview is conducted with application reviewers. After the interview, the composite evaluation rating is computed. Finally, the applicants are informed about their application rating and admission decision.

The application exam is carried out on the 1st (spring) or 2nd (summer) application deadline only when there are more applications than vacancies. Students are informed about the date of the application exam in a timely manner.

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Can we access the master’s theses defended in the program by students of previous years?

The list of master’s theses of students of Social informatics is not available, but you can find them using search engine of the Repository of the University of Ljubljana.

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Is there a published list from which we can pick the topic of our master’s thesis?

Here you can find topics published and announced in the academic year of 2020/21.

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Do we have to decide immediately upon enrolment in the Master’s program of Social informatics whether we want to be enrolled in a double-degree program?

You do not have to make this decision immediately upon enrolment in the first year, decision can be made during the first year. However, it is a good idea to keep in mind the selection criteria you must fulfil right from the start of your study. More information regarding the application process and conditions is published on this website.

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Are the courses that are a part of double-degree program at the University of Salerno taught in English?

Yes, the contract signed with the University of Salerno stipulates that all courses of both programs must be in English. More information about the program is available here.

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In case of enrolment in a double-degree program, should I spend a semester in Salerno or does this apply only for writing a master’s thesis?

Based on double-degree agreement, mobility takes place at the University of Salerno for one semester (winter semester) in the second year. There you attend the study module/track Digital society, which focuses on the information society, the role of information-communication technologies in everyday life, sociology of the internet etc. By completing a certain number of courses, you must collect at least 30 ECTS at the partner institution. These credits are double-counted at the master’s program at the Faculty of Social Sciences. If you decide to write the master’s thesis in Salerno, you have to spend the entire second year (60 ECTS) there, writing a master’s thesis which will also be recognized by the Faculty of Social Sciences, thus obtaining two master’s degrees – two master titles.

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On the basis of which criteria do you select the 5 students for the double-degree program?

First, you must collect 54 ECTS in the first year. Second, the average grade of the first year is used as the only criterion for application ranking.

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I would like to know if the module we chose at the time of enrolment can be changed during the study?

It is not possible to change the module after you have enrolled in the master's program, except under special circumstances and very specific conditions, which are assessed by the program coordinator on a case-by-case basis. If you do not pass the first year and you attempt one more time, it is possible to change the module once when re-enrolling.

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How will the Internship course be implemented?

The internship course is compulsory - since it is one of the core courses in the curriculum. Students spend 30 contact hours in class, while for the remaining 150 hours they intern in an external organization (e.g., company, research institution, firm, etc.). In addition to other obligations, each student must defend the internship. After the internship is complete, they write a report, presenting and evaluating the activities they performed in the external organization. Before students start the internship in an organization, they must get an approval by the internship coordinator.

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Can I do an Internship at the same company where I am regularly employed?

Yes, in principle you can. The final approval must be given by the coordinator of the course Internship on the basis of student’s individual application (upon application of the internship).

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Where can I find the interviews with graduates of Social informatics?

Currently, the interviews are only available in Slovenian language here. However, you can read the fields of work here.

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