Communication Sciences

The programme offers students the possibility to study different forms of communication, ranging from oral and interpersonal communication to mass communication and contemporary forms of online communication and self-mediation which dominate communication practices in the age of post-mass media.  

Drawing on rich history of communication research, the programme promotes diverse approaches to understanding of communication phenomena, ranging from critical theory, cultural studies and audience research to political economy of communication, pragmatism and symbolic interactionism, effects studies, feminist critique and visual culture. 

Our students gain conceptual understanding and develop skills for empirical explanation and critical reflection of micro and macro level social changes caused by the fast-paced rise of convergence media culture in a number of specialised areas of study, such as formation and transformation of contemporary media systems, role of globalization and transnationalization of communication in media production, changes in public sphere and political communication, shifting relations between media, democracy and political power, dilemmas related to regulation of media and freedom of communication, access to information, privacy and publicness, influence of communication technologies and practices on transformation of citizenship, political participation, and civil society, as well as development of digitalization policies and alternative media. To facilitate such thematically diverse inquiry, students are offered a palette of research methods which foster both quantitative and interpretative analysis. 

The programme consists of mandatory courses, elective courses and doctoral seminars, conducted by lecturers from Department of Communication and international guest lecturers. Availability: up to two places annually.


Ms. Anita Žagar
Ofice for Postgraduate study

Dr. Tanja Oblak Črnič
Study field coordinator

Quick facts

Type: third level Doctoral study programme 
Duration: 4 years
ECTS: 240
Language: English
Professional title: Doctor of Philosophy / doktor znanosti
General requirements for enrolment: 300 ECTS
Tuition fee: 10.600 € for programme


Foreign citizens who have completed study programme abroad may enrol in doctoral study programme if they complete the offical Slovenian procedure of recognition of foreign undergraduate education.

General competences

The main purpose of the programmes is to provide doctoral students with fundamental knowledge from their research disciplines in different fields of the humanities and social sciences, while developing the competences required for independent research and the application of knowledge at an internationally comparable level.