Defence Studies

The Defence Studies Ph.D. Programme deepens the general theoretical and methodological findings of social and humanistic studies, which represent the interdisciplinary research framework of security and security related phenomena. Ph.D. candidates study selected topics in the field of national and international security, applying social studies methods and methodological peculiarities of security studies research. They study principles of military and non-military defence, search and rescue in the case of disasters, contemporary crisis management, the functioning organisational structure and the social characteristics of key security system elements: the military, police, non-military structures, paramilitary organisations, private military and security companies, and intelligence services. The Defence Studies Ph.D. Programme offers several possible specialisations in the fields of contemporary security theories and conflict resolution theories, comprehensive participation of international security organisations and individual states in military and civilian crisis management operations, the impact of international terrorism on security, environmental aspects of security, comparative defence and security systems, the relationship between the armed forces and society, and the resolution of pending armed conflicts.


Ms. Anita Žagar
Ofice for Postgraduate study

Dr. Marjan Malešič
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.

Chair of Defence Studies

By researching and teaching security, defence, military and peace issues, Chair contributes to the development of general security culture in the society.