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Defence Studies

The Defence Studies Ph.D. programme deepens the general theoretical and methodological findings of social and humanistic studies, which represent the interdisciplinary framework of security and security-related phenomena. The basic aim of the Programme is to introduce the history of defence studies as a social sciences discipline to students, and in this context, the development of defence studies at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels, as well as the national and international research activity of the Defence Research Centre. Doctoral students become familiar with key topics in the field of national and international security and with the content and methodological specificity of defence studies research. Depending on their Ph.D. theses, they study the principles of military and civil defence, search and rescue, contemporary crises and crisis management, social attributes, the organisational structure and functioning of all the constituent parts of the security sector (military, police, disaster relief, paramilitary organisations, private military and security companies and intelligence services). They analyse contemporary security theories, theories of peace studies, relations between armed forces and society, contemporary conflict resolution, comparative defence and military systems, the military and defence industry in the European and global frameworks, the complexity of States’ cooperation in international peace and other military operations and civilian missions, the impact of international terrorism on security, the frequency and intensity of natural and other types of disasters, and last but not least, climate change and its impact on security.


Prof. dr. Marjan Malešič
Study field coordinator

Ms. Anita Žagar
Student affairs office

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.