Developmental Studies


Development studies build on theory and concepts of development issues and apply inter-, trans-, and multi- disciplinary approach. They combine various approaches: from sociology of development, economic sociology and political economy, history, science and cultural studies as well as international development approach. Special attention is paid to systematic (temporally successive or simultaneous) comparative treatment of developmental problems, integrating international, national and local/regional level as well as key actors and actor networks of contemporary development (e.g. transnational political and economic actors, science and technology, etc.). Development studies apply "policy" approach in exploring the contemporary development theory, "philosophy", strategies and good practices. The main objective of development studies is the search for and in-depth treatment of key theoretic antagonisms as well as specific issues deriving from development practice.

Three main strands of content of development studies correspond to the expertise of staff at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences: socioeconomics of development, science, development and culture, development and international relations. Each stand can be further elaborated by individual doctoral candidate in accordance with his/her field of interest.


Ms. Anita Žagar
Ofice for Postgraduate study

Dr. Franc Mali
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 International Relations

Department's mission is to provide for excellence in teaching and research of international relations for the benefit of people and of environment in Slovenia and in the world.