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International Relations

The Doctoral Study in International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences is widely known for its high standards in terms of knowledge and expertise on theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of International Relations, as well as for the variety of topics and approaches used in studying within the discipline.

The study is largely based on individual work. Ph.D. candidates can focus on studying various (meta)theoretical approaches in International Relations, discuss related methodological questions and concentrate on topics covering the sociology of international relations, international organisation and institutions, the international political economy, foreign policy, international security, conflict management and the international protection of human rights. Problem-based studies in fields such as the international economy, development, and international protection of the environment, are also encouraged. Special emphasis is put on regional studies, including international relations of the European Union, as well as regional studies, in particular the Western Balkans.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Chair of International Relations draw confidence in the excellence of the doctoral study in International Relations, from:

-          a widely recognised and devoted faculty, which has been educated or has done extensive research not only at the University of Ljubljana, but also universities abroad, including in Cambridge, New York, Bergen, Helsinki, at the LSE, and who:

  • are exceptionally well networked (our faculty has held high-level positions in professional international organisations such as the CEEISA, EIBA, EISA, TEPSA and WISC);
  • co-operate as experts with international institutions, such as the Council of Europe, the EU, the OSCE, and various institutions in the United Nations system;
  • have extensive experience in the moulding and in this respect 'coaching' of future scholars and experts (the Journal of International Relations and Development, the only regional IR journal that is indexed in the Web of Science, has its home at our research unit, the Centre of International Relations)
  • have participated in numerous European research projects (such as Garnet, Multipart, Consent);
  • are reviewers for a number of professional journals known world-wide (e.g. European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Review, International Studies Quarterly, etc.). 

-          personal approach to students;

-          excellent infrastructure; our students enjoy a rich library and a wide range of electronic resources, as well as various opportunities to get in touch with government officials, policy-makers, and companies from Slovenia and abroad.

The Doctoral Study in International Relations is an excellent choice for ambitious, creative and hard-working students, who aim towards an original theoretical and empirical contribution to the world treasury of knowledge on International Relations.


Ms. Anita Žagar
Ofice for Postgraduate study

Dr. Zlatko Šabič
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.