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Psychology of Communication

The programme Psychology of Communications is based on the analysis and reflection of basic psychological theories and concepts of communication, deriving from the thesis that communication represents a key factor in the social construction of subject, interpersonal and social relations. Emphasis will be put on operational and relational aspects of communication. The goal of the programme is to analyse and reflect upon the relational and communicative processes and messages that people utilise define their interpersonal relations. Another objective is to deal with the theory of social control and deviance in groups from the perspective of communicative knowledge: we begin with the fact that speech represents the most powerful means of social influence and activity.

The main focus is on: critical analysis of processes for social construction of message meanings; connection with the latest discursive and narrative analysis of verbal and non-verbal communication; conceptualisation of the dynamics of interpersonal communication as narration, "narrated" through communicative and other interactive actions of partners; research into the differences between reflective and non-reflective, emancipatory, instrumental and expressive patterns and forms of communication, striving for an informal dialogue ethic, based on the sensibility of individuals for relations, on empathy and balance in social exchange. Particular stress will be placed on the recognition of ideological, controlled and prejudiced discourse.


Ms. Anita Žagar
Student Affairs Office

Dr. Marjeta Mencin
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 Theoretical Sociology

The Chair of Sociology builds on a rich tradition of theoretical and empirical research on the wide range of issues related to social life.