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Social Sciences Methodology

The doctoral programme in Social Science Methodology is intended for social science students interested in the methodological aspects of empirical and theoretical research of social entities, relations and structures. This academically rigorous, high quality course offers an in-depth approach to contemporary trends in social science research.

The programme covers three basic and interdisciplinary topics of social science methodology: the treatment of different epistemological standpoints which provide a context for social science theory building, research design and selection of the appropriate analytical strategy; the understanding of basic principles of research design and strategies, including the formation of empirically tractable research questions with appreciation for and the integration of various approaches to research, the collection of appropriate empirical data, and its organisation and analysis in an academically rigorous manner; the evaluation of the quality of an entire research process, using innovative and integrative methods of evaluation, possibly including the concurrent use of qualitative and quantitative assessment methods and their development. A hallmark of this study is the development of the social science methodology in the broadest sense, related to the most recent, state-of-the-art research.


Ms. Anita Žagar
Ofice for Postgraduate study

Dr. Valentina Hlebec
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 Social Informatics and Methodology

The mission of the department is providing excellence in education, research and development of social informatics, methodology of social research and social statistics.