Doctoral studies

3 (tretja)

10 (10)




18 ECTS 180 ECTS

doktor znanosti
doktorica znanosti

Doctor of Philosophy

07 – Engineering, manufacturing and construction

0732 – Building and civil engineering

2 – Engineering and Technology

red. prof. dr. STOJAN KRAVANJA, univ. dipl. inž. grad.








Text about acceptance

The Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture is a member of the University of Maribor, which is a public university. The study programme in CIVIL ENGINEERING was accredited on 30. 3. 2009. The University of Maribor was externally evaluated by the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency (SQAA) in 2022 (NAKVIS). SQAA is a member of ENQA and registered in EQAR.

Advancement criteria of a study programme

Students should collect at least 54 ECTS to proceed from the year 1 to the year 2, by passing the compulsory course Scientific Research Methods, one of the basic elective courses with mathematical contents, one elective course and Individual Research Work 1 and 2 (exceptionally one exam in one of the elective courses can be missing). Students should collect at all 60 ECTS to proceed from the year 2 to the year 3, and finish all obligations from the year 1 (60 ECTS). The Doctoral dissertation should be registered in the 3rd semester.

Criteria for completing separate parts of a study programme

The study programme does not include individual parts.

Study advancement options

By following professional and scientific literature, continuous winning of new knowledge, postgraduate students are devoted to life-long development of their knowledge and abilities. They can join the post-doctoral qualifications at the top universities and research institutions worldwide.

Employment possibilities

The most demanding professional and research works and management functions in companies. The most demanding professional and research works in state administration. In higher education and research institutions.

Additional information

Further information about study programmes, offered by the faculty, can be found on the website:

Other obligations

According to paragraph 157 of Statue of University the postgraduate students must publish their doctoral dissertations or their results before promotion in scientific publications or as independent scientific publications in order to be accessible for scientific public.

Assesment criteria

Regulations and syllabi provide the forms of assessment methods for each course unit. Instantaneous methods of knowledge evaluation and assessment are encouraged, which enables students to control their own study development directly.

Main study programme objectives

Fundamental goals of the programme are: •Qualification of students for profound scientific-research work in civil engineering, •Qualification of students to understand and command modern theoretical and methodological concepts, •Recognition, analysis and solving of demanding theoretical problems in civil engineering, •Consideration of ethic and ecologic standards and the concept of sustainable development at everyday scientific-research work, •Qualification of students to search, study and use existent knowledge, •Qualification of students to understand existing knowledge and to upgrade it with a new original scientific contribution, •Qualification of students to conclude their study with successful defence of PhD thesis.

General competences of graduates, gained at a study programme

General competences •In-depth understanding of theoretic and methodologic concepts, •Ability to master research methods, procedures and processes, •Ability to use gained theoretical knowledge independently and to apply it to problem solving in practice, •Ability to evaluate and adopt strategic decisions, •Autonomy in scientific-research work, •Cooperability, team work spirit, •Ability to work in international environment, •Development of communication skills, especially ability to communicate in international environment permanently. •Encouragement of eagerness for knowledge and life-long study, •Abilities for time management, material, human and financial resources, •Abilities for mentoring younger colleagues at university or in business, •Leadership of large expert or research group, •Ethic reflexion and deep loyalty to professional ethics, •Creativity and innovativness as the outcome of the interdisciplinarity of the study.

Subject specific competences of graduates, gained on a study programme

In terms of course-specific competences, students of the 3rd degree Postgraduate Study Programme Civil Engineering will gain: - in-depth knowledge in applicative mathematics, numerical methods, mechanics of structures, hydromechanics, geomechanics, steel, concrete and timber structures, structural dynamics, structural optimization, structural synthesis, construction informatics, construction management, services, theory and project optimization, construction technology, traffic infrastructure, construction ecology, energy efficient buildings, integrative project concepts and spatial planning - proficiency in advanced computational methods of structural mechanics and dynamics, - proficiency in geotechnical and hydrotechnical methods, - proficiency in modern computational methods for planning demanding structures, - proficiency in methods of structural optimization and synthesis, - ability to use and develop information technologies and advances computational tools in construction, - proficiency in modern methods in road infrastructure planning with the focus on traffic safety, - understanding of construction ecology, the concept of sustainable development and modern materials in planning of structures and environment, - proficiency in advanced methods of construction projects and construction management, - proficiency in theories of modern mathematical programming and meta-heuristic methods for optimization of structures, objects and processes in construction, - proficiency in computational methodologies for economic evaluation of objects, processes and projects, - proficiency in application of economic optimization methods with the goal to evaluate profitability of the investment, - capability to provide independent expert opinion in construction, - capability to plan, lead and manage big investment projects.

Access requirements

Candidates who completed the following may apply for the doctoral (3rd-cycle) programme “Civil Engineering”: A master’s (2nd-cycle) programme; An undergraduate programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004; A bachelor’s vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 and a specialisation programme. Prior to enrolment, these candidates must fulfil obligations corresponding to at least 45 ECTS credits awarded for a wide variety of courses under the master’s programme “Civil Engineering” (mathematics, steel structures, transportation routes design, geotechnics, hydrotechnics, construction operations). These obligations may be completed under a specialisation programme or by taking qualifying exams prior to enrolment. Candidates must fulfil obligations determined by the relevant committee of the Senate of the Faculty of Civil Engineering; A study programme educating students for professions regulated by EU directives or another master’s programme corresponding to 300 ECTS credits.

Selection criteria in the event of limited enrolment

The selection of candidates for the 3rd degree Postgraduate Study Programme Civil Engineering bases upon the results of the previous study. The average study grade: 100%

Transfer criteria between study programmes

Candidates may transfer between study programmes in accordance with the Higher Education Act, Criteria for Transferring Between Study Programmes and other rules. In accordance with the Criteria for Transferring Between Study Programmes, candidates may enrol in the second year of the 3rd-cycle study programme in Civil Engineering if they have completed: - a master of science study programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004; or - a specialisation following an undergraduate academic study programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004. Candidates may transfer to the study programme provided they fulfil the following criteria: - criteria for enrolment in the first year of the 3rd-cycle study programme in Civil Engineering; - they are transferring from a study programme leading to the acquisition of comparable competences or learning outcomes; - at least half of the study obligations evaluated according to the ECTS credit system of the previous study programme relating to compulsory courses of the new study programme are recognised. The transfer shall be addressed by a competent senate committee of the faculty where the candidate intends to continue his studies. In accordance with the Rules on the Recognition of Knowledge and Skills in Study Programmes of the University of Maribor, the candidate shall submit to the faculty: - an application for the recognition of knowledge and skills at the University of Maribor; - proof of fulfilled study obligations (exams) including grades and ECTS credits; - validated course syllabi according to which knowledge was acquired; - a receipt of payment for the recognition procedure. When transferring from one study programme to another, fulfilled study obligations that may be recognized fully or partially are identified, taking into account the content, extent, and level of complexity of the new study programme, and study obligations required for completion of the new study programme are laid down.

Criteria for recognition of knowledge and skills, gained before the enrolment in the study programme

Measures for the recognition of knowledge and skills are regulated by the Rules on the recognition of knowledge and skills in study programmes of the University of Maribor. Evaluation of the gained knowledge and skills must base on educational competencies of the study programme.

Criteria for completing the study

The 3rd degree Postgraduate Study Programme Civil Engineering is completed if a student finishes all obligations prescribed by the study programme, defends the Doctoral dissertation and collects 180 ECTS. Before the Doctoral dissertation is handed in, the students should publish at least one publication from their Doctoral dissertation as the first author*. Scientific articles, published in journals with JCR impact factor ranked in the upper three fourths of the quality and the patents with the completed test can be considered as a relevant publication. Also the certificate about acceptance or listing the article for the publication with provided DOI from the SCI, SSCI or AHCI journal is also considered as suitable. *The first author is the author who wrote the article or the biggest part of the article and is listed on the first place in the publication. Hereby the sharing or transfer of the first authorship is not possible.