Doctoral studies

3 (tretja)

10 (10)




18 ECTS 180 ECTS

doktor znanosti
doktorica znanosti

Doctor of Philosophy

07 – Engineering, manufacturing and construction

0788 – Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving engineering, manufacturing and construction

2 – Engineering and Technology

izr. prof. dr. DRAGO SEVER, 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 Traffic and Transportation 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: -High scientific-research qualification in traffic engineering, -Ability to lead and perform research work, -Ability to recognize, analyse and organize global traffic systems and related intermodal traffic subsystems, -Ability to study the most demanding engineering and technological operations and processes in mega transport companies, especially in management of global intermodal traffic systems, -Command of latest information and telecommunication technology and information management systems, -Command of organization’s management as a system, -Command of profound scientific-research work in interdisciplinary area of global intermodal traffic systems and subsystems and technologies, -Ability for independent problem solving, life-long learning and development of new knowledge.

General competences of graduates, gained at a study programme

General competences -Profound understanding of theoretic and methodological concepts, -Ability to master research methods, procedures and processes, -Ability for independent use of gained theoretical knowledge to solve problems in practice, -Ability to evaluate strategic decisions, -Autonomy in scientific-research work, -Cooperativeness, abilities for team work, also in international environment, -Development of communicative abilities and skills, especially permanent communication in international environment, -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 groups, -Ethic reflexion and deep loyalty to professional ethics, -Creativity and innovativeness 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 Traffic and Transportation Engineering will gain: - in-depth knowledge in mathematical contents, multimodal traffic systems, management of integrated traffic system, research of traffic offer, modelling and simulation of traffic flows, terminal transport, technology of traffic infrastructure management, traffic policy in European Union, business policy of mega-transport companies, intelligent traffic systems, traffic automation, modern means of transport, economics of global transport industry, traffic safety and simulation models of safety analysis in traffic, spatial planning and impact of the traffic system on environment, - further profound understanding of theoretical and methodological concepts in the chosen narrow subfields of transportation engineering, - ability to solve concrete problems in the intermodal traffic system meaningfully, - ability to constantly solve concrete problems by using modern scientific methods and procedures, - ability to understand and implement new information and interpretations into the context of transportation engineering and engineering in general, - familiarity and understanding of arguments and history of the development of transportation engineering and engineering in general, - understanding of systematic approach in the field of traffic engineering, - understanding of general structure in the field of traffic engineering, and its links with other related disciplines, - understanding and usage of the critical analysis method and theory development and their us in solving concrete work problems in the field of traffic engineering, - intensive and constant usage of information management systems in the concrete working sphere in operational procedures and management of intermodal traffic system, - autonomous and self-confident proficiency in the foundational knowledge in the field of traffic engineering, - familiarity with modern technological processes, operations, methodology and work organisation in a specific work environment transport and other companies, - ability to connect knowledge from different disciplines and to apply it in their own discipline in the field of traffic engineering, - ability to provide independent expert opinions about functioning of intermodal traffic system, - ability to plan, lead and manage big investment projects in development of the intermodal traffic system (development of a road and railway transportation sub-system), - development of critical reflexion working in the field of traffic engineering.

Access requirements

Candidates who completed the following may apply for the 3rd-cycle (doctoral) study programme in Traffic and Transportation Engineering: 1. A 2nd-cycle (master’s) study programme. 2. An undergraduate academic study programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004. 3. A specialisation following an undergraduate professional study programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004. Prior to enrolment, candidates shall fulfil study obligations corresponding to at least 45 ECTS credits under a supplementary study programme or by taking bridging exams. Candidates shall fulfil study obligations determined by the relevant committee of the Senate of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture. 4. A study programme educating students for professions regulated by EU directives or another unified (long-cycle) master’s study 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 Transportation Engineering bases upon the previous study results. 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 Traffic and Transportation 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 Traffic and Transportation 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 Traffic and Transportation 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.