Computer and Information Science is one of the leading breakthrough areas that have been shaping today’s economy, education, culture, administration and other disciplines. The striking rise of computer technology in developed countries dictates the need for highly qualified human resources capable of developing new computer and information technology and implementing it in innovative environments. This study programme is designed to be very attractive and inviting for young people, especially students who envisage pursuing research and scientific work in computer science and information technology. The main focus of the doctoral study is on research, enabling students to receive training in both independent and team work, which encourages an interdisciplinary approach and also offers students the opportunity to cooperate with internationally recognized domestic and foreign experts. Special emphasis is placed on combining scientific and professional areas, elective courses, and on an academic mentor programme to encourage students throughout the course of their study.
3 years
6 semesters
ECTS credits
  • Obtained title
  • doktor znanosti
  • doktorica znanosti (equivalent to the title: Doctor of Science)
  • The curriculum

V študijskem letu 2017/2018 lahko na doktorskem študiju izberete poglobljene izbirne predmete, ki obsegajo najbolj aktualne raziskovalne teme s področja računalništva in informatike.

In study year 2017/2018 you can choose from several specialist elective courses, that deal with most prominent current research topics in computer science.

  • Admission requirements and selection criteria in case of limited enrollment

Admission requirements and criteria for selection in case of limited enrolment

Pursuant to the provisions of the Act Amending the Higher Education Act, which has been in force since 9 September 2006, candidates that have completed the following can enrol in the third-cycle study programme:

  • A second cycle master’s programme;
  • A vocational study programme regulated by EU directives or any other uniform master's study programme evaluated at 300 ECTS;
  • A university study programme adopted before 11 June 2004;
  • A professional study programme adopted before 11 June 2004 and study programmes leading to a specialisation. Prior to enrolment, candidates must complete study requirements in the scope of up to 60 ECTS from the second-cycle Computer and Information Science study programme. Their study requirements (a list of courses) will be determined by the Faculty's committee, in view of the candidate's prior education (completed programme).
  • A study programme leading to a MSc degree. Candidates will be accorded credits up to 60 ECTS.

Foreigners applying for the doctoral programmes are subject to the same conditions as Slovenian citizens, provided they have completed an equivalent education abroad. The equivalence of education with the objective of continuation is determined in accordance with the UL Statutes, and processed by the authorized person at UL, with the content being managed by the Senate of the member Faculty or the UL Senate.

The FRI Senate or the University of Ljubljana publishes the maximum number of places. The Vice-Dean for Research proposes the number of available positions in the doctoral study programme, which is then approved by the Senate. The selection of candidates is based on:

  • Their undergraduate GPA (50%); and
  • The grade of the final thesis from previous education (50%).
  • Learning aims and outcomes

Main objectives of the programme

The main objectives of the study programme are:

  • To educate highly qualified experts, developers, researchers, and future scientists in the field of computer and information science.
  • To train doctoral students for independent research and development work, using scientific approaches and methods in their work, and for them to master the most recent development processes in the field of computer and information science.
  • To develop teamwork skills, to develop communication skills and the ability to report on scientific research, and to develop skills for work in interdisciplinary groups.
  • To provide a comprehensive understanding of the computer and information science field. 

General skills

After the completion of studies, doctoral students will have acquired independent scientific research and development skills, as well as having solved scientific and development problems for their future employers. They will acquire the ability to understand and critically evaluate difficult solutions to complex problems. They will be trained to find innovative and independent solutions to scientific and research problems, to critically appraise research results, to develop new research methods, and to transfer new technologies and knowledge into practice. They will have the skills to plan the development of complex problem solutions, prepare appropriate project documentation and participate in research and development projects. 

  • Criteria for recognising knowledge and skills acquired prior to enrolment

As part of the programme, relevant knowledge and skills acquired in formal, informal or experiential learning can also be recognised. The basis for recognition is the Rules on the procedure and criteria for the recognition of informally obtained knowledge and skills:

This knowledge can be recognised as a completed study obligation in a total of up to 6 ECTS for one unit (roughly a topic covered in one course) of knowledge acquired outside of university. The recognition process takes into account certificates and other relevant documentation. Applications for recognition of knowledge and skills will be reviewed by the UL FRI Committee for Research and Doctoral Studies and then upon their recommendation sent to be reviewed by the FRI Senate.


A maximum of 60 ECTS from comparable (or equal) topics acquired through other thirdcycle study programmes can be recognised as study requirements for this programme. Up to 6 ECTS can be recognised from informal education or experience. 

  • Requirements for progression through the programme

To progress into Year 2, students must have obtained at least 55 ECTS, of which 20 ECTS should be from organised forms of study, including the following courses from Year 1: 

  • Successfully completed intensive course (5 ECTS);
  • Successfully completed Scientific Skills I (5 ECTS);
  • Successfully completed Seminar 1 and Seminar 2 (5 ECTS + 5 ECTS = 10 ECTS);
  • Successfully completed Research in Year 1, demonstrated by the mentor’s report and the confirmation of the Committee for Research and Doctoral Studies (35 ECTS).


To progress into Year 3, students must have obtained at least 115 ECTS, including the following courses:

  • Successfully completed all courses from Year 1 (25 ECTS);
  • Successfully completed Research in Year 1 (35 ECTS);
  • Successfully completed specialised elective course in Year 2 (5 ECTS);
  • Successfully completed Research in Year 2, demonstrated by the mentor’s report and the confirmation of the Committee for Research and Doctoral Studies (40 ECTS);
  • Successfully completed Seminar 3 and Seminar 4 (5 ECTS + 5 ECTS = 10 ECTS);
  • Approved doctoral dissertation topic.
  • Assessment methods

Seminars 1 to 5, Scientific Skills I and II, Research 1 and 2, and the doctoral dissertation are graded with either “passed with excellence”, “passed” or “failed.”

  • Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities for Computer and Information Science doctoral graduates are very broad. Primarily, the programme trains doctors of science who become high-level professionals working in enterprises and social institutions that develop computer or IT solutions. These institutions also use solutions for innovation purposes to gain competitive advantages or to improve the quality of business and work. Typical roles are leadership and R&D. Due to a great need for such professionals at home and around the world, we estimate that the employability of doctoral students who complete the programme is high.

The fact that there is a high demand for such qualified personnel is an additional motivation for future students to enrol in this study programme. This is reinforced by the experiences of students who have completed their doctorates, given the fact that they found jobs without any difficulty.