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Doctoral study programme – Kinesiology



  • The information day for enrolment in the doctoral study programme in Kinesiology will take place on 11 April 2024 at 2 pm at the Faculty of Sport, Gortanova 22, Ljubljana, in the conference room of the Institute of Sport and via Zoom link:  https://uni-lj-si.zoom.us/j/3962575476. The presentation will be held in Slovenian.

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Study programme title:  doctoral study  programme Kinesiology
Type of study programme: part-time
Degree of study programme: 3rd degree
Duration of study programme: 4 years (8 semesters)
Number of credit points ECTS: 240
Scientific and research discipline: Social sciences
Professional title: doktor / doktorica znanosti
Abbreviation of the title: Dr (in front of the name)


List of supervisors 2024.pdf

Available research areas.


Procedures and deadlines for application to the Call and enrolment 2024/2025 (Call is open from 29 March 2024):

Candidates must apply for the programme and submit their application for enrolment in the doctoral programme and all required evidence by no later than, and including, 1 September 2024, 23:59 CEST through the eVŠ web portal: https://portal.evs.gov.si/prijava/ 

In the event of places still being available the second application deadline will be from 12 September 2024 to 23 September 2024.

Enrolment will be completed by 30 September 2024.



The doctoral study programme Kinesiology lasts for four years, totals 240 credit points (CP) and according to the Bologna scheme, it is a third degree programme. The study programme follows the aims of the Bologna Declaration and establishes conditions for a permanent development in the field of kinesiology and for the needs of the profession for staff with higher education.

In the study programme offered, we follow trends of the development of the Slovene and international scientific and research sphere and listen to the needs of the Slovene sport. The study programme is inseparably connected with scientific and research work. The main emphasis of the programme is on independent creative research work of a student who is directed by the supervisor. Special attention is therefore paid to the relationship between the supervisor and the PhD student.

This programme encourages interdisciplinarity and offers the possibility of cooperation of renowned domestic and foreign experts. It gives priority to freedom of choice over compulsory forms of study. In order to suitably cover the area of kinesiology that is increasingly diverse, the offer of study contents is great and varied. Freedom of choice offers students a possibility of early planning of their own research career and of the pursuit of the needs of future employers. Through compulsory seminars and incorporation of basic and elective contents, the programme guarantees a suitable breadth of education.

On the recommendations of the European University Association, international student exchange is planned. The programme enables mobility within the framework of the organized forms of study as well as individual research work. In the course of study, the student is expected to take an active part in domestic and international scientific and professional conferences. In this way, the student develops skills of scientific communication, critical judgement of achievements of other people and the results of his/her own research work.

Work on the PhD dissertation belongs to the essential obligations of a PhD student. In the PhD dissertation, the candidate shows original contributions to science in the form of at least one article published in a scientific journal as well as the ability to think in a scientific way and the ability to do research work.



The doctoral study programme Kinesiology aims at educating independent researchers with wide professional horizons and deep methodological basic knowledge. 

Basic objectives of the programme

  • Inseparable connections between the study and the scientific, research and developmental work.
  • Development of the scientific approach, acquisition of the scientific way of thinking.
  • Encouragement of the profound understanding of kinesiology and its integration in the wider scientific context.
  • Development of the communication abilities, abilities to report on scientific and research achievements, transfer of knowledge.
  • Development of the appropriate and critical attitude towards judging the achievements of others and results of one’s own work.
  • Education of doctors of philosophy for creative scientific, research and developmental work in the area of kinesiology.

General competences gained in the course of the programme:

  • Ability to do independent and creative  scientific, research and developmental work in the area of kinesiology.
  • Ability to pursue and judge appropriately the most recent achievements in the wider area of kinesiology.
  • Critical attitude towards the results of one’s own research and developmental work.
  • Ability to tackle a scientific and research problem creatively and independently.

Course-specific competences gained in the course of the programme:

A PhD student will develop the ability to use modern kinesiological methods and procedures when solving research and developmental problems, the ability to place kinesiology into a wider social context, the ability to communicate and to report on the work and results to the experts in kinesiology worldwide and to  society in general.

Additional course-specific competences are enumerated in the presentations of individual courses.