Postgraduate PhD study programme – 3rd cycle

The aim of the doctoral program is to educate doctoral students and train them for independent scientific work. More specifically, to create new knowledge for the automotive industry and mechanical engineering disciplines as well as to meet the needs of businesses and independent and university research institutes. The doctoral student will be able to work on complex tasks in the fields of development, technology, production and contributing to new knowledge at home and abroad. Doctoral students during their studies will understand the methodology of scientific work and acquire the necessary skills and competencies for independent and group solving of scientific tasks. With the acquired knowledge and experience, a PhD graduate will be able to perform independent research and development work and will be able to conduct scientific research tasks and projects at higher education institutions, independent institutes, and in research & development departments of industrial companies.

3 years
6 terms
180
ECTS

Professional title

Doctor of Science

PhD or Dr abbreviated in front of name

Majors

The programme does not have majors, but a choice of 4 modules

Type and location of studies

Novo mesto – part time studies and distance learning (e-learning)

Content

  • technologies,
  • materials,
  • designing,
  • automobilism,
  • environment management,
  • information technology and communication,
  • commercial law and property,
  • logistics,
  • marketing, production, technology and development,
  • business communication and relationships,
  • quality and business excellence,
  • appliance maintenance,
  • work safety.  

Enrolment requirements

The doctoral study programme Engineering and Automotive Industry can be entered by someone

  • who has completed a second cycle study programme or equivalent previous education.

Enrolment to a higher year in the doctoral study programme Engineering and Automotive Industry is possible if

  • the candidate for enrolment meets the conditions for enrolment to Year 1 of the third cycle doctoral study programme Engineering and Automotive Industry PhD)
  • the candidate for enrolment is transferring from a study programme, which upon completion of studies, ensures the acquisition of comparable competences or learning outcomes,
  • the candidate for enrolment in the transition is recognized at least half of the ECTS obligations from the first study programme, which relate to the compulsory courses of the third cycle doctoral study programme Engineering and Automotive Industry (PhD),
  • the candidate for enrolment in the recognition process at the time of transition will be recognized at least as many ECTS credits as to meet the conditions for enrolment to a higher year of the third cycle doctoral study programme Engineering and Automotive Industry (PhD):
    • for enrolment to Year 2: 50 ECTS
    • for enrolment to Year 3: all study obligations in organized forms of study from Years 1 and 2 and the approved topic of the doctoral dissertation.

The conditions for enrolment are also met by a candidate who has completed a comparable study programme abroad and is granted the right to continue education in a third cycle study programme in accordance with the applicable legislation on the evaluation and recognition of education.

Curriculum

Year One

CourseSemesterECTS
Elective Course 1110
Elective Course 2110
Research Work 1110
Elective Course 3210
Research Work 2215
Seminar 125

Year Two

CourseSemesterECTS
Elective Course 4110
Research Work 3120
Research Work 4225
Seminar 225

Year Three

CourseSemesterECTS
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal15
Research Work 5125
Research Work 6220
Doctoral Dissertation210

Elective Courses

CourseECTS
Measuring Instruments and Experimental Design10
Computational Fluid Dynamics10
Computional Solid Mechanics10
Advanced Control Systems10
Engineering Design10
Heat and Mass Transfer10
Artificial Intelligence Methods and Tools10
Intelligent Systems to Manage – Control Devices and Automobiles10
Selected Topics in Mathematical Methods10
Intelligent Sensors10
Vehicle Sensors10
Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering of Metals10
Virtual Prototypes10
System Approach and Structure of Systems10
Operations Research10
Design and Management of Supply Chains10
Technologies of Additive Manufacturing10
Renewable Energy Sources10
Design and Management of Supply Chains10
Ecology and Environmental Protection10
Fatigue and Fracture of Materials10
Contact Mechanics and Tribology10
Corrosion Science and Surface Engineering10

Competences

General competences

Students of the higher education study programme Engineering and Vehicles will acquire the following general competences:

  • ability of analysis and synthesis in problem-solving on technical field,
  • ability of managing modern methods, procedures and processes,
  • ability of critical judgement,
  • ability to use theoretical knowledge in practice,
  • ability to be independent at professional work,
  • knowledge of social systems in business world,
  • development of communication skills in domestic and international business with the use of Slovene and foreign languages,
  • ability to work in teams and manage projects,
  • ability to link and use knowledge from different fields,
  • ability to observe business ethics,
  • ability to implement constant business improvement,  
  • knowledge of professional terminology,
  • knowledge and use of information communication technology by using software, computer systems and electronic business,
  • knowledge of safety at work and environment protection,
  • knowledge of motivation and conflict-solving.

Subject-specific competences

Students of the higher education study programme Engineering and Vehicles will acquire the following subject-specific competences:

  • ability to understand and use modern theories of production, technology and development,
  • ability of mathematical understanding, particularly statistics, probability and technique, and their practical applications,
  • ability of interdisciplinary linking of knowledge of different subjects,
  • knowledge of technical characteristics of materials and products,
  • knowledge and use of information communication technologies,
  • knowledge and use of the methods of overall quality of products and services,
  • knowledge of technical and business legislation,
  • ability to manage work,
  • ability to communicate with suppliers, customers, competition, etc.,
  • ability to transfer knowledge to partners,
  • ability to learn about company operation,
  • knowledge of organisational structures and process organisation,
  • knowledge of marketing as a basic business process,
  • knowledge of work legislation,
  • ability to develop and implement new technical procedures and processes
  • ability to ensure compliance of products and processes with prescribed requirements
  • knowledge of product maintenance methods, 
  • knowledge of methods of following the sold product,
  • knowledge of specificity of automobile industry development, 
  • ability of diagnose and repair of production machines,
  • knowledge and use of energy machines and appliances.

Terms of advancement

To be promoted from the 1st into the 2nd study year students have to achieve at least 45 credit points in the 1st study year. To advance into the 3rd year a student has to fulfil all requirements from the 1st year and have at least 45 credit points from the second year. If a student enters into the 2nd year after finishing vocational college study programme, accredited after 1st January 1994, he/she has to pass all prescribed bridge exams before entering into the 3rd year.

The faculty can allow the entry into higher study year even if a student did no fulfil all requirements in case of special circumstances: motherhood, longer illness, special family and social conditions, participation in significant cultural, sport and professional events.

A student who does not fulfil requirements to enter higher study year can repeat a year once or change a study programme due to unfulfilled requirements of a study programme. The third year cannot be repeated as students have graduation year to fulfil missing obligations.

According to the current legislation a student can extend a student status for maximum one year if:

  • he/she does not enter into the next year due to justifiable reasons,
  • he/she does not graduate within 12 months after the end of last term due to justifiable reasons,
  • student gives birth in the course of study.

Student can graduate before it is defined in the study programme.

Conditions for completion of study

Conditions for completion of studyare finished all study requirements defined by the study programme collecting 180 credit points according to ECTS.

A student of the 2nd year of the study programme Engineering and Vehicles that has successfully finished vocational college study programme, accredited after 1st January 1994, has to pass all bridge exams and fulfil current study requirements of the 2nd and 3rd year collecting at least 120 credit points.

If a student enters into the 3rd year after finishing vocational college study programme, accredited before 1st January 1994, he/she has to pass all bridge exams and fulfil current study requirements of the 3rd year collecting at least 60 points.

A study is finished with preparation and oral defence of a diploma paper.

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