Course 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year Total
Research work 20 ECTS 45 ECTS 55 ECTS 120 ECTS
Fulfilment of conditions* 5 ECTS 5 ECTS 5 ECTS 15 ECTS
Active participation in organised invited lectures 10 ECTS 10 ECTS 20 ECTS
Introductory seminar 5 ECTS 5 ECTS
Professional training 5 ECTS 5 ECTS
Optional courses 15 ECTS 15 ECTS
Total 60 ECTS 60 ECTS 60 ECTS 180 ECTS

* Fulfilment of conditions includes: public presentation of research hypothesis of the PhD thesis before enrolment into the 2nd year, approved topic of PhD thesis before enrolment into the 3rd year and submission and successful defence of the PhD thesis.

Optional courses Hours ECTS
L S P O Σ
Solid matter physics 30 15 15 90 150 5
Thermodynamics of materials 30 15 15 0 60 5
Solid state chemistry 15 30 0 115 160 5
Physical metallurgy 40 5 0 115 160 5
Constitution of multi-component alloy systems 30 30 30 60 150 5
Physics and chemistry of surfaces 15 60 45 30 150 5
Spectroscopy of materials 30 15 15 0 60 5
Microscopy of materials 40 15 15 0 70 5
Elastomechanics of materials 30 15 15 0 60 5
M5 – Modelling of processes 15 45 60 30 150 5
Functional materials 30 15 15 90 150 5
Nanomaterials 30 45 0 75 150 5
Ceramic materials 30 45 0 75 150 5
Polymeric materials 0 0 45 115 160 5
Selection of materials for engineering applications 45 45 10 50 150 5
Production and characterisation of materials 30 15 30 75 150 5
Heterogeneous equilibria in process engineering of metallic materials 30 45 45 30 150 5
Slags and fluxes 30 90 0 30 150 5
Solidification of metallic melts 45 30 50 30 155 5
Metallurgy of steel and metals 30 90 0 30 150 5
Process engineering – forming and casting 15 60 45 30 150 5
Heat transfer in materials engineering 15 15 30 90 150 5
Bogatenje mineralnih surovin in mehanska procesna tehnika 45 45 30 5 125 5
Modern construction technologies and numerical modelling of underground structures 30 40 20 60 150 5
Modelling of coalmining methods 20 40 10 80 150 5
Survey monitoring in geosciences 20 20 10 75 125 5
Methods of predicting changes in earth’s crust 20 20 10 75 125 5
Advanced methods of geothermal energy exploitation 35 10 10 95 150 5

Abbreviations used for the syllabus:
L – lectures
S – seminar
P – practice
O – other forms of educational activities (mainly project work)
ECTS – European Credits Transfer System (1 credit point equals a 30-hour student workload)
Grey – Grey written courses are not carried out in this academic year

There are 28 optional courses, each assigned 5 ECTS. In agreement with the supervisor, students can chose courses from other MSc and PhD programmes at the UL and/or other universities at home and abroad.

Optional courses listed further below have been designed so as to instruct on recent developments in science in a particular field and to cater for the needs of individual candidates (students from other programmes can take these courses upon their choice). The programme has a modular structure, with lecturer’s engagement according to the needs of students. Organisation of the programme and unified examination will be coordinated by the person in charge of a particular course and by the person in charge of the study programme.
Optional courses include 15 to 30 hours of lectures and 45 to 60 hours of seminar or project work respectively, while the remaining 150 hours (5 ECTS) represent other forms of study or individual work of a student.

According to the fact that the programme in Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary programme, it is performed by three faculties (FNSE, FCCT and FMP). This offers doctoral candidates access to all research, bibliographic and counselling facilities of all three faculties and other institutions where the lecturers from the postgraduate third-cycle study programme work. The study sections are determined by the courses chosen by the doctoral candidate and by the theme of the PhD thesis. The course of the postgraduate third-cycle programme is designed so as to offer a wide palette of doctoral theses and courses that gravitate either towards the field of geomaterials/georesources and mining or metallic material or metallurgy or towards materials with mixed or non-metallic features. Since all three faculties (FNSE, FCCT and FMP) have a lot of experience and knowledge, which is apparent through appropriately equipped laboratories and adequate bibliographies of lecturers in the wider field of materials, the merging of scientific-research and pedagogical capabilities to provide the interdisciplinary doctoral programme in Materials Science and Engineering is logical.

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