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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10



Programme Description

The Ecotechnologies study programme is designed to gain expert knowledge in the field of ecotechnologies. The studies are organised in relation to the R&D projects of the industry, service activities and public sector. Slovenia implemented the principles of sustainable development in its fundamental research strategy which is supported by a number of legal, economic, ecological and social measures. However, these measures and integration of their effects show a deficit, especially due to the lack of sustainability-oriented and professionally qualified management personnel. The integration of Slovenia into the European Union led to an increased demand for competitiveness in all areas. In the economy, service activities and public sector, it requires a faster and more efficient development and transfer of ecotechnologies, as well as it exercises a stronger orientation towards sustainable development. In science and education, the importance of connecting basic research with applied research and development in the field of economy, service activities and public sector is significantly larger, and this is exactly what the Ecotechnologies programme is all about. The strategy of sustainable development includes the integration of environmental, technological, economic and social goals, particularly in production and consumption. It is essential to plan, develop and disseminate the use of ecotechnologies (“eco” meaning both ecological and economic), and to implement systematic sustainable market strategies to develop more favourable consumption trends. The essential components of ecotechnological approaches are new procedures and products which include an increasing efficiency in the use of raw materials and energy, minimizing and recycling of wastes, the reduction of adverse environmental impacts of production and transport, and the systematic improvement of the endangered environment. Characteristic for the proposed programme is the emphasis on the interlinking of basic research with applied research and with the progress in industry and trade, and therefore this study programme is intended, in principle, for candidates who have at least two years of work experience and the support of their employers. The programme is intended to design study and research conditions where theoretical basics on the highest level will intertwine with the efforts to solve real-world problems in the processes of production and decision-making.

This postgraduate study programme offers the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills for competent research, forming international relationships, and for the management of sustainability-oriented development, and the transfer and application of ecotechnologies.

Emphasis will be placed on threefold ability for:

  • widening and deepening the scientific content, methods and techniques in the selected fields of natural sciences, technologies, engineering and information sciences, which will support strategic choice, development, transfer, optimization, utilization and control of selected ecotechnologies for increasing commercial efficiency while benefiting broader social interests concerning sustainable development;
  • developing the abilities and skills for enhancing the quality of processes, products and services, and increasing the added value, striving for excellence and maximum enforcement of the principles of sustainable development;
  • developing an integral process of thinking which surpasses individual areas and develops multidisciplinary communication skills for dealing with experts from other disciplines and subject areas, comprehensive definition of problems, systematic approaches solving complex problems through teamwork, decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and long-term target-oriented strategic planning.

Basic Objectives of the Programme

The basic objective of this programme is to qualify the candidate for:

A)  General competences

  • ability for individual research work on the field of ecotechnologies,
  • ability to research, select and organize information, as well as synthesize solution and anticipate their consequences,
  • mastering of research methods, procedures and processes, development of critical and self-critical assessment,
  • ability to use knowledge in practice,
  • autonomy in professional work, as well as responsible and creative performance of activities,
  • development of communication abilities and skills, particularly for communication in international environment,
  • ethical reflection and commitment to professional ethics and regulations,
  • cooperativeness, work on joint assignments and problems within a group and in international environment.

B)  Subject-specific competences

  • knowing the bases of environmental protection techniques, material and energy balance and process systems technology,
  • understanding integrated planning of energy production and distribution in the economic sector, including environmental evaluation of energy consumption and energy processes, management of internal energy systems in connection with the public energy supply system, energy and emissions trading, evaluation of operational and investment/supported improvements,
  • ability to combine various skills and knowledge in identification and analysis of environmental issues, evaluation and decision-making on the use of the environment in relation to development schemes, plans and policies,
  • ability to analyze ethical aspects of practices, institutions and valuations associated with the environment and nature,
  • recognizing the social relevance of scientific knowledge and responsibility of planners for activities interfering with nature, social and cultural environment,
  • understanding the legal aspect of environmental protection, in the European and national legislation,
  • knowing the bases of ecology and ecotoxicology for students without basic education in biology,
  • ability to discover knowledge in environmental data,
  • continuing research & development work in ecotechnologies,
  • knowing the concepts of ecotechnologies,
  • acquiring the bases of natural-science and technical knowledge in ecotechnologies in the form of combining the existing solutions.

Credit Framework

All credits for the third-level study programme180 credits
Required courses30 credits
Elective courses30 credits
Individual research work
120 credits


1st YEAR
Required courses:
Seminar I (10 ECTS)
Individual Research Work 1 (20 ECTS)

Student collects 30 credits with courses, from which at least one of the courses should have 10 credits.

Student can collect 6 credits from the following list of courses:
- Corporate Law and Dispute Settlement (3 ECTS)
- Concept of Sustainable Development (3 ECTS)
- Economics for Researchers (3 ECTS)
- Industrial Expert Knowledge and Project Work (3 ECTS)
- Preparation of patent application (3 ECTS)
- Innovation Management (3 ECTS)
- Commercialization of Technology (5 ECTS)
- Science Communication Module 1: Popular science communication Module 2: Scientific publications and project proposals (5 ECTS)
- Contemporary mathematical and statistical methods in natural sciences and engineering (5 ECTS)

2nd YEAR
Required courses:
Seminar II (10 ECTS)
Individual Research Work 2 (50 ECTS)

3rd YEAR
Required courses:
Seminar III (10 ECTS)
Individual Research Work 3 (20 ECTS)
Doctoral Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Automated Modeling of Dynamic Systems with Ecological Applications, 5 ECTS
Biomonitoring , 5 ECTS
Doctoral Dissertation, 30 ECTS
Society, nature and the environment, 5 ECTS
Economics and Society, 5 ECTS
Economics for Researchers, 3 ECTS
Ecoremediation Technologies, 5 ECTS
Environmental Physics, 5 ECTS
Fuel Cells, 5 ECTS
Hydrology and Environment, 5 ECTS
Ichthyology and Fisheries, 5 ECTS
Individual Research Work 1, 20 ECTS
Individual Research Work 2, 50 ECTS
Individual Research Work 2, 30 ECTS
Individual Research Work 3, 20 ECTS
Industrial Seminar, 5 ECTS
Industrial Expert Knowledge and Project Work, 3 ECTS
Innovation Management, 3 ECTS
Invasion ecology and importance of interspecific interactions in ecosystems, 5 ECTS
Selected Chapters from Analytical Chemistry, 5 ECTS
Inorganic chemistry: Selected topics, 5 ECTS
Selected topics on Biotechnology, 5 ECTS
Environmental Technologies - Selected Topics, 10 ECTS
Nuclear Fusion as an Environmentally friendly Source of Energy, 5 ECTS
Chemistry of Environmental Systems, 10 ECTS
Chemical and Food Toxicology, 5 ECTS
Food Chemical Safety - inorganic, organic contaminants, nanoparticles, 10 ECTS
Colloidal Biology, 5 ECTS
Environmental Colloid Chemistry, 5 ECTS
Commercialization of Technologies, 5 ECTS
Science Communication Module 1: Popular Science Communication, Module 2: Scientific Publications and Project Proposals, 5 ECTS
Communication in biological systems and its application in a biorational control of pests, 5 ECTS
Concept of Sustainable Development, 3 ECTS
Mass Occurrence of Toxic Phytoplankton in the Environment, 5 ECTS
Materials and Ecology, 5 ECTS
Management of Technology and Innovation, 10 ECTS
Foodomics, 5 ECTS
Modeling in the Environment, 5 ECTS
Advanced Processing of Materials, 5 ECTS
Natural Sources of Chemicals and Materials, 5 ECTS
Contemporary Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Natural Sciences and Engineering, 5 ECTS
Renewable Energy Sources, 5 ECTS
Knowledge Discovery in Environmental Data, 5 ECTS
Stress responses in marine environment, 5 ECTS
Environmental Biomonitoring, 5 ECTS
Environmentally friendly functionalization of organic materials, 5 ECTS
Environmentally-Friendly Piezoelectric Ceramic Materials, 5 ECTS
Organic Analysis, 5 ECTS
Organic chemistry for the sustainable development, 5 ECTS
Tools for the Environmental Quality Control, 10 ECTS
Populations and a Population Monitoring, 5 ECTS
Corporate Law and Dispute Settlement, 3 ECTS
Preparation of Patent Application, 5 ECTS
Preparation of Patent Application, 3 ECTS
Radioactive Wastes, 5 ECTS
Radioactive and Nuclear Methods for the Study of Processes, 5 ECTS
Technology Development Management, 5 ECTS
X-ray Structure Analysis, 5 ECTS
Seminar I, 10 ECTS
Seminar II, 30 ECTS
Seminar II, 10 ECTS
Seminar III, 10 ECTS
Sensor Systems, 5 ECTS
Systems, Facilities and Materials for Alternative Energy Sources, 5 ECTS
Food Traceability and Authenticity, 10 ECTS
Advanced Processing of Polymer Composites, 5 ECTS
Solar Energy, Geothermal Energy, Hydrogen Economy, 5 ECTS
Speciation of Elements in Biological Systems and Environment, 5 ECTS
Monitoring of Changes in Biodiversity and Ecophysiology of Subterranean Organisms, 5 ECTS
Strategic Evaluation of Environmental Impacts, 5 ECTS
Toxicology in Industry, 5 ECTS
Energy Efficiency in Industry, 5 ECTS
Introduction to Environmentally Friendly Plasma Technologies, 5 ECTS
Introduction to the Process Safety, 5 ECTS