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Archival Sciences

The study focuses on acquiring in-depth knowledge that enables independent, original and scientific research work in a wide field of archival theory, archival practice and archival science as an independent, academic, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary science.

Research methods in archival studies and preparation of doctoral dissertationLessons learned are necessary for the planning, management and implementation of the most demanding scientific research projects and comparisons and analyses of research in the field of archival science, based on qualitative and quantitative and other research methods and models.

A wide research field within the doctoral study applies both to relations between documents and related entities, as well as with the archival records as a whole, with a special emphasis on authenticity, integrity, connectivity with record creators, records preservation, concepts of appraisal, the use and accessibility of archival records, as well as the storage and preservation of archival records in physical or electronic forms.


The following graduates can enrol in the Archival Sciences Doctoral Program :

  • of second-level study programs,

  • of study programs that train for occupations, regulated by EU directives or other uniform Masters study programs that are evaluated with 300 ECTS credits,

  • of previous (before Bologna) study programs to acquire a specialization and previously completed higher education professional program, accepted before June 11, 2004; to these candidates study obligations will be stipulated in the range of 30 to 60 credits before enrolling in the study program,

  • of study programs for acquiring a Master’s degree in science or specialization after completing the study a program to acquire university education, adopted before 11 June 2004; these candidates at doctoral study programs will have recognized study programs commitments of at least 60 ECTS,

  • of study programs for obtaining a university degree education, adopted before 11 June 2004.

Graduates from other national and foreign universities can enrol in accordance with the prescribed conditions as they apply to students of the Republic of Slovenia, after the official process of recognition of foreign education for continuing education at Alma Mater has established equivalence of previously acquired education abroad.




  Course ECTS
Total for year 1 60
1st semester
1 Relations of archival sciences 15
2 E-archiving and information infrastructure 15
2nd semester
3 Methodologies of scholarly research 20
4 Doctoral seminar – preparation of doctoral dissertation disposition 10


  Course ECTS
Total for year 2 60
3rd semester
5 Methodology of preparation, production and regulation of scientific work 15
6 Research methods in archival sciences and preparation of doctoral thesis application 15
4th semester
7 Individual scientific research work 10
8 Elective course I 10
9 Elective course II 10


  Course ECTS
Total for year 3 60
Total for Study programme 180
5th and 6th semester
10 Preparation of doctoral dissertation 60


  Course ECTS
1 Records management systems and archiving 10
2 Organizational systems in archival science 10
3 Typology of archival records 10
4 Basic elements of archival law 10
5 Elements of conservation and restoration of archival records 10
6 Languages and monuments - use, editions and conservation 10
7 The main facts of cultural development of Slovenian territory 10
8 Manners of archival use and protection of personal data 10
9 Preservation of electronic records in the private sector 10
10 Exploring the Web and Web Technology 10
11 Risk management in electronic archiving 10
12 Protection and maintenance of archival books and books in archives 10
13 Resources for Slovene Cultural History 10
14 Latin epigraphy 10
15 Latin palaeography 10
16 Archival records and legal interest 10
17 Protecting archival records in time of war and in cases of emergency 10




Undergraduate: Archives Management
Graduate: Archives and Records Management
Graduate: Archival Sciences


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Associate Professor Dr. Peter Pavel Klasinc (born 1946), an archival councilor, completed his elementary and secondary education in Maribor and continued his studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, where he earned the titles of Professor of History and Professor of Art History. In 1987, he obtained his master's degree and later, in 1992, earned a PhD at the University of Zagreb with a thesis on "The Material Protection of Classical and New Information Carriers in Archives," thus acquiring the title of Doctor of Information Sciences in the field of Social Sciences.

Since 1968, he has been employed at the Historical Archives in Ptuj, where he served as director from 1972 to 1976. In 1976, he joined the Regional Archives Maribor, taking charge of the Department for Economic Archives. In 1982, he became the director of the Maribor archives, a position he held until 1994. During this time, he initiated and organized conferences on professional and technical issues in archives and oversaw the publication of the proceedings "Archives – Contemporary Archives," which were published until 2003. In these years, he also began researching local history and later archival science, archival studies, and archival theory and practice. He has continuously published scholarly articles in journals such as "Archives" (published by the Archival Association of Slovenia), "Contemporary Archives" (published by the Regional Archives Maribor), "Technical and Content Problems of Classical and Electronic Archiving" (published by the Regional Archives Maribor), and "Atlanti" and "Atlanti+" (published by the International Institute of Archival Science).

In 1984, he established the Center for Professional and Technical Issues in Archives, which later evolved into the International Institute of Archival Science, headquartered in the Regional Archives Maribor and later at the University of Maribor. Since 2006, the institute has also had a branch in the State Archives in Trieste. Professor Peter Pavel Klasinc has consistently served as the institute's director and the chief and responsible editor of its publications, "Atlanti" and "Atlanti+."

Peter Pavel Klasinc is also an active member of the Archival Association of Slovenia – he served as the president of the association from 1979 to 1983 and was simultaneously the president of the Federation of Archival Workers of Yugoslavia for one year. During this period, he collaborated with other representatives of Yugoslav archives on the project "Archival Funds and Collections in SFRY" and was also the editor of the Slovenian part of this edition. In 2016, the Archival Association of Slovenia awarded him the Aškerčeva Award, the highest professional recognition in the Republic of Slovenia, awarded for achievements in archival work, specifically for his lifetime contribution to Slovenian archival science, particularly in public outreach of archival heritage, organization of the archival studies program, and achievements in the archival field internationally.

Professor Peter Pavel Klasinc is the author of more than five hundred scientific, research, study, and professional works. He has pursued further education in Germany, Austria, Italy, Norway, and Russia, and actively collaborated with many archivists from around the world. He currently heads the archival studies programs at all three Bologna levels and is a member of professional committees and the senate of AMEU-ECM.


Doctoral study of Archival Sciences enable candidates to have access to the most demanding skills and research needs in the field of archival theory and practice that are based on national and international foundations and standards. The study follows modern, scientific and research fields that represent the highest quality of addressing questions from the field of contemporary archival science.

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Doctoral study of Archival Sciences enable candidates to have access to the most demanding skills and research needs in the field of archival theory and practice that are based on national and international foundations and standards. The study follows modern, scientific and research fields that represent the highest quality of addressing questions from the field of contemporary archival science.

  • DURATION: 3 years
  • TITLE: Doctor of Archival Sciences
  • LOCATION: Slovenia, On - line
  • START DATES: October

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