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The Ph.D. degree program in the humanities is an interdisciplinary program linking anthropological, philosophical and linguistic disciplines, tailored to the needs of individual students.

The program provides students with a flexible, interdisciplinary framework, built on connections among specific courses and areas of interest. Our Ph.D. students go through rigorous theoretical and methodological training that imparts strong research and analytical skills and enables students to adapt to the constantly changing 21st century labor market. The program enables students to study fields and disciplines that are underrepresented in other Slovene higher learning institutions.

Academic excellence. Innovative programs. Real-world connections. First-class educational experience. Impact your career. Study in the heart of Europe.



  Course ECTS
Mandatory courses
1 Humanities I 15
2 Humanities II 15
Elective Courses
3 Interdisciplinary methodologies 5
4 Balkan anthropology 5
5 Anthropology of knowledge 5
6 Anthropology of religion and believing 5
7 Communication and society 5
8 Anthropology of labor and migrations 5
9 Film and popular culture theory 5
10 Sexuality and love studies 5
11 Radical etnographical methods and feminist studies 5
12 Behavior and discourse 5
13 Gender and popular culture 5
14 Anthropology of artistic practice 5
  Other activities ECTS
15 Preparation for doctoral thesis 10
16 Doctoral seminar 1-doctoral thesis subject registration 10
17 Individual research (for the doctoral thesis) 10
18 Doctoral seminar 2 10
In the 3. Year students prepare and defend their doctoral thesis.



Graduate: Humanities


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Full Professor of Anthropology (AMEU-ISH) & Full Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology (University of Ljubljana)


Mojca Ramšak (1969, Maribor, Slovenia), PhD in ethnology from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Full Professor. She is a researcher, postgraduate professor and writer in the field of ethnology, cultural/social anthropology and folklore, which go beyond the current disciplinary practice, with the focus on applied research and the use of critical, experimental and traditional forms of qualitative inquiry in the interests of social justice, dignity and human rights.


The University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Slovenia: 1993 (BA in Ethnology and Professor of Philosophy), 1997 (M.A. in Ethnology) and 2000 (PhD in Ethnology).


Full Professor of Anthropology (2014, AMEU–ISH), Full Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology (2021, University of Ljubljana), Associate Professor (2009–2014, ISH) and Assistant Professor (2004–2009, ISH). She was awarded scientific and research titles by SRC SASA and again the University of Ljubljana.

Pedagogical work

The University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts 1993–2000; Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana Graduate School for the Humanities (From 2006 to 2012 she was the chair of the postgraduate study programme of Anthropology of everyday life); IEDC – Bled School of Management 2013–2014 (cooperation in the doctoral study programme of leadership); AMEU–ISH, Faculty for Postgraduate Studies 2016- professor of Humanities I, Humanities II, Applied Medical Anthropology and Ethics in science and research integrity.

From 2009–2010 has lectured on an international joint master’s program: GEMMA Master Course in Women’s and Gender Studies (at ISH, Ljubljana).

She taught as an invited lecturer at universities in Vienna, Austria (1995), Łodž, Poland (1995), Zagreb, Croatia (1996), Klagenfurt, Austria (1998), St. Petersburg, Russia (2000), Bratislava, Slovakia (2003, 2011, 2013, 2019), Salzburg, Austria (2009) and Rijeka, Croatia (2019).

Field of Research

Main research interests: ethnology, cultural/social anthropology, folklore, oral history, lexicography, ethics, qualitative inquiry, medical anthropology, medical humanities, history of medicine, anthropology of everyday life, anthropology of gender, business anthropology, honour and good name, culture/heritage of wine. Topics of her research were dedicated to the Slovene minority in Austria, liminal identities, honour and good name, shame, psycho-terror at work, social and cultural perceptions of breast cancer, ethnological lexicology, qualitative methodology, especially mixed methods, research ethics, applied anthropology, cultural brand management, rituals in marketing, history of medicine, medical humanities, medicine and law.

She was a project leader and contributor of 378 entries on Slovene ethnology, methodology and history in Leksikon etnologije Slovencev/Lexicon of Slovene Ethnology (Ljubljana 2004, second edition 2007, third edition 2011); she had published in English language encyclopedias: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife (2006), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy tales (2008); The Sage Encyclopedia of Play (2009); she published at Lit Verlag, Cambridge Scholars, Springer, etc.

She had conference lectures in Europe and the USA. She was an editor or co-editor of several publications, series or journals, published in Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Slovakia: Bulletin and book series of Slovene Ethnological Society [Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva in Knjižnica Glasnika Slovenskega etnološkega društva] (Ljubljana, 1994–1998, five books); Bulletin of Slovene Ethnological Society [Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva] (Ljubljana, 1994–1998, fourteen numbers of the journal); Unterwegs ins Dorf (Klagenfurt, Austria, 1993–1994, two books); Mediterranean Ethnological Summer School (Piran, Slovenia, 1994–1995); Studi Slavi (Pisa, Italy, Klagenfurt, Austria, 1997); Slovene Ethnological Lexicon (Ljubljana, 2004, 2007, 2011); Življenjske pripovedi iz Ribniške doline [Life-stories from Ribnica Valley], (Ribnica, 2003), Emzin (Ljubljana, 2009).

She was a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Etnolog (2003–2009, Ljubljana, Slovenia). Currently, she is a member of the editorial board of International Review of Qualitative Research (Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 2008-) and Etnologia Slovaca et Slavica (Bratislava, 2018-).



The institute provides an intellectually supportive and professionally enriching environment for postgraduate students. By focusing on specialized research of your own design, you will have a much greater degree of freedom to exercise your own creativity and imagination. You will also have the responsibility of exercising your own independent judgment and critical thinking, and of expressing your ideas in a distinctive scholarly voice.

All our lectures are filmed and e-learning supported. You can watch them in live stream and re-run them at home as many times as you like.

Grants & Partnerships


Graduates of our Humanities Ph.D. program are trained to communicate clearly, think critically and make reasoned choices - skills that will be in demand in just about any profession. Graduates will acquire the skills they need to pursue careers in research, governmental and non-governmental organizations, communications, and media.

  • DURATION: 6 semesters / 3 years
  • TITLE: Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities
  • LOCATION: Slovenia
  • START DATES: October

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