DS – Sustainable Development and the Environment

Doctoral Studies

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Doctor of science – Environmental protection science

The primary goal of the Doctoral studies in Sustainable development and the environment is preparation of future researchers for the new society, based on the concept of sustainability, which includes synchronizing economic growth and development with interests of the environment. The most important goals of the study program are to stimulate and affirm complex learning and specializing through applied researches, qualified, critical and self-critical thinking and approach for solving problems of environmental protection. Program is based on the high-tech scientific achievements, on synergy in acquiring knowledge primarily in natural but also in social sciences. This concept of the doctoral studies is based as highly professional experience which is acquired primarily through scientific-research projects. In this way, competent and modernly educated scientists are formed, capable of efficient and creative work in the environment field in the four most important applicative aspects of research:

  • application of ecoremediation methods for renaturalization of degraded areas, application of green technologies and by that improvement of life quality;
  • application of the sustainable development strategies on the local and regional level and in protected areas;
  • application of the concept of ecological, economic and energy sustainability and coordination with economic development;
  • protection, preservation and improvement of genetic and biologic resources with a special accent on ecologic-economic aspects of valorization and evaluation of natural resources;

The goals of the study program of the Doctoral studies in Sustainable development and the environment are coordinated with modern trends in terms of basic research results from the field of the environment on national, regional and global level in function of sustainable development. One of the most important goals of this study program is to improve education and specialization of scientists, not only in their own fields, but in the capability to identify, lead and incorporate environmental experiments in research and development projects, to secure good base in natural ecosystems, ecology and natural resources management. The goal is to develop scientific profiles that are able to work in interdisciplinary programs of environmental protection and sustainable development, including the applied and social science fields.

By going through the study program, a student acquires subject-specific competence for comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the process of ecoremediation, protection, preservation and improvement of natural resources from the sustainable development aspect, capability of solving problems with the application of modern scientific methods and approaches, connection of basic knowledge from different areas and their application, capability of following modern achievements in science and profession.

As specialized and competent experts from the environmental protection field students are becoming capable to apply acquired knowledge and skills in an adequate manner in jobs that they intend to do, and primarily in research work, academic community, socially responsible corporations and industry, local governments, government authorities in managing design, development and application of the programs and projects from the environmental protection and sustainable development fields.

The study program of the Doctoral studies in Sustainable development and the environment in duration of three years includes the total of 6 subjects of which there are 2 compulsory on the first year and 4 optional (2 in the first year and 2 in the second year of studies) that are chosen from 17 offered subjects, and then the Research scientific work that is purely study research work in function of preparation for creation of doctoral thesis. A student starts scientific research work in the third semester and it lasts until the sixth semester, but student is only working on study research work on the third year. The subject of the research work is defined within the scientific-research projects that are realized in the facility. In the table 5.2 there are examples of the subjects from the list of offered optional subjects.
By introducing compulsory subjects as Methodology of science-research work and Analysis and interpretations of experimental results on the first year of studies, students will learn academic and practical skills necessary for planning, execution, interpretation, processing, analysis and presentation of the results of science-research work, which will be useful experience in the further science-research work.

Active classes include lectures and study research work through which a student is learning to approach doctoral thesis creation. Doctoral thesis is worth 20 ECTS points. A student can choose any subject from the list of subjects if it contributes to their education towards acquiring academic title and conditions for doing job that they have chosen.
Due to this, in the beginning of the doctoral studies, each student receives one of the teachers that is involved in execution of the study program as a counselor, to guide a student and help them to choose subjects. Counselor doesn’t necessarily need to be student’s mentor in the process of writing doctoral thesis. Average number of classes is 40 classes a week during 3 years of studies.

In the terms of the study program, the Doctoral  studies in Sustainable development and the environment are complete, comprehensive and unified with the master  studies on the Faculty of applied ecology “Futura” as well as structurally compatible with the similar study programs of foreign higher education facilities from the European education area:
1. PhD Programme in Sustainable Development – UCD, Dublin, Ireland
http://www.ucd.ie/phdsust/index.html
2. Environmental Sciences And Policy Ph.D. Program – CEU, Budapest, Hungary
http://envsci.ceu.hu/phd
3. PhD Program in Climate Changes and Sustainable Development Policy – Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal https://fenix.ist.utl.pt/cursos/deaacpds/curricular-plan

The study program is harmonized with European standards in terms of student admission, study duration, conditions for enrolling in the following year of studies (presented minimal number of ECTS points), graduating, as well as the manner of studying (creation of flexible profile through the choice from the long list of optional subjects). Finally, this study program of doctoral studies is formally in accordance with set accreditation standards.

Realization of the Doctoral  studies in Sustainable development and the environment includes 10 teacher in total, of which there are 3 full professors, 2 associate professors, 3 docents, 1 assistant research professor and 1 professor emeritus. For execution of the study program of the Doctoral studies in Sustainable development and the environment, the Faculty provides necessary space of 900 m2 at the address 83 Pozeska Street, Belgrade, i.e. 2.74 m2 per student.

Quality control process is formed from constant monitoring of teaching quality, doctoral thesis quality and the quality of resources needed for successful execution of doctoral studies. Quality of the study program is controlled based on competence of teachers, students’ involvement in the science-research projects, quality of available resources (modernity of equipment, modernity of available literature in libraries and bases), number of science-research projects and publications realized within doctoral studies.

The doctoral education on the Faculty of applied ecology Futura will create experts that will be capable of accepting norms of sustainable development and develop skills for professional work in the fields that are focus on sustainable development as well as acquire skills for application of norms of sustainable development in everyday work in other fields. Ultimate goal of the doctoral studies is to create research potential that will be capable to cope with the challenges of global changes and start collaborative researches.
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The Study Programme structure

Doctoral Academic Studies in Sustainable Development and the Environment

 

Classes of active teaching

ECTS

 

ID*

Subject

S

Subject status

Lectures

SRW

FIRST YEAR

 

6DRMNR

Compulsory subject:
Methodology of scientific research

I

CS

5

5

15

 

 

6DRAEP

Compulsory subject:
Analysis and interpretation of experimental results

I

CS

5

5

15

 

Example
6DRORZ

Optional subject 1
Sustainable Development

II

OS

5

5

15

 

Example
6DREZS

Optional subject 2
Environmental Economics

II

OS

5

5

15

Total number of active teaching classes in a study year = 40

SECOND YEAR

 

Example
6DRLZP

Optional subject 3
Sustainable Development in local communities and protected areas

III

OS

5

5

15

 

6DRIRD

Scientific research work **

III

CS

0

10

15

 

Example
6DREPS

Optional subject 4
Experimental testing of environmental processes

IV

OS

5

5

15

 

6DRIRD

Scientific research work **

IV

CS

0

10

15

Total number of active teaching classes in a study year = 40

THIRD YEAR

 

6DRIRD

Scientific research work **

V

CS

0

20

20

 

6DRIRD

Scientific research work **

VI

CS

0

20

20

Total number of active teaching classes = 40

 
 

6DRIDD

Doctoral dissertation development

20

Note: *  Subject ID is located in the table of optional subjects

** Enabling students for creation of doctoral dissertation (10+10+20+20)*15=900 classes