A doctoral (PhD) degree is the highest level of formalized education in Croatia. Doctoral education at Faculty of Maritime Studies Rijeka is structured through a PhD programme that is unique in Croatia and wider surroundings. A PhD degree awarded from University of Rijeka, Faculty of Maritime Studies Rijeka qualifies candidate to a range of positions both in the private and public sector.

PhD education at Faculty of Maritime Studies Rijeka is structured through a three-year full-time study or six-year part-time study. The programme consists of a total of 180 ECTS points where 36 ECTS is gained through coursework. There are seven modules to choose from and every one offers several courses:

- Nautical sciences,
- Marine engineering,
- Electronics and maritime communications,
- Logistics and management in maritime industry,
- Port systems and traffic,
- Sea environment protection,
- Naval systems.

The rest of the ECTS points are gained through independent research activities resulting in a finished PhD thesis. This part assumes working under active mentoring of an experienced professor on a research project funded by national or international funds.

PhD candidates are expected to publish papers in the international peer-reviewed scientific journals and contribute to international conferences. Completing part of your PhD programme abroad is possible and warmly stimulated.

Admission to PhD education at Faculty of Maritime Studies Rijeka is possible for international students coming from abroad after passing admission interview and fulfilling administrative requirements. Available PhD positions are announced usually once in a year on the web page of Faculty of Maritime Studies Rijeka. For more information, please contact Head of the PhD education: David Brčić at

APPLICATION for enrolment in the postgraduate university study Maritime Affairs in the academic year 2019/2020

PhD Rulebook on postgraduate university study Maritime studies

PhD Programme Maritime Affairs at University of Rijeka Faculty of Maritime Studies