The Curriculum for Engineering and Management of Strategic Security Systems

PhD studies have at least 180 ECTS credits, with the previous total of at least 300 ECTS credits during the undergraduate and graduate academic studies, or 360 ECTS credits in the integrated academic studies of Medical Sciences. Doctoral dissertation is the final part of the doctoral studies curriculum, except for the PhD in Arts which is the part of the Art studies curriculum.

The outcome of the learning process

Diploma – Scientific name: Students are awarded the title Doctor of Science – Industrial Engineering / Engineering Management

Enrolment conditions for the studies curriculum: Only those students who achieved 300 or 360 ECTS credits during their previous academic studies can enrol doctoral studies. The studies provide students with certain number of ECTS credits, and the doctoral dissertation is credited with 30 ECTS points. There is the possibility of choosing elective courses.

The curriculum is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge, skills and competences not only in engineering and management but also in the systems and engineering management, which qualify them as security management experts.

The subjects included in the PhD studies curriculum offer scientific knowledge necessary for independent research work. In addition, knowledge in the field of security management provides students with highly specialized qualifications for practical work in the field of security management and in designing and management of sophisticated strategic security mechanisms.

The main characteristic of this curriculum is that management is considered a technical science since the students, after graduation, are not only able to manage the existing security strategies, but are also able to design new ones.

The curriculum structure

Doctoral studies curriculum consists of three compulsory subjects, four elective courses (students choose four out of eight offered courses). Besides, the curriculum includes two study research papers, one study research project and one scientific research project.

The program of doctoral studies includes 3 compulsory courses, 4 elective courses (out of 8 offered students choose 4 courses). In addition, the curriculum includes 2 study research papers, 1 study research project and 1 scientific research project.

The curriculum is designed in such a way so that the student is able to reach internationally recognized research work, beyond keeping the traditional lecture format so that students are able to conduct their own research and advance their field of studies. After presenting their research paper with its results at an internationally accepted and acclaimed conference, a student is able to prepare and defend a doctoral dissertation – the most important part of the curriculum.

The method of studies: The studies are performed in the standardized way in both Serbian and English.


The First Year

Course name Sem. Status Hours SRP ECTS
Research methods of engineering management I C 4 2 4
Elective course 1 I E 4 2 15
Security Management I C 4 2 7
Study – research paper 1 I C 0 5 4
Strategic Defense II C 4 2 6
Elective course 2 II E 4 2 6
Study – research paper 2 II C 0 8 9
Total number of hours of active lectures for a year:
20L + 23SRP = 43;
43 x 15 = 645
645 60

The Second Year

Course name Sem. Status Hours SRP ECTS
Elective course 3 III E 5 2 15
Elective course 4 III E 5 2 15
Study – research project III C 0 15 15
Scientific – research project IV C 0 15 15
Total number of hours of active lectures for a year:
10L + 34SRP = 44;
44 x 15 = 660
660 60

The Third year

Course name Sem. Status Hours SRP ECTS
Study – research paper on the doctoral dissertation V C 0 20 30
Development and defense of doctoral dissertation VI C 0 20 30
Total number of hours of active lectures in a study year:
40 SRP;
40 x 15 = 600
600 60

The elective courses

Course name Sem. Stat. Čas. APR ESPB
1. Geographic information systems in security studies

2. Selected chapters from security studies

I E 4 2 15
1. Modeling of security systems

2. Sustainable development 1

II E 4 2 15
1. Corporate security

2. International relations

III  E  5 2  15
1. Selected chapters from security engineering

2. Sustainable development 2

III  I  5 2  15