Waste Management Curriculum Structure

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 waste 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 waste management provides students with high-level specialized qualification for practical work in the field of technical and technological sciences, industrial engineering and engineering management.

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.

Based on the curriculum designed in this way, a student is capable of doing a study-research work, which is the part of the curriculum aimed at elaborating the doctoral dissertation objective and thesis. After defending the study-research paper and after the paper has been publicly accepted, a student can prepare and defend doctoral dissertation, which is the most important part of the studies curriculum.

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

Waste Management – doctoral studies curriculum

The curriculum covers three years of studies and provides students with 180 ECTS credits.

The objective of doctoral studies is to develop students’ knowledge and beliefs connected to Waste Management in which operational and strategic dimensions are integrated and which unify knowledge and competences. Because of that, students should possess developed competence and skill for using research and scientific methods and techniques, which will enable them to take into account coherence and coordination of all company activities with the aim of accomplishing common business goal with special accent on waste management as the integral part of sustainable development.

The aim of studies curriculum is to develop process thinking that gives a good base for understanding the idea of industrial waste, i.e. the idea of systematic and engineered approach to its management. Students will understand that companies are a part of the social, economic and cultural reality of existence and that the way of waste disposal, establishing of transversal relations, integrations, interrelational and horizontal strategies connected to waste disposal are highly important. Having acquired such knowledge, students will understand and believe that waste management can be based only on innovative solutions, and the basis of those solutions is in knowledge. In this way, our studies curriculum forms professionals who will contribute continually to the creation of new knowledge.


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
Waste Management I C 4 2 7
Study – research paper 1 I C 0 5 4
Waste Recycling 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. Hours SRP ECTS
1. Geographic information systems and waste management

2. Selected chapters from waste management and clustering

I E 4 2 15
1. Modeling of the waste storage system

2. Sustainable development

II E 4 2 15
1. Nanotechnology and recycling

2. Medical and biological waste

III  E  5 2  15
1. Selected chapters from waste reduction in production processes

2. Nanotechnology and waste

III  I  5 2  15