Study programme learning outcomes

The basic aim of the study programme is to open and encourage understanding of the living world, microbial processes and organisms invisible to the human eye and essential for life on our planet. The programme offers basic natural science knowledge and specialized knowledge of microbial physiology, genetics, taxonomy, biotechnology, ecology, virology, immunology and the role of microbes in medicine. The basic aim of the study programme is to provide complete undergraduate education in the field of microbiology, which enables the graduate to use classical and modern methods in microbiology, to make independent decisions in microbiology related themes, and to successfully participate and communicate with other profiles in natural science.


Mode of study

Available enrolment slots: 50 slots for full-time study, 3 slots for Slovenes without Slovene citizenship and foreigners and 3 slots for parallel studies. 


Official duration of the study programme in credits and years

The first cycle academic study programme MICROBIOLOGY lasts 3 years (6 semesters) and has a workload of 180 ECTS. Students are required to complete 60 ECTS each year.


Name of qualification and title conferred

  • diplomirani mikrobiolog (UN) or
  • diplomirana mikrobiologinja (UN)
  • dipl. mikrobiol. (UN)

Admission requirements

Access to the academic study programme Microbiology is granted to candidates who have:

a) completed the general Matura.

b) completed the vocational Matura in the following secondary school programmes: pharmaceutical technician, chemical technician, nature conservation technician, environmental conservation technician, laboratory medicine technician, veterinary technician, food and nutrition technician, nursing, dental technician, cosmetic technician, and an examination in the Matura subject Biology, Biotechnology or Chemistry; if the candidate has completed the examination in Biology, Biotechnology or Chemistry within the vocational Matura, then he shall complete one examination in subjects from the general Matura; the chosen subject must not be a subject already completed within the vocational Matura.

c) completed a four-year secondary school programme prior to 1 June 1995.

Admission to the programme is also granted to candidates who have completed equivalent education abroad, and who enrol under the same requirements which apply for candidates who completed their education in Slovenia. Prior to enrolment in the study programme they must complete the procedure for recognition of education for the purpose of further study

In case of limited enrolment the following selection criteria apply:
a) for candidates referred to in point a):
- overall average in general Matura: 50% of total points,
- overall average in the third and fourth years of secondary school: 30% of total points,
- grade in one of the natural science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology) in the general Matura: 20% of total points.
b) for candidates referred to in point b):
- overall average in vocational Matura subjects: 20% of total points,
- overall average in the third and fourth years of secondary school: 40% of total points,
- grade in the general Matura subject: 40% of total points.
c) for candidate referred to in point c): 
- overall average in final examination subjects: 20% of total points,
- overall average in the third and fourth years of secondary school: 40% of total points,
- grade in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics in the final examination or in the final year of secondary school when such a subject was taught: 40% of total points.


Advancement requirements

Conditions for progression to a higher year:
A student may enrol in a higher year if he completes all study requirements in the amount of at 60 ECTS by the end of the academic year. The competent Studies Committee may exceptionally approve the progression to Year 2 for a student who has gained at least 48 ECTS in Year 1, and the progression to Year 3 for a student who has gained at least 36 ECTS in Year 2, if the student can provide justifiable reasons in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana. In both cases the student must have completed all tutorials from the previous year.

Conditions for repeating a year:
Students can repeat a year provided that they complete study requirements in a total amount of at least 30 ECTS and that they complete all tutorials.

During their course of study students may only once repeat a year or change their study programme owing to non-fulfilment of requirements.


Transfer between study programmes

A transfer between study programmes means termination of education in the first study programme and continuation of studies in another study programme. A transfer is possible only if the the candidates meet the requirements for enrolment in the new study programme. Tansfers between various study programmes for obtaining the same level of education is possible if at least 50% of ECTS of the first study programme can be recognised (i.e. if at least 30 ECTS can be recognised in the first year of the new study programme).

Transfers are possible from 1st cycle Bologna academic and professional study programmes or from long-cycle master’s study programmes in the fields of life sciences, agriculture, forestry, fishing and environmental protection, if the candidate meets the new programme admission requirements. In approving the transfer and determining additional requirements in the amount from 10 to 60 ECTS, the competent Studies Committee will set which courses and study requirements and to what extent will be recognised, and the year in which the student may enrol.