Study programme learning outcomes

The basic aim of the study programme is to train an expert who can independently perform technical work related to research in biology, microbiology and ecology, and is besides this able to understand the results of research in biomedicine, pharmacy, biotechnology and other fields requiring cytological, biochemical, molecular genetic or microbiological knowledge. In the continuation of the study, the graduate can be directly involved in all programmes in the field of biology and science and educational programs for biology teachers.

Mode of study

Available enrolment slots: 70 slots for full-time study, 2 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 BIOLOGY 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 biolog (UN) or
  • diplomirana biologinja (UN)
  • dipl. biol. (UN)

Admission requirements

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

a) completed the general Matura,

b) completed the vocational Matura in the following secondary school programmes: pharmaceutical technician, forestry technician, chemical technician, conservation technician, environmental technician, biomedical laboratory technician, veterinary technician, nursing technician, and an examination in the general Matura subject Biology; if the candidate has completed the examination in Biology already within the vocational Matura, then he shall complete an examination in the general Matura subjects Chemistry, Physics or Biotechnology; 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: 20% of total points,
- grade in one of the natural science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology) in the general Matura: 30% of total points.
b) for candidates referred to in point b):
- overall average in vocational Matura subjects: 30% of total points,
- overall average in the third and fourth years of secondary school: 30% of total points,
- grade in one of the general Matura subjects: 40% of total points.
c) for candidates 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 Year 2 if he completes study requirements of Year 1 in the amount of at least 55 ECTS by the end of the academic year. All courses are required, except for Selected Chapters in Mathematics or Physics or an elective subject.

A student may enrol in Year 3 if he completes all study requirements of Year 1 (60 ECTS) and all study requirements of Year 2, except for Field Work in Botany and Zoology, in the amount of at least 56 ECTS; a total of at least 116 ECTS. 

The competent Studies Committee may exceptionally approve the progression to a higher year for a student who has gained at least 30 ECTS in the previous year, if the student can provide justifiable reasons in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana.

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.

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).

A student from a first cycle academic or professional study programme or from a long-cycle master’s study programme related to the fields of live nature, agriculture, forestry, fishing and environmental protection may be allowed to transfer to the same or higher year of the study programme Biology if he meets the new programme admission requirements, including the requirements he has already met in the previous programme. In approving the transfer and determining additional requirements, 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. The competent Studies Committee may set additional requirements in the amount from 10 to 60 ECTS, which the student shall pass for a successfull completion of the new study programme.