Study programme learning outcomes

The basic aim of the study programme is to educate the graduate with fundamental knowledge of ecological science, which is the basis for recognising the role of organisms on various levels of an ecosystem, for understanding processes and recognising changes in nature and in our immediate environment. Within the framework of the program, the graduate gets acquainted with different environments, organisms as carriers of energy flow and the circulation of matter, and with the laws that have developed there. He learns about abiotic and biotic factors (including human influence), which the appearance or disappearance of species and populations depends on, and sets the limits of their spread. He also learns about the possibilities of preventing and mitigating changes in natural systems. The programme provides critical knowledge needed to achieve the objectives of international conventions on nature protection.


Mode of study

The program predicts 35 enrollment slots for full-time study, 2 slots for Slovenes without Slovene citizenship and foreigners and 2 slots for parallel studies. 


Official duration of the study programme in credits and years

The second cycle master's study programme ECOLOGY AND BIODIVERSITY lasts 2 years (4 semesters) and has a workload of 120 ECTS. Students are required to complete 60 ECTS each year.


Name of qualification and title conferred

  • magister ekologije in biodiverzitete or
  • magistrica ekologije in biodiverzitete
  • mag. ekol. biod.

Admission requirements

Access to the master's study programme Ecology and Biodiversity is granted to candidates who completed one of the following study programmes:

a) a first cycle Bologna study programme in the field of biology, worth at least 180 ECTS, or a comparable study programme in the field od biology.

b) a first cycle Bologna study programme in other professional fields, worth at least 180 ECTS, provided that the candidates complete other study requirements needed for further study (i.e. courses of the first cycle study programme Biology). These requirements are set for each student individually by the competent Studies Committee and comprise from 10 to 60 ECTS. The requirements are determined in relation to the difference in the professional field and have to be completed prior to enrolment in the master’s study programme. a) graduates of comparable study programmes in the field of life sciences shall take courses from the group of compulsory professional courses; b) graduates of study programme with a comparable extent of core courses shall take courses from the group of compulsory professional courses; c) graduates of all other fields of study who do not have a comparable extent of core and professional courses shall obtain additional requirements from the group of compulsory core courses and compulsory professional courses.

c) a pre-Bologna or Bologna professional study programme in the field of biology, worth at least 180 ECTS.

d) a pre-Bologna or Bologna professional study programme in other professional fields. The candidates have to complete other study requirements needed for further study (i.e. courses of the first cycle study programme Biology). These requirements are set for each student individually by thecompetent Studies Committee and comprise from 10 to 60 ECTS. The requirements are determined in relation to the difference in the professional field. Candidates can complete these study requirements during their first cycle studies or by passing exams prior to enrolment in the master’s study programme: a) graduates of comparable study programmes in the field of life sciences shall take courses from the group of compulsory professional courses, b) graduates of study programme with a comparable extent of core courses shall take courses from the group of compulsory professional courses, c) graduates of all other fields of study who do not have a comparable extent of core and professional courses shall obtain additional requirements from the group of compulsory core courses and compulsory professional courses.

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) candidates referred to in point a) are selected on the basis of the average grade for exams during first level studies.
b) candidates referred to in point b) are selected on the basis of: 
- the average grade for exams during first level studies (50%),
- exams that are a condition for enrolment (50%).
c) candidates referred to in point c) are selected on the basis of: the average grade for exams during undergraduate studies.
d) candidates referred to in point d) are selected on the basis of: 
- the average grade for exams during undergraduate studies (50%),
- exams that are a condition for enrolment (50%). 


Advancement requirements

Conditions for progression to Year 2:
A student may enrol in Year 2 if he completes 60 ECTS from study obligations of Year 1 by the end of the academic year. The competent Studies Committee may exceptionally approve the progression from Year 1 to Year 2 for a student who does not meet the requirement, 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).

Transfers are possible:
a) for candidates from second cycle Bologna master's study programmes:
- in professional fields of the Biotechnical faculty UL or from comparable professional fields of other faculties. The candidates shall meet the requirements for enrolment. The requirements for completion of the study programme and the year in which the student is allowed to enrol are set for each student individually by the competent Studies Committee.
- in other professional fields and of other faculties. The candidates shall meet the requirements for enrolment. The requirements for completion of the study programme and the year in which the student is allowed to enrol are set for each student individually by the competent Studies Committee.

b) for graduates of pre-Bologna study programmes:
- from the academic study programme Biology: if candidates meet the requirements for enrolment, they are enrolled in Year 2. In order to complete the study programme, they shall successfully defend a master thesis.
- from academic study programmes in other fields: if candidates meet the requirements for enrolment, they are enrolled in Year 2. The requirements for completion of the study programme to the extent of 60 ECTS (including a successful defence of a master thesis) are set for each student individually by the competent Studies Committee.