M.A. Biology and Ecology with Natural Conservation

University of Maribor

Application deadline: Deadline for applicants: 1st application period; August 25th, 2nd application period: September 21st; Enrollment: September 30th 2014. More at: http://www.um.si/en/Study/about/Pages/Call-for-application-into-Postgraduate-Study-Programmes-of-UM-14-15.aspx
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,323 / Year (EEA)
  • € 2,323 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • Slovenian
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The main competences of the graduates of the programme are: ability of independent solution of complex research problems in biology, ecology and nature conservation, understanding of ecosystem functioning and its biodiversity and ability of sustainable management with the natural resources and ecosystem preservation. The master programme Biology and Ecology with Nature Conservationconsists of obligatory courses and elective courses. The courses are grouped into two modules, namely module Biology and module Ecology with Nature Conservation. The student is free to choose 5 elective courses in module Biology and 5 elective courses in module Ecology and Nature Conservation.

Contents

The courses of the master programme are grouped into two modules, namely module Biology and module Ecology with Nature Conservation.

Each module consists of obligatory and elective courses. There are 5 elective courses in module Biology and 5 elective courses in module Ecology and Nature Conservation.

Obligatory courses in both modules are as follows:Methods of scientific research in biology (6 ECTS), Microbiology (5 ECTS), Biodiversity in Slovenia (8 ECTS), Citology and histology (8 ECTS), Individul research work (10 ECTS), Master Thesis (20 ECTS).

Courses in the Module Biology: Biology of plants (6 ECTS), Biology of animals (6 ECTS), Plant ecophysiology (8 ECTS), Animal ecophysiology (8 ECTS). The student is free to choose 5 elective courses (each with 7 ECTS).

Courses in the Module Ecology with Nature Conservation: Soil ecology (7 ECTS), Nature conservation legislation (5 ECTS), Conservation biology (8 ECTS), Landscape ecology (8 ECTS). The student is free to choose 5 elective courses (each with 7 ECTS).

Elective courses: Arachnology, Biochemistry of proteins and enzymes, Membrane biology, Insect biology, Ecophysiology of arthropods, Karst ecology, Ecology of hypogean habitats, Organic agriculture, Ecoremediations, Ecotoxicology, Entomology and nature conservation, Ethology, Ex situ conservation of plants, Geobotany, Forest entomology, Selected chapters of physiological plant ecology, Animal communication, Limnology, Modelling of environmental systems, Pollutants in living environment, Nature conservation within the cultural landscape, Sensory systemsTerrestrial habitats.

Requirements

Candidates who completed the following may apply for the master's (2nd-cycle) programme BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY WITH NATURE CONSERVATION:
* A bachelors (1st-cycle) programme in a relevant field: biology (4211), ecology (4221), nature conservation (8521), biodiversity (4219);
* A bachelors (1st-cycle) programme in one of the following fields: biology (4211, only educational biology), training for teachers with subject specialisation (1450, only biology), agriculture, forestry and fishery (6200), crop and livestock production (6210), forestry (6230), biology and biochemistry (4210, only microbiology and bioinformatics), biochemistry (4212), environmental protection (8500). Prior to enrolment candidates must fulfil study obligations corresponding to 20 ECTS credits under the bachelors programme, a training programme or by taking placement tests. Candidates must fulfil the following obligations: Botany (5 ECTS), Zoology (5 ECTS), Ecology (5 ECTS) and Biochemistry with Fundamentals of Microbiology and genetics (5 ECTS);
* An undergraduate programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in a relevant field: biology (4211), ecology (4221). These candidates are typically awarded 60 ECTS credits and may enrol in the second year provided they satisfy the transfer criteria laid down in the accredited degree programme;
* An undergraduate programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in one of the following fields: environmental science (4220), agriculture, forestry and fishery (6200), crop and livestock production (6210), forestry (6230), training for teachers in natural science subjects (1451, only biology), training for teachers with subject specialisation (1450, only biology). These candidates are awarded between 10 and 60 ECTS credits and may enrol in the corresponding year.

In the selection procedure, candidates for shall be ranked according to the academic performance under the bachelors programme:

* grade point average (100%).

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The study programme has been accredited by the Slovene National Agency of Quality Assurance.

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