M.A. Biology and Ecology with Natural Conservation

University of Maribor | Maribor , Slovenia
The graduates of the master programme Biology and Ecology with Nature Conservation are qualified for profound analysis of complex environmental systems. The goals are to educate students in the following fields: knowledge and understanding of biotic systems, management planning of protected and ecologically important areas, endangerment assessment and evaluation of biodiversity within a selected area.



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 Conservation consists of obligatory courses and elective courses.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1st application period: from 1 June 2015 to 24 August 2015 at the latest. 2nd application period (if vacant places are not filled): from 17 September 2015 to 21 September 2015 at the latest.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 2323 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2323 Year (EEA)

The tuition fee for study programmes of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and mathematics varies from 2.323 up to 3.551,80 € for the year of study and depends on each study programme.

The amount of the tuition fee is set by the relevant educational institution and is the same as the tuition fee for part-time programmes for Slovene citizens. The tuition for the current academic year must be paid upon enrolment.

The list of tuition fees is available at: www.um.si/studij/financiranje/Strani/default.aspx

Foreign citizens residing in the Republic of Slovenia who are taxable persons in the RS (or their parents/guardians), EU citizens and citizens of countries with which the RS has concluded bilateral agreements are exempted from paying the tuition fee for full-time postgraduate programmes.

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The master programme consists of obligatory and elective courses.
Obligatory courses in the programme are as follows:
  • Methods of scientific research in biology (12 ECTS),
  • Biology of plants (6 ECTS),
  • Biology of animals (6 ECTS),
  • Microbiology (6 ECTS),
  • Landscape ecology (6 ECTS),
  • Conservation biology (6 ECTS),
  • Citology and histology (6 ECTS),
  • Selected courses in biodiversity (6 ECTS),
  • Plant ecophysiology (6 ECTS),
  • Animal ecophysiology (6 ECTS),
  • Master of sience seminnaire (6 ECTS),
  • Master Thesis (24 ECTS).
The student is free to choose 4 elective courses (each with 6 ECTS).
Elective courses in the programme are as follows:
  • Insect biology,
  • Bioindication and biomonitoring,
  • Ecophysiology of arthropods,
  • Karst ecology,
  • Plant ecology of coastal marine habitats,
  • Soil ecology,
  • Organic agriculture,
  • Ecotoxicology,
  • Entomology and nature conservation,
  • Ethology,
  • Ex situ conservation of plants,
  • Forest entomology,
  • Selected chapters of physiological plant ecology,
  • Selected courses in microbiology and immunology,
  • Animal communication,
  • Modelling of environmental systems,
  • Nature conservation legislation,
  • Pollutants in living environment,
  • Environmental science,
  • Ornithology,
  • Project work in biology and ecology,
  • Sensory systems,
  • Vegetation ecology.

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Candidates who completed the following may apply for the master's (2nd-cycle) programme BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY WITH NATURE CONSERVATION:
  • A bachelor’s (1st-cycle) programme in a relevant field: biology (4211), ecology (4221), nature conservation (8521), biodiversity (4219);
  • A bachelor’s (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 bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s programme:

  • grade point average (100%).

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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

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