Biology and Ecology with Natural Conservation, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Slovenian, English
University rank #601 (WUR) ,
The graduates of the master programme Biology and Ecology with Nature Conservation are qualified for profound analysis of complex environmental systems.


The main educational and professional goals are to educate students in the following fields: knowledge and understanding of biotic systems, management planning of protected and ecologically important areas, endangerment assesment, evaluation of biodiversity within a selected area and health care. All the fields are in accordance with the current employment needs and the envisioned future needs of experts. The graduates of the postgraduate study are able to perform their work with the support of up-to-date communicational, informational and computer systems.

The main general competences achieved by the graduates at the postgraduate level are:

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of biotic systems
  • Ability of synthesizing knowledge of natural sciences
  • Ability of transferring scientific and professional findings into practice
  • Ability of independent solution of complex research problems in biology, ecology and nature conservation
  • Skills for searching new interdisciplinary sources of knowledge in overlapping professional and scientific areas in natural sciences, technical sciences, as well as social and humanistic sciences
  • Scientific and professional criticism, responsibility, initiativeness and independence within profound researches, professional work and organisation within the fields of biology, ecology and nature conservation
  • Understanding of ecosystem functioning
  • Ability of sustainable management with the natural resources and ecosystem preservation, and sustainable management in semi-natural ecosystems

The main specific competences achieved by the graduates at the postgraduate level are:

  • Ability of applying special findings from the fields of biology, ecology and nature conservation into practice
  • Skills for profound analysis of the conditions of complex environmental systems
  • Knowledge of special methods and techniques of scientific research in biology, ecology and nature conservation
  • Knowledge of relations of organismic and environmental systems with the other systems in nature and in the society
  • Ability of using knowledge and practical skills in evaluation of biodiversity within a selected area
  • Ability of independent solution, or interdisciplinary co-operation in solution of complex problems concerning environmental endangerment
  • Ability of transferring special theoretical and practical knowledge in the study of plant pests, and in other pests control
  • Ability of synthesizing knowledge of natural sciences, which enable detailed environmental impact assessment
  • Ability of producing ecoremediation programmes, and management planning of protected areas, and ecologically important areas, in accordance with the knowledge of natural sciences
  • Ability of independent and competent management of projects from the fields of biology, ecology and nature conservation
  • Organisation and coordination of laboratory and field work, and assurance of safe work considering the safety at work legislature
  • Knowledge of modern scientific research methods in managing healthy working and living environments
  • Knowledge and implementation of legislation concerning care and maintenance of healthy working and living environments


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

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Methods of scientific research in biology ,
  • Biology of plants ,
  • Biology of animals ,
  • Microbiology ,
  • Landscape ecology ,
  • Conservation biology ,
  • Citology and histology ,
  • Selected courses in biodiversity ,
  • Plant ecophysiology ,
  • Animal ecophysiology ,
  • Master of sience seminnaire ,
  • 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    If positions are not filled in the first application period candidates will be able to apply in the 2nd round by 15 September at the latest.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Slovenian
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor’s (1st-cycle) programme in a relevant field
  • In order to be admitted to a postgraduate programme in a field different from the one in which they graduated, candidates must fulfil additional study obligations (qualifying exams). These obligations, corresponding to between 10 and 60 ECTS credits, will be determined on the basis of differences between the candidates’ field of expertise and previous study programme. Candidates must pass these exams prior to enrolment.

Tuition Fee

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    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Maribor

  • 480 - 700 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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