Biology and Ecology with Nature Conservation (Single Major)

University of Maribor

24 months
3500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The 2nd-cycle study programme in Biology and Ecology with Nature Conservation leads to "magisterij" (master's degree). It is implemented by the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Graduates are qualified for profound analysis of complex environmental systems.


The main educational and professional goals of the programme 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.


Year 1: 1st Semester

  • Methods of Scientific Research in Biology (12)
  • Biology of Plants (6)
  • Biology of Animals (6)
  • Microbiology (6)

Year 1: 2nd Semester

  • Landscape Ecology (6)
  • Conservation Biology (6)
  • Cytology and Histology (6)
  • Elective course 1 (6)
  • Elective course 2 (6)

Year 2: 3rd Semester

  • Selected Courses in Biodiversity (6)
  • Plant Ecophysiology (6)
  • Animal Ecophysiology (6)
  • Elective course 3 (6)
  • Elective course 4 (6)

Year 2: 4th Semester

  • Master’s Seminar (6)
  • Master’s Thesis (24)


  • Bioindication and Biomonitoring (6)
  • Biology of Insects (6)
  • Ecophysiology of Arthropods (6)
  • Karst Ecology (6)
  • Plant Ecology of Costal Marine Habitats (6)
  • Soil Ecology (6)
  • Organic Agriculture (6)
  • Ecotoxicology (6)
  • Entomology and Nature Conservation (6)
  • Behavioural Ecology (6)
  • Ex Situ Plant Conservation (6)
  • Forest Entomology (6)
  • Selected Chapters of Physiological Plant Ecology (6)
  • Selected Courses in Microbiology and Immunology (6)
  • Animal Communication (6)
  • Modelling of Environmental Systems (6)
  • Advanced Methods in Physiology (6)
  • Nature Conservation Legislation (6)
  • Pollutants in Living Environment (6)
  • Environmental Science (6)
  • Ornithology (6)
  • Project Work in Biology and Ecology (6)
  • Sensory Systems (6)
  • Vegetation Ecology (6)
  • Environmental Risk Assessment and Environmental Intoxications (6)

Programme Structure

Detailed programme structure is available under "Overview".

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Candidates apply in 2 application periods.However, in the 2nd, they may apply only for programmes still having vacancies that the faculty decides to fill.


Slovenian, Partially taught in English


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Please find detailed admission requirements at the following link: (page 2).


The Call for Application into Postgraduate Study Programmes of the University of Maribor for the 2020/2021 Academic Year is available at 

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

Tuition also applies to all Slovene/EU students who have already obtained an education corresponding to master’s degree.


Full-time students from Slovenia and other EU countries, and full-time students from non-EU countries who are granted international protection, applicants for international protection and persons from countries with which Slovenia has concluded bilateral agreement (i.e. North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, B&H, and Serbia) pay NO TUITION FEE (except the part for studying in English, if applicable) if they have not already obtained an education corresponding to master's degree.

You may find scholarship opportunities offered by the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the RS at the following website:

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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