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Qualification: Master's degree in biology and ecology with nature conservation (no legal status)

Master's degree in biology and ecology with nature conservation (no legal status)

Qualification Information

(general competences)

  • show critical and analytical judgement,
  • demonstrate mastery of research methods, procedures and processes,
  • analyse, synthesise and anticipate solutions and consequences,
  • apply knowledge in practice,
  • demonstrate independence in professional work,
  • develop communication skills and abilities in the national and international environment,
  • demonstrate ethical thinking and a commitment to professional ethics,
  • work in a team and demonstrate cooperativeness,

(subject-specific competences)

  • solve specific work problems through the application of scientific methods and procedures,
  • demonstrate coherent mastery of basic knowledge of biotic systems, integrate knowledge from various fields and apply it,
  • place new information and interpretations in the context of the fundamental discipline,
  • demonstrate understanding of the general structure of biology, ecology and nature conservation and the links between their subdisciplines,
  • understand and apply critical analysis methods and development of theories, and apply them in solving specific work problems,
  • sustainably manage natural resources and conserve ecosystems and sustainably manage close-to-nature ecosystems,
  • develop skills and expertise in the application of knowledge in the professional field of biology, ecology and nature conservation,
  • use information and communication technologies and systems in the professional field of biology, ecology and nature conservation.

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Third-cycle doctoral study programmes (SQF level 10)

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Examination performance is graded as follows: 10 (excellent); 9 (very good: above-average knowledge but with some mistakes); 8 (very good: solid results); 7 (good); 6 (adequate: knowledge satisfies minimum criteria); 5–1 (inadequate). In order to pass an examination, a candidate must achieve a grade between adequate (6) and excellent (10).

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In order to complete the programme, students must complete all course units prescribed by the study programme.

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University of Maribor, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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  • A completed first-cycle study programme in a relevant field (biology, ecology, nature conservation, veterinary science, agriculture, forestry) or a study programme in the field of medicine; or
  • a completed first-cycle study programme in another natural science discipline, if prior to enrolment the candidate has completed course units essential for further study, totalling 30 ECTS credits and consisting of examinations in the following subjects: Botany I (5 ECTS credits), Botany II (5 ECTS credits), Zoology I (5 ECTS credits), Zoology II (5 ECTS credits), Plant Ecology (5 ECTS credits) and Animal Ecology (5 ECTS credits); or
  • a completed professional higher education programme, adopted before 11 June 2004, in a relevant field: biology, ecology, nature conservation, veterinary science, agriculture or forestry; or
  • a completed professional higher education programme, adopted before 11 June 2004, in another natural science discipline, if prior to enrolment the candidate has completed course units essential for further study, totalling 30 ECTS credits and consisting of examinations in the following subjects: Botany I (5 ECTS credits), Botany II (5 ECTS credits), Zoology I (5 ECTS credits), Zoology II (5 ECTS credits), Plant Ecology (5 ECTS credits) and Animal Ecology (5 ECTS credits).
NQF Level: 
8
Access requirements: 
  • A completed first-cycle study programme in a relevant field (biology, ecology, nature conservation, veterinary science, agriculture, forestry) or a study programme in the field of medicine; or
  • a completed first-cycle study programme in another natural science discipline, if prior to enrolment the candidate has completed course units essential for further study, totalling 30 ECTS credits and consisting of examinations in the following subjects: Botany I (5 ECTS credits), Botany II (5 ECTS credits), Zoology I (5 ECTS credits), Zoology II (5 ECTS credits), Plant Ecology (5 ECTS credits) and Animal Ecology (5 ECTS credits); or
  • a completed professional higher education programme, adopted before 11 June 2004, in a relevant field: biology, ecology, nature conservation, veterinary science, agriculture or forestry; or
  • a completed professional higher education programme, adopted before 11 June 2004, in another natural science discipline, if prior to enrolment the candidate has completed course units essential for further study, totalling 30 ECTS credits and consisting of examinations in the following subjects: Botany I (5 ECTS credits), Botany II (5 ECTS credits), Zoology I (5 ECTS credits), Zoology II (5 ECTS credits), Plant Ecology (5 ECTS credits) and Animal Ecology (5 ECTS credits).
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In order to complete the programme, students must complete all course units prescribed by the study programme.