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Applied Kinesiology

Study programme 1st cycle

In today’s society, which is seriously threatened by the dangers of an inactive lifestyle and problems resulting from it such as movement inefficiency, poor health and low quality of life, kinesiology as the science of body movements is becoming an increasingly important scientific discipline. Being practically orientated, the study programme in Applied Kinesiology is a novelty in the Slovene higher education area. Its graduates will acquire important competences that will enable them to understand the functioning of human organism in interaction with its immediate environment (work place, school, sports facilities, environments related to spare time, health, tourism …). They will possess knowledge necessary for the recognition of consequences of such interaction and for the preparation of measures for improving the efficiency and quality of individual’s life, and will be qualified to carry out preventive actions, to conceive and deliver programmes related to exercise/sports activities and to promote active lifestyle as an important factor of the quality of life.

Based on a modern, interdisciplinary approach, the study programme in Applied Kinesiology offers a wide variety of subjects. The curriculum includes courses in natural sciences, medicine, social sciences and humanities, which offers the students a wide spectrum of knowledge and provides them with an excellent basis for continuing their studies at postgraduate level (i.e. in the 2nd or 3rd cycle study programme in Applied Kinesiology).

Never before was man so inefficient at and incapable of taking exercise. Modern lifestyle makes us ignore one of our basic needs – concern for health. Today’s society witnesses an increasing need to improve man’s efficiency and working ability in various environments and to recover and maintain health. Experts who will be able to help people out of such predicaments are on the verge of a golden age – the golden age of kinesiology.

PROFESSIONAL TITLE Diplomirani kineziolog (UN) / Diplomirana kineziologinja (UN) - (dipl. kin.)

Study programme general data

3 years

+ Thesis (180 ECTS)

lenght of study programme

Practical training

in the working environment


Sports activities

in Healthcare, Turism, Sports



To enrol in the 1st year of the study programme in Applied Kinesiology, one needs to:
a) Have passed the general upper secondary school-leaving external examination (i.e. the matura [term used hereafter]); or
b) Have passed the vocational matura and the examination in the matura subject of Mathematics or Biology or Chemistry or Physics. If the candidate has already fulfilled the course requirements for this subject within the vocational matura, a pass is required in any matura subject; or
c) Have completed any four-year secondary-school program prior to 1 June 1995.

If enrolment is to be restricted, the candidates will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
For candidates under a):

1. Overall achievement in the matura (70%),
2. Overall achievement in the 3rd and 4th years (30%);

For candidates under b):

1. Overall achievement in the vocational matura (40%),
2. Overall achievement in the 3rd and 4th years (30%);
3. Grade in the matura subject (30%);

For candidates under c):

1. Overall achievement in the final examination (70%),
2. Overall achievement in the 3rd and 4th years (30%).

Admission Requirements in Accordance with the Transfer Criteria: The Slovene higher education legislation allows students to transfer from their selected undergraduate study programme to a similar one conducted by the same or another higher education institution. Students of the following higher institutions may transfer to the programme in Applied Kinesiology: UL Faculty of Sport, UP Faculty of Tourism, UP College of Health Care, UL/UM/UP Faculty of Education, UL/UM Faculty of Medicine and other similar study programmes. Candidates considering transfer should pass bridge exam(s) determined by the UP FAMNIT Academic Affairs Commission on the basis of their individual transfer application.



W - winter semester
S - summer semester

Requirements for progression to the next year

Advancement Requirements: To enroll in the next year of study, the student must gain a minimum of 48 credit points from the courses prescribed by the curriculum and fulfill all obligations prescribed for the previous year of study.

A student may be exceptionally admitted to the next year of study even if s/he fails to meet the progression criteria, but has justifiable reasons for doing so, such as: maternity, long illness, extraordinary family and social conditions, special need status, active participation in top-level professional, cultural and sports events, active participation in university bodies, etc. In such cases, individual applications are processed by a special UP FAMNIT Study Committee.

Repeating a Year: In accordance with provisions of the Slovene Higher Education Act, the student who fails to meet the progression criteria stipulated by the study programme has the right to repeat one year in the course of his/her study.

The student who enrolls in the next year or repeats a year maintains his/her student status and, consequently, the rights and benefits stipulated by the Act and by the Statute of the University of Primorska. Both the Act and the Statute enable the student to apply for student status extension for a maximum of one year.

Requirements for the Completion of Studies: The total number of credit points required to complete the undergraduate study programme in Applied Kinesiology is 180. The credit points are awarded upon the completion of all obligations defined in the curriculum and upon submission and defence of the Thesis. The theme of the Thesis must relate to the field of the selected study programme. The students publicly present the theme of their Thesis at a seminar (verbal presentation).

Monika Santorini, študentka dietetike
“Undergraduate nursing study programme at UP FHS is very dynamic and varied. In addition to lectures, which give us the theoretical basis , newly acquired knowledge can be advantageously used in clinical training and later in our work. If you are interested in working with people and healthcare, this is the study for you!” - Mirko Ilić, Undergraduate Nursing Student
Monika Santorini, študentka dietetike
“I decided to study dietetics because this field is very promising . Nowadays we are faced with the " obesity epidemic " and we could say that "We are what we eat". Also, this is the only study in Slovenia in the field of nutritional counselling. Studying on the beutiful Slovenian coast is just another plus. If you are interested in gaining knowledge for helping people achieving a healthier life style, than studying Nutritional counselling is right for you.” - Žan Virtnik, Undergraduate Nutritional counseling - dietetics student
Monika Santorini, študentka dietetike
“I started studying at the Faculty of Health Sciences because I was attracted by the study programme Nutritional counselling - Dietetics . At first I did not know what competences and knowledge the degree in Dietetics will bring me, but shortly after visiting the Faculty for the firs time I decided that this was the right study for me. During the study I learned about the impact of food on the human body and why it is important to eat fresh and high quality food. I am satisfied with my decision and studying on the coast also has its charms.” - Nina Medved, Undergraduate Nutritional counseling - dietetics student

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