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Applied Kinesiology

Study programme 2nd cycle



The competences of the Master's graduates of the newly proposed study programme Applied Kinesiology are in accordance with the recommendations of healthcare organizations and important strategic documents accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO), responsible line ministries of the EU and ministries of the Republic of Slovenia.

This study programme was formed as a further degree in students' training in the field of human movement (kinesiology sciences). In this study programme, two modules have been established, which is a unique feature for Slovenian as well as foreign educational space. The first module focuses on the study of comprehensive human response to exercise (work, strain) and environment with the view of skills improvement and health protection, while the second module studies human work ability in interaction with one's physical capabilities. The modules are intertwined through three courses compulsory for both modules and courses elective for both modules.

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    Course structure

    Course structure



    Compulsory Courses



    Elective Courses



    Practical Training








    Educational and profesional goals: 

    • To enable an in-depth understanding of kinesiology.
    • To train students in application and understanding of professional terminology of kinesiology and related fields.
    • To educate and train students for a confident use of the acquired professional knowledge.
    • To develop skills of critical thinking, argumentation and proof in different fields of kinesiology.
    • To discern the need for interconnecting natural and social sciences and develop an interdisciplinary approach in dealing with and solving kinesiology-related problems.
    • To develop the sense for cooperation and team-work skills in problem solving.
    • To train students for the use of modern technology in solving and presentation of kinesiology-related problems and concepts.
    • To train students for working with individuals and groups in different fields of activity.
    • To develop a positive attitude towards further acquisition of kinesiology-related knowledge in solving different problems.
    • To develop students' confidence in identification and professional application of suitable skills, knowledge and working methods in any given situation.
    • To raise awareness about the importance of physical activity for an individual's development and its effect on the human organism.

PROFESSIONAL TITLE Magister kineziologije / Magistrica kineziolgije - (mag. kin.)

Study programme general data

2 years

120 ECTS

lenght of study programme

2 Modules

Compulsory and Elective Curses


Masrer´s Thesis


completion of study

In the first year, the students have the opportunity to choose between two modules of the study programme:

  • Exercise Physiology and
  • Kinesiology in Ergonomics.

In the first year, each module includes 4 compulsory courses (three joint courses irrespective of the module selected plus one subject depending on the module selected; 48 ECTS) and 2 elective courses (12 ECTS) selected from the list of module-related or joint elective courses. In the second year, the student is required to attend 3 compulsory module-related courses (18 ECTS) and 2 electives (12 ECTS) selected from the list of module-related or joint elective courses, and to submit and defend his/her master’s thesis (30 ECTS).


To enroll in the 1st year of the study programme in Applied Kinesiology, one needs to:

a) Have completed a first cycle study programme in a similar field (sport, health care); or

b) Have completed a professional study programme (recognized prior to 11 June 2004) in a similar field (sport, health care); or

c) Have completed a study programme in other professional fields that is equal to the programmes mentioned under a) or b) in terms of duration and credit points on condition that the candidate has also passed the additional examination in subjects the contents and credit points of which depend on his/her study programme already completed. The candidate is assigned a maximum of three additional subjects from the curriculum of the first cycle university study programme in Applied Kinesiology. Individual admission applications of such candidates are processed by a special UP FAMNIT commission. The candidate has to fulfill the additional study obligations during his/her first cycle studies, by completing a supplementary study programme or by passing the required examination prior to his/her enrolment in the study programme in Applied Kinesiology.

If enrolment is to be restricted, the candidates will be selected on the basis of the grade point average of the undergraduate study programme (the grade point average also includes the grade of the diploma thesis).

Admission Requirements in Accordance with the Transfer Criteria: In Accordance with the Transfer Criteria, the candidate who has completed a university study programme (recognized prior to 11 June 2004) in a similar field (sport, health care) or a four-year first cycle university study programme in a field mentioned above is assigned a maximum of 60 credit points prior to his/her enrolment in the second cycle study programme or is allowed to enrol directly in the 2nd year of the second cycle study programme.

Individual admission applications will be processed by a special UP FAMNIT commission which may assign the candidate additional study obligations depending on the study programme s/he has completed.

If enrolment is to be restricted, the candidates will be selected on the basis of the grade point average of the undergraduate study programme (the grade point average also includes the grade of the diploma thesis) or the grade point average of all study obligations.



Requirements for progression to the next year

Advancement Requirements: To enrol 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 enrols 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 second cycle study programme in Applied Kinesiology is 120. The credit points are awarded upon the completion of all obligations defined in the curriculum and upon submission and defence of the master's thesis. Master’s Thesis: With the Master’s Thesis, the student demonstrates expertise and knowledge in the selected study programme, a critical understanding of theories, concepts and principles (basic as well as advanced), originality and creativity in the use and application of knowledge, and the capacity to analyse a problem and form suitable solutions.

The theme of the Master’s Thesis must relate to the field of the selected study programme. The student publicly presents the theme of their Master’s Thesis at a seminar (verbal presentation), normally twice, and at least once prior to a final defence of the Master’s Thesis.

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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