University of Primorska Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies

Applied Kinesiology


General information

From 1 October 2017 (academic year 2017/18) the programme will be offered at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Name of the programme: Applied Kinesiology
Type of programme: academic, 1st bologna cycle
Degree awarded: “diplomirani kineziolog” equiv. to B.Sc. in Kinesiology
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)
ECTS-credits: 180
Programme structure: 26 Compulsory Courses (147 ECTS), 3 Elective Courses (21 ECTS), Practical Training (6 ECTS) and Thesis (6 ECTS)
Mode of study: full-time

Programme coordinatortop

Assist. Prof. Nina Mohorko, PhD
e-mail address:

About the programmetop

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.

Educational and professional goalstop

  •  To develop within students a positive attitude towards kinesiology as a science.
  • 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.

Course structuretop

During the studies, students must complete altogether 29 courses (26 compulsory and 3 elective) and prepare a Thesis.

Courses are awarded with 3 or 6 ECTS-credits. One ECTS-credit encompasses 30 hours of student work. In addition to the student’s presence (at Lecturers, Seminars, Practical Work: in-class, and Practical Work: laboratory) includes also independent work (literature study, preparation for examinations, home assignments, seminar and project work, etc.). The courses require a minimum of 75 and a maximum of 90 hours of student’s presence (contact hours).

The student may select 2 out of 3 elective courses from study programmes provided by other institutions of higher education in Slovenia and internationally. The courses selected may fall within the fields of Sport, Health, Medicine, Tourism and/or Pedagogic.

1st year (60 ECTS)

  1. Introduction to Kinesiology (6 ECTS)
  2. Anatomy (6 ECTS)
  3. Cell Biology and Biophysics (6 ECTS)
  4. Mathematics 1 / Analysis 1 (6 ECTS)
  5. English for Kinesiology (3 ECTS)
  6. Bases of Athletics and Conditioning (6 ECTS)
  7. Human Resource Management in Sport (6 ECTS)
  8. Motor Skills (6 ECTS)
  9. Topics from Psychology (6 ECTS)
  10. Elective Courses (9 ECTS)

2nd year (60 ECTS)

  1. Physiology (6 ECTS)
  2. Biomechanics (6 ECTS)
  3. Bases of Motor Development and Motor Learning (6 ECTS)
  4. Pedagogical-Didactic Bases of Sport Activity Management (6 ECTS)
  5. Bases of Ergonomy (6 ECTS)
  6. Sports Medicine (6 ECTS)
  7. Topics from Statistics (6 ECTS)
  8. Bases of Games with Ball (6 ECTS)
  9. Adapted Motor and Sport Activity (6 ECTS)
  10. Elective Course(s) (6 ECTS)

3rd year (60 ECTS)

  1. Kinesiometrics (6 ECTS)
  2. Physiology – Chosen Chapters: Adaptational Processes of Human Organism (6 ECTS)
  3. Informatics in Kinesiology / Mathematical Practical Course 1 (6 ECTS)
  4. Topics from Sociology (3 ECTS)
  5. Motor/Sports Activities in Nature (summer/winter) (6 ECTS)
  6. Bases of Sports Training (6 ECTS)
  7. Nutrition and Sport(3 ECTS)
  8. Management of Events (6 ECTS)
  9. Elective Course(s) (6 ECTS)
  10. Practical Training (6 ECTS)
  11. Thesis (6 ECTS)

Elective Courses

  1. Introduction into Environmental Health (6 ECTS)
  2. Nutrition and Exercise (6 ECTS)
  3. Kinesiotherapy (3 ECTS)
  4. Bases of Bioinformatics (6 ECTS)
  5. Exercise and Communication (6 ECTS)
  6. Lifespan Human Development – Gerontology (6 ECTS)
  7. Patophysiology of Movement (6 ECTS)
  8. Ethics and Sport (3 ECTS)
  9. Human and Sport (6 ECTS)
  10. Elite Sports Training (3 ECTS)
  11. Topics from Environmental Physiology (6 ECTS)
  12. Bases of Computer Science (6 ECTS)
  13. Exercise and Social Environment (3 ECTS)
  14. Sport, Posture and Spinal Deformation (6 ECTS)
  15. Olympizm (3 ECTS)
  16. English 1 (3 ECTS)
  17. Mechanisms of Cardio-vascular Adaptations (6 ECTS)

Admission requirementstop

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.

Advancement requirementstop

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).

Graduate employment opportunitiestop

The graduates of the programme can be employed in:

  • Economic sector,
  • Tourism (health resorts),
  • Private sector (fitness and wellness centres),
  • Public sector (competent ministries, police, army, civil protection service, rescue service, fire brigades; public health institutes and rehabilitation centres),
  • Sports clubs and associations.

The graduates will be able to use their knowledge at various posts such as the sports activities organizer, sports activities adviser, therapeutic assistant for people with special needs, special guide, ergonomic kinesiologist, personal coach.