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General information

Name of the programme: Biopsychology
Type of programme: academic, 1st Bologna cycle
Degree awarded: "diplomirani biopsiholog (UN)" equiv. to B.Sc. in Biopsychology
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)
ECTS-credits: 180
Programme structure: 30 courses (3 electives) and final project paper (6 ECTS)
Mode of study: full-time
Language of study: Slovene

Programme coordinatortop

Assist. Vesna Jug, PhD

For information regarding application, enrolment and other administrative procedures please contact Student Services.

About the programmetop

The study programme Biopsychology focuses on the basic psychological questions, such as the origins of consciousness in connection with the functioning of the brain, as well as on broader questions, such as studying the behaviour of the masses. The aim of the programme is to integrate two basic fields of science - the natural and social sciences - with the aim of transcending the traditional division in the treatment of individual and social phenomena either exclusively from the viewpoint of the social sciences or that of the natural sciences.

One of the main challenges, and at the same time existing shortcomings of psychology study programmes, is their treatment of complex phenomena exclusively from the viewpoint of the social sciences, merely brushing the surface of the natural sciences. Graduates of the study programme Biopsychology will acquire an in-depth,  not merely informational, knowledge of the natural sciences (biology, physiology, genetics, neurology, logics etc.), and an excellent foundational knowledge in psychology (personality psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, ethics etc.). Graduates will also acquire a solid foundation in theory, allowing them to continue their studies at a Master’s and Doctoral level.

Educational and professional goals top

  • To acquire knowledge and understanding of the foundations and history of biopsychology.
  • To master the concepts, knowledge and understanding of research and applicative methods, procedures and processes in various areas of biopsychology.
  • To master the fundamentals of biopsychology; to be able to integrate and apply knowledge in various areas.
  • To be able to independently read and understand literature in the areas of biopsychology.
  • To be able to solve concrete biological and psychological problems through the application of critical analysis, scientific methods and procedures, including:
    • defining the research problem
    • providing a theoretical basis and defining hypotheses for research
    • selecting a suitable research strategy
    • drawing up a research plan
    • executing the research and evaluating research results
    • reporting on findings.
  • To acquire skills for collaboration in a group of experts, and for participation in the processes of joint creation of new findings and practical activities in various practices from the fields of natural and social sciences.
  • To acquire the social skills needed to work in society and for society including:
    • sensitivity to the psychological aspects of social diversity, understanding and consideration of individual differences and group and cultural diversity in various settings in the fields of natural and social sciences;
    • understanding of social, emotional, motivational, cognitive and other processes in various contexts, both of oneself and of other people;
    • ability to establish and maintain a suitable relationship with research participants (carrying out the interview, observation, test situation, data collection, etc.), and ability to communicate appropriately.
  • To gain commitment to the practice of biopsychology.

Course Structuretop

During their studies, students must complete a total of 31 courses (28 compulsory and 3 electives).

All courses are awarded with 6 ECTS-credits, except 2 obligatory are awarded with 3 ECTS-credits. One ECTS-credit encompasses 30 hours of student work. In addition to the student’s presence (at lectures, seminars, in-class and laboratory practical work), this also includes 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 a student’s presence (contact hours). 

Internal elective subjects are divided into two groups - the psychological and non-psychological electives. Students may select elective courses from study programmes provided by other institutions of higher education in Slovenia and internationally. The courses selected may fall within the study of Biopsychology - Natural Sciences, Psychology, Medicine, Sociology, Pedagogy, Social Work etc.

SHORT DESCRIPTIONS OF COURSES are available HERE.

1ST YEAR (60 ECTS-credits)
 
COURSES ECTS
Foundations of Psychology 6
Differential Psychology 3
Basics of Biopsychology 6
Psychology of Rational Thinking and Logic 6
Developmental Psychology I 6
Neurological Bases of Higher Nervous Functions I 6
Evolutionary Psychology 6
Statistics for Psychologists 6
Research Methodology in Psychology 3
Cognitive Psychology 6
Biochemistry and Genetics in Biopsychology 6

2ND YEAR (60 ECTS-credits)

COURSES ECTS
Social Psychology I 6
Psychological Diagnostics 6
Biopsychology of Motivation and Emotions 6
Developmental Psychology II 6
Psychometrics 6
Mental Health, Mental Disorders 6
Neurological Bases of Higher Nervous Functions II 6
Personality Psychology 6
Bioinformatics Tools in Psychology 6
Elective Courses 6

3RD YEAR (60 ECTS-credits)

COURSES ECTS
Public Mental Health 6
Fundamentals of Work and Organisational Psychology 6
Introduction to Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy 6
Game Theory in Biopsychology 6
Psychopharmacology 6
Qualitative Research 6
Basics of Educational Psychology 6
Elective Courses 12
Seminar - Final Project Paper 6

ELECTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL COURSES
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The list shows only elective courses offered in the last two academic years.)

COURSES ECTS
Psychology of Problem Solving 6
The Psychology of Communication 6
Selected Biopsychological Topics in the English Language 6
Ethics and Humanity 6

ELECTIVE NON-PSYCHOLOGICAL COURSES
(
The list shows only elective courses offered in the last two academic years.)

COURSES ECTS
Evolutionary Genetics 6
Neurobiology of Physical/Sports Activity 1 6
Evolutionary Biology 6

Admission requirements top

Admission to the first year of study shall be granted to applicants having passed the matura examination or successfully completed any four-year secondary-school programme before 1 June 1995.

Applicants shall be selected on the basis of:

  • overall matura results or final examination results (60%), 
  • overall results in the 3rd and 4th year of secondary school (40%).

Admission may also be gained by an applicant having completed a comparable study abroad. Prior to enrolment, the applicant must apply for the recognition of completed education.

Continuation of studies according to the transfer criteriatop

Transfers between study programmes are possible on the basis of the Higher Education Act, Criteria for Transferring between Study Programmes and in accordance with other provisions regulating this field.

Transferring between study programmes means a cessation of studies in the first study programme and the continuation of studies in the second study programme. The first study programme is the programme from which the student is transferring. The second study programme is the programme to which the student is transferring. Applications for transfers shall be considered on the grounds of the level of comparability between study programmes and those study requirements which students have already completed in their first study programme.

Access to Year 2 or Year 3 of the study programme of Biopsychology on the basis of the Criteria for Transferring between Study Programmes is granted to students of a related first-cycle study programme or a pre-reform undergraduate study programme (adopted prior to 11 June 2004), provided that the following conditions have been met:

  • the student fulfils the requirements for admission to the study programme of Biopsychology;
  • completion of the first study programme which the student is transferring from ensures the acquisition of comparable competencies as those envisaged by the study programme of Biopsychology; and
  • other conditions in accordance with the Criteria for Transferring between Study Programmes have also been met (a comparable course structure, course requirements completed).

Individual applications for transfer shall be considered by the relevant committee of UP FAMNIT. Apart from comparability between both fields of study, the committee shall also consider comparability between the study programmes, in accordance with the Criteria for Transferring between Study Programmes.

Enrolment on the basis of the Criteria for Transferring between Study Programmes is also open to students of a related study programme abroad who have been, in the process of recognition of their studies abroad, legally granted the right to continue their educational training in the study programme of Biopsychology.

In the case of limited enrolment, applicants shall be selected on the basis of the average grade obtained during the study programme they are transferring from.

Advancement requirements top

For enrolment in the next study year it is necessary to collect at least 42 ECTS-credits from courses and exams in the current study year, and to fulfil all the study obligations (60 ECTS-credits) for the previous study year. 

The Study Committee of the Faculty may permit a student, who has not fulfilled all study obligations for the particular year to enrol to the next year. The student is obliged to submit a formal written request to the Study Committee. The progress may be approved if a student could not fulfil the obligations for justifiable reasons. Students have a possibility to repeat a year only once during their study period.

Requirements for the Completion of Studies

Students shall be deemed to have completed their studies when they fulfil all the prescribed study requirements to a total of 180 ECTS-credits. Students must obtain a positive assessment for the Final Project Paper completed within the framework of the Seminar.

Graduate employment opportunities top

The study programme leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology aims to equip its graduates with an integrated understanding of the human being as conditioned by biology and psychology, and with practical problem-solving skills that enable them to apply methodological approaches from the fields of both natural and social sciences. These qualifications render our graduates employable as professional assistants in fields such as psychological consultation, and research and development, as well as in the public sector in careers that are not strictly regulated. Graduates will also be able to seek employment in non-governmental organizations, in the economy, and in administration.

By its very nature, the study programme will primarily be of interest to students who wish to learn about and explore the biological bases of human behaviour, development and personality, and who will opt for a career in the fields of rehabilitation, therapy, or reintegration, or who will further their professional development via Master’s degree programmes, research, or through academic pursuits. However, prospective graduates can also choose a career which is, in its essence, not bound to this particular field of study, as the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired by every graduate in the course of this programme are traits which are widely appreciated and desirable in persons in leading positions in various fields of expertise.

Since the programme is designed to include, support and encourage the participation of international researchers, lecturers and professionals, our graduates will also be able to enter many positions in the international environment. Many of our graduates are now enrolled in Master’s degree programmes at reputable universities abroad, which testifies to the fact that our graduates are well equipped to successfully continue their studies abroad.