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

Mediterranean Agriculture

"Agriculture isn't dead. In fact, no other industry feeds the world's population, which could hit 9 billion by 2050. The need for graduates in agriculture, horticulture, and animal science programs will be critical to finding ways of safely doubling food production in order to meet the demand of a growing population." Volenec et al. 2012, Science (335): 917

General information

Name of the programme: Mediterranean Agriculture
Type of programme: higher education professional, 1st Bologna cycle
Degree awarded: "diplomirani inženir kmetijstva (VS)" equiv. to B.Sc. in Agriculture
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)
ECTS-credits: 180
Programme structure: 28 courses (3 electives) (144 ECTS), practical training in working environments (30 ECTS) and final seminar (6 ECTS)
Mode of study: full-time
Language of study: Slovene

Programme coordinatortop

Assoc. Prof. Dunja Bandelj, PhD

Assist. Alenka Baruca Arbeiter, PhD, Deputy Coordinator

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

About the programmetop

Agriculture is an extremely important industry, which is responsible for ensuring food security, it contributes to the sustainable development of the cultural landscape and offers conditions for a quality living. It is related both to the social as well as to the cultural development of the area and makes an important contribution to the development of tourism. The specificity and advantages of the Slovenian production area shows the need for trained experts who are able to adapt the agricultural production to the current problems and can take advantage of the natural features of the area, while also taking care of the conservation of nature, biodiversity and environment.

The higher education professional study programme includes, in addition to natural science, contents of agricultural production, food processing, zoo-technology, fishery, forestry and wood management. Compulsory topics are also agroecology, plant protection, land use and nature conservation, which enable an integrated treatment of the agricultural area. The programme is focused also on contents related to management and processing of agricultural products. Topics are upgraded with social sciences (economics, entrepreneurship, marketing), which provide students with the needed competences for building enterprises or for a successful self-employment, as well as the knowledge to successfully apply for EU funds and subsidies.

In addition to theoretical knowledge, big emphasis is put on experiential learning and practical training in companies, where students learn about examples of best agricultural practices and gain useful experience, both through field- and laboratory work.

The study programme is designed accordingly to the needs of the Mediterranean area in Slovenia, which enables a diversified production of quality and healthy Mediterranean food, which was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013.

Educational and professional goalstop

The main goal of the study programme is to educate experts who will be able to interdisciplinary connect the basic natural science knowledge with the professional contents of biotechnical science in the planning and implementation of sustainable and competitive agricultural production, taking into account the environmental and ecological characteristics of any production area.

With the acquired knowledge, graduates will be able to work independently or cooperatively in companies with an agrarian environment, in protected areas with agricultural activity, planning and organization of production and plants trading or working in independent enterprises with agricultural production and processing.

With an accurate knowledge of ecology, they will be able to analyze the production environment, and through data synthesis they will be able to determine the suitability of a production environment for plant species or livestock breeding. With the content of curriculum, they will acquire enough expertise to organize work in agriculture, decide on the suitability of technologies, and at the same time develop a critical attitude towards agricultural activity in relation to society, nature and the wider environment.

Course structuretop

During their studies, students must complete a total of 28 courses (25 compulsory and 3 electives), pass the internship (30 ECTS), and prepare a final seminar.

All courses are awarded 3 or 6 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 50 and a maximum of 105 hours of a student’s presence (contact hours).

Students may also select 3 elective courses from study programmes provided by other institutions of higher education in Slovenia and international higher education institutions with similar study programmes.

Short descriptions of courses are available HERE.

Table 1: Structure of the study programme
Year of study  Study obligation Number  ECTS-credits (ECTS)
ECTS ECTS/ Year of study
1. Compulsory Course 11 60 60
2. Compulsory Course 8 36 60
Internal / External Elective Course 2 12
Practical Training in Working Environments I 1 12
3. Compulsory Course 6 30 60
Internal / External Elective Course 1 6
Practical Training in Working Environments II 1 18
Seminar 1 6

 Table 2: First year of study
No. Course ECTS Form of contact hour
L T SE LW FW Total
1. Plant Biology 6 30 - - 30 10 70
2. Chemistry Basics 3 20 - - 20 - 40
3. Agrophysics 3 20 15 - - 5 40
4. Mathematical Methods 6 30 30 - - - 60
5. Land Use and Soil Protection 6 30 - - 15 15 60
6. Fruit Growing 6 30 - - 25 20 75
7. Agroecology 6 40 - 15 - 20 75
8. Biochemistry Basics 6 30 - - 30 - 60
9. Forest and Wood Management 6 30 - - 20 20 70
10. Horticulture 6 30 - - 25 20 75
11. Viticulture 6 30 - - 25 20 75

 L = lecture, T = tutorial, SE = seminar, LW = laboratory work, FW = field work

 ECTS = ECTS-credits

Table 3: Second year of study
No. Course ECTS Form of contact hour
L T SE LW FW Total
1. Statistical Methods 6 30 30 - - - 60
2. Computer Practicum 3 15 15 - - - 30
3. Introduction to Plant Physiology 3 25 - - 20 - 45
4. Basics of Genetics 6 30 - - 30 - 60
5. Olive Growing and Olive Processing Technology 6 40 - 10 10 15 75
6. Nature Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture 3 20 - 10 - 10 40
7. Fishery 3 20 - - 15 5 40
8. Plant Protection, Diagnostics and Phytopharmacy 6 30 - - 30 5 65
9. Practical Training in Working Environments I (6 weeks) 12 5 - 10 - - 15
10. Internal / External Elective Course I 6            
11. Internal / External Elective Course II 6            
Table 4: Third year of study
No. Course ECTS Form of contact hour
L T SE LW FW Total
1. Zootechnics in the Mediterranean Area 6 30 - 10 - 30 70
2. Plant Breeding and Propagation 6 40 - - 20 10 70
3. Technologies for Food Processing in Agriculture 6 30 - - 15 15 60
4. Basics of Entrepreneurship and Marketing 6  45  30 - - -    75
5. Project Planning and Management 3   15  15 - - -    30
6. Mediterranean Nutrition 3   15 -  10 5 -    30
7. Practical Training in Working Environments I (9 weeks) 18   5 -  10 - -   15
8. Internal / External Elective Course III 6            
9. Seminar 6 - -  30 - -   30

Table 5: Internal elective courses of the study programme
 (The list shows only elective courses offered in the last two academic years.)
No. Course ECTS Form of contact hour
L T SE LW FW Total
1. Soil Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Sustainable Agriculture 6 30 10 15 20 - 75
2. Aromatic Plants Production 6 30 - - 10 20 60
3. Arboriculture 6 30 - - 15 15 60
4. Brand Management 6 30 30 - - - 60
5. Beekeeping 6 30 - - 10 10 50
6. Brewing 6 30 - - 15 15 60

Practical training in working environmentstop

In their 2nd and 3rd year of study, students must undertake a 15-weeks-long practical training:

  • a 6-weeks-long practical training in the 2nd year of study (12 ECTS-credits), and
  • a 9-weeks-long practical training in the 3rd year of study (18 ECTS-credits).

At the beginning of the academic year, after an initial meeting with the study programme coordinator, students choose the organization in which they would like to undertake their practical training. Students should contact their preferred organization and arrange the practical training themselves.

The list of organizations (that already accepted students for practical training) is available from the coordinator of the practical training.

Before starting practical training, students must submit the application for practical training in the Student Information System (SIS). The application must be approved by the coordinator of the practical training at the Faculty. After the approval, the Student traineeship cooperation agreement must be signed from all three parties: student, UP FAMNIT and the receiving institution. Student can start the practical training only after the approval of the request/application and the signature of the agreement. Students will be assigned a mentor in the organization who is responsible for the supervision and guidance of their work. If a student needs the Student traineeship cooperation agreement in English (due to the practical training abroad), he/she must inform the Student Services as soon as he/she is informed that his/her application for practical training has been approved by coordinator.

At the end of their training students must submit a report in SIS.

All forms are available in SIS - application, student traineeship cooperation agreement, report, certificate of the completion (only in Slovene).

Admission requirementstop

Admission to the first year of study shall be granted to applicants having:

  • successfully completed any four-year secondary-school programme; or
  • passed the matura examination (splošna matura); or            
  • passed the vocational matura examination (poklicna matura).

In the case of enrolment limitations, applicants shall be selected on the basis of:

  • overall matura, vocational matura 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 regulations of this field.

The transition between study programmes is the enrolment in the higher year of the study programme, in case of leaving the education at the initial study programme and continuing the study process at another study program of the same degree. The transition takes into account the comparability of the study programmes and the completed study obligations of the candidate in the initial study program.

Access to year 2 or year 3 of the study programme of Mediterranean Agriculture on the basis of the Criteria for Transferring between Study Programmes is granted to candidates of a related first-cycle study programme or a pre-Bologna reform undergraduate study programme, provided that the following conditions have been met:

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

Individual applications for transfer shall be considered by the relevant UP FAMNIT committee. Apart from comparability between both fields of study, the committee shall also consider the 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 candidates 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 Mediterranean Agriculture.

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

Advancement requirementstop

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.

In exceptional cases, the academic committee of the Faculty may permit students who have not fulfilled all their academic requirements for the current and/or previous year to enrol in the next year of study. The student must submit a formal written request to the academic committee. Advancement to the next year may be approved if there are justifiable reasons for not completing all academic requirements.

Students may repeat a year only once during their study period.

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 Seminar completed within the framework of the Seminar.

Graduate competenciestop

General competencies

  • Knowledge of the professional terminology of the field.
  • Sound knowledge of the global environmental problems.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the agricultural development policy in Slovenia, the EU and beyond.
  • Ability to identify the needs of the market.
  • Ability to identify problems and to analytically solve them by using different sources and an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Ability to transfer knowledge from theory into practice.
  • Autonomous professional work in the field of biotechnical science.
  • Developed communication skills with the ability to use modern communication systems.
  • Developed the ability to critically and self-critical assessment and the creation of independent texts (articles, papers, judgments, debates, etc.).
  • Commitment to ethics and developed sense of professionalism.
  • Ability to critically verify information and anticipate solutions and consequences.
  • Ability to engage constructively with other professional profiles (teamwork).

Subject-specific competencies

  • Ability to describe the state and trends of the agricultural production and the role of agriculture in the development of rural areas.
  • Detailed knowledge of the complexity and vulnerability of the Mediterranean area.
  • Ability to choose the adequate agricultural plant for production, according to the ecological conditions of the environment.
  • Ability to plan and carry out plant production with basic and more demanding technologies.
  • Ability to organize the procurement of planting material, agricultural machinery and equipment.
  • Ability to manage the genetic material of crops and to implement the basic valorisation of the production and the agronomic properties of various agricultural plants.
  • Basic knowledge of livestock breeding and fishery in the Mediterranean.
  • Knowledge of the key parameters of agricultural products and food quality, quality schemes, storage and manipulation.
  • Ability to identify the requirements of the market, determine and explain the basic indicators of the performance of agricultural production and explanations of the business decisions.
  • Trade management of agricultural material.
  • Ability to plan a Start-up and to self-manage a family business with agricultural production.
  • Ability to place new professional findings, information and interpretations into the context of basic agronomic and zoo-technical discipline.
  • Use of information and communication technology in the field of expertise.

Graduate employment opportunitiestop

Graduates can proceed their studies in the Master's study programme (2nd Bologna cycle) and are also prepared for work in the following fields:

  • agricultural plant production and marketing (as leaders, supervisors and/or organizers in the areas of production and trade), specialized farms, wine cellars, agricultural cooperatives, production of planting materials, tree nurseries, markets, seed and grain shops, plant breeding centres, companies involved in planning and development of horticultural infrastructure and stable plantations (design and implementation of irrigation systems and greenhouses), and companies involved in rural planning, national parks and botanical gardens, in protected areas with agricultural activities;
  • zoo-technology (counselling and management of animal breeding);
  • testing quality of agricultural products and foods;
  • public positions (institutions which control the production and trade of horticultural plants, inspection agencies, ministry agencies and consulting companies);
  • as private entrepreneur, agricultural producer, adviser;
  • in the field of services and agro tourism.