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

Mediterranean Agriculture


General information

Name of the programme: Mediterranean Agriculture
Type of programme: academic, 1st Bologna cycle
Degree awarded: "diplomirani inženir kmetijstva (UN)" equiv. to B.Sc. in Agriculture
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)
ECTS-credits: 180
Programme structure: 28 courses (5 electives), practical training (6 ECTS) and final project paper (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

Agricultural production of food has an important place in the global economy. With Slovenia’s entry into the EU, new market relations have been created which demand the use of natural resources in specific areas. Situated at the junction of the Mediterranean, Dinaric, Pre-Alpine and Alpine regions, the Primorska coastal region in Slovenia is highly diverse both in terms of agricultural production and climate. Of key importance for success in the agricultural economy are trained experts whose guidelines for agricultural production rely on sustainable resources, thus simultaneously conserving the environment and preserving the cultural heritage of the rural coastal environment in Slovenia. Some of the vitally important global challenges of today are the conservation and protection of the environment and landscape, protection of natural heritage and sustainable use of natural resources, production and processing of quality food, acquisition of up-to-date knowledge and development of modern technologies. These challenges can only be addressed with continuous research aiming for new, better knowledge and its transfer into practice.

The focus of the study programme Mediterranean Agriculture is based on the specific needs of agricultural production and the special agro-ecological conditions in horticulture and animal breeding that exist in the Mediterranean region. The programme also covers other areas of agricultural production based on sustainable use and management of natural resources in the Mediterranean agro-system, and the broad area of the development and use of molecular and other biotechnology tools in plant breeding.

Educational and professional goalstop

The aim of the program is to educate participants so that they will be capable of independently planning and carrying out competitive agricultural producuction in Primorska (Slovenia), while at the same time considering the environmental characteristics of the region. The programme is centered on the technologies of produce and its associated plants. The focus, however, is on typical species of Mediterranean fruits (olives, persimmons, citrus fruits, etc.), grape vines, aromatic plants, other areas of Mediterranean horticulture, and the breeding of animals in the Mediterranean region. Aside from agricultural produce, the program also includes environmental content which focuses on how the Mediterranean region is currently performing from an economic standpoint and how a stable economy is linked with the natural environment.

Course structuretop

During their studies, students must complete a total of 28 courses (23 compulsory and 5 electives), pass the internship, and prepare a final project.

All courses are awarded 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 select 4 out of 5 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.

 1ST YEAR (60 ECTS-credits)
 Courses ECTS
 General Botany 6
 General Zoology 6
 General and Inorganic Chemistry 6
 Basic Physics with Biophysics 6
 Mathematics 6
 Soil Science 6
 Basics of Plant Production in the Mediterranean Area 6
 Sustainable Animal Science in the Mediterranean 6
 Horticulture  6
 Fruit growing  6

 2ND YEAR (60 ECTS-credits)
 Courses ECTS
 Statistics 6
 Biodiversity and Ecology in the Mediterranean 6
 Management of Protected Areas and Sustainable Use 6
 Genetics 6
 Plant Physiology 6
 Principles of Plant Protection 6
 Olive Growing 6
 Viticulture 6
 Physiology and Anatomy of Domestic Animals 6
 Internal elective course 6
  3RD YEAR (60 ECTS-credits)
 Courses ECTS
 Plant Breeding 6
 Economics of Agriculture and Environment 6
 Conservation Biology 6
 Biochemistry of Plant Secondary Metabolism 6
 Practical Training (3 weeks) 6
 Internal or external elective course I 6
 Internal or external elective course II 6
 Internal or external elective course III 6
 Internal or external elective course IV 6
 Final Project Paper 6

The list shows only elective courses offered in the last two academic years.)
Courses ECTS
 Plant Biotechnology 6
 Plant Tissue Culture 6
 Technology of Olive Processing 6
 Sensory Analysis of Foodstuffs 6
 Agricultural and Food Marketing 6


Course structure and programme information for student enrolled until 2017/18

In the academic year 2018/19 changes occurred in the course plan. In the beginning of this section you can find the course plan for students enrolled from the academic year 2018/19. Here you can find information regarding course structure, compulsory and elective courses, and also short description of courses for students enrolled for the first time until the academic year 2017/18:

Admission requirementstop

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

  1. passed the matura examination; or            
  2. passed the vocational matura examination (poklicna matura) and a final examination in the one matura subject; or
  3. successfully completed any four-year secondary-school programme before 1 June 1995.

In the case of enrolment limitations, applicants shall be selected on the basis of overall matura, vocational matura or final examination results (70%), and overall results in the 3rd and 4th year of secondary school (30%).

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.

The Study Committee of the Faculty may permit a student, who has not fulfilled all study obligations for the particular year to enrol in the next year. The student is obliged to submit a formal written request to the Study Committee. Progress may be approved if a student could not fulfil the obligations for justifiable reasons. 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 Project Paper completed within the framework of the Seminar.

Graduate competenciestop

General competencies

  • A comprehensive overview of the development of modern Mediterranean agriculture.
  • Both theoretical and practically-oriented knowledge, as applied to the primary sector (agricultural economy: food industry, agrotourism, family businesses), and the ability to transfer knowledge from theory into practice.
  • Education in the fundamentals of the natural sciences, with special emphasis on sustainable management of natural resources, the Mediterranean, and the protection of Mediterranean habitats, as well as specific qualifications in the field of sustainable and cost-effective management of Mediterranean agriculture.
  • The independence necessary to perform consulting work in central and regional government institutions, in advisory services for agriculture and rural areas, and for technical and professional work in research and academic institutions in the field of agrotourism, for work in the agri-food industry and related fields within public and private sectors.
  • Development of communication skills with the ability to use modern communication systems, the ability for critical assessment and self-assessment and the ability to write in formats such as articles, reports, assessments and discussions.
  • Ability to analyse situations, to critically verify information and to predict solutions and consequences.
  • Skills related to the application of theoretical and practical research methods; skills related to various methods and technologies.
  • Commitment to ethics.

Subject-specific competencies

  • Basic knowledge in the field of biology and the ability to apply it in agriculture.
  • Ability to understand the fundamental elements of planning and development in sustainable agriculture.
  • Ability to integrate knowledge from different fields of study: conservation biology, sustainable management of Mediterranean ecosystems, sustainable agriculture.
  • Ability to synthesize knowledge related to agriculture and the food industry and to transfer relevant applications into industry.
  • Ability to solve real-life problems related to sustainable agriculture by using appropriate scientific methods and procedures.
  • Ability to integrate new research, scientific and professional findings, information and interpretations into the context of the disciplines of agronomy and zootechnology.
  • Knowledge of the general structure of the study field of agriculture and its relationship to other fields of study within the natural and social sciences.
  • Ability to critically analyse and develop concrete solutions to problems that arise in sustainable agriculture and to implement them through problem solving.
  • Development of skills and competencies in their field of expertise, sound knowledge of methods of production in agriculture, of processing, distribution and marketing of crops.
  • Use of ICT in their field of expertise.
  • Ability to analyse, monitor and solve issues related to the agri-environment, with special emphasis on solving problems within sustainable management of natural resources of the rural environment.

Graduate employment opportunitiestop

Graduates will attain a fundamental comprehension of the natural sciences, which is needed to thoroughly understand the uniqueness of Mediterranean agriculture. Graduates are prepared for work in the following fields:

  • agricultural plant produce and marketing (as leaders, supervisors and/or organizers in the areas of produce and produce trade), specialty farms and grow-ops, wine cellars, agricultural cooperatives, the production of growing/planting materials, tree nurseries, markets, seed and grain shops, plant breeding centres, companies that are involved in the planning and development of horticultural infrastructure and stable plantations (the design and implementation of irrigation systems and greenhouses) and firms which are involved in rural planning, national parks and botanical gardens;
  • animal breeding (consulting and animal fostering management);
  • complimentary agricultural products and foods (analysis laboratories);
  • public positions (institutions which control the production and control of horticultural plants, inspection agencies, specialist in advanced research institutions, parliaments, agencies, recognized ministries and farming consultation firms;
  • sole entrepreuneur, agricultural producer, adviser;
  • in the field of agro tourism.