Kinesiology (1st Cycle)

Study programme 1st cycle

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 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 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 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.

Professional title

Diplomirani kineziolog (UN) / Diplomirana kineziologinja (UN) – (dipl. kin.)


Admission Requirements for study year 2025/26

Admission to the first year of study programme Kinesiology shall be granted to candidates who have:
a) passed the general matura examination;
b) passed the vocational matura in one of the four-year secondary-school programmes that is classified in:
– KLASIUS-P-16 classification: broad area 05; or
– FORD classification: areas 1 or 3 or 5; or
– ARRS classification: areas 1 or 3 or 5; or
– CERIF classification: areas P or B or S;
and also passed a final examination in one of the general matura subjects: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Informatics, Computing, Sociology; the selected subject cannot be the same as one of the subjects passed in the framework of the vocational matura;
c) successfully completed any four-year secondary-school programme before 1 June 1995.

In order to enroll in the study programme all candidates are required to pass a test of motor skills.

All candidates registered are required to submit a medical certificate of medical fitness to perform work in the field of sports and health, issued by the Dispensary for Occupational, Traffic and Sports Medicine (referral for preliminary medical examination, DZS form 8,204). Due to specific conditions and limitations of the practical exercises, the student’s physical and mental condition is required to be appropriate. Courses include endurance physical efforts and efforts in terms of strength and power development and mechanical loads on the body areas are increased.

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%).


Subject Lecturer ECTS
Adapted physical activity doc. dr. Matej Plevnik 3
Ball games doc. dr. Darjan Smajla 6
Elite sports training doc. dr. Darjan Smajla 3
Environmental Physiology izr. prof. dr. Dorjana Zerbo Šporin 3
Exercise for chronic non-communicable diseases – internistic aspect prof. dr. Janja Ocvirk 3
Exercise for chronic non-communicable diseases – musculoskeletal aspects izr. prof. dr. Samo Karel Fokter 3
Exercise for chronic non-communicable diseases – neurologic aspect izr. prof. dr. Anton Grad 3
Final year project izr. prof. dr. Nina Mohorko, doc. dr. Jernej Rošker 6
Life-span motor development doc. dr. Jernej Rošker 6
Practical training 2 doc. dr. Jernej Rošker 3
Sport psychology prof. dr. Petra Dolenc 3
Sports medicine izr. prof. dr. Vedran Hadžić 6
Winter physical activities doc. dr. Matej Plevnik 3
Izbirni predmeti
Biopsychosocial approach in therapy and rehabilitation izr. prof. dr. Andrej Starc 3
Clinical Nutrition I prof. dr. Nataša Bratina 6
Developing skills of an academic tutoring and coaching 1 izr. prof. dr. Mirko Prosen, izr. prof. dr. Sabina Ličen 3
Football doc. dr. Darjan Smajla 3
Genetics and sports izr. prof. dr. Saša Kenig 3
Group exercise doc. dr. Saša Jovanović 3
Kinesiology in occupational setting doc. dr. David Ravnik 3
Management in public and private healthcare izr. prof. dr. Klemen Širok 3
Prevnetion and rehabilitation of upper limb in sport prof. dr. Nejc Šarabon 3
Sport nutrition izr. prof. dr. Nina Mohorko 3
Swimming practicum doc. dr. Matej Plevnik 3

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 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).