Kinesiology (2nd Cycle)

Study programme 2nd cycle

The competences of the Master’s graduates of the newly proposed study programme Kinesiology are in accordance with the recommendations of healthcare organizations and important strategic documents accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO), responsible line ministries of the EU and ministries of the Republic of Slovenia.

This study programme was formed as a further degree in students’ training in the field of human movement (kinesiology sciences). In this study programme, two modules have been established, which is a unique feature for Slovenian as well as foreign educational space. The first module focuses on the study of comprehensive human response to exercise (work, strain) and environment with the view of skills improvement and health protection, while the second module studies human work ability in interaction with one’s physical capabilities. The modules are intertwined through three courses compulsory for both modules and courses elective for both modules.

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Course structure

Course structure



Compulsory Courses



Elective Courses



Practical Training







Educational and profesional goals: 

  • 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.

Professional title

Magister kineziologije / Magistrica kineziolgije – (mag. kin.)

Study programme general data

In the first year, the students have the opportunity to choose between two modules of the study programme:

  • Exercise Physiology and
  • Kinesiology in Ergonomics.

In the first year, each module includes 4 compulsory courses (three joint courses irrespective of the module selected plus one subject depending on the module selected; 48 ECTS) and 2 elective courses (12 ECTS) selected from the list of module-related or joint elective courses. In the second year, the student is required to attend 3 compulsory module-related courses (18 ECTS) and 2 electives (12 ECTS) selected from the list of module-related or joint elective courses, and to submit and defend his/her master’s thesis (30 ECTS).


To enroll in the 1st year of the study programme in Kinesiology, one needs to:

a) Have completed first cycle study programme from Kinesiology, Kinesiology, Sports Education, Sports Training and Related Study Programs or

b) Have completed a professional study programme (recognized prior to 11 June 2004) in a similar field (sport, health care); or

c) Have completed a study programme in other professional fields that is equal to the programmes mentioned under a) or b) in terms of duration and credit points on condition that the candidate has also passed the additional examination in subjects the contents and credit points of which depend on his/her study programme already completed. The candidate is assigned a maximum of three additional subjects from the curriculum of the first cycle university study programme in Kinesiology.

Individual admission applications for the enrollment of candidates referred to in point c) of the first paragraph shall be considered by the competent faculty commission. The candidate completes additional study obligations during the study at the 1st level, in advanced training programs or by passing exams before enrolling in the study program.

Candidates in the field of health care are expected to take a differential exam in the subject Basic of Strength and Conditioning.

Candidates enrolling in other fields will be required to complete a maximum of three differential subjects – Anatomy, Physiology, Basic of Strength and Conditioning.

If enrolment is to be restricted, candidates will be selected on the basis of to the average grade of the undergraduate study (on average, the final thesis at the undergraduate study is also considered as one of the study obligations).




Advancement Requirements: To enrol 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 enrols 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 second cycle study programme in Kinesiology is 120. The credit points are awarded upon the completion of all obligations defined in the curriculum and upon submission and defence of the master’s thesis. Master’s Thesis: With the Master’s Thesis, the student demonstrates expertise and knowledge in the selected study programme, a critical understanding of theories, concepts and principles (basic as well as advanced), originality and creativity in the use and application of knowledge, and the capacity to analyse a problem and form suitable solutions.

The theme of the Master’s Thesis must relate to the field of the selected study programme. The student publicly presents the theme of their Master’s Thesis at a seminar (verbal presentation), normally twice, and at least once prior to a final defence of the Master’s Thesis.