Programme content

This 2-year programme contains 120 ECTS credit units and leads to the joint diploma of International Master of Science in Soils & Global Change.

Language of instruction: English.

The IMSOGLO master programme is coordinated by the International Training Centre of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University.

This progamme has two specialization options of 90 ECTS, to be chosen after the 1st semester (30 ECTS).

  • Specialization “Soil biogeochemistry and global change” is organized by Ghent University, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and the University of Göttingen and leads to a joint MSc-diploma issued by these 3 universities.
  • Specialization “Physical land resources and global change” is organized by Ghent University and Aarhus University, and leads to a joint MSc-diploma issued by these 2 universities.

The full programme with courses can be seen below.

Programme overview

2019 -2020

Master year 1

SEMESTER 1SOIL FUNDAMENTALSGHENT UNIVERSITY 30 ECTS
TypeCourseInstructorStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
MandatoryPedologyPeter Finke1355
MandatorySoil ChemistryFilip Tack1355
MandatorySoil PhysicsWim Cornelis1355
MandatoryLand Information SystemsAnn Verdoodt1355
MandatorySoil GenesisPeter Finke1355
MandatoryApplied StatisticsStijn Luca1255

Choose a specialization

Specialization 1

Soil Biogeochemistry and Global Change

SEMESTER 2 BOKU UNIVERSITY 30 ECTS
TypeCourseInstructorStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
MandatoryEcosystem Dynamics and their effect on greenhouse gasesSophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern1203
MandatorySoil ProtectionWalter Wenzel1203
MandatorySustainable land use in developing countriesGeorg Gratzer1203
MandatoryGlobalisation and rural developmentMartin Kniepert1203
MandatorySummer School (Vienna with JRC) or Field work (China)//3
Elective courses (pick four for 12 ECTS)

Specialization 2

Physical land resources and Global Change

SEMESTER 2 GHENT UNIVERSITY 30 ECTS
TypeCourseInstructorStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
MandatoryClimate ChangeDirk Verschuren1204
MandatorySoil Water ManagementWim Cornelis1355
MandatorySoil DegradationAnn Verdoodt1355
MandatoryLand EvaluationAnn Verdoodt1355
MandatorySummer School or Field work3
Elective courses (pick two for 7 ECTS)

Master year 2

Specialization 1: Soil Biogeochemistry and Global Change

SEMESTER 3 GOTTINGEN UNIVERSITY 30 ECTS
TypeCourseInstructorStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
MandatoryLandscape Ecology and Landscape DevelopmentDaniela Sauer1355
MandatoryManagement of tropical plant production systemsReimund Rötter1506
MandatoryPlant nutrition in the tropics and subtropicsBernd Steingrobe903
MandatorySoil Biogeochemistry in Agroecosystems (Lectures & Seminar)Michaela Anna Dippold1204
Elective courses (pick two for 12 ECTS)

Specialization 2: Physical land resources and Global Change

SEMESTER 3 AARHUS UNIVERSITY 30 ECTS
TypeCourseInstructorStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
MandatoryAssessing Soil Erosion RiskGoswin Heckrath1305
MandatoryGlobal soil threats and ecosystem services (in prep.)Lis W. de Jonge25010
MandatoryCarbon Cycling and Climate ChangeJorgen Eivind Olesen25010
Elective courses (pick one for 5 ECTS)

Specialization 1: Soil Biogeochemistry and Global Change

SEMESTER 4   30 ECTS
TypeCourseInstitutionStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
MandatoryMaster thesisBOKU University90030
or
MandatoryMaster thesisGöttingen University90030

Specialization 2: Physical land resources and Global Change

SEMESTER 4   30 ECTS
TypeCourseInstitutionStudy hoursCredits (ECTS)
MandatoryMaster thesisGhent University90030
or
MandatoryMaster thesisAarhus University90030