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Master programme Soils and Global Change, International Master (E) (IP) (IMSOGLO)

Content and focus of the degree programme:

All students will start at UGent. After the first semester the students will have a basic overview of soil sciences and will be ready for one of the two specialisations that each cover the next three semesters. According to their chosen specialisation (A or B) students will move to BOKU for the 2nd semester (specialisation “Soil biogeochemistry & global change”) or stay at UGent (specialisation “Physical land resources & global change”). The first modules of both specialisations contain both theoretical classes and practical exercises, field trips and excursions. At BOKU the module ‘Sustainable land management’ will be completed by the students in the second semester of Specialisation A. The Joint summer activity is offered during the summer break between the second and third semester. Alternatingly, field work in China and a summer school at BOKU are organised. The three ETCS credits that can be obtained by successfully participating in the Joint Summer Activity are part of the mandatory curriculum of the second semester. Students will spend the 3rd semester either at UGOE (Specialisation “Soil biogeochemistry & global change”) or AU (Specialisation “Physical land resources & global change”). If students specialise in ‘Soil biogeochemistry and global change’, they will move to UGOE for the ‘Biogeochemical consequences of global change’ module. Students specialising in ‘Physical land resources and global change’ will move to AU for the ‘Soil physical consequences of global change’ module. In both the second and third semester students will take compulsory courses but also choose from elective courses. In the 4th semester students can conduct their master’s thesis research at one of the institutions organising their specialisation, under supervision of two lecturers of two consortium partner institutions (BOKU, UGOE). The students will receive 30 ECTS for their MSc thesis, whereby 20 ECTS will be from the partner university of the first supervisor and 10 ECTS from the partner university of the second supervisor.

Higher education institution:
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
Group of fields of study:
Engineering Sciences
Degree programme:
Soils and Global Change, International Master (E) (IP) (IMSOGLO)
Type:
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Science, MSc
Duration:
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
English
Costs:
Student Union fee: EUR 20,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Recommended
Type of higher education institution:
University
Location:
Wien
Curriculum:
published in the:
MBl. 2018/19, Stk. 8 (Nr. 176)
Full-time:
Yes

Additional information

The international joint master’s programme in Soils and Global Change is a joint degree of-fered by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria (BOKU), Ghent University, Belgium (UGent), Aarhus University, Denmark (AU) and the University of Göttingen, Germany (UGOE) with contributions from the following associate partners: the Joint Research Centre (Ispra) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Nanjing).

Definition of the field of studies

The three-pillar principle is the central identifying characteristic of both the bachelor’s and master’s programmes offered at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. In the master’s programmes the sum of the compulsory and elective courses must be made up of at least 15% technology and engineering, 15% natural sciences, 15% economic and social sciences and law The master’s thesis is excluded from the three-pillar rule.

Exams

The following compulsory courses worth a total of 18 ECTS credits at BOKU are required to complete the master’s programme (Specialization A): Specialization A: Soil biogeochemistry & global change A2. Sustainable land management - Ecosystem dynamics and their effect on greenhouse gases - Soil protection - Sustainable land use in developing countries - Globalisation and rural development - Soil problems in aridic and semiaridic regions - Summer school (Vienna, with JRC) or field work (China, with CAS) Elective courses worth a total of 12 ECTS credits at BOKU are required to complete the master’s programme (Specialization A). Specialization A: Soil biogeochemistry & global change A2. Sustainable land management - Possible impacts of climate change on water resources - Environmental risk analysis and management - Valuation methods for natural resources - Soil management in tropical and subtropical developing regions - Soil fertility and soil ecology in organic agriculture - Agroforestry in mountain regions - Field trip – Rural water management - Forest soil biology - Soil microbiology course

Entrance examinations

When applying for this programme students must prove advanced knowledge of English.

Supplementary examinations

None