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International Master of Science in Soils and Global Change

Degree awarded
Joint Master Degree

Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Type of course
Full-time (120 ECTS)

Length of course
2 years (120 ECTS)

Language of tuition

Date of commencement
End of September 2021

Application deadline
28 February 2021 for non-EEA students and scholarship seeking students (EEA or non-EEA)
31 May 2021 for non-scholarship seeking EEA students

Class size
25 students

Cost / fees
• 4,500 euro per year for Programme Country Students (all EU countries + Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, UK)
• 9,000 euro per year for all other nationalities (Partner Country Students)

Student grants / Financial assistance

Student grants / Financial assistance
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships available - All nationalities can apply
- Includes

• Tuition fee is waiver
• Monthly allowance: 1,000 euro per month (to pay all living costs, including housing)
• Travel costs: up to 7,000 euro for non-European students
• All-in insurance
- Up to 49,000 euro for the 2-year programme
- No administration/application fee
- Detailed scholarship calculation EACEA


Exchange partner schools
The 4 partner institutions of the IMSOGLO consortium are:

  • Ghent University (Gent, Belgium)
  • University or Natural Resources and Life Science, aka ‘BOKU’ (Vienna, Austria)
  • Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark)
  • University of Goettingen (Göttingen, Germany)

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students: 1 % national – 99% international
2. Ratio of Men / Women: 40% male – 60% female
3. Age range: 23-40

Admission requirements
See opposite / below

Programme Director
Prof. Dr. Peter Finke

Contact details for application
Applications office, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Ghent University, Belgium (Coordinator)
University or Natural Resources and Life Science, Austria
Aarhus University, Denmark
University of Goettingen, Germany

International Master of Science in Soils and Global Change (IMSOGLO)


Increased population pressure, industrialisation and intensive land use are causing depletion of natural resources and are limiting the performance of land with respect to its functions such as biomass production, carbon sequestration, water purification, etcetera. The additive effects of climate change and the above-mentioned aspects of global change influence the capacity of soils to regenerate and may even cause soil degradation.

The future capacity of soils to support (human) life is at stake. Programmes have been developed to protect the environment and to increase ecosystem resilience. Numerous directives on soil response to external pressures have been developed and implemented. A wealth of scientific knowledge is available but dispersed due to the specialisation of research groups, which makes it difficult for students to follow a focused curriculum on soils and global change at any individual university.

The Programme

The International Master of Science in Soils and Global Change (IMSOGLO) programme aims at teaching the knowledge, tools, technologies and applications in the context of soils and global change by bringing together the expertise of research groups at 4 renown EU universities:
  1. Ghent University;
  2. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna);
  3. University of Göttingen;
  4. Aarhus University.
2 Tracks

The programme has two specialization options of 90 ECTS, to be chosen in advance (at application time) and to start 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.
Why again?

  • You want to know what it takes to save our soils from degradation, how to make soils resilient to climate change and how to make soils healthy again. In short: you want to be a future researcher or policy maker with impact.
  • You’re looking for a unique educational experience, in which you attend several higher education institutes and live in at least two countries.
  • You want to join an Erasmus Mundus program, of which impact studies have proven the added value in terms of graduate employability, intercultural competence and foreign language skills.
  • You want to attend the Universities of Ghent, of Aarhus, of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and of Göttingen, who have joined their expertise to develop the only European Master of Science programme on Soils and Global Change.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

- In order to enter the IMSOGLO programme you need to have at least an academic bachelor degree (minimum 180 ECTS credits) in pure or applied sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, geology, civil or agricultural engineering, environmental or agricultural sciences, etc.) or an equivalent level from a recognised university or engineering college.

- The obtained bachelor degree must contain at least 40 ECTS credits in natural sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics, ecology, biology, geography, environmental sciences and agricultural sciences).

Language requirements

Accepted official language test certificates:
  • TOEFL IBT (at least total score of 90 out of 120)
  • Academic IELTS (overall band score of at least 6.5 with at least 6 for writing)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)
  • ‘Language of instruction certificate’ under certain circumstances:

About the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University

The faculty of Bioscience Engineering is one of the 11 faculties of Ghent University.

The faculty is strongly dedicated to international education, welcoming an average of 350 international students from 100 different nationalities each academic year, on a total amount of almost 3000 students. The focal research topic of the faculty is the living matter in all its diversity.

The research domains are clustered around Natural Capital, Sustainable Primary Production, Food and Health, Green Chemistry, Bio-Economy, Clean Environmental Technology, Biotechnology and Data-Analysis. Our research excellence is the basis of top-quality education and high international rankings.

The faculty of Bioscience Engineering of UGent is top 12-ranked for Agricultural Sciences (QS Ranking, NTU Ranking, Shangai Ranking) and positioned 51 for Life Sciences according to the Times Higher Education Ranking.

Alumni of our international master programmes get a broad range of career options as entrepreneurs, policy makers and research experts.

The faculty is located in the city of Ghent: a charming, medieval, multi-cultural city with 300.000 inhabitants and home to 77.000 students. 45,000 of those are students of Ghent University, of which our faculty is part.

The city centre of Ghent is a low emission zone with car-free parts and Ghent is a worldwide forerunner in the promotion of sustainable food.

Other courses offered by Ghent University

  • Master of Science in Aquaculture
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science and Technology
  • Master of Science in Health Management in Aquaculture
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development
  • Master of Science in Physical Land Resources for Sustainable Land Management
  • Master of Science in Rural Development
  • Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management