History and scope of the programme in Physical Land Resources


The programme in Physical Land Resources has its roots in the former Master of Science programmes in Soil Science, organised by the International Training Centre for Post-Graduate Soil Scientists (ITC-Gent), and Eremology, organised by the International Centre for Eremology (ICE), both at the Ghent University.

The ITC-Gent has a long-standing reputation in the academic formation and training of soil scientists in basic soil science and survey and agricultural applications of soil science. Founded in 1963, with support of UNESCO, in answer to a large number of requests from abroad, the Institute has trained over 800 students from about 90 different nations from all over the globe.

The ICE was founded in 1989, as a reaction to the disastrous droughts Sahelian countries were suffering from since the early 1970's. As such a special branch of science devoted to the study of desert and semi-desert conditions, named "eremology" (from greek "eremos", meaning : desert) was created. Since its foundation about 70 students from 30 different countries have graduated from the Centre.

For the new programme in Physical Land Resources, started in 1997, an appeal was made to the Faculty of Engineering at the "Vrije Universiteit Brussel", to cooperate and to widen the scope of the course with an option focusing on the non-agricultural use and applications of physical land resources.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the M.Sc. in Physical Land Resources

A country's physical land resources are a fundamental pillar of support for human life and welfare. Worldwide, population pressures and severe degradation, pollution and desertification problems are threatening this - for several countries relatively scarce - natural resource, and cause competition between agricultural or industrial purposes, urban planning and nature conservation. To guarantee a proper use and management of this for a nation basic commodity, well trained specialists with a thorough knowledge of the properties and characteristics of this natural resource, and a solid insight in factors and measures that may alter its actual state and value are warranted and call for a high standard scientific and practical education.

The learning outcomes of the M.Sc. in Physical Land Resources are the following :

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Programme structure and organisation


The Master of Science degree programme in Physical Land Resources is a two year, full time course.

The first year provides a fundamental basis in physical land resources, with a main subject in either Soil Science or Land Resources Engineering. The second year offers specialised courses in one of the two main subjects. The students have to prepare a dissertation. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of an Master of Science degree in Physical Land Resources.

The course curriculum of the first year, and of the main subject in soil science of the second year  is organised at the Ghent University, whereas all courses of the main subject in Land Resources Engineering of the second year are organised at the "Vrije Universiteit Brussel". Students in Land Resources Engineering have to reside in Brussels during the second year.

The academic year starts the last week of September. Students are expected to arrive in Gent ten days before the start of the programme. There are two examination periods, in January and in June respectively. For students who fail, there is a re-examination session in August-September.

Outline Master of Science degree programme

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1st year (60 credits) :

2nd year (60 credits) :

GENERAL COURSES (45 credits)

MAIN SUBJECT COURSES (15 credits)

1. Option Soil Science
2. Option Land Resources Engineering
1. Option Soil Science (Ghent University)
first semester :

ELECTIVE COURSES (min. 30 credits)

One course can be selected from another Master programme at Ghent University. 2 courses can be selected from the option Land Resources Engineering (VUB).

second semester : Master dissertation (30 credits)

2. Option Land Resources Engineering (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

first semester : 

ELECTIVE COURSES (min. 30 credits)

2 courses can be selected from the option Soil Science (Ghent University). One course can be selected from another Master programme at VUB.

second semester : Master dissertation (30 credits)


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Enquiries



Programme Secretariat
Ghent University
Department of Soil Management (BW12)
Research Group Soil Physics SoPHy (Prof. Dr. W. Cornelis)
Coupure links 653
B-9000 Gent
Belgium
Tel. : +32-9/264.46.38
E-mail : PLRprog.adm@UGent.be

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