M.Sc. On Campus

Soils and Global Change (Erasmus Mundus)

Aarhus University

24 months
9000 EUR/year
4500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Soils and Global Change (Erasmus Mundus) programme from Aarhus University offers you a unique international educational experience with a focused curriculum on soils and global change by bringing together the expertise of research groups at four renowned EU universities.


The Soils and Global Change (Erasmus Mundus) programme from Aarhus University has been granted the EU’s prestigious Erasmus Mundus label. It is offered jointly by Ghent University (Belgium), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Austria), University of Göttingen (Germany), and Aarhus University (Denmark).

Global Change Affects The Future Capacity Of Soil

Increasing population pressure, industrialisation and intensive land use are causing depletion of natural resources and are limiting the performance of land with respect to functions such as biomass production, carbon sequestration and water purification. The cumulative effects of climate change and the abovementioned 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, as recognised by national and international organisations and governmental bodies, such as the EU. Programmes have been developed to protect the environment and to increase ecosystem resilience. Numerous directives have been developed and implemented that build on scientific knowledge about soil response to external pressures.

This scientific knowledge is available in European universities, but rather dispersed due to the specialisation and size of the relevant research groups. In the past this has made it difficult for students to follow a focused curriculum on soils and global change at any individual university. The alarming effects of global change on soils observed throughout the world emphasize the need to train more personnel worldwide to understand how soils react to global change and to develop prevention and remediation strategies and increase soil resilience. The participating universities in IMSOGLO are very well equipped to give effective and targeted training on soil interactions with global change to an international audience of students.

Combine Your Own Study Programme At Different European Universities

As a student on the IMSOGLO programme you will attend several higher education institutes in at least two countries. All students will study for their first semester at Ghent University. Following this, students will choose between two specialisations. Students who choose to specialise in ‘Soil Biogeochemistry and Global Change’ will study in Vienna in their second semester and in Göttingen in their third semester. In their fourth semester, they will write their master’s thesis at one of these two universities. Students who choose to specialise in ‘Physical Land Resources and Global Change’ will study in Ghent in their second semester and in Aarhus in their third semester. In their fourth semester, they will write their master’s thesis at one of these two universities. All students will have the opportunity to attend summer school in Vienna or to conduct fieldwork in China.


With an International Master of Science in Soils and Global Change you will be trained in soil management in the context of global change with either an agro-ecosystem focus or an integrated land management focus. You will gain extensive knowledge about what it takes to save our soils from degradation, how to make soils resilient to climate change, and how to make soils healthy again. You will be equipped to follow a variety of career paths as a top-level researcher, an academic, or a policymaker. This means that there are job opportunities in regional environment agencies, municipal nature conservation offices, agricultural advisory services, educational institutions, NGOs concerned with nature and the environment, consulting engineering companies, and EU institutions, ministries and other public authorities. Research is also an obvious career path. Students can apply for admission to the university’s PhD programme following completion of the thesis.


Agricultural sciences by subject at Aarhus University rank twenty-second in the world in the 2020 US News Best Global Universities ranking, and in the 2019 National Taiwan University ranking are nineteenth in Agricultural Sciences by subject. Agriculture and Forestry at AU is ranked thirty-fifth in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by subject.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Assessing Soil Erosion Risk
  • Global Soil Threats and Ecosystem Services
  • Carbon Cycling and Climate Change

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree (minimum 180 ECTS credits) is required in pure or applied sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, geology, civil or agricultural engineering, environmental or agricultural sciences) or an equivalent level from a recognised university or engineering college.
  • Sufficient academic knowledge (at least 40 ECTS in total) is also required in natural sciences (with natural sciences specified as: physics, chemistry, maths, ecology, biology, geography, environmental sciences or agricultural sciences).
  • English is the language of instruction in all subjects, and all applicants are therefore required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 EUR per year during 24 months.

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Living costs for Aarhus

6639 - 10051 DKK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


IMSOGLO offers Erasmus Mundus scholarships to applicants of all nationalities, which is a full scholarship that covers programme participation cost, monthly allowance and travel costs up to a total of 49,000 euro for the full 2-year IMSOGLO programme. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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