The list of challenges facing humanity and the planet is huge: climate change, food and water insecurity, environmental degradation, a projected global population of 9 billion by 2050, and resulting from this, conflict, war and migration. These challenges are strongly linked with physical land resources, and soil and water in particular.
A thorough understanding of physical land resources and how to manage and engineer soil and water is thus essential in addressing current and future challenges, and particularly to optimise biomass production and other land uses while minimising environmental hazards. This is acknowledged by the international scientific community and policy makers, and resulted in international conventions such as the United Nations (UN) Convention to Combat Desertification, International Panel for Food Security, UN Convention for Biodiversity, International Panel on Climate Change. At the World Climate Summit 2015 held in Paris, soil management was identified as a formal part of the global response to the climate crisis.
Ghent University's Physical Land Resources - Soil Science offers a top-rated, unique and international programme that was ranked first in recent programme evaluations by students. It is one of the few programmes worldwide with such a strong focus on soils in relation to climate change, food and water insecurity, environmental degradation and engineering applications and thus addressing directly and indirectly most of the new 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
There is a great demand for experts in physical land resources to address the many challenges ahead of us, particularly resulting from the lack of similar programmes worldwide. Implementation of various environmental and climate change related directives and addressing the sustainable development goals, demands well-trained personnel in physical land resources, both in the Global North and South. The great majority of alumni are very satisfied with the programme and with the opportunities it created for their current jobs.
- Applied Statistics
- Climate Change
- Soil Chemistry
- Soil Physics
- Land Information Systems
- Scientific Communication on Physical Land Resources
- Soil Water Management
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesSoil Science Natural Resource Management View 8 other Masters in Natural Resource Management in Belgium
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Admission is granted on the basis of a diploma, irrelevant of nationality. Most qualifications obtained abroad do not grant direct admission. This means that the diploma is not automatically recognised as equivalent to a Flemish diploma and that admission can be granted after an individual application procedure.
International5744 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5744 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA962 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 962 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Gent
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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