The department of Forest and Water Management provides several courses in the following master programmes at UGent.

Master of Bioscience Engineering: Forest and Nature Management

This master aspires to educate academic engineers who can contribute to sustainable use and integrated management of forest and nature in general. As forest and natural areas and open landscapes in general, become scarce, the demand for diverse functions and services increases. This calls for strong management expertise, particularly to achieve multifunctionality of forests and nature.

Next to core courses such as forest ecology, nature management, silviculture and wood biology there are typical supporting courses in the engineering domain. These include management, advanced statistics and data processing. Specific courses focus on newly developing trends in sustainable forest and nature management and valorization of forest products. The silvicultural component features conversion techniques of homogeneous softwood stands, afforestation of marginal sites such as dumping sites and sludge deposits, monitoring of the biogeochemical cycle and nature restoration techniques. The quantitative disciplines of forest and nature management cover adapted terrestrial inventory procedures, advanced planning methods, and the application of remote sensing and GIS for mapping, monitoring and spatial planning purposes.

The department of Forest and Water Management provides several courses in this master programme:

  • Wood Anatomy and Identification of Wood Species
  • Forestry
  • Forest Exploitation
  • Forest Mensuration and Inventory
  • Wood Technology: Basic Material Properties
  • Wood Technology: Wood Processing and Forest Products
  • Nature Management and Restoration Ecology
  • Forest and Nature Policy
  • Forest and Nature Management Planning
  • Tropical Forestry

Master of Bioscience Engineering: Soil and Water Management

The objective of this master programme  is to provide a broad education in the biological, physical and chemical aspects of the sustainable management of land and water, both in natural as well as in artificial ecosystems. The engineer graduating from this master is expected to thoroughly understand the properties and processes occurring in soils and surface and groundwater, and has to be able to control these processes and quantitatively assess and predict the consequences of control measures on the functioning of ecosystems. Important international themes of the 21st century, such as the global water resource depletion, soil conservation and land degradation are a strong challenge to the Master of Bioscience Engineering: Land and Water Management.

The foundation of the programme is provided through a series of basic courses, leading to a detailed fundamental knowledge of soil science topics (such as pollution and sanitation of soils, nutrient management, soil erosion), topics related to water management (such as hydrologic modelling, water quality management, ground water modelling), and engineering courses (such as geostatistics and hydraulics). Furthermore, a number of courses can be chosen, partly from a limited list, partly through free choice, which allow a specialization in certain aspects of land or water management.

The department of Forest and Water Management provides several courses in this master programme:

  • Hydrological Modelling
  • Groundwater flow
  • Hydraulics

Master of Science in Environmental Sanitation

     The general objective of the study programme is the education of environmental specialists with ample knowledge of (1) the concepts and issues associated with environmental pollution, (2) the detection and quantification of environmental contamination, (3) the possible impact of environmental pollutants on ecosystems and biota, together with the current techniques for risk assessment, and (4) the available technologies for the prevention and remediation of environmental pollution and the way they are designed and applied in practice.

    As graduates end up in various domains in their professional lives, they get the opportunity to specialize in a particular field during the second year, depending on the choice of the major and the dissertation subject. This subject needs to be linked to the major selected. Courses can be taken from 3 different majors, being:

    1. major 'soil'
    2. major 'water'
    3. major 'air'

    Each of these majors has its own specific objectives, referred to as domain-specific objectives. All majors continue on the fundamental knowledge that was acquired during the first year through the general courses.