Master of Science in Physical Land Resources

This programme offers 2 majors: Land and Groundwater Management & Urban Land Management

  • Applications for 2020-2021 are open

Content

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 basic commodity for a nation, 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.

Main subject: Land and Groundwater Management

This major aims at training researchers, academics, government staff and expert consultants in the inventory and detailed characterization of land capacity, and of groundwater in particular. Graduates should be able to understand the development and evolution of groundwater under natural conditions or following human interference using field, map, laboratory and remote sensing data. They should have the scientific knowledge to use and manage land and water in a sustainable way, and to optimize land and groundwater use under different natural and environmental conditions.

Main subject: Urban Land Management

This major aims at training researchers, academics, government staff and expert consultants in the inventory and detailed characterization of land capacity, and of urban land in particular. Graduates should be able to understand urban hydrology and hydraulics, and the problem of sustainable mobility and logistics, using field, map, laboratory and remote sensing data. They should have the scientific knowledge to use and manage urban land and water in a sustainable way, and to optimize urban land use under different natural and environmental conditions.

Learning Outcomes

The Master of Science in Physical Land Resources aims at delivering experts with a broad, advanced up-to-date knowledge in the field of physical land resources, and groundwater and urban land in particular, that are capable to integrate this knowledge with the acquired techniques, skills and attitudes, and to apply them in their professional life. Special consideration is given to analyzing problems in developing countries.

Structure

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, including supporting methodological courses. The second year offers specialised courses in one of both main subjects: either Land and Groundwater Management or Urban Land Management. The students have to prepare a master dissertation in the second year. 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 Land and Groundwater Management of the second year is organised at Ghent University, whereas all courses of the main subject in Urban Land Management of the second year are lectured at "Vrije Universiteit Brussel". There is one common course in the second year: "Integrated Project", assuring coherence between both majors.
The academic year starts the last week of September. However, students are advised to arrive in Ghent in the first week of September to follow the preparatory summer course.

A wide variety of teaching methods are used in the PLR programme. All course units, except for "Internship" and "Master Dissertation" include lectures. Lectures are fundamental to provide students with the necessary basic knowledge in order to acquire the requested competences .
Besides lectures the following teaching methods are very frequently used: practical classes, PC-room classes and coached exercises. Teaching methods like guided self-study, group work and micro-teaching are occasionally used.
Field work and excursions are evidently an important component of the Physical Land Resources programme.

Courses

  • Major in Land and Groundwater Management (pdf, 30kB)
  • Major in Urban Land Management. (pdf, 30kB)

Admission Requirements

Each application file is evaluated by an admission board and has to be approved by the Faculty Council and by the Rector's office, irrespective of the diploma obtained.

  • Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years from a university or recognized equivalent. Good overall scores (at least a second class or equivalent, preferably higher) are recommended.
  • Applicants are expected to have a basic science training in (1) mathematics or statistics and (2) chemistry or biochemistry, and an overall academic education background in a relevant discipline like (either) agriculture, biology, forestry, environment, land and water management, physical geography, geology or civil engineering verifiable through their transcripts.

Language requirements

The applicant must be proficient in the language of the course or training programme, i.e. English. The English language proficiency can be met by providing a certificate (validity of 5 years) of one of the following tests: (TOEFL/IELTS predictive tests and TOEIC will not be accepted)

  • TOEFL IBT 80
  • TOEFL PBT 550
  • ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score with a min. of 6 for writing
  • CEFR B2 Issued by a European university language centre
  • ESOL CAMBRIDGE English CAE (Advanced)


Language of instruction is not accepted anymore, except:

  1. applicants who have a diploma (Secondary Education, Academic Bachelor Degree, Master Degree) issued by an institution officially recognized by the Flemish Government.
  2. applicants who are nationals from or have obtained a bachelor and/or master degree in a higher education institute with English as mode of instruction in USA, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or Canada, and in the latter case a certificate that the mode of instruction was English has to be submitted.

Applicants that do not meet the language requirements can request an exception by adding a motivated letter to the application file.

Application Procedure

Academic Admission

Guidelines on how to apply for the Master of Science in Physical Land Resources:

* formerly Soil Sciences, please note the name could not yet be changed in all documents

**formerly Land Resources Engineering, please note the name could not yet be changed in all documents

Study costs

  • Tuition fee
  • Living & accommodation expenses: min € 850/month
  • Some scholarship schemes take charge of particular costs

Scholarships

Two topping-up scholarships are available for this programme. Selected candidate students will receive a scholarship that covers accommodation and insurance. Selection will be based on previous study results and suitability of foregoing education to follow this programme. Candidates have to apply by sending an e-mail to , with their completed application form, CV, copies of diploma certificates and transcripts of records.

Contact & Info

MSc in Physical Land Resources