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Aarhus University MSc in Soils and Global Change (Erasmus Mundus)
Aarhus University

MSc in Soils and Global Change (Erasmus Mundus)

Aarhus, Denmark

2 Years

English

Full time

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Aug 2025

EUR 9,000 / per year *

On-Campus

* for non-EU/EEA students|for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: 4,500 EUR per year

Introduction

International Master’s Programme Jointly Offered by European Top Universities

The Erasmus Mundus International Master’s in Soils and Global Change (IMSOGLO) 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 programme 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 the depletion of natural resources and are limiting the performance of land concerning functions such as biomass production, carbon sequestration, and water purification.

The cumulative effects of climate change and the aforementioned 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 is 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 emphasise the need to train more personnel worldwide to understand how soils react to global change 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 Study Programme at Different European Universities

As a student in 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-Plant System Processes and Global Change’ will study in Vienna in their second semester and 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 ‘Soil Ecosystem Services and Global Change ’ will study in Ghent in their second semester and 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.

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