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Introduction

The Erasmus Mundus International Master 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 EU’s prestigious Erasmus Mundus label, and is offered jointly by:

  • Ghent University (Belgium)
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Austria)
  • University of Göttingen (Germany)
  • Aarhus University (Denmark)

Global change effects 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 its functions such as biomass production, carbon sequestration, water purification, etc. The additive 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, and this has been realised 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 on soil response to external pressures.

This scientific knowledge is available in European universities, but rather dispersed due to the specialisation of the research groups and their size, which makes it difficult for students to follow a focused curriculum on soils and global change at any individual university.

Alarming effects of global change on soils observed throughout the world emphasize the need to train more people worldwide to understand how soils react to global change and to be able to develop prevention and remediation strategies and increase soil resilience. The participating universities in IMSOGLO are very well equipped to give stimulatory and targeted training on soil interactions with global change to an international audience of students.

Agricultural Sciences at Aarhus University

The field of Agricultural Sciences at Aarhus University belongs to the elite among agricultural science institutions worldwide and carries out cutting edge research. The core areas of research are: Climate and natural resources, environment and bioenergy, organic farming, food quality, farm animal production and plant production.

Sustainability is a fundamental principle. The goal is to seek solutions that contribute to environmentally and economically sustainable development of the agricultural and food industries.

Agricultural Sciences in the rankings

Agricultural Sciences at Aarhus University ranks ninth in the 2016 US News Best Global Universities Ranking, and tenth in the 2016 National Taiwan University Ranking. Agriculture and Forestry at AU is ranked between 51 and 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

Admission requirements

Application deadlines

  • 1 March: Scholarship-seeking students and non-EU citizens
  • 1 June: EU citizens

Academic requirements
A Bachelor’s degree (minimum 180 ECTS credits) in pure or applied sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, geology, civil or agricultural engineering, environmental or agricultural sciences, etc.) or an equivalent level from a recognised university or engineering college.

Sufficient academic knowledge (at least 40 ECTS in total) in natural sciences is required, where natural sciences are specified as: physics, chemistry, maths, ecology, biology, geography, environmental sciences and agricultural sciences.

Language requirements
Since English is the language of instruction, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Accepted language tests are:

  • TOEFL IBT 90
  • ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score with a minimum of 6 for writing
  • ESOL CAMBRIDGE English CAE (Advanced)

Language of instruction is not accepted as a proof of English language proficiency, except for applicants who have obtained a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in a higher education institution of a country with English as the official language and with English as only mode of instruction (Australia, Canada, Ghana, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK and USA).

Read about how to apply for admission at the official programme website https://imsoglo.eu/how-to-apply/

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