The Geology programme - organised jointly by Ghent University and KU Leuven - offers an in-depth training in general geology and a specialised training in selected disciplines of geology. The emphasis is on acquiring general academic skills such as research and exploration, reporting, co-operation with fellow students and researchers. Our students receive the necessary training to analyse and solve new, broader and more complex geological problems. They acquire the scientific-academic attitude to solve these problems by selecting and applying advanced methods (qualitative and quantitative field analysis, direct and indirect observation techniques, physical and chemical analytical techniques, modelling of geological processes, …).
We expect our students to have a hands-on knowledge of the techniques and basic principles, and to be able to appraise the potential as well as the limitations of these techniques. In a rational and scientific manner, our students are able to process and to report their research results, to publish them in reports and in a Master’s dissertation (monograph), and to present and defend these results orally in a structured manner, aided by modern communication techniques.
A Geology graduate possesses the social attitudes and skills to work in an interdisciplinary team and aims to reach the best possible coherent solution for a specific problem.