This 2-year programme contains 120 ECTS credit units and has two specialisation options of 90 ECTS:
- Soil biogeochemistry and global change is organised by Ghent University, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and the University of Göttingen and leads to a joint MSc-diploma issued by these 3 universities.
- Physical land resources and global change is organised by Ghent University and Aarhus University, and leads to a joint MSc-diploma issued by these 2 universities.
Student mobility within Europe is an integral part of the 2-year programme. Both specialisations share the introductory module of Soil Fundamentals at Ghent University (first semester, 30 ECTS, which includes a joint primer event) and a joint summer activity at the end of the second semester. The courses and locations during the second and third semester depend on the chosen specialisation. Students follow mandatory courses and choose eligible courses up to a total of 30 ECTS per semester (see www.imsoglo.eu for a list of mandatory and elective courses). The MSc-thesis is done at one of the universities organising the specialisation, with co-supervision from the other university. It is also possible to do the thesis in conjunction with one of the associated partners: Joint Research Centre of the European Community, or Chinese Academy of Sciences (Nanjing).
A needs analysis at the start of IMSOGLO has shown there is a substantial need for soil consultants primarily in the fields of agronomy and pollution. There is a larger need for academics, mainly in the fields of land-use change and greenhouse gas emissions, which strongly proves the need and relevance for the scope of the programme: soils and global change. Analysis of alumni of preceding MSc-programs showed that almost 45% of the alumni took jobs in the public sector, mostly in research and partly in education. About 50% of the alumni took jobs in either consultancy, industry or agriculture/agro-industry.