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Number of ECTS credits: 
120
Number of years: 
2
Study language: 
English
In cooperation with: 
Universiteit Gent
Faculty: 
Ingenieurswetenschappen
accredited by NVAO
Campus: 
Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus

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Master of Science in Physical Land Resources

Land Resources Engineering
Academic year 2017-2018
The standard learning track in the interuniversity Master of Science in Physical Land Resources: Land Resources Engineering (120 SP), includes 3 modules:
- Compulsory courses (60 ECTS)
- Elective courses (30 ECTS)
- Master thesis (30 ECTS)
Each of the modules has to be successfully completed by the student to obtain the diploma. The student has to respect all registration requirements. For each (sub)module is shown to which year of the full-time standard learning track (year 1 or year 2) the courses belong. It is strongly recommended to follow the standard learning track (first year 1, then year 2) and to add the courses to the study plan taking into account the level of the course: first introducing courses, then advanced and finally specialised courses.
The course curriculum of the first year of the standard learning track in Land Resources Engineering is organised at the Ghent University, whereas all courses of the main subject in Land Resources Engineering of the second year of this track are organised at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Compulsory Courses MA Physical Land Resources: Land Resources Engineering

This module is made up of 60 ECTS of compulsory courses: 45 ECTS common compulsory courses and 15 ECTS Land Resources Engineering specialisation courses. These courses belong to the 1st year of the standard learning track. These courses are taught at the Ghent University.

Com. Compuls. Courses MA in Physical Land Resources y 1 standard learning track

These 9 common compulsory courses (45 ECTS) have to be successfully accomplished in the 1st year of the standard learning track (MA1).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 45 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Applied Statistics 1st semester 5
Soil Chemistry 1st semester 5
Soil Mineralogy 1st semester 5
Soil Physics 1st semester 5
Land Information Systems 2nd semester 5
Meteorology and Climatology 2nd semester 5
Scientific Communications on Physical Land Resources 2nd semester 5
Soil Prospection and Classification 2nd semester 5
Pedology 1st and 2nd semester 5

Land Resources Engineering Specialisation Courses y 1 standard learning track

These 3 specialized courses (15 ECTS) have to be successfully accomplished in the 1st year of the standard learning track.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 15 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Groundwater hydrology 1st semester 5
Water and Land Interaction and Transformation 1st semester 5
Applied Geophysics 2nd semester 5

Elective Courses MA Physical Land Resources: Land Resources Engineering

Students must successfully complete at least 30 ECTS of elective courses in the 2nd year of the standard learning track (MA2). This module of elective courses is made up of two sets of electives: one with specific elective courses in Land Resources Engineering and one with elective courses of the Soil Science specialisation, that are also eligible for students of the Land Resources Engineering track. Students must select:

- at least 20 ECTS of electives from the list of specific electives in Land Resources Engineering

- not more than 10 ECTS form the list of elective courses of the Soil Science specialisation.

Provided approval by the Curriculum Board of Physical Land Resources, students are also allowed to exchange not more than 5 ECTS of the required 30 ECTS of electives, for courses from other master programs (VUB, other universities). Students who want to register for such courses must first contact their faculty secretariat. The student's choice must always be approved by the Curriculum Board of Physical Land Resources. Students can register for elective courses provided they have already successfully accomplished at least 20 ECTS of common compulsory courses of the master program.
To complete this module, students must obtain 30 study points.

Program specific elective courses 'Land Resources Engineering'.

This module includes specific electives on Land Resources Engineering. Students must select at least 20 ECTS and up to 30 ECTS of electives of this list, in the 2nd year of the standard learning track (MA2).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 20 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Geological and Geotechnical Aspects in Coastal Lowlands 1st semester 5
Geology and engineering geology 1st semester 4
Geomechanics 1st semester 5
GIS for Water Resources Engineering 1st semester 3
Groundwater modelling 1st semester 5
Natural Hazards 2nd semester 3
Natural Risk Management 2nd semester 3
Remote Sensing in Water Resources Engineering 2nd semester 3
Rock mechanics and underground constructions 2nd semester 4
Internship 1st and 2nd semester 5
Applied Geomorphology biennial: 1st semester of an odd academic year (e.g. 2013-2014) 5

Elective Courses from the Soil Science track.

This module includes electives of the Soil Science specialisation. Land Resources Engineering students are also allowed to select electives from this list, but only up to 10 ECTS. These electives belong to the 2nd year of the standard learning track.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Land Evaluation 1st semester 5
Properties and Management of Soils in the Tropics 1st semester 5
Quality of Groundwater Resources 1st semester 5
Remote sensing 1st semester 5
Soil Degradation 1st semester 5
Soil Erosion Processes and Control 1st semester 5
Soil Fertility 1st semester 5
Soil Water Management 1st semester 5
Irrigation and Drainage 2nd semester 5

Master Thesis Physical Land Resources.

This module includes the compulsory Master Thesis (30 ECTS).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Master Thesis Physical Land Resources 1st and 2nd semester 30