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Students will receive in-depth training in general geology and specialised training in selected disciplines of geology. Furthermore, emphasis is put on acquiring general academic skills such as research and exploration, reporting, and cooperation with fel
Location:
Leuven, Belgium
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Master of Geology is a two-year study programme organised jointly by KU Leuven and Ghent University. Students receive in-depth training in general geology and specialised training in selected disciplines of geology. The programme provides the scientific and social attitudes and skills necessary to work in an interdisciplinary team to find the best possible coherent solution for a specific geological problem. This programme is jointly offered by KU Leuven and Ghent University, enrolment for the programme is depended on the major students wish to follow: The majors 'Geodynamics and Georesources' and ' Surface processes and paleoenvironments' are handled by the KU Leuven. Students have to enroll at the KU Leuven for these majors. The majors 'Geology of Basins' and ' Soil and Groundwater' are handled by Ghent University. Students have to enroll at Ghent University for these majors. This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Students will receive in-depth training in general geology and specialised training in selected disciplines of geology. Furthermore, emphasis is put on acquiring general academic skills such as research and exploration, reporting, and cooperation with fellow students and researchers.

The student receives the necessary training to analyse and solve new, broader and more complex geological problems. He obtains the scientific 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, etc.). Students should not only have hands-on knowledge of the techniques and the basic principles of geology, but also be able to appraise the potential and limitations of the different techniques. In a rational and scientific way, students must be able to process and report research results, publish them in reports and in a Master's thesis (monograph), and present and defend these results orally in a structured way, aided by modern communication techniques. The programme also emphasises the social attitudes and skills needed to work in an interdisciplinary team to find the best possible coherent solution for a specific problem.
Setting Description:
Situated in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven (University of Leuven) has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest and highest-ranked university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of programmes in English, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research. KU Leuven is home to a vibrant community of international scholars spread out over its various campuses. 14% of the university’s 54,000 students are international representing 140 countries. KU Leuven's three doctoral schools provide internationally oriented PhD tracks for more than 4,000 doctoral students. Boasting an outstanding central location, KU Leuven offers a truly international experience, high-quality education, world-class research and cutting-edge innovation.
Cost:
The Flemish Government's generous co-financing system ensures that tuition fees for Bachelor's and initial Master's programmes remain relatively low: 890 EUR per academic year.

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