Soils, Inland Waters, Contaminated Land (M.Sc.)International semester courses
If you have a firm background in soil science and/or surface water hydrology, you may want to supplement your knowledge with information on contaminated soils, inland waters or GIS-systems. In this case you can join our International Semester as part of your Master or Ph.D. program at your home university.
The International Semester with English as teaching medium is part of the M.Sc. program ‘Soil, Inland Waters & Contaminated Land‘ and will take place in the fall semester each year (October to January).
You must take 6 courses to get the necessary 30 credit points required to complete the semester. To be sure that those credit points are acknowledged for your M.Sc. or Ph.D. program at home, a written personalized learning agreement must be signed between our university and your home university before starting your studies.
There will be a four-week International Summer German Language School before the start of the semester.
To speakGerman is not required to join the International Semester, but the knowledge of some ‘Survival German’ is highly recommended to cope with everyday life.
All courses include lectures as well as practical aspects, such as onsite training, hands-on at the PC, group work on case studies or excursions / field trips.
Students are introduced to the theoretical basis of Geographic Information Systems, learn to operate ArcGIS and apply GIS based soil evaluation methods to obtain new levels of knowledge (fe erosion risk, nitrate leaching).
After a brief theoretical introduction, students work on model applications in the field of soil protection, for instance on case studies on the assessment of the leaching risk of contaminants to the groundwater.
Students are introduced to treatment technologies for soils, sediments, groundwater and soil vapor. Based on different case studies of contaminated land and brownfields, students are familiarized with know treatment operations and, subsequently, are able to assess different methods.
Students become acquainted with the characteristics of soils and typical
substrates in urban, industrial and mining areas with their particular properties and characteristics (fe contamination, land use).
Students are introduced to worldwide soil types and their properties according to international classifications (FAO, WRB, Soil Taxonomy). Examples of soil-related problems such as erosion, salinization or desertification are discussed.
Climate change and the development of adaptation strategies are major challenges for our society. The soil, its properties and its use are important factors that mitigate the effects of climate change. The course introduces the current state of research on soil and climate change.
Students will deal with key issues in land use and soil protection. With the help of recent publications, they analyze current topics such as soil contamination, land degradation or land use by energy crops.
The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) provides the framework for the protection and management of inland Waters in Europe. Using specific examples, students critically analyze the WFD with special reference to the assessment and implementation procedures.
As guest student you can also attend other courses offered by the two universities. English courses in biology, system science, agriculture, physics or chemistry may be of particular interest to students interested in environmental issues.