Bulgaria Jordan Poland Russia Turkey
ERASMUS MUNDUS MASTER PROGRAMME IN SOIL SCIENCE
ERASMUS+ Mundus Joint Master Degree in Soil Science (emiSS) is organized by a consortium of five Universities: Ondokuz Mayıs University (OMU-Turkey), University of Agriculture in Krakow (UAK-Poland), Agricultural University Plovdiv (AU - Bulgaria), Southern Federal University (SFedU - Russia), Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST- Jordan). Ondokuz Mayıs University is the co-ordinating institution of the emiSS Consortium. The aim of emiSS is to raise and meet the need for qualified and skilled soil scientists at the master level through a training programme bringing together soil science (soil physics, chemistry, biology and hydrology, soil genesis and classification, soil pollution and reclamation), management (soil erosion and conservation, land use, planning and management, soil health and quality), fertility (fertilizers and fertilization, soilless culture, composting and vermicompost), soil ecosystem (soil biodiversity, soil-plant-water relationships, soil C sequestration and storage, etc), intercultural competence and language skills. To achieve this, the programme will benefit from the integration of scientific fields under the roof of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition of each consortium university participating in the emiSS, where their strength lies. Ondokuz Mayıs University stands out with scientific research and publications in the fields of soil-plant-water relationships, organic waste management, land use, planning and management, soil microbiology and composting techniques; the University of Agriculture in Krakow in soil genesis and classification, soil mineralogy and micromorphology; Agricultural University Plovdiv in soil fertility, plant nutrition, fertilizer application and soil chemistry, mineralogy and reclamation of damaged soils; the Southern Federal University in soil chemistry, soil pollution and reclamation and Jordan University of Science and Technology in soil salinity and soilless culture, fertilization.
Soil is one of the most important natural resources covering the world alongside air and water. All micro-macro flora and fauna living in the ecosystem meet their food requirement directly or indirectly from the soil. Recent developments in the natural resource and environment sciences evidenced that soil is the basis of major ecosystem functions recognized scientifically. That it houses vital nutrients supporting different land covers and types (forest, pasture and agriculture); regulates the temperature of the earth besides its key role in controlling the emission of various sera gases; prevents draught and floods in water basins with its water holding and storage capacity; and is a natural refining environment in terms of pollution are amongst the main functions of the soil system. Furthermore, soil, water and air pollution is reduced with new and creative soil management strategies against industrial, urban and agricultural pollution which seriously endanger the environment and human health and the performance of the ecosystem is increasing. Ecosystems present various functions providing viable environment and conditions for the nourishment, shelter of creatures and for them to sustain their generations. There are great pressures on natural resources, and especially the soil, up from the civilizations founded to this day. Factors such as climate change, especially unhealthy industrialization due to rapid population growth, unplanned urbanization, misuse of land, increase in pollution, decrease in and/or extinction of species endangers biodiversity, thus the sustainability of the ecosystem. It is impossible to alter natural pedogenesis process as well as producing soil through technological means and no other resource can be used instead in case it’s lost. Therefore, it is evident that we should act more responsibly towards soil compared to other natural resources.
There is a need for trained expert in the field human resources for the preservation and sustainable management of soil which is an important and nonrenewable natural resource throughout the world. As the scope of the programme planned to be opened is international, it will contribute to the in-field specialization of the soil scientists coming from various ecosystems or the specialization of staff from different scientific fields in the field of soil science. Soil constitutes the first link of the safe food chain to be established for the healthy nutrition of the world population and the basis for the food safety. The practical significance of the results of the project in the education of Master's Degree specialists will be the preparation of highly qualified experts in the field of Soil Science, who can be involved in practical, scientific and innovative activities as both academic and engineering staff.
This project was created to provide MSc training in the following topics: soil-plant-water relationships, land use, planning and management, soil microbiology and composting techniques, soil chemistry, soil pollution and reclamation; soil genesis and classification, soil mineralogy; soil physics and hydrology; soil erosion and conservation; soil salinity and soilless culture, fertilization. Each one of these topics constitutes directly the scientific research and training topics of Soil Science. The strong side of this programme is that it is formed by universities from various geographies with a certain scientific level in the field of universal Soil Science and application in practice. As it is, the soil scientists awarded the MSc degree will not only be equipped with the universal theoretical know how, but learn on-site the soil management, solution methods and efficient and healthy use of soil in topics such as climate change and food safety in different geographies. This will no doubt contribute important strengths to the compatibility of students graduating from the programme.
The design of the curriculum of the programme is of utmost importance to ensure the academic excellence of the programme. As such, the curriculum designed brings together the strong sides and best features of the consortium members. A Joint Integration Week will first be held, where students will come together under an orientation programme and introduce their culture and countries, followed by elective courses at OMU during the first semester. Students will take courses in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at partner universities in the second semester. At the end of the second semester, a joint 7 days Summer Field Camp will be held in June. The first year also includes optional courses about general knowledge in soil science and plant nutrition. Students will specialize in their theses subjects at OMU, AUK, AU, SFedU or JUST in the second year, i.e. 3rd and 4th semesters and write their Master theses. The Final Conference and Diploma Ceremony will be held at OMU in August.
The Courses take place in at least two different programme countries. A student will complete the courses obtaining 30 ECTS in the first semester at OMU-Turkey and the other required 30 ECTS in the second semester at UAK-Poland or AU-Bulgaria. All the courses are taught in English. The students of emiSS will come together for a field camp at OMU for 7 days between the first and second semesters. During the field camp, students will visit different soil types formed under different ecological conditions (topography, geology, climate and vegetation). Moreover, students will take part in compost and vermicompost preparing processes, soil and water relationship measurements in field cases, crop and horticultural fertilization programmes and observe plant growth in fields and greenhouse conditions.
In the second year, students will start studying their master thesis at emiSS partner universities. In the third semester, students have to perform a seminar related with their study topic. In the fourth semester, students will complete their thesis studies and write their theses. They will defense the theses at the end of the semester in front of three jury members consisting of two members from the university in where the thesis study is completed and one from the emiSS consortium partners.
Successful emiSS students will obtain one joint diploma (at least signed by two consortium members) and one diploma supplement (signed by all consortium members) after the completion of 120 ECTS.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
Awarded Bachelor of Science degree in soil science / soil science & plant nutrition, agriculture, biology, environmental science, earth science and related relevant fields. Language proficiency: B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), (IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 78) except when English is the mother tongue.
Application complete including two reference letters;
Note: Pre-acceptance is conditional to meet the requirements of the different Partner Universities as regards enrolment at Master’s level. In order to confirm your registration in the emiSS master’s Degree you may need to provide legalized copies of degree and transcript of records, legal translations by a sworn translator, etc. This documentation is not required at application stage so you do not need to incur in certain expenses that are not necessary until you are pre-accepted in the Master’s Degree. In any case, you will be informed well in advance about the necessary requirements and documents you will need to provide.
About the first admission requirement “Awarded BSc degree”: While this condition must necessarily be fulfilled at the time of enrolment, the EMJMD emiSS consortium accepts applications from students in the last year of their first higher education degree. Preference will be given to applicants that already have this condition fulfilled at the time of application.
Deadline: February 15, 2021
Cost/funding for participants: