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Soils and Sustainability MSc

Level: SCQF 11

Available at these campuses: Edinburgh

About the Course

SRUC and University of EdinburghThis programme aims to introduce students to the concepts of soil for the 21st century and is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in land-based management or environmental protection.

Soils underpin the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems and are key to food production. Soils form the basis of all agricultural production, but they also store water, mediate the impact of pollutants, provide biological habitats, have an impact on the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, are involved in dealing with society’s waste, are a source of extractable minerals and provide the foundations for the housing and roads on which society depends.

You will learn about soil function and management, and soil classification, assessment and analysis, with a strong emphasis on practical skills. You will gain expertise in the relationship between soil and sustainable approaches to land resource use.

The MSc Soils and Sustainability degree is awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

Contact us

SRUC Postgraduate Student Administration
Elspeth Martin
Phone: +44 (0) 131 535 4031

SRUC Programme Director
Sarah Buckingham
Phone: +44 (0) 1315354177

Entry Requirements

Preferably a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its equivalent in any subject. Consideration given for a UK 2:2 honours degree with additional experience. Proficiency in English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

Course Content

This programme involves two semesters of compulsory and option taught courses followed by a period of individual dissertation project work.

Compulsory courses:

  • Soil Protection and Management
  • Soils Science Concepts and Application
  • Soil Ecology & Taxonomy
  • Professional and Research Skills in Practice
  • Dissertation

Elective courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of optional courses. For more information and to apply visit the University of Edinburgh's course pages.

Field trip

An integral, week-long study tour lets you refresh skills learned on the programme and develop new tools and techniques, useful during the dissertation process. The tour is currently held in Mende, France. In addition to the formal taught component, we organise rafting and visit the Aven Armand caves. There may also be a short tour during induction week, to give students a chance to get to know each other.