MSc degrees in collaboration with SRUC

The School of GeoSciences has worked in partnership with Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) for many years. The combined experience and respective expertise of both institutions ensure that students enrolled in our collaborative programmes have access to world leading staff and well-equipped research facilities across the full range of earth and agricultural sciences. Students benefit from SRUC teaching, and are awarded a University of Edinburgh degree on successful completion of their programme.


MSc Ecological Economics

This programme focuses on how to make sustainability and environmental management work in practice by applying economic principles. Our graduates are working in environmental consultancies, non-governmental organisations, government, financial institutions and multinational companies all over the world and many have gone on to doctoral studies.

The programme includes field trips and a 10-day study tour, usually overseas and in the developing world, to experience instances of conflict between ecosystem conservation and human development needs at ground level. This programme is a collaboration between Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the School of GeoSciences.

MSc Ecological Economics


MSc Environmental Protection and Management

Deforestation and soil erosion, human use of natural resources, the release of potentially toxic compounds and pathogens and the increase in greenhouse gases are all examples of pressures that have serious consequences for all life on Earth.

This programme provides an in-depth understanding of natural resource management and the processes that give rise to environmental degradation, and prepares graduates for work in this field. The School of GeoSciences has a long history of collaboration SRUC and other major research institutes, each of which have a strong interest in the science related to pollution in rural areas.

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food security

MSc Food Security

Feeding the world in the 21st Century

This is a critically important issue for societies around the globe.

Interaction between demographics, changes in diet, trade liberalisation, increased focus on conservation, technological innovations including GM crops, the impact of climate change - all affect food security.

Qualified experts to work with policy creation and legislation are in demand.

This programme is a collaboration between Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences.

MSc Food Security


MSc Soils and Sustainability

Essential for food production, soils also store water, provide biological habitats, impact the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, absorb society’s waste, are a source of minerals and provide the foundations for housing and roads that we depend on. A programme for students who wish to pursue a career in land-based management or environmental protection and gain a greater understanding of soil within the context of sustainable management.

The degree is designed to provide a preparation for an industry or academic research career, or a professional career in soil science and environmental management.A collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

MSc Soils and Sustainability

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MSc Sustainable Plant Health

With the global human population set to rise to over nine billion by 2050, and our trees facing new plant threats, we urgently need sustainable solutions that will allow us to increase the global food supply while preserving the integrity of agricultural and non-agricultural ecosystems. This degree is for graduates planning a career in plant protection in agriculture, horticulture, forestry or urban settings, or policy development, plant health inspection, research, consultancy and conservation management, and private industry. A collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

MSc Sustainable Plant Health

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