School of GeoSciences

MSc Sustainable Plant Health

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.

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.

The programme is delivered in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Students benefit from SRUC teaching, and are awarded a University of Edinburgh degree on successful completion of their programme

About the programme

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Can you find sustainable solutions to maintaining our global food supply?

Applying for your programme

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Entry requirements and how to apply for your chosen programme.

Programme structure

This 12 month programme involves two semesters of classes followed by an individual research project.


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Plant health scientists are employed in a range of vocations: environmental consultancy, research, overseas development, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, urban planning, policy development, plant inspection and management.

Costs & funding options

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Find out details of scholarship or funding options.

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Watch a video from the Programme Director, interact with us on social media or contact us for more information.


Apply now and entry requirements


Survey - new programme opportunities

We have set up three short surveys and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in postgraduate study online or on campus in ‘Circular Economy’,  ‘Natural Hazards and Risk’, or 'Applied Hydrogeology'.

Your feedback will help shape the content and structure of these new programmes, and there is an opportunity to leave your contact details so we can keep you up to date on any developments.