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?

Degree Structure and Teaching

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

Careers & Employability

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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.

Fees & funding

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Find out details of scholarship or funding options.

Video Testimonials and Social media

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

Contact us

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Please feel free to get in touch if you have any queries.

Apply now and Entry requirements

Download our pdf flyer with programme summary, entry requirements and  tuition fees:


Please note that field trip locations may change based on availability or for reasons outwith our control including those of a political nature.


We strongly recommend that all applications for study by submitted no later than 15 June 2018. Late applications from Home /  EU students may be considered, and from International students in exceptional circumstances. Please e-mail to enquire.