School of GeoSciences

Programme structure

This MSc programme involves two semesters of taught courses followed by an individual research project.

The curriculum consists of taught courses (September to April) worth a total of 120 credit points (including both compulsory and option courses) followed by a period of individual dissertation project work (May to August) worth 60 credit points. If you are a part-time student, you can discuss your individual programme of study with the Programme Director.

You will experience a range of teaching styles while you are studying, depending on the subject matter and courses you are taking. Courses can be delivered through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, practicals, laboratory work, and short field trips. Please view each relevant course for teaching and assessment methods.

Compulsory & Option Courses

We link to the latest information available via our Degree Programme Table.

Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.   Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.


Degree Programme Table: MSc Sustainable Plant Health  


Field trip opportunities

The main overseas study trip is associated with the core course Professional and Research Skills in Practice and the field trip usually takes place in April after the end of semester 2.

Teaching and assessment

MSc teaching is executed through a range of teaching and assessment modes all of which are designed to prepare the student for the master's dissertation and future employment.

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