School of GeoSciences

MSc Soils and Sustainability

Aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in land based management or environmental protection, who are seeking an understanding of soil within sustainable management.

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

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. 



About the programme

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There's never been a better time to learn about the role of soils in sustaining life - find out more about our degree.

Applying for your programme

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Entry requirements and how to apply for your chosen programme.

Programme structure

Find out about the compulsory and optional courses you study and how you are assessed.

Field work

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A week long field tour forms an integral part of the programme.


Where can a degree in MSc Soils and Sustainability take you?

Teaching staff

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Find out more about the MSc Soils and Sustainability teaching staff and programme contacts.

Costs & funding options

Find out details of programme costs and scholarship or funding options.

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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.