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.

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).

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.

Degree structure, teaching & assessment

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.

Careers & network

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

Teaching staff and contacts

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

Programme costs & funding options

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

Videos, testimonials & social media

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See student testimonials, programme videos and connect with us on a range of social media channels.

Contact us

For general enquiries about applying for the MSc programme, please contact the Programme Secretary.

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.