School of GeoSciences

Programme structure

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

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 Soils & Sustainability 

Teaching and assessment

More information on the way you are taught and assessed.

Research dissertation

Your dissertation contributes one third of your marks for the programme.

Part time studies

Committed to helping people back into education whilst continuing to work or manage family and personal commitments, you may study our degree programme part time over either two or three years.

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