Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security

(Closed to applications) BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science - Crop and Soil Science

(Closed to applications) With a focus on applied science and the need for tailored solutions, this programme covers the scientific principles of crop and soil management that underpin the development of sustainable and resilient production systems.

Important message

The Covid-19 pandemic is creating uncertainty for everyone, but we are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students.

We have tried to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the experience we offer all of our students, but we have reluctantly decided to close this degree for 2020 entry. 

We are offering a similar programme of study in Global Agriculture and Food Security.

Further information


Using case studies from temperate and tropical systems, you will develop the analytical skills in crop and soil science necessary to meet the challenges of increasing global food production, maximising the efficiency of resource use and minimising the impact on our environment.

Programme Introduction by Professor Ian Bingham:

(see bottom of page for transcript)

Key Information 

  • Qualification: BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science - Crop and Soil Science
  • UCAS code: D403
  • Institution Code: E56
  • Study Mode: Four years full-time
  • Course Location: Easter Bush Campus, Edinburgh, EH25 9RG
  • Start Date: September

Programme Information

The BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science – Crop and Soil Science programme is delivered by the University of Edinburgh and our teaching partner Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Work Placement

Industrial experience is a core part of our degree programmes, it is an opportunity to put classroom based theory into practice in the 'real world', whilst gaining invaluable experience.

How to apply

We give equal consideration to all candidates who submit their application by the required deadline and meet all academic requirements.


There are a number of Scholarship opportunities available to students on the Global Academy’s undergraduate programmes.

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Video transcript:

 My name is Ian Bingham and I am programme director for the Crop and Soil programme.

Well, the world is facing unprecedented challenges, and put simply we have to grow more food with less, and that means less water, less fertilisers, less land, and we need to do it in a way that it protects some of our most important assets: our soil and our biodiversity.

So, this programme will help to develop the skills and the knowledge that graduates require to take on these challenges.

Well the challenges we face don’t stop at national boundaries, so unlike many degree programmes this one has a strong international dimension to it. And, as we develop the understanding of the principles of crop and soil science we apply those principles to crop production systems in different parts of the world, and we emphasise the importance of tailoring solutions to local situations.

Between us, SRUC and the University, have got collaborations in over seventy-five countries in different parts of the developed and developing world, so we’ve got plenty of expertise we can call on.

We have extensive links with the plant breeding crop production and crop protection industries through advisory and research work, and we use those links to build a programme of visits to farms and to businesses and a programme of external speakers in the crop production sector.

So, in common with the other agricultural science and economics programmes that we offer, there is a placement in year three where students gain valuable work experience in a commercial or non-commercial setting of their choice. For example, that might include work in a large agri-food company or in a non-government organisation, and it can be either overseas or in the UK.

And, the placement is designed to develop the communications, the business and the research skills that are taught early in the course, and to provide an opportunity for students to gain or to develop their own professional networks, and of course our staff are able to provide contacts for students to get additional work experience during their vacation period.