Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological science, environmental science, physical science, geography, engineering, economics or other relevant subject.

We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant industry experience.

English language requirements

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 185 with at least 169 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with passes in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 70 with at least 59 in each component.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Months of entry


Course content

As well as forming the basis of all agricultural production, soils store water, mediate the impact of pollutants, provide biological habitats, impact on the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, help to deal with society’s waste, provide extractable minerals and the foundations for the housing and roads on which we depend.

This programme aims to introduce students to the concept and role of soils in food production and land resources in the 21st century.

Suitable for students seeking a career in land-based management or environmental protection, it examines the role of soils as a fundamental of sustainable terrestrial ecosystems and the key to food production.

The MSc Soils and Sustainability degree is delivered by SRUC and awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Sarah Buckingham
+44(0)131 535 4177