Taught course

Soils and Sustainability

Scotland's Rural College · Department of Environmental Studies

Entry requirements

Preferably a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its equivalent in any subject. Proficiency in English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Soils form the basis of all agricultural production, but they also store water, mediate the impact of pollutants, provide biological habitats, affect the accumulation of atmospheric greenhouse gases, are involved in dealing with societies waste, are a source of minerals and provide the foundations for housing and roads that society depends on.

You will learn about soil function and management, and soil classification, assessment and analysis, with a strong emphasis on practical skills. You will gain expertise in the relationship between soil and sustainable approaches to land resource use.

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Sarah Buckingham
+44(0)131 535 4177