Entry requirements

Prospective students should normally have, or expected to be awarded, an Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. However, enquiries are welcomed from all prospective students, regardless of first degree, who can demonstrate adequate level of competence and ability for postgraduate training. In recent years students who have completed the programme successfully have come from backgrounds including agriculture, biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, geography, geology and physics. Interviews will be required for applicants with non-conventional qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Soil Science gives the student an in depth understanding of the nature and properties of soils to apply to environmental sustainability, food security and other areas learning from established soil science experts.

Find out more about courses

Our MSc degree in Soil Science was established in 1961 and offers an opportunity for graduate students to receive training in a subject not widely taught at undergraduate level. It attracts students from both the UK and overseas, and it provides a foundation for a career in research (academic or near-market), advisory/consultancy services or overseas development work. The Soil Science programme combines a diverse range of taught courses, practical work, day field trips, as well as a residential field trip through which we aim to provide a wide-ranging training in soil science, applicable both to students with previous knowledge of a relevant sub-discipline and to those with little background in soil science.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment38

Course contact details

Postgraduate Taught Secretary
+44 (0)1224 437096