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Soil Science MRes or MSc

University of Aberdeen · School of Biological Sciences

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Soil Science can open up a range of careers in agricultural consulting, mining, forestry, laboratory analysis, utilities and food production. Aberdeen offers one of the most established centres in Europe in a Soil City. The James Hutton Institute is also located in Aberdeen and specialises in soil research internationally. You gain from training in both soil science and environmental science and you take away:

  • A fundamental understanding of the nature and properties of soil
  • Application of konwledge to real contexts such as food security or sustainability
  • Opportunities to learn from renowned researchers in soil science.

Courses for MSc include: Core Skills in Environmental Science, Global Soil Geography, Soils for Food Security, Applications of GIS, Environmental Analysis, Land Use and Changing Environment on Deesside and your Dissertation. Optional Courses include: Environmental Pollution, Ecosystem Processes, Environmental Impact Assessment, Remediation Technology, Catchment Management, Ecological and Environmental Modelling.

You learn from a mixture of field work, industry experts located in the city and insight into live situations.


Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • You can study either MRes or MSc. The programme is the only dedicated MSc for Soil Science in the UK and Europe and it is a specialist programme. You get excursions developed by E.A Fitzpatrick to interesting soils formed in NE ScotlandYou go on field trips and study soil structure in labs.
  • Agricultural Science research is ranked 1st in the UK (REF 2014)

Quick Facts

  • Start Date – September
  • Delivery – Campus
  • Study Options – Full Time, Part Time
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full time
12 months

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