A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
- IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Months of entry
This programme aims to introduce students to the concepts of soil for the 21st century and is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in land-based management or environmental protection.
Soils underpin the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems and are key to food production. Soils form the basis of all agricultural production, but they also store water, mediate the impact of pollutants, provide biological habitats, have an impact on the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, are involved in dealing with society’s waste, are a source of extractable minerals and provide the foundations for the housing and roads on which society depends.
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.
This programme is run in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).
- Programme details:
Compulsory courses typically will be:
- Soil Protection and Management
- Soil Ecology and Taxonomy
- Soil Science Concepts and Application
- Professional and Research Skills in Practice
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:
- Land Use/Environmental Interaction
- Environmental Geochemistry
- Principles of Environmental Sustainability
- Development: Principles and Practice
- Environmental Valuation
- Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
- Spatial Modelling
- Framework to assess Food Security
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Participation in Policy and Planning
- Human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability
- Ecosystem Service Values
- Forests and Environment
- Sustainability of Food Production
- Interrelationships in Food Systems
- Novel Strategies for carbon storage in soil
Information for international students
To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international
Fees and funding
Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Programme Secretary, Elspeth Martin
- +44 (0)131 535 4198