A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.
We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant experience in plant or crop protection.
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
Food production has tripled in the last forty years, but one billion people still go hungry every year. On average 30% of all food produced is wasted in the pathway from ‘field to fork’. With the global human population set to rise from seven to over nine billion by 2050, we urgently need sustainable solutions that will allow us to increase the global food supply while preserving the integrity of agricultural and non-agricultural ecosystems.
Our trees and forests face new plant health threats which in turn threaten areas of great natural beauty and diversity, and affect both rural and urban landscapes. Our unique MSc Sustainable Plant Health will give you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the vital role of plant health, applying your skills by conducting laboratory and field studies.
This programme is primarily aimed at graduates wishing to pursue a career in plant protection in agriculture, horticulture, forestry or urban settings, and also careers in policy development and implementation, plant health inspection, academic and industrial research, consultancy and conservation management, and private industry.
Compulsory courses typically will be:
- Forensic Plant Health
- Plant Health in a Global Context
- Professional and Research Skills in Practice
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend
- Foundations in Ecological Economics
- Atmospheric Quality & Global Change
- Principles of Environmental Sustainability
- Frameworks to assess Food Security
- Soil Protection and Management
- Understanding Environment and Development
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Land Use/Environmental Interactions
- Forests and Environment
- Sustainability of Food Production
- Soil Science Concepts and Application
- Case Studies in Sustainable Development
- Ecosystem Service Values
- Interrelationships in Food Systems
- Human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability
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