Taught course

Sustainable Plant Health

University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Can you find sustainable solutions to maintaining our global food supply?

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 in 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.

Through the programme you will gain:

  • Specialist knowledge and understanding of plant health.
  • Skills to detect and identify agents detrimental to plant health.
  • An understanding of the nature and diversity of plant health interactions.
  • The ability to develop strategies for plant health management, taking into account their impact on agricultural and non-agricultural systems.
  • Knowledge of the relevance of plant health to sustainability and food security.

This programme is delivered in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). You will not only benefit from being a fully matriculated student at The University of Edinburgh, but also access to all of complementary staff, expertise, and resources at SRUC. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded your degree by The University of Edinburgh.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Programme Secretary Elspeth Martin
+44 (0)131 535 4198