Masters degrees in Agricultural Geography offer advanced study of the spatial relationship between agriculture and humans, including agricultural influences on populations and the environment.
Related subjects and specialisms in this field include Agroforestry, Rural Sustainability, Land Management, and Sustainable Agriculture. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Geography or Agricultural Studies.
Courses in Agricultural and Rural Geography encourage you to investigate the cultural, political and environmental processes which govern the way we use land for agricultural purposes. This includes topics such as habitat management, crop production, and agricultural policy.
For example, you might explore issues such as the pressures of agronomy in particularly urbanised areas, or legislation surrounding land sparing and conservation in rural areas. Alternatively, you might undertake ecological research, analysing the effects of different land areas on plant physiology or human and animal health.
Careers in the field are highly varied and may include roles in agroforestry or international land management. You may also work on conservation projects for local government departments, environmental monitoring for agricultural agencies, or even on behalf of charities in developing countries.
If you are interested in earth science, and environmental science but you want to specialise in the study of soil specifically the Aberdeen programme gives you in depth knowledge and a range of experts and alumni who consult at government level. Aberdeen is further supported by having the James Hutton Institute within the city limits, a notable institute specialising in soil science over the years known formerly the Macaulay Institute.
Soil Science is becoming increasingly important to our ability to sustain life on earth as we look at how to keep the soil clean from pollutants in water, air and polluting industries, pesticides and all sorts of changes to soil. There are also growing concerns that as the population increases and climate change also increases how do we farm in the future? The degree gives you all the skills and knowledge you need to work as a soil scientist either as a researcher, within government or regulation or as a consultant working with industry and other organisations devoted to soil science.
You learn about soil science, sustainability, land use planning, food security, GIS, and land use with intensive laboratory analysis from one of the top centres in the world for soil science. We also take you into the field to study specific situations and you are guided by our world renowned researchers in the environmental sciences. This is one of only a handful of Soil Science programmes with cutting edge technologies to help you analyse and study soil in depth. Soil science falls within agricultural sciences which were ranked No. 1 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and the highly acclaimed Environmental Science disciplines which Aberdeen has made a name for itself in over the years.
Core Skills in Environmental Science
Global Soil Geography
Soils for Food Security
Applications for GIS
Land Use and the Changing Environment on Deesside
Environmental Impact Assessment
Ecological and Environmental Modelling
Project in Soil Science
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Core modules include:
Optional modules include:
Stream 1: Contaminated and Urban Environments
Stream 2: The Changing Environment
Stream 3: Agriculture and Rural Environments
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Our students go on to work in a wide variety of academic and research posts, as well as in public and private sector organisations within the UK and internationally.
Graduates are highly employable in the growing market for environmental managers and consultants. Our programmes also provide in-service training for those already working within the profession.