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About Soil Science
Masters degrees in Soil Science offer advanced study of the properties of soils, the processes involved in their formation, and their distribution.
Taught MSc degrees are typical for the field, though research-based MRes and MPhil programmes may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science or Geology.
Courses in this field are often interdisciplinary in approach, combining theory and methodology from disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, Planning and Law.
You may investigate a range of processes and issues associated with land use, such as soil pollution, environmental sustainability and regulations for changing environments. This may also include investigation of the production of organic matter, and analysis of microbial ecology.
An understanding of soil is essential across a range of sectors. From food security and production in agricultural practise, to urban planning and landscape design, we are better equipped to manage the growing needs of the population through research in this field.
Careers may include roles in the use of land such as farming and planning, or environmental impact assessment, legislation and consultancy across different sectors.
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The Soil Science MSc at Aberdeen provides core expertise in soil and environmental science, taught by international leaders who were ranked number 1 in the UK for research excellence (REF2014) in agricultural science.
Environmental Science is a highly interdisciplinary topic that requires scientists to develop and possess an in-depth understanding of issues and topics ranging from pollution to ecological interactions and biological responses of species.
A collaboration between the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and Faculty of Forestry, the inter-faculty Soil Science Graduate Program offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to MSc and PhD degrees.
The Environmental and Ecological Sciences programme at Aberdeen will provide you with a solid understanding of the drivers behind environmental degradation and equip you with the necessary understanding of ecological theory as well as the skills required to solve these problems.
If you are interested in working for government agencies and regulators, environmental consultancies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) then the Environmental Management programme at Aberdeen is right for you.
Designed to meet the increasing demands to manage and restore degraded land as close as possible to its original status, this course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between damaged land and fully restored ecosystems.
How will we feed nine billion people by 2050? It’s a challenge with complex solutions. In the UK alone, it’s estimated that £1.2bn is lost annually from the value of our soils due to mismanagement.
Global socio-ecological problems call for multidisciplinary solutions that transcend the usual boundaries of science and decision-making.
At the School of GeoSciences, we examine the interactions between the Earth’s geology, atmosphere, oceans and life, as well as considering our own role and impact on our planet.