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Masters degrees in Soil explore topics such as agronomy (soil science and management) and related areas such as conservation, ecology and agriculture. These courses may be laboratory based, but some also include opportunities for fieldwork.
Popular specialisms include Soil Sustainability and Soil Mechanics. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a related subject, such as Soil science, Chemistry, or Geology. Work experience is necessary for some courses.
Postgraduate courses in Soil subjects are extremely diverse, employing multidisciplinary approaches to learning. You will be trained in a range of topics including land use, biometeorology, soil pollution, organic matter, and microbial ecology. You can opt to specialise in areas such as sustainable development, environmental geotechnics, or even business management.
Depending on the focus of your degree, future career paths may include positions in the agri-food industry, conservation practices, consultancy, and environmental impact assessment and analyses. More exotic career paths may encompass roles in archaeological excavations, forensics, and landscape design.
Masters degrees in Soil are also an excellent basis for future PhD research – something which is widely sought after in this field.
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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. Read more
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. Read more
The ReNu2Farm project will explore the demand for nutrients and organic matter, at farm and regional levels, with the aim to make a map of regions in North West Europe with their specific nutrient and organic matter needs and propose alternatives to conventional fertilisers derived from recycling. Read more
MPhil supervision covers a number of research topics supported by research active academic staff. Our range of research areas relate to crop science, soil science, ecological (organic) agriculture, and agricultural water management. Read more
Areas of research include, but are not limited to. pre-harvest stress on ascorbic acid content in baby leaf spinach; spatial heterogeneity for the design and layout of experimental sites; improving soil and crop yield sustainability; post-harvest losses in radishes. Read more
Traditionally known as the land-grant arm of Florida A&M University (FAMU), the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) offers students majoring in agriculture sciences and engineering technology a broad spectrum of academic opportunities to continue their education and professional development. Read more
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. Read more
Crop agriculture provides mankind’s increasing population with foods, fibres and fuel. This MSc will provide you with knowledge and practical skills focused on how crops are improved, grown and managed. Read more
This course is for anyone concerned that our food production systems will not be fit for purpose by the middle of this century. Increasingly large swathes of the globe are beset by resource constraints and environmental uncertainty, which requires a radical shift in our production and consumption habits. Read more
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.
Choosing the right postgraduate programme is a key step in developing your career prospects and building specialist knowledge in your chosen subject area.