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.