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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
Increased population pressure, industrialisation and intensive land use are causing depletion of natural resources and are limiting the performance of land with respect to its functions such as biomass production, carbon sequestration, water purification, etcetera. 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
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 to the value of our soils due to mismanagement. Read more
Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to help agriculture meet the challenges of the 21st century! This Sustainable and Efficient Food Production postgraduate course centres on increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impact within the extensive pasture-based production sector. Read more
Our programme will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge to engage with one of the most significant challenges currently facing a growing human population. Read more