University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Soil Science

The main objective of the course is to provide a rigorous training in pure and applied aspects of modern soil science suitable for those intending to pursue a career in the environmental field, those already in relevant employment and those considering further research to PhD level; teaching includes enhanced knowledge-based learning, technical development and practical skills; the course begins with students usually taking 8 modules over 2 terms; the modules cover global soil geography, pedology and mapping, but broaden to include ecotoxicology, pollutant speciation and chemical modelling; in addition, there is a programme of activities with external speakers, site visits and applied technique sessions, and a residential field trip; the final 3 months of the course are dedicated to carrying out the research project; this is a detailed piece of work that provides training in technical skills, recording results and observations and analysis of results.

Entry requirements

Honours degree (for MSc/MRes) or ordinary degree (for PgDip) in relevant science required.

Assessment methods

The degree programme is assessed on the basis of performance in the research project, continual assessment of coursework, an examination covering the programme as a whole, field course reports and a term essay.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

College of Life Sciences and Medicine
Telephone number: 
01224 272692