University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Soils and Sustainability

This programme aims to introduce students to the concepts of soil for the 21st century and is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in land-based management or environmental protection.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section); TOEFL-iBT total 100 (with no score lower than 20 in each section); a degree from an English speaking university may be accepted in some circumstances.

Course modules

Core courses: soil protection and management; soil science concepts and application; dissertation. Suggested option courses may include: Analysing the environment; analysing the environment study tour; atmospheric quality and global change; culture, ethics and environment; development (principles and practices); ecosystem services 1 (ecosystem dynamics and functions); ecosystem services 2 (ecosystem values and management); environmental impact assessment; frameworks to assess food security; human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability; integrated resource management; interrelationships in food systems; land use/environmental interactions; participation in policy and planning; principles of environmental sustainability; principles of geographical information science; project appraisal; spatial modelling; sustainability of food production.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 21,350 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 4,825 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 10,675 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,220 per Academic year (home fees) 36 months
MSc Part-time £ 7,120 per Academic year (overseas fees) 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Msc Programme Secretary
Telephone number: 
0131 535 4000