University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Sustainable Plant Health

This programme is primarily aimed at graduates wishing to pursue a career in plant protection in agriculture, horticulture, forestry or urban settings, and also careers in policy development and implementation, plant health inspection, academic and industrial research, consultancy and conservation management, and private industry.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject. A 2.2 degree may be considered with relevant experience in plant or crop protection. If English is not the 1st language, applicants must have 1 of the following qualifications as evidence of their spoken and written English: IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module); PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections; the 'Enabling Skills' sections are not considered); CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module).

Course modules

Applications in ecological economics; atmospheric quality and global change; case studies in sustainable development; climate change and corporate strategy; ecosystem services 1: ecosystem dynamics and functions; ecosystem services 2: ecosystem values and management; environmental impact assessment; foundations in ecological economics; frameworks to assess food security; human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability; integrated resource management; integrated resource planning; interrelationships in food systems; land use/environmental interactions; principles of environmental sustainability; soil protection and management; soil science concepts and application; sustainability of food production; understanding environment and development.

Assessment methods

The full time 12 month programme involves 2 semesters of classes followed by an individual research project. The curriculum consists of 2 core and 4 elective taught courses, followed by a period of individual dissertation project work. Field trips will also form a crucial part of this course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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Key information

Elspeth Martin (Programme Secretary)
Telephone number: 
0131 535 4000