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MSc Soils & Sustainability (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
11250 GBP
National
5100 GBP
EU
5100 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
GeoSciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GMAT (avg)600
N/A

World University Ranking

24

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About this course

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.

Soils underpin the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems and are key to food production. Soils form the basis of all agricultural production, but they also store water, mediate the impact of pollutants, provide biological habitats, have an impact on the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, are involved in dealing with society’s waste, are a source of extractable minerals and provide the foundations for the housing and roads on which society depends.

You will learn about soil function and management, and soil classification, assessment and analysis, with a strong emphasis on practical skills. You will gain expertise in the relationship between soil and sustainable approaches to land resource use.

This programme is run in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Career opportunities
A recent report by the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) identified soil science as an area in which there are critical skills shortages, meaning graduates will be in high demand.

Soil scientists are employed in a broad range of vocations including environmental consultancy, research, overseas development, environmental impact assessment and analysis, site reclamation and remediation, and conservation as well as advising on government policy, archaeological excavations and laboratory analyses, forensics, and landscape design.

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Eligibility Criteria

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent.


English language requirements:
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your 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)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2016 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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Course Modules

This programme involves two semesters of compulsory and option taught courses followed by a period of individual dissertation project work.

Compulsory courses:

  • Soil Protection and Management
  • Soils Science Concepts and Application
  • Dissertation

Option courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of optional courses. We particularly recommend:

  • Analysing the Environment
  • Analysing the Environment Study Tour
  • Culture, Ethics & Environment
  • Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions
  • Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • International Development in a Changing World
  • Principles of Environmental Sustainability
  • Principles of GIS
  • Project Appraisal
  • Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
  • Frameworks to Assess Food Security
  • Integrated Resource Management
  • Spatial Modelling
  • Ecosystem Values and Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions
  • Participation in Policy and Planning
  • Sustainability of Food Production
  • Interrelationships in Food Systems

Field trip
An integral, week-long study tour lets you refresh skills learned on the programme and develop new tools and techniques, useful during the dissertation process. The tour is currently held in Mende, France. In addition to the formal taught component, we organise rafting and visit the Aven Armand caves.

There may also be a short tour during induction week, to give students a chance to get to know each other.

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How to Apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

Before you apply, you should make sure you meet the entrance requirements of your chosen degree, and contact us to discuss your proposed programme of study.

Entry requirements

  • To study at postgraduate level, you will need to meet our academic and English language entry requirements.

Supporting documents

When you apply, you will need to upload:

  • A transcript with all of your results achieved to date
  • Copies of your degree/diploma certificate, if you have already completed your qualification
  • References, if these are required for the application to your chosen programme
  • Evidence of your competence in written and spoken English, if English is not your first language
  • Certified translations, if your original documents are not in English
  • A research proposal, if this is required for the application to your chosen programme
  • To make sure your application is processed in the fastest possible time, you should upload your supporting documents along with your application. We can't make a decision on your application until we have received all your relevant documents.

Academic qualifications

  • To study at postgraduate level, you must normally hold a degree in an appropriate subject, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK).
  • We may also accept equivalent qualifications or work experience.
  • Specific entry requirements vary between degree programmes and you should confirm you have the necessary qualifications before applying.
  • You will find the minimum academic entry requirements and more details on your chosen programme in our degree finder.

Applying online

  • Once you've found your programme, look for the “Apply” button in the “Applying” section.
  • Choose the option with your preferred award, study mode and start date, then choose "Apply" to begin your application.
  • The application form contains guidance on how to complete each section.
  • The first step in the online application asks for your basic details. This includes your email address.
  • You do not need to complete the application in full; you can save a partially completed application. If you do this, an email will be sent to you that provide a link to allow you to return to the application to complete it.

After you apply

  • After you've applied you will be able to track the progress of your application using our Applicant Hub. You can also accept or decline any offers through the Hub.

Accepting the offer

  • Make sure you read your offer carefully and follow the instructions on how to accept using the Applicant Hub.
  • At the time of accepting an offer you are not committing yourself financially or academically to the University, but an early indication of your response does help us to manage the admissions process.
  • We will send you confirmation when we receive your acceptance.

 

 

 

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