Masters in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Soil Science


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Soil science studies the outer shell of the Earth in which vegetable life can develop if nutrients are present. Masters in Soil Science borrow methods and knowledge from other earth sciences, such as geology, but also from biochemistry, natural resource management and sustainable development.

Soil scientists are involved in the agricultural production, the assessment of environmental quality and product toxicity. In agriculture, they undergo research on the reaction of various types of soil to fertilizers, tillage practices, or crop rotation, and offer guidance to farmers and other landowners. Soil experts can also provide counselling for construction projects, drilling procedures and forestry companies.

A student of soil science can become an expert in the improvement and manipulation of land productivity, waste management, agro-meteorology, rehabilitation and preservation of soil, water management, and much more. Academic programmes blend an in-depth theoretical knowledge of processes and properties of the soil environment, with field surveys and lab work.

Career prospects for graduates in soil science include: horticulture consultant, as well as farm manager, plant geneticist and conservation planner. Professionals also work in the landscape business, soil technical audit and in the food production industry.

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