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Agricultural Science (Crop & Soil Science) The University of Edinburgh Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

There are fewer bigger global challenges than feeding the growing human population well, while protecting the natural systems on which we depend.

With the world population expected to reach 11 billion by the end of this century and demands on systems already at an all-time high, it is essential that we find new ways to feed the growing population without destroying the planet.

This programme provides an understanding of the scientific principles of crop and soil management that underpin the development of sustainable and resilient production systems. Using examples and case studies from temperate and tropical systems, it develops your analytical skills in crop physiology and agronomy, crop protection, genetic improvement of crops, soil management and nutrient cycling, which are necessary to meet the challenges of increasing global food production whilst maximising resource use efficiency and minimising the impact on the environment.

With its focus on applied science and the need to tailor solutions to the specific production environment in developed and developing countries, it will provide an excellent foundation for individuals wishing to pursue careers as agronomists, technical advisors and leaders in plant breeding, crop production and protection industries.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code D403
Institution code E56
Campus name Central area campus
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB Grades must be achieved in one set of exams. Required subjects: A Level: At least two of Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Business Studies, Geography, Environmental Science, Computing or Mathematics, at grade B, which must include Biology or Chemistry. GCSEs: Mathematics, Geography or Economics at grade B or 6 and English at grade C or 4.
Scottish Higher BBBB These grades must be achieved by end of S5 or ABBB/BBBBB by end of S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Higher: at least two of Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Business Management, Geography, Environmental Science, Computing or Mathematics, at grade B, which must include Biology or Chemistry. Qualified applicants are advised to take Biology or Chemistry at Advanced Higher where possible. National 5: Mathematics, Geography or Economics at grade C and English at grade C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points Award of Diploma with 30 points with 5 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Biology or Chemistry at grade 5. Mathematics, Geography and/or Economics are recommended. SL: English at grade 5 and Mathematics at grade 4. From 2021, only the Mathematics: Analysis and approaches pathway will be accepted where Mathematics is required.

Full, detailed entry requirements including subject requirements, English language requirements, an explanation of typical offers, and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

If you apply to any Agricultural Science or Agricultural Economics programme you will automatically be considered for the remaining three programmes; this means you only need to use one UCAS choice for your application. All students complete a combined Years 1 and 2 before moving onto specialist pathways in Years 3 and 4. You can change specialisms until end of Year 2.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB Required subjects: A Level: At least two of Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Business Studies, Geography, Environmental Science, Computing or Mathematics, at grade B, which must include Biology or Chemistry. GCSEs: Mathematics, Geography or Economics at grade B or 6 and English at grade C or 4.
Scottish Higher BBBB Required subjects: Higher: at least two of Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Business Management, Geography, Environmental Science, Computing or Mathematics, at grade B, which must include Biology or Chemistry. Qualified applicants are advised to take Biology or Chemistry at Advanced Higher where possible. National 5: Mathematics, Geography or Economics at grade C and English at grade C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points Award of Diploma with 30 points with 5 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Biology or Chemistry at grade 5. Mathematics, Geography and/or Economics are recommended. SL: English at grade 5 and Mathematics at grade 4. From 2021, only the Mathematics: Analysis and approaches pathway will be accepted where Mathematics is required.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £1,820 * Year 1
International £27,550 Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £1,820 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scotland In 2019 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2020 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2020. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. England/Wales/N Ireland The Rest of UK (RUK) rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2019 entry. For 2020 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits. EU 2020 entry EU students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students, will retain that status for the duration of their studies, and are eligible for tuition fee support from the Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). In 2019 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2020 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2020. International Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme. For up-to-date information http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/tuition-fees/undergraduate

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