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Study soil science abroad

An in-depth guide to studying soil science as an international student.

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Soil science degrees abroad

Soil science is a multidisciplinary field that covers a range of subjects including biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, geography, and environmental sciences.

As a soil science student, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the nature and properties of soil, and its role in vital global issues like environmental sustainability and food security. You’ll get the opportunity to learn from leading researchers in the field, and develop your skills through a variety of learning methods.

Soil’s role in food production and environmental preservation is crucial all over the world. As an international student, you’ll be uniquely placed to see how another country approaches soil science and the issues they face.

Soil science program structure

Soil sciences programs are largely offered at bachelor’s level as a BSc, or a BSAG (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture). It is common for soil science to be studied alongside another discipline like plant science or agriculture.

A BSc normally takes three or four years to finish, depending on where you study and if your program includes a placement year. If you choose to study in the USA, your bachelor’s program will take four years to complete, and you’ll get the opportunity to study a range of subjects before declaring your major in soil science.

Postgraduate qualifications in soil science are available, and you can study for a master’s (MSc) or a doctorate (PhD). Master’s programs take up to two years to complete and often combine taught classes and a research project. A PhD will generally take between four and six years and will be made up entirely of your own research.

Most soil science programs will combine practical and theoretical classes, with lectures, seminars, lab sessions, and fieldwork common. You can expect to be assessed through a combination of essays, coursework, written exams, reports, and a final year dissertation.

The topics you’ll cover will vary between soil science programs and each university, but some typical subjects and modules include:

  • Diversity of life
  • Chemistry of soil
  • Ecology and environmental science
  • Soils for food security
  • Ecosystem processes
  • Waste management and restoration
  • Soil and climate change
  • Research methods in soil science

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Soil science study abroad programs

Soil science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in soil science

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    Agribusiness: Plant & Soil Science - BSc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Agricultural Plant and Soil Sciences - BSc California State University, Monterey Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,647 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,647 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Crop and Soil Sciences - Science Track - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Plant and Soil Systems - Landscape Management - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Soil Science - BSAG University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,664 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,838 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Soil science graduate programs

Master's in soil science

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    Agricultural Science, Soil and Water Science, Thesis Option - MSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Future soil science careers

Your knowledge and expertise as a soil science graduate will make you an attractive candidate for a range of important roles. Here of some of the positions you could aim for after study abroad:

  • Soil scientist
  • Agricultural consultant
  • Soil conservationist
  • Research scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Crop consultant
  • Agronomist

Taking the opportunity to work on placement is a great way to find out what role would be best for you. If you need help finding work experience opportunities, speak to your university's careers advice team who will be able to point you in the right direction.