Plant and Soil Science

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


Are you interested in the complexity, fragility and potential of plants and soil? Together, plants and soil provide an essential resource for all terrestrial life. This is the only degree programme in the UK that focuses on this important and fascinating world.

Completing a Plant and Soil Science degree at the University of Aberdeen will provide you with both basic and advanced understanding of this exciting subject area. The knowledge and skills you gain could open up a world of career opportunities. For example, you could find yourself playing a vital role in informing the debate on climate change and the availability of food world wide.

Year 1: Frontiers in Biological Sciences; Diversity of Life 1 and 2; Ecology & Environmental Science; The Cell; Plants and their Habitats in Northern Scotland – a summer field trip to Bettyhill in the north of Scotland.

Year 2: Biological Enhanced Skills Training; Plants, People and the Environment; Ecology; Genes & Evolution.

Year 3: Statistical Analysis of Biological Data; Global Soil Geography; Ecosystem Processes; Soils for Food Security; Environmental Analysis; Plant-Environment Interactions.

Year 4: You will carry out a research project and complete advanced courses of your choosing; Honours Project; Current Issues in Biological and Environmental Sciences.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBB (by end of S5) including 2 maths or science subjects by end of S6 plus English, Maths and Chemistry or Physics at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

For second year entry you would require the above plus 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including two maths or science subjects at AB or BA.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

1 Foundation Apprenticeship is accepted in place of a non-essential Higher.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Life Sciences and Medicine


Biological Sciences

SCQF Level