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Cranfield’s Soil Management course provides students with expertise in the management of soil in agricultural and rural land systems.

It enables them to develop, evaluate and implement soil management solutions that will optimise economic productivity while protecting the environment and conserving biodiversity.

The course comprises eight taught modules, an integrated group project and an individual thesis project.

The first week of the course comprises introductory lecture courses and an introduction to library and IT facilities.

Modules: agricultural and environmental soil engineering; ecosystem services – living with environmental limits; GIS fundamentals; land engineering and water management; soil and watershed management; soil carbon, nutrients and contamination; soil plant environmental science; and soil policy and legislation.

The group project will be on improving land-based ecosystem service delivery.

Most of the individual thesis projects are externally sponsored and are carried out with an external organisation.

The place of study may be in the UK or abroad.

The study is said to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to research independently, to think and work in an original way, to contribute to knowledge and to overcome genuine problems in land management.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) and the Society for the Environment and the Engineering Council.

Facilities include the Cranfield University Experimental Farm, soil laboratories, soil lane and bin, and off-road dynamics facility.

Cranfield University, School of Applied Sciences

Cranfield University is a wholly postgraduate university with an international community and a truly global reputation. The School of Applied Sciences is recognised for its multi-disciplinary approach to research and teaching in relation to manufacturing, materials, natural resources and sustainable systems. We also provide short courses and consultancy services to our clients. Cranfield is third in the UK for the impact of its mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing research. Through our focus on fundamental research and its application to meet the needs of industry and society, Applied Sciences is a major contributor to these positions. We have a successful track record of working closely with organisations around the world. Our success is due to our staff and the quality of the students whose careers we help develop. We operate key facilities which underpin our research, teaching and short courses.  

The School of Applied Sciences offers an extensive engineering portfolio of full and part-time masters’ programmes, funded research opportunities and short courses, across a number of sectors.  All courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry, and benefit from significant input from experts in the sector.

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