Explore cutting-edge research into soil science with Lancaster University
Soils are a complex environment, teeming with life and supporting our most fundamental environmental processes.
On this four-week course, you’ll learn from groundbreaking research taking place at Lancaster University to understand the basics of soil science. You’ll also have the opportunity to get your hands dirty with practical experience in assessing soil properties and conditions.
This knowledge will help you understand why soil is so important and what we can do to protect our soils from the many threats they face.
Explore soil properties and what lives below the ground
There are more living things in one teaspoon of soil than there are people on the planet.
This course will help you discover the variety of life in the soil, including invertebrates, microbes, and fungi to understand the complex system beneath our feet.
Understand the importance of soil security
With a firm grasp of what soil is, you’ll explore the relationship between soils and the rise and fall of different civilisations.
This understanding will help you delve further into the importance of soil and how we can ensure its security.
Explore soil erosion, contamination, and other threats
Finally, you’ll learn about how and why soils are under threat at both a local and global scale.
Exploring issues such as climate change, air pollution, and invasive species, you’ll understand why we need to be doing more to protect our soils. With this knowledge, you’ll be inspired to take action for soil protection.
This course is designed for anyone interested in soils, biology, geography, and environmental science. No prior knowledge is required.
We are delighted the course has been popular with many different learners aged 18 – 75.