Ph.D. in Soil Science


Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry is one of the first few disciplines started in TNAU. The degree programme on Soil science is both a basic and applied science. It is an important branch of Agricultural sciences imparting thorough knowledge on the recent trends and advanced concepts of soil fertility, soil physics, soil chemistry, clay mineralogy etc. Besides the basic understanding about the soil development, physic-chemical and biological properties, advanced tools, techniques, equipments for soil fertility and productivity improvement is essential for successful and sustainable Agriculture. Hence this programme is planned to organize / provide teaching in Soil Science with a view to providing professional competencies for personnel at various levels in Central, State Government, Public sector undertakings and commercial agencies.

Why this programme?

Study Programme

The Doctoral programme in Soil Science has been designed following the UGC guidelines. The course imparts:

More details on the list of courses and research work experience to be gained is listed here.

Colleges offering

The Doctoral programme in Ph.D. in Soil Science is offered by the Department of Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry, TNAU in Coimbatore campus. The Doctoral research is carried out at,

Application and Admission

Interested in taking part in the programme of Soil Science? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures. If you doubt whether admission is possible, feel welcome to apply online. The Admission Committee will check your admissibility.

Future Career

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Doctorate in Soil Science Course

Doctorate Courses

After admission the students undergo a set of courses that help them understand the Advancements in Soil Science as per the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with a total credit load of 100 credits, of which 70 credits are exclusively earmarked for their Thesis Research.

Doctorate thesis research

After completing the courses in the first year, the students start their thesis research. Each student is assigned to an experienced faculty, approved by the Dean of School of Post-Graduate Studies, who would guide the student on his/ her choice of research topic

Research internship

The students are exposed to several scientific events like symposia and conferences. Many are encouraged to have internship training at other institutes for a couple of months, either in India or abroad.

Student Experiences

I feel extremely privileged to be the part of this prestigious institution. I got opportunity to pursue my post graduation during 2018-2020 and doctoral programme during 2020-2023. During the course of time TNAU thought not only syllabus and curriculum but also life time experience. All the professors have shown the sweetness of soil science through their exemplary teaching and hands on experience on advanced instruments. The practical experience gained during the course of time was extraordinary.


TNAU gave me a opportunity to harness the Leadership potential within me. It was a very good experience to improve myself. Teachers are so kind to me and my friends. Studying in this department has been a great time. With its immense beauty, it also has India’s best teaching faculty and labs which has helped me gain knowledge in soil science area. The department always helps me in every possible ways to achieve my dream. I obtained a student SRF scheme entitled “Environmental quality assessment in the use of paper board industry effluent wastewater in the use of agroforestry system”. This periods gave me a lot of confidence to sort out the problems related to environmental pollution.  Here the potential is harnessed, skills are developed, and dreams are realized. On the whole, it was a fantastic journey and a memorable experience.

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