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Outdoor Education

The University of Edinburgh

15 months
29900 GBP/year
17100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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For over 45 years, the Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education, and for over 20 years, the Outdoor Education programme offered by The University of Edinburgh, have been the world's leading postgraduate programme in the field, providing a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education.


The Certificate programme provides a broad theoretical coverage of the field of outdoor education.

The Diploma extends this with further academic study and a Professional Development Programme (involving field courses such as a canoeing, summer and winter hillwalking, sea kayaking and a placement), which provides a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education.

The Masters extends this further still with a dissertation.

The emphasis - whether Certificate, Diploma, or Masters - is on developing the knowledge, understanding, and judgement necessary to facilitate meaningful learning in, for, and through the outdoors.

In the Outdoor Education programme offered by The University of Edinburgh, you will develop your intellectual skills through critically assessing theoretical, professional, and academic issues surrounding outdoor education while honing transferable skills such as environmental literacy and oral communication.

You will also expand your understanding and personal practice of outdoor education through a range of professional development activities.

Courses take place at our Edinburgh campus and multiple bases in the Highlands of Scotland from where you will journey by boat or on foot to live and learn in the outdoors.

Career opportunities

Graduates are employed worldwide in all aspects of the Outdoor Education sector, such as in residential outdoor education centres, wilderness expeditions, and school, college, and university outdoor education programmes. Many of our graduates return to their previous profession, but move into a different aspect of that field as a result of their increased knowledge, experience and qualification.

Completion of the MSc degree will enable you to continue onto advanced research. You will also develop highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied in any field.

Examples of recent graduate roles include:

  • conservation work (public and charitable organisations, UK and international),
  • education/environmental policy development,
  • environmental education programmes,
  • management development,
  • National Outdoor Leadership School,
  • non-profit organisations (environmental and/or personal & social development focused),
  • organisations working with marginalised young people,
  • Outward Bound,
  • self-employed in guiding/interpretation/education,
  • summer camp organisations
  • therapeutic work with young people and adults.

While the programme does not offer a formal teaching qualification, recent graduates have been successful in gaining accreditation by the General Teaching Council of Scotland to teach Outdoor Education in schools.

Programme Structure

For the Postgraduate Certificate you will complete the following courses:

  • Interpreting the Landscape
  • Outdoor Environmental Education: Concept-based Practice
  • Personal and Social Development and Outdoor Education

For the Postgraduate Diploma, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

  • Social Theory and Outdoor Education
  • Experiential Education
  • Outdoor Environmental Education Praxis
  • Ecology and Field Studies
  • Professional Development Programme

For the Masters, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

  • Dissertation or Applied Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, as well as outdoor education experience.
  • We may also consider your application if you have relevant employment or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29900 GBP per year during 15 months.
  • National

    17100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17100 GBP per year during 15 months.

PgDip fees

  • Home: £8,335
  • International/EU: £16,870

MSc PT fees

  • Home: £6,250
  • International/EU: £12,650

PgDip PT fees

  • Home: £8,335
  • International/EU: £16,870

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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