M.Sc. Blended

Outdoor Education, Sustainability and Well-being

24 months
3600 GBP/year
3600 GBP/year
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This MSc in Outdoor Education, Sustainability and Well-being in Atlantic Technological University will develop the knowledge, capacity, and know-how of outdoor professionals Graduates will function as highly competent self-aware senior leaders, capable of implementation of programmes in well-being, experiential place-based learning and education for sustainability. 


This MSc in Outdoor Education, Sustainability and Well-being in Atlantic Technological University is work-focused and applied in nature, focusing on interdisciplinary application. Graduates will draw on the latest research and methodology to critically reflect on and develop their impact in their chosen specialist sector. It is aimed at those who want to develop policy, change practice and further develop their competencies to play a valuable role in shaping their organisations and teams.

The suite of modules is designed to meet the needs of the growing outdoor education and outdoor learning sector. The blended mode delivery, structured modules and options for an embedded exit award are tailored to provide students with the opportunity to develop applied skills to bring about change and real improvements in their workplace and to address the challenges for their sector now and into the future. The diversity of the sector is addressed by designing structured modules reflecting current developments and facilitating student assessment that facilitates sector specific applications, which is followed by a large research component in year 2 that facilitates more in-depth research into an evolving field of study. This design reflects feedback from consultations within the sector and ensures the programme remains future orientated.

Job Opportunities

This programme will support outdoor professionals throughout Ireland to develop and upskill themselves and be exposed to new and current policy guided practice whilst gaining an academic award. This may lead to promotional opportunities and/or support those potentially seeking positions as educators who will utilise the outdoors as a learning context. This course will also enable learners to evidence based contemporary approaches by continuously linking theory and evolving methodologies to their own practice. Pedagogical approaches such as systems thinking and critical thinking utilised with the core modules have been identified as essential to ensuring workers remain resilient and current in future in order to facilitate sustainable futures for all. Potential employment opportunities were identified within:

  • The broad youth and community sector

  • The informal education sector

  • The environmental studies sector

  • The therapeutic sector

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Education for Sustainability 
  • Nature and Well-being 
  • Experiential Learning, Landscape and Place 
  • Applied Research
  • Dissertation/Applied Research Project

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A personal statement

  • The minimum entry requirement is a Level 8 degree at H2.2 or equivalent and experiential / outdoor education (OE) experiences.

  • There is no cognate award requirement for entry as candidates may be from a diversity of backgrounds. Candidates’ outdoor education experience may be from any facet of OE ranging from education / outdoor adventure / environmental studies/ outdoor playschools / field studies / or other disciplines utilising experiential pedagogies in the outdoor environment.

  • Applicants not having a formal qualification can be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7200 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7200 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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