Outdoor Education

University of Edinburgh


Holyrood Campus


There are three possible exit levels: Certificate (60 credits), Diploma (120 credits), or Masters (180 credits). 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 canoe descent of the River Spey, winter hillwalking, a teaching placement/practicum, and an expedition), which provides a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education. The Masters extends this further still with a dissertation and associated research methods course.

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.

You can exit at the end of 6 months with PgCert Outdoor Education.

You can exit at the end of 12 months with PgDip Outdoor Education.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, as well as outdoor education experience.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

15 months


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Education and Sport (Moray House School of Education)

SCQF Level