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  • Entry requirements
    * Outdoor Centre Managers and experienced practitioners * Educators/Teachers interested in the outdoors and experiential learning approaches * Youth and Community Development Workers * Countryside and Environmental Officers * Graduates with a background in outdoor/adventure education
  • Academic Title
    MA Outdoor Education
  • Course description
    The MA Outdoor Education has been developed to meet the needs of practitioners and graduates wishing to explore different philosophical and cultural perspectives on outdoor education. The course combines theoretical study and work based practice to examine local and international forms of outdoor education and raise standards of professional practice.


    This is the first degree of its kind in Wales and offers students the additional opportunity to enrol on a skills development programme as well as an expedition to Mount Everest Base Camp.

    The MA programme is taught within the Centre for Outdoor Education Studies. The centre was established in 2005 and aims to further the study of outdoor education as a medium for personal learning, improved health and well-being, community development and environmental sustainability.

    The Centre works closely with the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning and the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOLWales) to raise the profile of outdoor education in Wales. Among the Centre’s recent work has been pilot projects linked to community development and widening access to higher education, research into postgraduate learning in outdoor education and professional training events.

    Programme framework

    The programme is modular and has three named awards, as follows:

        * Postgraduate Certificate: 2 taught modules (60 credits)
        * Postgraduate Diploma: 4 taught modules (120 credits)
        * Master's Degree: 4 taught modules + dissertation (180 credits)

    Programme modules

    OE701 Philosophical & Cultural Perspectives on Outdoor Education (30)
    OE702 Facilitating Learning through Experience (30)
    OE703 Issues & Practice in Outdoor Education (30)
    OE704 Action Research for Practitioners (30)
    OE705 Dissertation (60)

    Mode of Study

    1 year full-time
    2 years (minimum) and 4 years (maximum) part-time

    The course is taught in small seminar groups with various modes of delivery including early evening sessions, full study days and weekends according to the needs of the students.


    Each module will be assessed through a variety of tasks based on aspects of the module including assignments, projects, presentations an

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