University of Edinburgh

MSc Outdoor Education


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Outdoor Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

For almost 20 years, the MSc in Outdoor Education  has been one of the world’s foremost graduate programme in the field, providing a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education.


This challenging programme offers comprehensive coverage of the theory involved, along with more detailed study and practical professional development activities, such as rock climbing, a teaching

placement and an expedition.


You will split your time between our Edinburgh base and our residential outdoor centre in the highlands of Scotland, gaining practical experience in the field that will develop the skills, knowledge, understanding and judgement you need to guide and conduct groups safely on a range of outdoor ventures.



Our graduates have been employed throughout the world in all aspects of the sector, such as residential outdoor education centres, organisations working with youth at risk, management development, and school, college, and university outdoor education programmes.


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. In addition, you will develop highly transferable skills, such as communication

and project management, which can be applied in any field.



·         Our reputation for excellence

The University’s Moray House of School of Education has been making a major contribution to the field of education for almost 200 years. We’re a centre of excellence for educational research, ranked first in Scotland and in the top five universities in the UK (REF 2014). As a university we’re also ranked 14th in the world for Arts & Humanities (THE World University Rankings 2016-17).


·         Our diverse and welcoming community

We have a vibrant, international and interactive graduate community. You’ll have access to excellent library facilities, to dedicated postgraduate study spaces and common areas, and to regular Graduate School seminars and events.


·         Our inspiring destination

Your first-class education will take place in one of Europe’s most striking capital cities. Regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world, Edinburgh has a great social and diverse cultural life, a busy sporting calendar and a rich history.


The University of Edinburgh

Eligibility Requirements:

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. If your first language is not English, you will also be required to meet English Language requirements.

International Student Requirements:

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, and you will come to the UK to study for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. You will also need to apply for a Tier 4 visa if you wish to do a work placement as part of your studies, or look for a part time job.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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