Taught course

Outdoor Education MA

University of Worcester · Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

Entry requirements

This course is based around professional practice and is only open to applicants who are engaged in outdoor education and have the opportunity and relevant permission to conduct research in the work place.

Students must normally have a 2:1 classification in a related degree. Students who hold a related degree with a classification of either 2:2 (or below), or an unrelated degree will be considered on a case by case basis and may be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate outdoor education experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Outdoor Education provides a postgraduate qualification for managers, teachers, leaders and professionals in Outdoor Education who want to demonstrate excellence in their chosen field by achieving a recognised benchmark whilst being free to choose a learning route designed to meet their individual needs and those of the organizations in which they operate.

A key feature of the degree is the use made of work based learning and action research methods in a structured and rigorous process. This places an emphasis on using real-time business / organisational / theoretical issues as the basis for action, learning and change, providing benefits for both the individual and their organisation.

At the heart of the programme are the Work Based Projects. These are designed to equip students with enhanced knowledge, skills, practice and expertise in their field and may be chosen from a bank of questions or self designed. They enable the student to explore areas of their professional practice and develop new knowledge and skill within a specific context. Students are encouraged to explore a range of learning areas in their work based projects and Dissertation modules, these might include: organisational and strategic management; teaching and learning in the outdoors; personal development and experiential learning; environmental and aesthetic aspects of practice, international approaches to outdoor education; safety and risk management, as well as topics related to specific outdoor activities.

Fees and funding

Postgraduate Loans of up to £10,000 are now available for UK students.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months

Course contact details

01905 855111