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Outdoor and Experiential Learning MA

Course Description

Where better to study the outdoors than in the heart of the Lake District? We have a long history of providing postgraduate outdoor studies, starting in the 1960s and updated with new suites of modules and courses. Our programme is designed to support those involved or interested in outdoor studies to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to the development and provision of effective and inspiring courses in a wide range of settings.

We welcome applications from all kinds of professional backgrounds, such as nursing, social work, youth work, counselling and therapy, education, outdoor instruction, training and the services. If you're thinking of changing your career to work outside, then we provide an excellent progression route to help support your aspirations.

Course outline

Whether you're already involved in outdoor activities or new to the field, our course will extend your understanding and knowledge to new heights. You'll learn to apply innovative strategies in outdoor practice and integrate them into other spheres of teaching and learning. We provide a thorough appreciation of how experiential learning can help with personal and social development, using lectures, seminars, practicals and field trips to give you a full-bodied education.

You will approach outdoor learning through utilisation of outdoor environments and activities. Students should be enthusiastic participants; there is no required level of outdoor technical skills, although graduates of outdoor-related degrees will find this course ideal for developing new skills and competences. The programme will be taught by core staff of the Outdoor Studies Department together with key visiting lecturers.

Graduate destinations

Candidates can exit after 60 credits with a PgC Outdoor Learning, and after 120 credits with a PgD Outdoor and Experiential Learning. There are opportunities for PhD research after achievement of a Masters qualification.

Other admission requirements

Applications are welcome from people with a good first degree (normally U.K. 2:2 or above) and/or relevant work experience. It is hoped that the course will attract students from a variety of backgrounds and first degree subject areas from outdoor related areas through to youth work, social work, education and those with more philosophical backgrounds. International students are welcome to apply. The course can be studied full-time or part-time. Modules are taught in one week blocks. You are also welcome to apply to take modules individually.

Visit the Outdoor and Experiential Learning MA page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Degree and/or relevant professional work experience required. See course description for further admission requirements.

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