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The Masters in Outdoor Practice is designed to enable those working in the broad professional environment of the outdoors to engage with postgraduate study. It is delivered by a team of practitioners, educationalists and researchers in the outdoors. The first year of the course involves taught modules which are delivered at weekends, with subsequent modules providing the opportunity to specialise in your own field of practice through research and/or innovation. A special feature of this innovative course is the flexibility to accommodate a diverse range of interests and promote learning through a portfolio of assessments that appropriately meet the needs of students. Thus, the ethos of the course is to enable students to follow their interests and design their own pathway through a master's programme.


YEAR 1: PGCert

  • TL4048 Research Methods in Outdoor Practice (30 credits)
  • TL4049 Contextualising Outdoor Practice (30 credits)


  • TL4050 Research Project in Outdoor Practice (120 credits)
  • TL4051 Innovation in Outdoor Practice (120 credits)
  • TL4052 Innovation and Research Project in the Outdoors (part 1) Optional PGDip exit) (60 credits)
  • TL4053 Innovation and Research Project in the Outdoors (part 2) (60 credits)

The course team have strong relationships with a diverse range of organisations in the outdoor industry, including: Plas y Brenin (National Mountain Centre), Outward Bound Trust, the Institute for Outdoor Learning, Mountain Training, British Canoeing, Royal Geographical Society, and British Exploring Society.


The course team are all active practitioners in the outdoors holding a range of high level outdoor qualifications, as well as being research active. For example, areas of expertise include Coaching; Education; Teaching and Learning.

The first year of the programme is taught over weekends, the first of which will include an introduction to the course, the team and the resources. The taught weekends will make use of a wide range of teaching and learning strategies, for example: lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations, tutorials and practical as appropriate, in addition, elearn/ online platforms will also be used. Year two will make use of face to face and online tutorials to support you through your chosen pathway.

Each module is assessed via a Portfolio, this allows you to construct your own pathway through the modules and choose the most appropriate assessment methods for you and your topic area. Assessment strategies might include essays, reports, presentations, critical discussions, practical and artwork. 


The programme is designed to allow you construct your own pathway through the course, depending on your own practice, your interests and future careers. It is expected that a wide range of practitioners will access the course, including teachers, outdoor instructors, coaches as well as those from other areas of the outdoor industry.

The programme is designed so that you can exit at PGCert, or PGDip, or complete a master's. From there you may wish to access a Level 8 course such as a Doctorate.

Visit the Outdoor Practice - MA page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!





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