Outdoor Studies

There is no better place to study the outdoors than in the heart of the Lake District. Our Ambleside campus provides a unique learning environment and unrivalled academic experience.

What Outdoor Studies courses do we offer? 

Outdoor Studies can open many doors for you. Our graduates go on to work in the outdoor education field, in outdoor centres or youth organisations, outdoor adventure and tourism, conservation and environmental protection or progress to postgraduate study and research.

We offer a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in outdoor studies specialising in the following areas:

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Why study Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria?

We are the largest provider of outdoor study degrees in the UK. With the Ambleside campus as your base, the Lake District is your classroom and the great outdoors is literally on your doorstep! Our excellent facilities, such as purpose-built indoor climbing walls enhance your learning experience.

We work collaboratively with numerous outdoor organisations together with partnerships with national organisations in the field. Our staff have a diverse range of experience with national reputations for excellence in outdoor professional competencies, development training and environmental education.

As a student on one of our outdoor studies programmes you'll be encouraged to participate in a wide range of practical activities and plan your own expeditions and projects to enhance your knowledge.

All of our courses provide opportunities to take part in international expeditions. Recent expeditions include skiing, paddling and climbing trips to the USA and a number of European countries.

Resources and Facilities

Our Ambleside campus provides an exceptional range of facilities including outdoor equipment such as canoes and climbing gear, bouldering wall and access to Lake Windermere; home to our sailing fleet! 

As a student on one of our outdoor studies programmes you'll also have access to research and teaching labs, lecture and seminar rooms, IT facilities and a library with a broad range of digital and hardcopy resources.

The combination of recently developed learning and teaching facilities with unrivalled access to the Cumbrian fells, rivers, lakes and areas of outstanding beauty means that we can combine lectures with hands-on teaching in the field to ensure you have the knowledge base, as well as the practical experience, for a successful career in the outdoors; be that education, tourism, conservation or as an outdoor practitioner.