MA Outdoor and Experiential Learning (London)

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Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date Sept 21
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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The course considers the histories, contemporary application and growth of outdoor and experiential learning at the intersections of professional practice, pedagogy and philosophy via debate & discussion, creative reflection, critical analysis and critique of research and evidence. Teaching will predominantly take place through 5-day block modules located in and around our London campus in the heart of the Capital City.

A key characteristic of a Master’s graduate is their ability to demonstrate knowledge at the forefront of their professional practice. Graduates should strive to demonstrate originality in their application of knowledge in the field of outdoor and experiential learning.


  • Introduction to Outdoor and Experiential Learning. This module aims to explore the processes and definitions of Outdoor and Experiential Learning.
  • The Reflexive Practitioner. The aims of this module are to examine the concept of ‘world views’ and explore their impact on professional practice.
  • Know Your Place - Place Responsive Approaches to the Outdoors: The module explores different ways in which we and others create a place that can help us consider how these different “lenses” shape our perception of place. We aim to diversify our ideas and develop critical and reflective interpreters who create innovative and effective ways of interpreting place for themselves and others.
  • Histories and Principles of Bushcraft: The module considers the history and growth of Bushcraft as a practice and an ideology.
  • Therapeutic Opportunities in the Outdoors: This module offers a reflective exploration of the student’s own therapeutic relationship with the outdoors, and typically contains a residential aspect
  • Independent Inquiry- The aim of the module is to support students in the planning, conducting and writing up of an applied research or evaluation project within the field of outdoor and experiential learning.
  • Dissertation - To provide you with the opportunity to design and conduct a substantial piece of independent supervised research.

Graduate destinations

Many students who undertake the MA are already employed and are looking to extend their expertise in a particular area to enhance their experience, their employment prospects or are looking for a change of career. Graduates have successfully gained employment as educators, outdoor practitioners, environmental consultants, development trainers, outdoor mental health practitioners or armed services personnel, for example. Graduates may also use this academic experience to enhance existing roles by enriching their philosophical underpinnings or to revisit old concepts and practices to see them in a new light.

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