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MA Outdoor and Experiential Learning

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Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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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.

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.

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Distinguished farmer and landowner becomes university honorary fellow

Posted: 27 Nov 2019

A farmer who has used conservation to help transform the fortunes of his family’s historic estate has received an honorary fellowship from the University of Cumbria. Giles Mounsey-Heysham, a Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria, is the ninth generation to manage his ancestral family property, Castletown, near Rockcliffe, Carlisle. He is also a chartered surveyor, with his extensive career including time with Cluttons and Savills.

Survival expertise called upon for major new TV series

Posted: 28 Oct 2019

Producers of a major new TV series starring Jason Momoa as a warlord in an alien blind world 600-years hence have turned to the skills of a leading survival academic for advice. When See is released on Friday 1 November, to coincide with the launch of Apple TV+, few will be watching more closely than University of Cumbria’s bushcraft expert, Lisa Fenton, who worked behind the scenes with a think tank team devising the series.

How to Choose a University

Posted: 21 Mar 2019

Amy here, a 1st year Outdoor Leadership student. In relation to choosing a university I can only draw from personal and peer experiences, therefore I will probably be a little biased towards my own (brilliant) course. Nevertheless, I will endeavour to impart practical, honest and mostly relevant advice that will help you compare universities and courses.

Campus Tour

Wed 26 Feb 2020

An opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in the heart of the Lake District.

Open Event (2020 entry enquirers only)

Wed 4 Mar 2020

It’s not too late to apply to us for 2020 entry, our expert teams of support and academic staff are on hand to give you a bespoke and personal visit experience that will arm you with everything you need to know about starting a course in September 2020.

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