Graduates are employed world-wide in all aspects of the Outdoor and Environmental Education sector, such as in residential outdoor education centres, wilderness expeditions, and school, college and university outdoor and environmental education programmes.
Many of our graduates return to their previous profession, but move into a different aspect of that field as a result of their increased knowledge, experience and qualification.
Other examples include:
- conservation work (public and charitable organisations, UK and international),
- education/environmental policy development,
- environmental education programmes,
- management development,
- National Outdoor Leadership School,
- non-profit organisations (environmental and/or personal & social development focused),
- organisations working with marginalised young people,
- Outward Bound,
- self-employed in guiding/interpretation/education,
- summer camp organisations,
- therapeutic work with young people and adults.
As part of the programme students can attend several Outdoor Learning Practitioner Seminars throughout the year. These seminars offer invaluable insights and guidance into working in the outdoors. Many of these seminars are delivered by graduates of the programme. The placement component of the programme also offers further opportunities for networking, depending on the placement.
While the programme does not offer a formal teaching qualification, recent graduates have been successful in gaining accreditation by the General Teaching Council of Scotland to teach Outdoor Education in schools.
Completion of the MSc degree also enables you to continue onto advanced research and a possible academic career.
In addition, you will develop highly transferable skills, such as in communication, leadership and project management, which can be applied to any field.
We have over 800 alumni from across the world. Our aim is to build and maintain a connected global alumni community with of as many of our alumni as possible. We are currently developing our alumni engagement plans with some exciting plans for the future.
We also maintain strong links with many of our alumni who deliver lectures and seminars, host student placements, attend events and lead some of our Professional Development programme field courses. Our current students and alumni connect through social media – through individual cohort groups and an all alumni Facebook group.
The University of Edinburgh's Careers Service supports all current students (and graduates for up to 2 years) to develop their potential and achieve satisfying and rewarding futures. This is done through individual appointments, group sessions and wider campus-based activity, alongside online services and resources. A diverse programme of face-to-face and online events is delivered throughout the academic year.