Moray House School of Education and Sport

Programme structure

There are three possible exit levels: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or Master’s. The emphasis – at every level – is on developing the knowledge, understanding, and judgement necessary to facilitate meaningful learning in, for, and through the outdoors.

The Certificate programme provides a broad theoretical coverage of the field of outdoor education. The Diploma extends this with further academic study and a Professional Development Programme (involving field courses and a placement) which provides a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education. The Master’s extends this further still with a dissertation or applied project. The Master’s and Diploma programmes can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The Certificate is by nature a part-time programme of study.

Learning will take the form of lectures, seminars, group discussions, student presentations, field courses, residential courses, self-study, and work experience/practicum.

For the Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), you will complete the following courses:

For the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

For the Master’s (180 credits), in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

Courses take place at our Edinburgh campus and multiple bases in the Highlands and on the West Coast of Scotland from where you will journey by boat or on foot to live and learn in the outdoors.

N.B. If taking the programme on an intermittent basis, courses offered by other Schools may have different fees. 

Course descriptions (2022-23)