Moray House School of Education and Sport

Careers in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education

Our graduates are employed worldwide in all aspects of the Outdoor and Environmental Education sector, often with a focus on sustainability. They’ve found jobs in residential outdoor education centres, wilderness expeditions and school, college and university programmes.

Many of our graduates who return to their previous profession are able to move into a different area of that field thanks to their greater knowledge, experience and qualification.

Other roles our graduates have taken up include:

  • Conservation work (public and charitable organisations)
  • Developing education and environmental policy
  • Environmental education programmes 
  • Management development 
  • National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Non-profit organisations focused on environmental and/or personal and social development
  • Organisations working with marginalised young people
  • Outward Bound
  • Self-employed in guiding, interpretation and education
  • Summer camp organisations
  • Therapeutic work with young people and adults.

Students who complete the MSc degree can also continue onto advanced research and a possible academic career.

Students can attend several Outdoor Learning Practitioner Seminars throughout the year. These seminars, often taught by our graduates, offer vital insights and guidance into working in the outdoors. The programme’s placement component offers other chances to network, depending on the placement.

The programme does not offer a formal teaching qualification. However, recent graduates have gained accreditation by the General Teaching Council of Scotland to teach Outdoor Education in schools.

Our students develop skills in communication, leadership and project management that are useful in any field.


Our outdoor and environmental education programmes have over 800 graduates from across the world. Our aim is to build and maintain a connected global community with as many of our alumni as possible. We are currently developing our alumni engagement plans with some exciting ideas 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 on social media through individual cohort groups and an all-alumni Facebook group.

Careers Service

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.

Join in and make use of:

  • individual appointments
  • group sessions
  • wider campus-based activity
  • online services and resources

We also deliver a diverse programme of face-to-face and online events throughout the academic year.

Suzanne Agnew

Careers Consultant, Moray House

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