Outdoor and Environmental Education

Postgraduate Diploma

Information on the Postgraduate Diploma in Learning for Sustainability

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The Postgraduate Diploma builds on the Postgraduate Certificate’s three core courses: Introduction to Learning for Sustainability, Ecosystems for Educators and Outdoor Learning. A further four Postgraduate Diploma specific courses - Environmental Philosophy and City-based Outdoor Learning, Education for Environmental Citizenship, Experiential Education and Sources of Knowledge - combine to develop this foundational knowledge within broader philosophical and theoretical frameworks.

The Postgraduate Diploma courses are designed to stimulate a deep understanding of the personal, cultural and environmental, values, systems and principles that combine and characterise Learning for Sustainability and support their approaches to teaching and leading. Additionally, programme members will gain introductory research experience, which will enhance their critical awareness and enable progression on to the Masters programme. This process will encourage programme members to develop as educational professionals, leaders and researchers in the field.


The courses are delivered on campus, locally in Edinburgh, or at our outdoor centre in the Cairngorm National Park. The courses will take place over a series of weekends and some aspects are offered through on-line/blended learning. The programming is ideal for part-time study as all courses can be taken as free-standing, or combined as part of the Postgraduate Diploma. All seven courses are required for full-time or part-time students wishing to continue to the MSc programme..

Academic Courses


Each 20-credit course is assessed by a 4000 word assignment or equivalent.

Each 10-credit course is assessed by a 2000 word assignment or equivalent.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for our postgraduate programmes normally hold an undergraduate university degree or equivalent professional qualification. Those who do not hold first degrees but whose employment or other educational experience provides evidence of intellectual and professional ability of an equivalent standard are also encouraged to apply.


Please contact the Postgraduate Office for information on fees.


Full-time or part-time, 9-48 months

Application Procedure

There is no fixed deadline, but applications should be submitted as early as possible since places are limited. For general information and application forms the main point of contact is:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact details



Postgraduate Office (Education) Admissions
The University of Edinburgh
57 George Square

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  • The Postgraduate Admissions Office is open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

Please direct any informal enquiries about this postgraduate programme to Dr Beth Christie