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MSc Outdoor Environmental Education

University of Hertfordshire

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Hertfordshire

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    13-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The climate emergency and global pandemic have highlighted the importance of spending time in natural environments. Our intrinsic link to the world around us is unbreakable. It demands care, respect and creative solutions. To keep ourselves safe, we have seen all aspects of life, from social, recreation, education, transportation and even employment, benefit from taking a nature-centred approach. Educators have moved away from stationary classrooms and utilised outdoor education more and more. There is a growing need to learn in and from our local environment. There is an urgent need to care for it. The environmental education sector is flourishing.

This course will empower you to enrich and radically transform educational practices, across a multitude of sectors. We’ll teach you underlying theories and how to apply them to practice. We’ll analyse sustainable development issues, biodiversity loss and the climate emergency. Together, we’ll examine equality of access to environmental education. You’ll develop a critical awareness of the impact of race, gender, disability, economics and government policy on the lives of learners, educators and organisations. Every step of the way, we’ll guide you to become a reflexive and inclusive educator.

There is a rising demand for outdoor environmental education provision, from early years to life-long learning. Education policies around the globe are highlighting the need to engage with nature and mitigate the future climate crisis. This rewarding sector covers every aspect of life. From sport and leisure, hospitality and tourism to conservation, local government, education, healthcare and wellbeing.

The practical fieldwork experience you’ll gain in farmland, peri-urban, waterscapes and cities will stand you in good stead for careers in an abundance of sectors. In the field of education, you could work in mainstream and special education, alternative provision, higher education, adult learning centres, home-schooling networks and organised youth activities. In leisure, you could work for an adventure education provider. In the environment sector, you could work for a wildlife trust as an education officer. You could even become an entrepreneur and set up your own environmental education business or charity. Wherever you imagine yourself working, whoever you imagine helping, the outdoor sector holds a plethora of opportunities for making a positive contribution in society and in nature.

Tuition fees

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£ 13,950per year

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University information

University of Hertfordshire

  • University League Table

    80th

  • Campus address

    University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    65th out of 84 4

    56th out of 71 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    109 53%

    68th

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%

    30th

    6
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%

    29th

    6
  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    90 45%

    69th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78.0 78%

    13th

    15
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.12 82%

    37th

    15

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