What will I learn?

This unique degree fuses learning in Environmental Science with practical skills-based learning in outdoor and environmental education. You’ll graduate with a degree in Environmental Science and Outdoor Education, including the opportunity to gain your Mountain Leader Award as an integral part of your degree. The degrees include tuition in core aspects of our academic degrees, including environmental issues, landscape evolution, human impact on the environment, environmental techniques and core issues in geography, along with outdoor leadership, mountain skills and environmental education. This combined approach will allow you to enter a wide range of relevant careers – from outdoor instructor through to environmental consultant or ecologist.Academic components of the degree will give you a strong foundation in understanding processes as diverse as the formation of the Earth and local landscapes and society through to impacts of radioactivity in the environment and how to manage and restore populations and habitats that have been subject to radical changes by humans. Frequent integrative and field-based teaching will allow you to develop a functional understanding of these issues so that you canapply them to the systems that you’ll manage and the problems that you’ll solve in your future career. Both programmes include an optional five-day field course in the UK in year 2, and 3rd year options for field classes in Spain or Iceland.Costs for these are subsidised by the university, but require financial contributions from students.The distinctive aspects of these courses is that they include a solid grounding in environmental science or environmental geography together with practical training in navigation, mountain hazards, outdoor safety and the design and delivery of outdoor programmes with environmental and ecological learning outcomes. As well as gaining your university degree, The Mountain Leader Award combines all of these aspects into a qualification recognised by the outdoor education industry and the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA).**Please note that it's important that your personal statement is geared towards this course as it will be taken into account whilst assessing your application**

Which department am I in?

Biological and Environmental Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

12 September 2022


Main Site

Grange Road,


FK9 4LA, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

We normally require US applicants to hold a combination of the following qualifications for entry. As a minimum, applicants must hold an accredited high school diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale, minimum B average).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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