The master’s programme provides students with knowledge and understanding of how outdoor studies can enhance learning and contribute to better health, a sustainable development, and an active citizenship.

The programme focuses on experiential learning based on nature, culture, and society. Teaching includes outdoor field-related experiences and learning in and via natural and cultural landscapes. The advanced courses in educational science will help teachers and other educators to understand learning processes and how the society, nature and the cultural landscape can be used as resources for learning and understanding. The programme focuses on experiential learning based on nature, culture, and society, using the natural and cultural landscapes in the outdoors as resources for learning and understanding.

As a student you will:

  • increase your knowledge about children’s and young people’s understanding and learning processes in the extended classroom.
  • further, develop your knowledge of how outdoor environmental education and outdoor life can contribute to the awareness of environmental issues.
  • learn about the connections between outdoor education and health, citizenship and sustainability.
  • develop a thematic perspective on how the urban and rural landscape can be used as a resource for learning.
  • develop your skills in fieldwork in real environments.
  • Students pay for trips, food, and lodging during the excursions included in the programme.

Learning environment and forms

Theoretical studies of outdoor education are combined with applied work in authentic learning situations using experiential learning as the basis, and the local environment as a resource. The use of extended classrooms for learning also include visits to local museums, schoolyards, science centers and recreation areas.

In addition to classroom lectures and seminars, students work in pairs or groups with weekly assignments in outdoor natural and cultural landscapes. All program courses also include individually written assignments, which combine theoretical knowledge with practical experiences and critical reflection. Students are also expected to collect their own empirical data for their theses, using qualitative or quantitative or mixed research methods.

Syllabus and course details

The programme train students to use environments outside the traditional classroom for teaching and learning. The programme strives to have a good balance between theoretical depth and practical professional skills. A point of departure for teaching and learning is the natural and cultural landscape. Those experiences are aligned with contemporary research through lectures and seminars. Outdoor education is related to environmental and sustainability education and to disciplinary teaching in different subjects.

The student shall show

  • Knowledge and understanding
    • knowledge and understanding in the fields of outdoor education and environmental and sustainability education
    • deepened insight into contemporary research and professional work in the fields of outdoor education and environmental and sustainability education
    • deepened methodological knowledge in educational sciences
  • Skills and abilities
    • ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge in both theory and practice, and analyze, evaluate and handle complex questions and situations
    • skills to use the natural and cultural landscape as a resource in one owns profession
    • ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate research questions, plan and with adequate methods conduct qualified tasks within given time frames and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge and to evaluate this work
    • ability to orally and in written form clearly account for and discuss conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that behinds them in dialogue with different groups
    • skills that are required for participating in research and development work or independently participate in pedagogical activities and relate to international research
  • Ability to evaluate and approach
    • ability to within the discipline make judgments in accordance to relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects and show awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
    • an insight of potentials and barriers of science, it’s role in society and human responsibility for how science is used
    • ability to identify requirement of additional knowledge and to take responsibility for further development of knowledge


Semester 1

  • Outdoor Education and Outdoor Didactics15 credits
  • Theories of Research and Methods of Inquiry 15 credits

Semester 2

  • Environmental and Sustainability Education in the Natural and Cultural Landscape 15 credits
  • Thesis – with focus on Liberal Arts and Social Science 15 credits
  • Thesis – with focus on Natural Science 15 credits

Career opportunities

Following the final examination, students will have gained theoretical knowledge and practical experience within the field of outdoor education for working with pedagogical development in schools or other educational fields in society.

Alternatively, students may continue to conduct research leading to a doctoral degree.

Entry requirements

A Teacher or Pre-school Teacher Degree of at least 180 ECTS or a Bachelor's Degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, with a major in Education or the equivalent.

English, corresponding to the level of English achieved in Swedish upper secondary education (English B/ English 6).

Tuition fees

110,000kr - NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA, and Switzerland.

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Last updated October 22, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 year
110,000 SEK
Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.
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