BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geography and Outdoor Education


Program Description


If you want a sound science degree that also takes you teaching and guiding outdoor activities, this unique degree has been designed for you.

Our course blends the academic foundation of our Environmental Geography degree with practical teaching on leading and guiding groups outdoors and providing educational activities with a geographical and environmental emphasis. Our field courses and practical teaching will give you hands-on experience and you’ll understand the core issues in geography, landscape evolution, human impact on the environment, field skills and environmental history.

Our leading mountaineering instructors and outdoor specialists will teach you outdoor leadership, mountain skills and environmental education. In addition, you’ll gain the Mountain Leader Award, endorsed by the Mountain Training Association. This is a physically demanding course requiring a certain level of health, fitness and mobility.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Combine your science degree with a mountain leader award

#2 Get hands-on experience of working with industrial partners during your degree

#3 You’ll take a residential field class in Iceland or Spain

Course details

These courses include a solid grounding in environmental geography together with practical training in navigation, mountain hazards, outdoor safety. We also train you to design and deliver of outdoor programmes with environmental and ecological learning outcomes.

We’ve strong links with conservation and environmental management employers giving you the opportunity to get hands-on experience of working with business partners during your degree.

In the outdoor education components, you’ll get to learn from some of the UK’s top mountaineering instructors and outdoor educators. The optional but included Summer Mountain Leader Award requires that you must complete a minimum of 40 quality mountain days. This degree requires a high level of health, fitness and mobility as well as a commitment to outdoor pursuits and mountain walking.


We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18.

You'll be taught through a mix of lectures, field and laboratory practical exercises and tutorials. You'll have the opportunity to gain work-based experience as part of your degree which will count towards your degree progression.


You’ll spend a considerable amount of time out in our exceptional Scottish landscapes, both on field courses and gain experience for your Mountain Leader Award.

The course includes an optional five-day field course in the UK in year 2 and 3rd-year options for field classes in Spain or Iceland. Costs are for these are subsidised but a financial contribution is required.

The Outdoor Education modules are taught primarily via residential field classes, which take place in some of Scotland’s most stunning locations.


Coursework assessments include outdoor education lesson planning, landscape interpretation and preparing environmental consultancy reports. This’ll give you highly relevant training for employment as you study for your degree.

Study abroad

In addition to the exchange opportunities available to all Stirling students, Environmental Geography has a well-established exchange programme with universities including the University of Guelph in Canada and the University of Fairbanks, Alaska.

There are also options for an Erasmus exchange to universities in Sweden and Germany. During Year 3 you can spend one or two semesters abroad where you study courses equivalent to those taken at Stirling and have the opportunity to broaden your environmental and cultural experience.

Find out more about studying abroad.


Dr Alan Law, Programme Director for Outdoor Education Degrees

 +44 (0) 1786 467770

Fees - 2021/22

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £17,900
  • Scottish students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
  • EU Students: £17,900*

*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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