BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geography and Outdoor Education University of Stirling
If you want a science degree in Environmental Geography that also provides you with outdoor teaching and guiding activities, this unique degree has been designed for you.
Top reasons to study with us
#1 A unique opportunity to combine your Environmental Geography degree with outdoor education
#2 Get hands-on experience of working with industrial partners during your degree
#3 We're ranked Top 5 in Scotland for Geography & Environmental Science (Complete University Guide 2023)
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. You’ll explore core issues in geography, human impacts on our planet, biogeography and practical scientific techniques. Our field courses and practical teaching will give you further valuable hands-on experience.
Our leading mountaineering instructors and outdoor specialists will teach you outdoor leadership, mountain skills and environmental education. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to complete a semester abroad, a work placement module and gain the Mountain Leader Award, endorsed by the Mountain Training Association. This is a physically demanding degree, requiring a good level of health, fitness and mobility.
We've been awarded five star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2020.
You'll be taught through a mix of lectures, online materials, field and laboratory practical exercises and tutorials, and small-group seminars. 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 gaining independent experience for your Mountain Leader Award.
You will have the choice of two residential field trips (in Yr 3 & Yr 4). Currently, one of these is based in the NW Highlands of Scotland; and we are we currently seeking a new location for the other, likely to be in continental Europe. These 7-day field courses introduce students to the process of designing, conducting and analysing your own small research project.
Students are assessed through a diversity coursework assessments that allow them to demonstrate their understanding and skills on a range of topics. These include written work (outdoor education lesson planning, landscape interpretation and preparing environmental consultancy reports), presentations and practical demonstrations. This’ll give you highly relevant training for employment as you study for your degree.
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 Agder, Norway, University of Guelph in Canada and the University of Fairbanks, Alaska.
There are also options for exchanges 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.
Dr Alan Law, Programme Director for Outdoor Education Degrees
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