University of St Mark & St John

University of St Mark & St John

Professional Studies (Outdoor Education, Outdoor Learning, Adventure Education)

The project-based, work-centred course enables students to develop a critical appreciation of fundamental changes in their profession. All the while, students will work on acquiring the skills necessary to deal with the challenges these changes present. This responsive approach is grounded in the concept of action research, which encourages students to react to and explore issues as and when they emerge within their professional context. This flexible course is carefully structured, with 3 supervised projects based on a theme related to your field. You will be supported throughout the course with project templates which clearly outline structure, content and the research process. On this course, you will be assigned a project supervisor for each stage. Your supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area so that they can provide you with tailored guidance and support throughout. If necessary, a 2nd supervisor will be introduced. Students will also take part in research workshops in which they will explore particular research themes with other students. As a participant on this course, you will enjoy full access to a wide range of electronic resources, as well as additional tutorial support where necessary. It is anticipated that one of the course projects will lead to a joint publication between supervisor and student.

Entry requirements

It is generally anticipated that applicants will be 21 years of age or over, will be graduates and will already be engaged in work within the profession.

Course modules

Year 1: Conceptual and theoretical discourses. Year 2: Contemporary contextual issues. Year 3: Developmental considerations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Mark & St John Plymouth PL6 8BH South West

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