BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Outdoor Education

Environmental Science and Outdoor Education is our unique course blending environmental science with practical teaching on running outdoor activities. Be the difference outdoors!

Environmental Science and Outdoor Education

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September 2021, September 2022
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • UCAS Code FX99
  • Study abroad opportunities


Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), Mountain Training Association

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If you want a highly respected degree in Environmental  Science that also provides you with outdoor teaching and guiding activities, this unique degree has been designed for you.

The University of Stirling is a superb place to study Environmental Science, with our history of innovation in environmental research and study. This course blends the academic elements of our Environmental Science degree with practical training in navigation and outdoor safety. You’ll learn how to design, lead and deliver outdoor programmes with environmental and ecological learning outcomes.

You’ll explore global environmental issues, contemporary environmental science, landscape evolution, and scientific techniques.

Our leading mountaineering instructors and outdoor specialists will teach you outdoor leadership, mountain skills and environmental education.You'll have the opportunity to complete a work placement module and 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.

"This is a unique degree that offers a solid grounding in environmental science complemented with outdoor experience and leadership –balancing scientific training with broad career opportunities."

Daniel Souto, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Outdoor Education

Top reasons to study with us

Professional accreditation

The Mountain Leader Award is recognised by the Mountain Training Association and the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA).

Prizes or awards

At the end of year 3 the Altajir scholarship of £500 is awarded to the two best performing students in Environmental Science and Environmental Geography.

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What our students said

Julie Cunningham
Julie Cunningham
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Outdoor Education
University of Stirling was my first choice for a variety of reasons, and after visiting each university that I applied to at least once at open days, it still came out on top. As well as being a beautiful campus within easy commuting distance for me (very important as a Mum of three with work and volunteering commitments!), every single person I spoke to at Stirling was welcoming, supportive and genuinely seemed happy to be there.
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Rebecca Davies
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Outdoor Education
Studying Environmental Science and Outdoor Education at the University of Stirling has been fantastic for meeting like-minded people who love the outdoors as much as I do.
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