MA Outdoor Sustainability Education

Linköping University
2 semesters
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
August 2024
Application deadline: 15 January 2024

About this program

MA Outdoor Sustainability Education

Discover the educational potentials of leaving the classroom and exploring the surroundings.

All children deserve the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential. This master’s programme will increase your knowledge about learning processes with a focus on school-based learning, using different modes and methods. The advanced courses in educational science will help teachers and other educators understand how a variety of outdoor environments can be used as resources for learning and knowledge. During the courses you will learn the theoretical backgrounds for using other learning environments than the classroom.

Outdoor education is a diverse field of research and practice. This programme derives from the Scandinavian perspective on outdoor education - the concept of "uteskola", literally meaning outdoor school. In outdoor school the syllabus is taught outdoors on a regular basis in an interplay with indoor learning. You vill broaden your professional expertis as a teacher by training to use outdoor environments for teaching and learning.

Admission requirements

  • A Teacher or Pre-school Teacher Degree of at least 180 ECTS credits


  • 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).

(Exemptions from Swedish)

The deadline for submitting the online application is the 16th of January. The deadline for submitting all supporting documentation is the 1st of February. Documents that are submitted after the deadline will make the whole application late, and possibly not considered for most of the programmes.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Outdoor Learning in Theory and Practie
  • Environmental and Sustainability Education in the Natural and Cultural Landscape

Semester 2

  • Thesis in Outdoor Education
  • Theories of Research and Methods of Inquiry

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the school website for more information.


SEK 107 000 - NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.


Degree of Master in Didactics with emphasis on Outdoor Education (60 credits)

Career paths

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.

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About this institute

Linköping University 

Linköping University (LiU) was granted university status in 1975 and today has 37,600 students (full-time equivalents 19,200), including 2,000 international students. In 2022, LiU landed on spot 38 of the Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s young universities. This is...

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Why study at Linköping University

Linköping University welcomes students from all over the world, and English is widely spoken everywhere by its 2,000 international students, or about 6% of its student population. Many doctoral students and researchers are international.

We rank highly: LiU has been named as one of the world’s 200 best universities in education, materials science, sociology and electrical and electronic engineering, according to this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Good prospects: A degree from LiU makes you a highly sought after employee. An impressive 88% of our students are employed within 18 months of graduating.

Research that makes a difference: What makes Linköping University special is the lack of boundaries between different subjects and faculties, which has resulted in world-leading research environments and companies as well as a number of truly cross-disciplinary study programs.

Contact info

Linköping University

Linköping University
581 83 Linköping

Phone no: +46282614

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