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About Outdoor and Sustainability Education at Linköping University

The master's programme provides students with knowledge and understanding of how outdoor studies can enhance learning and contribute to better health, a sustainable development and an active citizenship.

The programme focuses on experiential learning based on nature, culture and society. Teaching includes outdoor field-related experiences and learning in and via natural and cultural landscapes. The advanced courses in educational science will help teachers and other educators to understand learning processes and how the society, nature and the cultural landscape can be used as resources for learning and understanding. The programme focuses on experiential learning based on nature, culture and society, using the natural and cultural landscapes in the outdoors as resources for learning and understanding.

As a student you will:

  • increase your knowledge about children's and young people's understanding and learning processes in the extended classroom
  • further develop your knowledge of how outdoor environmental education and outdoor life can contribute to awareness of environmental issues
  • learn about the connections between outdoor education and health, citizenship and sustainability
  • develop a thematic perspective on how the urban and rural landscape can be used as a resource for learning
  • develop your skills in field work in real environments

Students pay for trips, food and lodging during the excursions included in the programme.

Learning environment and forms

Theoretical studies of outdoor education are combined with applied work in authentic learning situations using experiential learning as the basis, and the local environment as a resource. The use of extended classrooms for learning also include visits to local museums, school yards, science centres and recreation areas.

In addition to classroom lectures and seminars, students work in pairs or groups with weekly assignments in outdoor natural and cultural landscapes. All program courses also include individually written assignments, which combine theoretical knowledge with practical experiences and critical reflection. Students are also expected to collect their own empirical data for their theses, using qualitative or quantitative or mixed research methods.

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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Notes about fees for this course

Citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland must pay tuition fees for higher education in Sweden. Exceptions might apply. For detailed information please check Higher education studies for citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland are free of charge.

Generally, tuition fees at Linköping University are between SEK 80,000 and 136,000 per academic year.

Tuition fees at Linköping University include the following benefits:

  • Swedish language courses for beginners
  • The Swedish state's insurance FAS+, including accident and property cover
  • An accommodation offer

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A Teacher or Pre-school Teacher Degree of at least 180 ECTS or a 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).

Degree requirements

To fulfill the requirements for a degree certificate the student need to accomplish course work of 60 ECTS credits, where of at least 30 ETCS credits within the field of the programme. In addition, there is a requirement of a bachelor’s exam of at least 180 ACTS credits or an equivalent international exam. 

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