Outdoor education

Why research outdoor education?

The Outdoor and Environmental Education unit in Bendigo has an international reputation and is the largest dedicated provider of outdoor and environmental education in the world. We offer Masters and PhD by research and focus on developing knowledge about nature, building relationships with the land, and understanding place, culture, language and experience. Research strengths include environmental interpretation, human and nature relationships for sustainability, sustainability education, land use history and management, recreation impact, sustainable tourism, ecological literacy and sustainability in schools, outdoor environmental education curriculum and practice, international representations of outdoor education, safety management, experiential facilitation, professionalism in outdoor education and outdoor leadership.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for school leadership and academic positions in Australia and overseas, as a researcher with organisations such as the Australian Council for Educational Research, or as a policy advisor in the public and private sector.

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are Clearly In ATAR Rank as a quick guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. Additional information on the 2017 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

2017 - apply now

Doctor of Philosophy
Duration :
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy (Education) emphasises theory, enquiry and research, and is taken by thesis only. The thesis is 75,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge.

The PhD is assessed by external examiners. It may be completed in three to four years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study.
Prerequisite
Masters degree by research (or in some instances, by coursework), including minor thesis and demonstrated ability to undertake doctoral studies. Those with a high Honours degree may also apply.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Doctor of Philosophy (Outdoor Education and Environment)
Duration :
4 years full-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy emphasises theory, enquiry and research, and is taken by thesis only. Candidates with strong theoretical and research interests will suit this doctorate.

The PhD is undertaken by supervised research, culminating in a thesis of 75,000 words. Areas of research include:
- understanding and shaping human experience of region and place
- outdoor environmental education,
- professional issues in outdoor education and nature guiding.

The PhD may be completed in three to four years of full-time study, or six years of part.time study.
Prerequisite
Masters degree by research (or in some instances, by coursework), including a minor thesis and demonstrated ability to undertake doctoral studies. Those with a high Honours degree may also apply.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Outdoor Education and Environment
Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
We offer Masters and PhD by research, and focus on developing your knowledge of nature, building relationships with the land, and understanding place, culture, language and experience. Research strengths include:
- environmental interpretation
- human and nature relationships for sustainability
- sustainability education
- land use history and management
- recreation impact
- sustainable tourism
- ecological literacy and sustainability in schools
- outdoor environmental education curriculum and practice
- international representations of outdoor education
- safety management
- experiential facilitation
- professionalism in outdoor education
- outdoor leadership.
Prerequisite
A Bachelors degree with Honours or an equivalent fourth year Graduate Diploma in a relevant area with a B grade average or higher; or Honours degree with 2A result or higher.
Costs
Some additional costs may apply for field-work clothing and equipment - up to A$1500. Any items purchased remain the property of the student.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

2018

Doctor of Education (Professional Doctorate)
Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
The Doctor of Education emphasises the contribution of research to professional practice and builds on a combination of coursework and thesis. It starts with two year-long coursework subjects followed by supervised research culminating in a thesis of approximately 60,000 words, which is assessed by external examiners. The thesis can be in an applied area, allowing you to make an intensive investigation in your own professional field.
Prerequisite
Masters degree by research or, in some instances, coursework Masters degree including minor thesis and demonstrated ability to undertake doctoral studies. Those with a high Honours degree may also apply.
How to apply
Apply now

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Doctor of Philosophy (Education)
Duration :
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy (Education) emphasises theory, enquiry and research, and is taken by thesis only. The thesis is 75,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge.

The PhD is assessed by external examiners. It may be completed in three to four years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study.
Prerequisite
Masters degree by research (or in some instances, by coursework), including minor thesis and demonstrated ability to undertake doctoral studies. Those with a high Honours degree may also apply.
How to apply
Apply now

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Doctor of Philosophy (Outdoor Education and Environment)
Duration :
4 years full-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2018
About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy emphasises theory, enquiry and research, and is taken by thesis only. Candidates with strong theoretical and research interests will suit this doctorate.

The PhD is undertaken by supervised research, culminating in a thesis of 75,000 words. Areas of research include:
- understanding and shaping human experience of region and place
- outdoor environmental education,
- professional issues in outdoor education and nature guiding.

The PhD may be completed in three to four years of full-time study, or six years of part.time study.
Prerequisite
Masters degree by research (or in some instances, by coursework), including a minor thesis and demonstrated ability to undertake doctoral studies. Those with a high Honours degree may also apply.
How to apply
Apply now

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Outdoor Education and Environment
Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2018
About this course
We offer Masters and PhD by research, and focus on developing your knowledge of nature, building relationships with the land, and understanding place, culture, language and experience. Research strengths include:
- environmental interpretation
- human and nature relationships for sustainability
- sustainability education
- land use history and management
- recreation impact
- sustainable tourism
- ecological literacy and sustainability in schools
- outdoor environmental education curriculum and practice
- international representations of outdoor education
- safety management
- experiential facilitation
- professionalism in outdoor education
- outdoor leadership.
Prerequisite
A Bachelors degree with Honours or an equivalent fourth year Graduate Diploma in a relevant area with a B grade average or higher; or Honours degree with 2A result or higher.
Costs
Some additional costs may apply for field-work clothing and equipment - up to A$1500. Any items purchased remain the property of the student.
How to apply
Apply now

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply

You can apply for research candidature at any time. However, applications for research scholarships close on 31 October.

To apply for Master's candidature, you need an Honours degree or Master's Preliminary. For Doctoral (PhD) candidature, you need a Master's or a Bachelor's degree with Honours, usually with a result of at least H2A.

Before applying, it's best to contact a potential academic supervisor and receive in-principle approval for your topic.

Once you've done this, you can download an application form [PDF 1.02Mb] and submit it to the Graduate Research School. If you require this PDF in an alternative format, please contact grs@latrobe.edu.au.

Fees and scholarships

Research degrees are funded by the Commonwealth Government via the Research Training Scheme (RTS) (fees may apply to some components of some Professional Doctorates).

There are a range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017 - apply now

Doctor of Philosophy (006274C)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 500
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy (Education) emphasises theory, enquiry and research, and is taken by thesis only. The thesis is 75,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge.

The PhD is assessed by external examiners. It may be completed in three to four years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have an Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. You must also provide evidence of substantial prior research expertise.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Doctor of Philosophy (Outdoor Education and Environment) (060680G)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
24 620
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy emphasises theory, enquiry and research, and is taken by thesis only. Candidates with strong theoretical and research interests will suit this doctorate.

The PhD is undertaken by supervised research, culminating in a thesis of 75,000 words. Areas of research include:
- understanding and shaping human experience of region and place
- outdoor environmental education,
- professional issues in outdoor education and nature guiding.

The PhD may be completed in three to four years of full-time study, or six years of part.time study.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must an Australian Master's degree or Bachelors degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. Applicants must also provide evidence of substantial prior research expertise.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Outdoor Education and Environment (060679M)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 000
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
We offer Masters and PhD by research, and focus on developing your knowledge of nature, building relationships with the land, and understanding place, culture, language and experience. Research strengths include:
- environmental interpretation
- human and nature relationships for sustainability
- sustainability education
- land use history and management
- recreation impact
- sustainable tourism
- ecological literacy and sustainability in schools
- outdoor environmental education curriculum and practice
- international representations of outdoor education
- safety management
- experiential facilitation
- professionalism in outdoor education
- outdoor leadership.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have an Australian Bachelors degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. Applicants with Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, may be considered in some instances.
Additional costs
Some additional costs may apply for field-work clothing and equipment - up to A$1500. Any items purchased remain the property of the student.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

2018

Doctor of Education (Professional Doctorate) (009388B)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
31 400
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
The Doctor of Education emphasises the contribution of research to professional practice and builds on a combination of coursework and thesis. It starts with two year-long coursework subjects followed by supervised research culminating in a thesis of approximately 60,000 words, which is assessed by external examiners. The thesis can be in an applied area, allowing you to make an intensive investigation in your own professional field.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have completed an Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent, plus at least three years of relevant professional experience. You are also required to provide evidence of research expertise.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help.

You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Doctor of Philosophy (Education) (006274C)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
31 400
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy (Education) emphasises theory, enquiry and research, and is taken by thesis only. The thesis is 75,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge.

The PhD is assessed by external examiners. It may be completed in three to four years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have an Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. You must also provide evidence of substantial prior research expertise.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help.

You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Doctor of Philosophy (Outdoor Education and Environment) (060680G)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 600
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2018
About this course
The Doctor of Philosophy emphasises theory, enquiry and research, and is taken by thesis only. Candidates with strong theoretical and research interests will suit this doctorate.

The PhD is undertaken by supervised research, culminating in a thesis of 75,000 words. Areas of research include:
- understanding and shaping human experience of region and place
- outdoor environmental education,
- professional issues in outdoor education and nature guiding.

The PhD may be completed in three to four years of full-time study, or six years of part.time study.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must an Australian Master's degree or Bachelors degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. Applicants must also provide evidence of substantial prior research expertise.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help.

You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Outdoor Education and Environment (060679M)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 800
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2018
About this course
We offer Masters and PhD by research, and focus on developing your knowledge of nature, building relationships with the land, and understanding place, culture, language and experience. Research strengths include:
- environmental interpretation
- human and nature relationships for sustainability
- sustainability education
- land use history and management
- recreation impact
- sustainable tourism
- ecological literacy and sustainability in schools
- outdoor environmental education curriculum and practice
- international representations of outdoor education
- safety management
- experiential facilitation
- professionalism in outdoor education
- outdoor leadership.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
You must have an Australian Bachelors degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. Applicants with Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, may be considered in some instances.
Additional costs
Some additional costs may apply for field-work clothing and equipment - up to A$1500. Any items purchased remain the property of the student.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help.

You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fee costs for international students is indicated for each course above. There are also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Finding a supervisor

One of the most important aspects of your research study will be finding a supervisor in Outdoor education.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Student and graduate profiles

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