Honours in outdoor education

Why study outdoor education?

Honours provides students with the opportunity to enhance research skills, writing skills, networking skills, problem solving skills and inter and intra personal skills. This training provides a solid basis for students who wish to progress to postgraduate study and can also facilitate the gaining of employment. The advanced skills you will gain as a result of completing Honours are highly sought after by employers and will be advantageous when seeking work in a competitive job market.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in land and natural resources management, national parks, environmental interpretation for government or corporate sector, sustainability and ecology community education, and nature tourism operations. An additional one-year Graduate Diploma in Education qualifies graduates to teach in schools.

Course information



Students complete 60 credit points of coursework subjects including three compulsory subjects:


Students complete a 15,000 word research thesis. The writing of a thesis is carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. The thesis is designed to test your potential to conduct individual academic research, and conceive and carry out a research plan, to analyse and interpret data, to construct arguments, and produce a substantial piece of work.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have achieved highly in the Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education) with a performance at B level demonstrated in substantial parts of the course, with an overall average of C or above. Third year and second year results are weighted more heavily than first year results. Normally, students will not be permitted to enrol more than two years after completing a pass degree.

How to apply

Local students

If you are interested in undertaking an Honours year in outdoor education, you should:

  • Discuss ideas for a thesis topic with your lecturers and tutors
  • Secure the agreement of a supervisor
  • Apply in writing for admission by the first Monday in November in the year prior to starting Honours. Your letter should include:
    • a 200-300 word abstract of your thesis research topic (this is not binding)
    • a statement of results
    • your intention to complete the course part-time or full-time

Students interested in completing an Honours year should contact Dr Ruth Lawrence (r.lawrence@latrobe.edu.au), Honours Coordinator for Outdoor Education and Nature Tourism.

International students

International Students can apply directly through La Trobe International.

Students interested in completing an Honours year should contact Dr Ruth Lawrence, Honours Coordinator for Outdoor Education and Nature Tourism.

Honours contact

Dr Ruth Lawrence,
Senior Lecturer, Honours Coordinator
Outdoor and Environmental Education
T: 5444 7267
F: 5444 7848
E: r.lawrence@latrobe.edu.au

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all staff from the School of Education.