GMIT Prospectus 2022/23

GMIT Science and Health

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography and Outdoor Education (Level 8)

Code: GA891 Level: 8

Mayo Campus

Why study Geography and Outdoor Education? This course combines the study of the Geography, Landscape and Adventure. Graduates will be empowered to promote careful use and management of an increasingly threatened natural world and to educate others in wise use and sustainable practice. Graduates will be well placed to manage the different and sometimes conflicting interests between rural land uses such as farming, tourism, outdoor recreation, nature conservation, forestry, and alternative energy solutions. Graduates will also have the skills to deliver adventure programmes and interpret the landscape history of the countryside for their clients. You will work towards National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications in adventure sports while building experience in delivering educational and adventure tourism programmes. Mayo’s mountains and the wild Atlantic coast provide an ideal location for fieldwork and practical parts of the course.

What are my career opportunities? Graduates can pursue careers in the area of Environmental Management, Spatial Planning, Nature Conservation, Geographical Information Systems, Countryside Recreation and Trail Design, Rural and Community Development, Environmental Education and Activism, Sport Development and Eco/Adventure Tourism. The therapeutic, educational, and developmental aspects of outdoor education are now widely recognised and utilised within many sectors in Ireland, such as schools, youth organisations and social care settings. Follow-on Studies GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry. Graduates may progress to the Post-Graduate Master of Education course to teach Geography at second level.

What will I study?

Year 1: • Adventure Activities: Personal Skills • Earth Processes • Geographies of Rural Development

Year 3: • Adventure Activities: Leadership Outdoor • Ecology • Digital Mapping • Sustainable Tourism • Built Environment • Human Activity and the Environment • Advanced Emergency Skills • Teaching and Outdoor Education Philosophy • Irish Cultural Landscape • Developmental Psychology

• Communications • Health and Fitness • Anatomy and Physiology • Information Technology

Year 2: • Environmental Studies • Adventure Activities: Learning to Lead • Society and Environment • Leadership and Facilitation • Safety and Legislation • Emergency Procedures and Water Safety • Work Experience

Year 4: • Experiential Education • Coaching and Performance Enhancement

• Expedition Planning and Facilitation • Environmental Management and Conservation • Geographical Information Systems • Adventure Tourism • Heritage Tourism • Research Methods and Dissertation

Study Abroad Students will have the opportunity to take part in an exchange programme with Western Carolina University, USA where they will study Parks and Recreation for a year in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Students can also spend a semester in Sweden in the University of Galva studying Artic Ecology.

Department of Business, Humanities & Technology

DURATION 4 years



Talk to us: Orla Prendergast, Course Chair Tel: +353 94 9043159 | E-mail:


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