You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university, or the equivalent. You might find some of our undergraduate environment modules useful preparation if you have a degree in an unrelated subject. If you do not have a degree you need to be adequately prepared for postgraduate study. Please contact us for advice.
Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.
After you have gained 60 credits from the compulsory modules you must then study at least one of either Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) or Environmental responsibility: ethics, policy and action (TD866). These alternative modules provide two different pathways through the diploma and you may find one suits your needs better than the other.
In T868 you will work with numerical data in the quantitative assessment of environmental impacts and develop technological solutions to reducing environmental pollution.
TD866 provides an opportunity to construct arguments and make evaluative judgements with reference to ethical and policy questions on environmental issues.
You can study both these modules which will give you an all-round understanding of the scientific and social aspects of environmental management. If you do not take both, you will need to study one additional 30-credit module.
Detailed advice about entry and preparation is given in the individual module descriptions. Because of the demands that study of the programme will make on you we recommend that you study no more than 60 credits a year.You can take the modules in any order.
There is no time limit for completing the qualifications in the environmental management programme but we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available.
Modules can count towards this diploma for a maximum of eight years after we have stopped presenting them.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 40 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.