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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

Please note that the final enrolment date for this qualification will be 10 January 2019 after which it will no longer be available to new students. You must complete your study by 31 December 2024. If you would like to discuss your options with one of our advisers, please contact us or book a call back.

This interdisciplinary degree will help you to understand the environmental systems in which we live and work – and how we can improve how we act within them. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage local, national and international environmental situations more sustainably. You’ll explore the complexities of the natural and built environments; how our activities influence them both; and how they influence what we do, whether at home, in communities or in organisations. Throughout the course, you'll develop analytical, design and systems thinking skills.

Key features of the course

  • Gives you the thinking and practical skills needed to understand and manage natural and built environments
  • Explores the complexities of environments, at local, national and international level
  • Enables you to understand the interrelationships between human activity and environmental systems
  • Develops your analytical, design and systems thinking skills
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Course Summary

Degree

Degree

  • Also known as an undergraduate or bachelors degree.
  • Internationally respected, universally understood.
  • An essential requirement for many high-level jobs.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of your subject – and the tools to investigate, think critically, form reasoned arguments, solve problems and communicate effectively in new contexts.
  • Progress to higher level study, such as a postgraduate diploma or masters degree.
Course code
Q72
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
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How long it takes
Part time – 6 years
Full time – 3 years
Time limit – 16 years
Study method
Distance learning

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with two 60-credit introductory modules – one with a focus on environment and one with a focus on science.
  • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study environmental management and energy in two 30-credit modules followed by a 60-credit module from a choice of two.
  • And finally, in Stage 3, you’ll further your knowledge of environmental management and energy in two 30-credit modules, followed by a 60-credit module from a choice of two.

Optional Access module – visit Am I ready? to find out about starting this course with a preparatory Access module.

Stage 1 (120 credits)

You’ll start with an exploration of environmental challenges in the Arctic, Africa, the Amazon and China – developing the key skills and concepts needed to understand our changing world. Next, you’ll study a science module, focusing on some of the key ideas in science.

Stage 2 (120 credits)

At Stage 2, you’ll first explore energy systems and environmental management. You’ll complete Stage 2 either examining how different factors contribute to environmental changes; or investigating the processes that link different environments.

Stage 3 (120 credits)

At Stage 3, you’ll examine in more detail key aspects of renewable energy and environmental management. Finally, you’ll either consider innovation and how it can help ensure a sustainable future, or study a further environment module.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 12 June 2018.


Accessibility

We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying online – some modules have a mixture of printed and online material, and others are entirely online (online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes)
  • using and/or producing diagrams and/or screenshots
  • undertaking practical work
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
  • using specialist software (for example the Open Design Studio)
  • working in a group with other students.

For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support, visit our Disability support website to find more about what we offer. Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements, so we can put arrangements in place before you start.


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Read the detailed learning outcomes here

Credit transfer

If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.

It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.

For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.


Classification of your degree

On successfully completing this undergraduate course, you'll be awarded the BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology degree. You'll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.

The class of degree (first, upper second, lower second or third class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.

Recognition in your country

If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.

Counting previous study

You could save time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study towards this qualification if you have:

  • already studied at university level (even if you didn't finish your studies)
  • other professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

Find out more about credit transfer

Your next step

Call us on +44 300 303 0266 or book a call back. Our friendly team of advisers will discuss your study options with you, and help you decide on the best starting point for you.

In this section:
How much will it cost?
Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

How much will it cost in England?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • If, like most OU students, you study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you'll take six years to complete an honours degree.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £2,928*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £17,568*.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2019. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

Residential schools

This qualification includes science modules that include an optional residential school. For each residential school you choose to attend, you must pay an additional charge to cover costs such as tuition, accommodation and meals (see individual module descriptions for more information). You’ll also have to pay for your own travel to and from the venues.


Skills for career development

The BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology develops broad and specialist skills that are in demand from government and regulatory bodies, the private sector, consultancies and conservation organisations. Careers directly related to the degree include:

  • pollution control
  • waste management and recycling
  • water quality and resources
  • energy management
  • planning and sustainability
  • environmental management and consultancy
  • environmental education.

Graduates can also go into financial, business and public sector work.

This degree course is designed to develop breadth and depth of understanding in scientific, technical and management aspects of environmental problems. You’ll be able to: think creatively, tackle complex issues and collect, analyse and interpret complex quantitative and qualitative data. You’ll gain practical skills in problem solving, project work, digital literacy, communication, and interdisciplinary team work. Together they demonstrate an all-round ability which will be valued by employers, who also rate the self-motivation of OU students very highly.

Career relevance

The broad and specialist skills developed by the BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Technology are particularly in demand by government and regulatory bodies, the private sector, consultancies and conservation organisations, in areas such as:

  • environmental management
  • environmental policy
  • environmental consultancy
  • environmental education
  • local, national and international governmental agencies
  • nature conservation
  • information systems
  • civil or diplomatic service
  • overseas development
  • journalism
  • research.

Other careers

Graduates of this degree course demonstrate an all-round ability which will be valued by employers, who also rate the self-motivation of OU students very highly.

Many graduate-level jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, particularly in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree.

In addition to improving your career prospects, studying with the OU is an enriching experience that broadens your horizons, develops your knowledge, builds your confidence and enhances your life skills. 

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree):

  • environmental scientist
  • environmental analyst
  • environmental coordinator
  • lab technician
  • restoration ecologist
  • teacher
  • parks manager
  • eco-designer
  • environmental consultant
  • business resources manager
  • sustainability manager
  • acoustic consultant
  • tree health surveyor
  • environmental engineer
  • air testing analyst.

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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 06/12/2018

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