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Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management

If you’re interested in designing and participating in effective environmental management, this diploma is for you. It’s suitable for a wide range of contexts, from government, commerce and industry to voluntary, local and community organisations. You will consider the everyday concerns of environmental protection, natural resource management and rapidly changing environmental legislation and policy, in global and local contexts – gaining the skills you need to unpack the issues and play an active and creative role in the process of improving environmental performance, in all sectors of society.

Key features of the course

  • Designed to help you meet the challenges of environmental management in the context of sustainable development.
  • Develops your ability to make informed decisions about environmental issues, whether at work, in your community or at home.
  • The opportunity to top up to the MSc in Environmental Management in just one more year.


Course code


  • 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.
How long it takes
Minimum – 2 years
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Study method
Distance learning
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Course cost
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Entry requirements

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Course details


To gain this qualification, you need 120 credits as follows:

60 credits from:

Module Credits Next start
Making environmental decisions (T891)

T891 ‘Making Environmental Decisions’ teaches you to use a systems framework to integrate environment with other considerations when making decisions in complex environmental management situations.

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30 01 Nov 2021
Managing for sustainability (T867)

This module will increase your understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management in your workplace or support your personal interest in this subject.

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30 01 May 2022 FINAL
Or subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module T863

30 credits from:

Module Credits Next start
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)

This engaging online module will equip you with information on monitoring, modelling, and preventive technologies for water, noise, air, and wastes pollution.

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30 01 Nov 2021
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T878 and TD866

30 credits from:

Module Credits Next start
Advance your independent learning (YXM830)

This innovative module allows you to take a topic of your choosing and focus on it in depth while developing your postgraduate study skills.

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30 No current presentation
Environmental science challenges (S831) PLANNED
30 Oct 2022
Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871)

TB871 builds capability for making strategy within your own chosen area of (professional) practice using ideas and tools from five traditions of systems thinking.

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30 01 May 2022
Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872)

This module is about effecting whole-system change, equipping you with skills to shape the nature and direction of change.

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30 01 Nov 2021
Project management (M815)

This APM accredited module is ideal for aspiring project managers and practising project managers who wish to develop their knowledge and skills of managing technological projects.

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30 01 May 2022
Technology innovation management (TB801)

This module examines innovation from a management perspective, enabling you to develop an understanding of how to contribute to the process and management of technological innovation.

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30 01 Nov 2021
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules D837, S825, T848, T869, T878, T889, TD866, TU811, TU870 and TUXX870

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.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes.

Credit transfer

If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution we may be able to give you credit that you can count towards this Open University qualification. If you intend to apply for credit transfer towards this diploma you are advised not to claim the postgraduate certificate as you will then not fulfil unique study requirements for this diploma. Please see our Credit Transfer site for details. If you make a successful claim for transferred credit it may affect your choice of modules, so you are advised to investigate this option as soon as possible.

On completion

On successfully completing this course, we’ll award you our Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management. You’ll be entitled to use the letters PG Dip Env Mgmt (Open) after your name.

You can progress from this Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management to our MSc in Environmental Management (F65).

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.


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. 

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 17 March 2021.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a bachelors degree in a science or engineering discipline from a UK university, or the equivalent.

If you do not have a technical degree you will need to be adequately prepared for postgraduate study in this area. You will be required to write technical essays and reports at a high level, carry out calculations using logarithms and the exponential function, analyse numerical data, and understand and apply scientific principles in relation to chemical reactions, biological processes and energy conversion.

If you are unsure whether your previous study or experience will sufficiently prepare you for this qualification, please contact us for advice.

Our badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of masters level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level – and is free.

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.

How long it takes

The minimum time to complete is 2 years. The maximum time to complete is 8 years.

Career relevance

Our environmental management programme is for people who are interested in designing, managing and participating in more effective environmental management processes. For example, if you are involved in setting up or responding to environmental or integrated management systems, planning new development projects or are trying to understand or manage sustainability.

Students on our environmental management programme are drawn from industry, commerce, local government, consultancies, non-governmental organisations and communities. They include people already involved in environmental management and those who wish to be – both personally and professionally.

You can select modules that are most relevant to your interests and career aspirations as your study builds from postgraduate certificate through diploma to our MSc.

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in this expanding sector.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.


Environmental Management accredititation

Both institutions offer student membership to those registered on the MSc in Environmental Management or the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management.