In an age when the spotlight is on sustainability, environmental literacy is a great asset both personally and professionally. With the OU you can develop a broad understanding of the multi-disciplinary principles involved in environmental policymaking and action, and how large-scale human activity impacts on the environment. For example, what are the effects of agriculture, resource extraction, energy supply, transport and urbanisation on natural and modified ecosystems? And how can they be managed?
OU courses and qualifications in environment studies bring together knowledge and skills from science, technology and the social sciences to help you to make an informed contribution to environmental matters both in life and at work.
Undergraduate or bachelors degrees are nationally recognised qualifications consisting of academic study designed to help you gain a thorough understanding of a subject.
For a degree in a named subject, such as business studies or humanities, you'll study mainly in your chosen subject, although you may be able to include some modules from other subjects.
With The Open University you could also study an Open degree where you can combine a range of modules from similar or different subjects to suit either your particular career or personal interests.
You can use a degree to:
A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study.
DipHEs are designed to increase the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or extend your knowledge and understanding of a particular subject. A DipHE shows that you are capable of extended study at university level.
You can use a DipHE to:
The Diploma of Higher Education might be of particular interest to those living and working in Scotland.
A Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) is a nationally recognised qualification focusing on either a particular job or profession, or academic study. Equivalent to the first year of a full honours degree, they are the most basic level of qualification that can be gained in higher education and show that you are capable of studying successfully at university level.
You can use a CertHE to:
There are two ways to start a qualification. If you haven’t studied for a long time or need to build your confidence, beginning your studies with an Access module may be the right choice for you.
Choose a qualification to find out more.
You can study a single module on its own for personal interest or to improve your career prospects. See the list of all our individual courses in Environmental Studies.
If you already have a degree, you may want to see postgraduate courses and qualifications in Environment, Development and International Studies.
If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.
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