The environment is one of the most challenging areas of modern science. Problems resulting from increased industrialisation and consumerism on a global scale are threatening our natural resources. In our search for a sustainable future, environmental scientists are tackling the effects of acid rain, air pollution, global warming, greenhouse gases and the loss of habitats. Understanding more about how the environment works as a whole is vital to progress in these areas.
If the environment interests you, or you already work in or plan to move into the sector, OU study will provide a valuable insight and develop both your knowledge and practical and analytical skills. It could be your passport to a wide variety of career opportunities. Working in environmental consultancies, government agencies, industrial and utility companies and voluntary organisations, you could be involved in important projects such as conserving water, halting soil erosion or predicting earthquakes.
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 Science.
If you already have a degree, you may want to see postgraduate courses and qualifications in Science.
If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.
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