This diploma of higher education has two 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 gain knowledge of environmental management and energy in two 30-credit modules. You’ll complete your diploma with a 60-credit module from a choice of two.
Optional Access module – visit Entry requirements to find out about starting this course with a preparatory Access module.
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.
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.
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.
We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The Diploma of Higher Education in 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 DisplayWall)
- 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
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.
On completion of this undergraduate course, we'll award you the Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Management and Technology.
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.
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.
Even though there are no entry requirements, there are some skills that you'll need to succeed. If you're not quite ready for OU study we can guide you to resources that prepare you, many of which are free.
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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.
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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
Preparing for study with an Access module
If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:
- a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
- support from a dedicated team throughout your study
- detailed written feedback.
For this qualification we recommend:
Science, technology and maths Access module
What you will study
This multidisciplinary module is an ideal starting point if you have little or no previous knowledge of the sciences, technology and mathematics, and would like to develop both your subject knowledge and your study skills. The subjects included are science, engineering and design, environment, mathematics, and computing and IT.
View full details of Science, technology and maths Access module
Skills for career development
This diploma course develops breadth and depth of understanding in scientific, technical and management aspects of environmental problems. You’ll also begin to 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 these skills are highly valued by employers.
The broad and specialist skills developed by this diploma 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
- local, national and international governmental agencies
- nature conservation
- information systems
- civil or diplomatic service
- overseas development
The transferable skills developed by this course are widely applicable to jobs in a range of sectors, particularly financial, business and public sector work.
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):
- environmental scientist
- environmental analyst
- environmental coordinator
- lab technician
- restoration ecologist
- parks manager
- eco designer
- environmental consultant
- business resources manager
- sustainability manager
- acoustic consultant
- tree health surveyor
- environmental engineer
- air testing analyst.
Want to see more jobs? Use the career explorer for job ideas from the National Careers Service, PlanIT Plus in Scotland and Prospects across all nations. You can also visit GradIreland for the Republic of Ireland.