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MSc in Environmental Management

Description

With this MSc course you can expand your knowledge of environmental management and develop the skills to participate in more effective, informed and creative environmental decision making. It is the highest level of qualification within the environmental management programme and enables you to build on your studies at postgraduate certificate and diploma levels. This MSc offers you the choice of a ‘research’ route or a ‘professional’ route. Both routes provide a rigorous approach to solving complex real world problems and develop the essential skills for successfully addressing environmental issues.

From complying with environmental legislation to improving the competitive edge of a business and addressing the global challenges of climate change and energy conservation, environmental management is becoming increasingly important to everyone. Our environmental management postgraduate programme was established to meet the challenges of environmental decision making in the context of a changing world. It is designed to meet the needs of specialists, managers and the public for postgraduate level environmental education.

Everyday concerns of environmental protection, natural resource management and rapidly changing environmental legislation and policy are considered in global and local contexts. The modules teach the skills you need to unpack the issues and participate creatively in the process of improving environmental performance in all sectors of society.

Our environmental management programme offers a postgraduate certificate, a postgraduate diploma and an MSc. Whatever your background these qualifications will widen your knowledge of the environment and develop your skills in making informed decisions about environmental issues, whether at work, in your community or at home.

Planning your studies

You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university, or the equivalent. If you do not have a degree you need to be adequately prepared for postgraduate study. You might find some of our undergraduate environment modules useful preparation if you have a degree in an unrelated subject. Please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service for advice.

Detailed advice about entry and preparation is given in the individual module descriptions. Because of the demands that study of the programme will make on you we recommend that you study no more than 60 credits a year.

This MSc offers you the choice of a ‘research’ route or a ‘professional’ route to this qualification.

If you need a more professionally-oriented qualification, you can take the 30-credit module The MSc professional project (T847) and complete your qualification with a module from a short list of relevant options.

If you prefer a more research-oriented MSc, you can take the 60-credit Research project (T802). The longer research project allows more in-depth study and further develops your academic research skills.

Both modules provide an excellent platform for further research studies.

There is no time limit for completing the qualifications in the environmental management programme but we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available. You can take modules in any order except that the project module (T802 or T847) should normally be taken as the final module of your MSc.

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you. Note, in particular, you can only count the credit from one of the following modules towards a single qualification: Research project (T802) or MSc professional project (T847).

Career relevance and employability

Our environmental management programme is for people who are interested in designing, managing and participating in more effective environmental decision-making 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 and national governments, 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 MSc.

The ‘professional’ route, where you take the MSc professional project as your final module is particularly suitable if you want to develop your career in industry, commerce, the public sector or the third sector. The ‘research’ route is more applicable if you intend to develop a career in research or go on to undertake study leading to a PhD or other research degree.

Whichever route you follow, this qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in this expanding sector.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Modules

For this 180-credit masters degree, you require:

60 credits from the following compulsory modules:

Postgraduate compulsory modules Credits Next start
Environmental decision making: a systems approach (T863)

This module uses systems ideas to explore environmental decision-making situations, to make sense of their complexity and to look for feasible changes and action.

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30 Nov 2014 FINAL
or
Making environmental decisions (T891) NEW

Defining environment to include biophysical, social, political, economic factors, this module uses a systems framework to integrate environment with other elements in environmental decision-making situations.

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30 May 2015
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 Nov 2014

And 30 credits from:

Postgraduate optional modules Credits Next start
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)

This online module equips you with the skills necessary to undertake environmental assessment work, interpret the results and suggest appropriate remedial measures.

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30 Nov 2014
Environmental responsibility: ethics, policy and action (TD866)

This module is about understanding and taking responsibility, individually and collectively, for policy and action relating to environmental dilemmas, from climate change to biodiversity loss.

See full description

30 May 2015

And 30 credits from the following optional modules:

Postgraduate optional modules Credits Next start
Capacities for managing development (TU870)

This module analyses development management, examines a range of tools for planning, managing and evaluating development, and investigates key aspects of development management, including strategic thinking.

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30 Nov 2014
Changing cities: urban transitions and decision making (D837)

This module enables you to explore how environmental changes, economic instability, limited resources and other challenges impact on our cities, towns and neighbourhoods.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)

This online module equips you with the skills necessary to undertake environmental assessment work, interpret the results and suggest appropriate remedial measures.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Environmental responsibility: ethics, policy and action (TD866)

This module is about understanding and taking responsibility, individually and collectively, for policy and action relating to environmental dilemmas, from climate change to biodiversity loss.

See full description

30 May 2015
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812)

Develop your understanding of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and social learning in order to extend your skills of project, programme and change management.

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30 Nov 2014
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889)

This module focuses on the practical application and deeper understanding of many of the methods and techniques associated with modern quality management and systems thinking.

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30 Nov 2014
Project management (M815)

In this online module you’ll explore the whole life cycle of projects, from initiation, through to planning, scheduling, execution, handover and review.

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30 May 2015
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811)

Improve your management skills by exploring different approaches to engaging with complex situations and by developing your understanding of how cognitive processing shapes practice.

See full description

30 May 2015

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T869, TUXX870

And 60 credits from either the Research route or the Professional route below:

Research route

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
Research project (T802)

This research module enables you to gain an MSc by building on the postgraduate diploma that you already hold. You’ll develop and submit a dissertation.

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60 Feb 2015

Professional route

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
The MSc professional project (T847)

This highly intensive research based module enables you to design, conduct, analyse and report on a research project of your own choosing.

See full description

30 Nov 2014

And 30 credits from the following optional modules:

Postgraduate optional modules Credits Next start
Capacities for managing development (TU870)

This module analyses development management, examines a range of tools for planning, managing and evaluating development, and investigates key aspects of development management, including strategic thinking.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Changing cities: urban transitions and decision making (D837)

This module enables you to explore how environmental changes, economic instability, limited resources and other challenges impact on our cities, towns and neighbourhoods.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)

This online module equips you with the skills necessary to undertake environmental assessment work, interpret the results and suggest appropriate remedial measures.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Environmental responsibility: ethics, policy and action (TD866)

This module is about understanding and taking responsibility, individually and collectively, for policy and action relating to environmental dilemmas, from climate change to biodiversity loss.

See full description

30 May 2015
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812)

Develop your understanding of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and social learning in order to extend your skills of project, programme and change management.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889)

This module focuses on the practical application and deeper understanding of many of the methods and techniques associated with modern quality management and systems thinking.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Project management (M815)

In this online module you’ll explore the whole life cycle of projects, from initiation, through to planning, scheduling, execution, handover and review.

See full description

30 May 2015
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811)

Improve your management skills by exploring different approaches to engaging with complex situations and by developing your understanding of how cognitive processing shapes practice.

See full description

30 May 2015

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module TUXX870

Learning outcomes

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, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.

Credit for previous study elsewhere

Credit transfer is not permitted for this MSc except for any awarded as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management.

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded an MSc in Environmental Management entitling you to use the letters MSc Env Mgmt (Open) after your name. Your degree will be classified: distinction, merit or pass. The classification will be based on specified modules that must include your project module.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:

These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.

How to register

If you want to study for this qualification, read the description and check you meet any specific requirements (for example, some of our qualifications, require you to be working in a particular environment, or be sponsored by your employer). Then select the module you wish to study first and ensure it is suitable for you before following the registration procedure for that module. During the registration procedure you will be asked to declare which qualification you are studying towards.

See a full list of modules available for this qualification

About this Taught Masters
Code F65
Level Postgraduate
Made up of 180 credits

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