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We specialise in the design, delivery and assessment of teaching in Environmental Science and Earth Science disciplines. We also contribute to teaching in the biological and planetary sciences.

Our teaching ranges from introductory modules, through to degree level and Master’s programmes; see the links for descriptions of our current curriculum. We also offer residential field schools on some programmes, so that our students can benefit from the rich experience of learning about environmental or earth science in the natural environment.

Our modules and qualifications are informed and enriched by the scientific research we do. What you learn is current, sound science, relevant to helping society understand and address some of the environmental issues facing the world today.

Our curriculum is informed by the latest innovations in educational theory, research and practice. We constantly review how we deliver our modules and the practical skills you will develop, to enhance what and how you learn throughout your studies.

The Ian Gass Bursary

The funds for the Ian Gass Bursary were donated by friends and colleagues of the late Professor Ian Gass FRS, founding professor of OU Earth Sciences, on his retirement in 1991. The award is open to anyone who has studied with The Open University (with good grades in at least 90 credits from Earth Sciences modules) and who wishes to pursue independent geological work but who does not hold a grant. Applicants may be studying for a PhD or MSc, or may be pursuing a private passion.

Awards are available up to £2000.

To make an application, please complete this form, and submit it to

Tom Argles, Director of Teaching

Tom Argles

Director of Teaching

Darran Dawes, Senior Manager (Teaching)

Darran Dawes

Senior Manager (Teaching)

Annemarie Hedges, Senior Manager (Qualifications)

Annemarie Hedges

Senior Manager (Qualifications)


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