Environmental Management

Open University in Ireland

Environmental Management

If you're interested in designing and participating in more effective environmental management, this diploma is for you. It's suitable for a wide range of contexts, from government, commerce and industry to voluntary, local and community organisations. You will consider the everyday concerns of environmental protection, natural resource management and rapidly changing environmental legislation and policy, in global and local contexts – gaining the skills you need to unpack the issues and play an active and creative role in the process of improving environmental performance, in all sectors of society.

Key features of the course
• Designed to help you meet the challenges of environmental management in the context of sustainable development
• Develops your ability to make informed decisions about environmental issues, whether at work, in your community or at home
• The opportunity to top up to the MSC in Environmental Development in just one more year.

Subjects taught

To gain this qualification, you need 120 credits as follows:
60 credits from:
• Making environmental decisions (T891) 30
Next start: 01 Nov 2022
• Managing for sustainability (T867) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022 FINAL

Or subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module T863

30 credits from:
• Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) 30
Next start: 01 Nov 2022

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T878 and TD866

30 credits from:
• Advance your independent learning (YXM830) 30
Next start: 01 Oct 2022
• Environmental science challenges (S831) Planned, 30
Next start: Oct 2022
• Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022
• Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872) 30
Next start: 01 Nov 2022
• Project management (M815) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022
• Technology innovation management (TB801) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules D837, S825, T848, T869, T878, T889, TD866, TU811, TU870 and TUXX870

You should note that the University's unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 40 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a bachelors degree in a science or engineering discipline from a UK university, or the equivalent.

If you do not have a technical degree you will need to be adequately prepared for postgraduate study in this area. You will be required to write technical essays and reports at a high level, carry out calculations using logarithms and the exponential function, analyse numerical data, and understand and apply scientific principles in relation to chemical reactions, biological processes and energy conversion.

If you are unsure whether your previous study or experience will sufficiently prepare you for this qualification, please contact us for advice.

Our badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of masters level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level – and is free.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.


Minimum 2 years.

How long it takes
The minimum time to complete is 2 years. The maximum time to complete is 8 years.

Post Course Info

Career relevance
Our environmental management programme is for people who are interested in designing, managing and participating in more effective environmental management 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 government, 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 our MSc.

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in this expanding sector.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.

• Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
• Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Both institutions offer student membership to those registered on the MSc in Environmental Management or the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    Pg Dip Env Mgmt (Open)

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7

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