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Environmental Management

Environmental management is becoming increasingly important to everyone, whether at work, in the community or at home – from complying with environmental legislation to addressing the global challenges of climate change and energy conservation. This course addresses the everyday concerns of environmental protection, natural resource management and rapidly changing environmental legislation and policy. You will explore biophysical, social, political and economic factors from local to global level, and develop the skills you need to participate creatively in the process of improving environmental performance in your own context.

Key features of the course
•Widens your knowledge of the environment and develops your skills in making informed decisions about environmental issues
•Approaches environmental decision making from a systems viewpoint
•Considers how to assess and manage sustainability in an organisation and work towards a more sustainable future.

This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and finally a masters degree. You can step off at any point, or study the whole programme.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university, or the equivalent.

If you do not have a degree you will need to be adequately prepared for postgraduate study. You will be required to write essays and reports at a high level, to undertake work with numerical data, and to understand and apply scientific principles.

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

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.

Duration

Minimum - 1 year.

Most students study this qualification over 18 months to two years. The minimum time to complete is one year. There is no maximum time to complete but we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available. Modules can count towards this certificate for a maximum of eight years after we have stopped presenting them.

Number of credits

60 credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance
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 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.

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.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442
Email: ireland@open.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Modules
To gain this qualification, you need 60 credits as follows:

Compulsory modules:

Credits Next start
Making environmental decisions (T891) 30 01 May 2017
Managing for sustainability (T867) 30 01 May 2017

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

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

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On completion
On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Management entitling you to use the letters Pg Cert Env Mgmt (Open) after your name.

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