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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.

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 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.


Minimum 2 years.

Most students take two and a half to four years to complete this qualification. The minimum time to complete is two years. Because of the demands that study of the programme will make, we recommend that you study no more than 60 credits a year. There is no maximum time limit but we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available. Modules can count towards this diploma for a maximum of eight years after we have stopped presenting them.

Number of credits

120 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 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.

If you pass both Managing for sustainability (T867) and Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) – as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Science (E79) or the MSc in Environmental Science (F65) – you will be eligible to join the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) as a Graduate Member (GradIEMA), with the ability to fast track to Practitioner Member (PIEMA).

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 look at our OU study and your career pages to find out about potential career opportunities related to OU subject areas.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442

Subjects taught

You can study the modules in any order. The alternative modules Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) or Capacities for managing development (T878) focus on scientific or social aspects of environmental management (you can also study both to gain an all-round understanding):

•In Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) you will work with numerical data in the quantitative assessment of environmental impacts and develop technological solutions to reducing environmental pollution.

•Capacities for managing development (T878) introduces the subject of development and teaches a range of management skills that are useful in all disciplines, strategic thinking, research, advocacy, planning and policy making.

To gain this qualification, you need 120 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


30 credits from List A:

List A: optional modules

Credits Next start
Capacities for managing development (T878) 30 01 May 2017
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) 30 01 Nov 2017

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module TD866


30 credits from List B:

List B: optional modules

Credits Next start
Capacities for managing development (T878) 30 01 May 2017
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) 30 01 Nov 2017
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812) 30 01 Nov 2017
Managing technological innovation (T848) 30 01 May 2017
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889) 30 01 May 2017
Project management (M815) 30 01 May 2017
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811) 30 01 May 2017

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules D837, T869, TD866, TU870

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.


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

Once you have completed the postgraduate diploma, you can gain the MSc in Environmental Management (F65) by taking either a 60-credit research project or a 30-credit professional project together with an optional module.

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