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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.

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
• nowledge and understanding
• ognitive skills
• ractical and professional skills
• Key skills

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.

Recognition in your country
If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.

Credit transfer
If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution we may be able to give you credit that you can count towards this Open University qualification. If you intend to apply for credit transfer towards this diploma you are advised not to claim the postgraduate certificate as you will then not fulfil unique study requirements for this diploma. Please see our Credit Transfer site for details. If you make a successful claim for transferred credit it may affect your choice of modules, so you are advised to investigate this option as soon as possible.

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.

The minimum time to complete is 2 years. The maximum time to complete is 8 years.

Number of credits

120 credits

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

To gain this qualification, you need 120 credits as follows:

60 credits from:

Module Credits
Making environmental decisions (T891) 30
Managing for sustainability (T867) 30

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

30 credits from:

Module Credits
Capacities for managing development (T878) 1 30
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) 2 30

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

1 Capacities for managing development (T878) will no longer be an option after November 2020.

2 Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) will be a compulsory module after November 2020.

30 credits from:

Module Credits
Capacities for managing development (T878) 30
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) 1 30
Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871) 30
Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872) 30
Managing technological innovation (T848) 30
Project management (M815) 30

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

1 Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) will be a compulsory module after November 2020.

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.

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