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Environmental Studies (Honours), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Environmental issues are posing multiple challenges to people and ecosystems across the planet. The Environmental Studies (Honours) degree at The Open University UK combines the social and natural sciences to help you understand these different dimensions and why their interrelationships matter as we respond to intensifying environmental change.
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Overview

These challenges can only be addressed effectively if the complex connections between the societal (social, political, economic, cultural, and ethical) and the biophysical (geological, physical, ecological) dimensions of environmental issues are taken seriously.

Key features of the Environmental Studies (Honours) course at The Open University UK

  • Combines a thorough and interdisciplinary grounding in environmental change with a distinctive social sciences approach to environmental issues
  • Teaches how the way that key environmental issues are understood, can make a difference in real world situations   
  • Enhances your employability with a valued combination of social and natural science knowledge and skills

Skills for career development

Employers value the diverse skills of social science graduates very highly. In addition, this interdisciplinary degree will provide you with the ability to work across the natural and social sciences and develop a particularly strong set of transferable skills. 

You’ll develop the ability to:

  • interpret, analyse, and critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative evidence
  • apply learning to real world situations
  • communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using different media
  • employ a wide range of digital practices to find, use, and create data
  • learn autonomously and plan, conduct, and present independent work 
  • work effectively with others to achieve joint outcomes.

Career relevance

A degree in environmental studies can lead to employment across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Businesses, public sector organisations and other employers increasingly have to deal with environment-related issues, making this course relevant to a wide range of professions, including:

  • civil or diplomatic service
  • environmental consultancy
  • environmental education
  • environmental health
  • environmental management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 16 years

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environment: journeys through a changing world 
  • Investigating the social world 
  • Environment and society
  • Environment: sharing a dynamic planet
  • Environment: responding to change 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.
  • This qualification begins with the module Environment: journeys through a changing world (U116) which offers a great deal of help with study skills, such as taking notes, writing essays and basic scientific expressions to build a solid foundation for further study.
  • Access to a computer with broadband internet access, which will be vital for online learning.
  • Proficiency in the English language.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024.

Funding

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