BA in Environmental Studies (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BA in Environmental Studies (Honours)

The Open University

BA in Environmental Studies (Honours)

What are the pros and cons of sustainable tourism? How can we manage conflicts between industrialisation and carbon emissions? How can we ensure that everyone gets enough to eat – now and in the future? This interdisciplinary degree explores the social, political, economic, scientific and technological issues at the heart of contemporary environmental debates such as climate change, air pollution, waste management, genetically modified food, over-fishing, renewable fuels, sustainability, and global trade.

Key features of the course

  • Understand the complex and contested debates behind today’s pressing environmental problems
  • Gain a portfolio of critical, analytical and practical skills applicable to a wide range of employment sectors
  • Flexible options depending on your interests and career aspirations

Educational aims

Your studies will equip you with knowledge and key transferable skills to enable you to understand the relations between the human and natural environments and to take responsible roles as a citizen with regard to environments. You will be able to take an active part in debate about human–environment interactions and to apply your knowledge to related issues such as sustainable development.

The programme will:

  • provide you with a foundation of scientific understanding of natural and anthropogenic processes operating on the Earth
  • provide you with a systems approach to understanding the present and past interactions between the processes operating in the biosphere and the changes in these introduced by human activity
  • enable you to understand the political, economic, social and technical factors influencing human interaction with the biosphere
  • demonstrate the relationship between environment, human cultures and values
  • provide you with an understanding of environmental change and the possible responses of humanity to this.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 6 years
  • Full time – 4 years
  • Time limit – 16 years

Career relevance

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

  • environmental management
  • environmental health
  • environmental policy
  • teaching
  • environmental consultancy
  • environmental education
  • local, national and international governmental agencies
  • nature conservation
  • information systems
  • civil or diplomatic service
  • overseas development
  • journalism
  • research.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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