BSc in Environmental Management and Technology (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BSc in Environmental Management and Technology (Honours)

The Open University

How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How can we use technology to design more sustainable practices?

This interdisciplinary degree course combines aspects of science, management, technology and social science to help you understand the environmental systems in which we live and work, and how we can improve the way we act within them.

Key features of the course

  • Gain the knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage environmental problems more sustainably
  • Explore the complexities of natural and built environments, at local, national and international level
  • Understand the interrelationships between human activity and environmental systems
  • Develop your analytical, design and systems thinking skills

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with two 60-credit introductory modules – one with a focus on environment and one with a focus on science.
  • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll further your knowledge of environmental management and energy by studying two 30-credit modules followed by a 60-credit module from a choice of two.
  • And finally, in Stage 3, you’ll complete your degree with a further 120 credits of modules in environmental management, renewable energy and sustainable design.


We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying online – some modules have a mixture of printed and online material, and others are entirely online (online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes)
  • using and/or producing diagrams and/or screenshots
  • undertaking practical work
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
  • using specialist software (for example the Open Design Studio)
  • working in a group with other students.

All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines. You will, therefore, need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Even though there are no entry requirements, there are some skills that you'll need to succeed. If you're not quite ready for OU study we can guide you to resources that prepare you, many of which are free.

Skills for career development

The BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology develops broad and specialist skills that are in demand from government and regulatory bodies, the private sector, consultancies and conservation organisations. Careers directly related to the degree include:

  • pollution control
  • waste management and recycling
  • water quality and resources
  • energy management
  • planning and sustainability
  • environmental management and consultancy
  • environmental education.

Graduates can also go into financial, business and public sector workers.

This degree course is designed to develop breadth and depth of understanding in scientific, technical and management aspects of environmental problems.

You’ll be able to: think creatively, tackle complex issues and collect, analyse and interpret complex quantitative and qualitative data.

You’ll gain practical skills in problem-solving, project work, digital literacy, communication, and interdisciplinary teamwork. Together they demonstrate an all-round ability which will be valued by employers, who also rate the self-motivation of OU students very highly.

Career relevance

The broad and specialist skills developed by the BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Technology are particularly in demand by government and regulatory bodies, the private sector, consultancies and conservation organisations, in areas such as:

  • environmental management
  • environmental policy
  • environmental consultancy
  • environmental education
  • local, national and international governmental agencies
  • nature conservation
  • information systems
  • civil or diplomatic service
  • overseas development
  • journalism
  • research.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated January 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
3 - 16 years
Part time
Full time