Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Management

The Open University

Program Description

Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Management

The Open University

Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Management

This postgraduate certificate course provides an introduction to postgraduate study and represents the first level of qualification within the environmental management programme. The modules you study for this certificate course can also contribute to the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management (E79), and if you choose to continue your studies, to the MSc in Environmental Management (F65).

From complying with environmental legislation to improving the competitive edge of a business and addressing the global challenges of climate change and energy conservation, environmental management is becoming increasingly important to everyone. Our environmental management postgraduate programme was established to meet the challenges of environmental management in the context of a changing world. It is designed to meet the needs of specialists, managers and the public for postgraduate-level environmental education.

Everyday concerns of environmental protection, natural resource management and rapidly changing environmental legislation and policy are considered in global and local contexts. The modules teach the skills you need to unpack the issues and participate creatively in the process of improving environmental performance, in all sectors of society.

Our environmental management programme offers a postgraduate certificate, a postgraduate diploma and an MSc. Whatever your background these qualifications will widen your knowledge of the environment and develop your skills in making informed decisions about environmental issues, whether at work, in your community or at home.

Educational aims

This programme aims to:

  • provide postgraduate level study of environmental management and related issues
  • provide career and personal development for current and potential professional environmental specialists, as well as for those seeking to develop their general understanding of environmental issues
  • enable you to develop skills in environmental management that can be applied in businesses, commerce, government, communities and other areas of your life.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding are taught through the online and print resources – original teaching text, literature sources and case-studies. These will be assessed through the tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and end-of-module assessments (EMAs).

Cognitive skills will be taught using bespoke online and print materials, examples from the literature and cases studies from industry, commerce and the third sector.

Summative assessment will be through the TMAs and EMAs and formative self-assessment will be provided through exercises, examples and self-assessment questions (SAQs).

Key skills are taught by the study materials and case study examples, SAQs and activities, with support from TMA tutor feedback. They are assessed through TMAs and EMAs, and completion of learning journals.

Practical and professional skills are taught and assessed through the TMAs and EMAs. The EMAs will play a key part in integrating all these skills.

The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity.

Career impact

Our EM programme is for people who are interested in designing, managing and participating in more effective environmental decision-making 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.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a bachelors degree from a UK university, or the equivalent. If you do not have a degree you need to be adequately prepared for postgraduate study. You may find some of our undergraduate modules useful preparation if you have a degree in an unrelated subject. Please contact our International Contact Centre for further advice.

There is no time limit for completing the qualifications in the environmental management programme but we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available. You can take modules in any order.

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

You will also 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

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